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Mental health experts fear proposed New York gun law might hinder therapy

Mental health experts say a new tougher New York state gun control law might interfere with treatment of potentially dangerous people and even discourage them from seeking help.

The law would require therapists, doctors, nurses and social workers to tell government authorities if they believe a patient is likely to harm himself or others. That could lead to revoking the patient's gun permit and seizing any guns.

In interviews Tuesday, one expert called the new law meaningless and said he expects mental health providers to ignore it, while others said they worry about its impact on patients.

Dr. Paul Appelbaum at Columbia University said the prospect of being reported to local mental health authorities and maybe the police might discourage people from revealing thoughts of harm to a therapist, or even from seeking treatment at all.

Arrow Down

Horsemeat discovered in beef burgers in the UK and Ireland

Horse Burger
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The burgers were on sale in a number of supermarkets.
A total of 27 beef burger products were analysed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and 10 of them, or 37%, tested positive for horse DNA.

The FSAI said the meat came from two Irish processing plants, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and one in the UK - Dalepak Hambleton.

It was on sale in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland.

Professor Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority said the horsemeat poses no risk to public health but does raise concerns.

"The products we have identified as containing horse DNA and/or pig DNA do not pose any food safety risk and consumers should not be worried," he explained. "Consumers who have purchased any of the implicated products can return them to their retailer.

"Whilst, there is a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA in these products due to the fact that meat from different animals is processed in the same meat plants, there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horsemeat in their production process. In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horsemeat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger."

Red Flag

Fifth grader bullied for 'gay tendencies' brings butcher knife to school

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The parents of an 11-year-old boy accused of bringing a butcher knife to school on Monday, tells ABC Action News that he brought the knife to defend himself against bullies.

Winter Haven Police say a classmate first noticed the knife at Inwood Elementary and told the teacher. Officers immediately brought the 5th-grade student into custody.

The eight-inch knife was so big, police say, it stuck out from inside the boy's book binder that he brought to class.

"How do you let a big, giant butcher knife, if it was a big, giant butcher knife, how do you let it get in your kid's backpack without them knowing?" Asked Michael McDurmon, a parent of a child who attends Inwood Elementary.

Police are still investigating whether any direct threats were made with the weapon.


Texas gun classes reporting influx of teachers

The push to provide firearms training to teachers has taken hold in Texas, where, as NBC News reported on Tuesday, hundreds of instructors are hitting the firing ranges.

"We've had over 300 [teachers], and today adds up to 400 now," said Johnny Flynn, head instructor at Big Iron Concealed Handgun Training, in Katy, Texas. "It kinda grew faster and quicker than I ever dreamed it would grow."

KXAS-TV reported on Monday that the state's lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst (R) will ask the state senate to consider using public funding to pay for schools to send employees to similar courses.

Light Sabers

Christian wins 'cross' legal battle

A British Airways employee who was forced out of her job for wearing a cross has said Christian rights were "vindicated" in the UK after she won a landmark legal battle.

Nadia Eweida, 60, took the airline to a tribunal when she was sent home from work for displaying a small silver crucifix on a chain around her neck. Her claims of religious discrimination were rejected in Britain but judges in Strasbourg found in her favour.

A European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling concluded there had been a violation of Miss Eweida's right to demonstrate her faith which caused her "considerable anxiety, frustration and distress". They rejected similar claims made by another three Christians.

Nurse Shirley Chaplin, marriage counsellor Gary McFarlane and registrar Lillian Ladele lost their cases in the same ruling. They can now appeal against the decision at the Grand Chamber of the Court.

Miss Eweida left her job in airport check-in in September 2006 but returned to work in customer services at Heathrow's Terminal 5 in February 2007, after BA changed its uniform policy on visible items of jewellery. She said she was "jumping for joy" following the ECHR's decision but expressed disappointment for the other three applicants.


18 human heads discovered in package at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

Eighteen human heads found at O'Hare Airport on Monday were said to be for medical experiments.
The heads still had the skin on them. Authorities say they believe the heads were medical specimens that became misplaced. Cops don't suspect foul play.

Authorities at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport got a grisly surprise on Monday when they opened a mysterious package and found 18 severed human heads inside.

The heads, which still had the skin on them, appeared to be medical samples from Italy that became misplaced, according to local reports.


South African woman gored by rhino after posing for photo

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Chantal Beyer and her husband Sven Fouche moments before the attack
A photograph shows Chantal Beyer, 24, and her husband just a few feet away from two white rhinos, which on average weigh 4,000-5,000 pounds.

A few seconds later, one of the rhinos attacked, the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The rhino's horn penetrated her chest from behind, causing a collapsed lung and broken ribs, the Beeld said. Mrs Beyer, a bachelor of commerce student from Johannesburg, is in an intensive care unit at a Krugersdorp hospital where she is said to be in stable condition.

Game park owner Alex Richter had reportedly told a group of visitors it was safe to get out of the safari vehicle to take photos, and he even used food to coax the rhinos closer.

Red Flag

Swedish woman crashes train after taking it for a joyride

© AP Photo/Jonas Ekströmer
Derailed train that hangs on the edge of the track after it crashed into the side of a residential building in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm, Tuesday Jan, 15, 2013. A woman obtained the keys to the train and drove it away before it crashed into the building. The woman was injured in the incident and there are no reports of injuries of people in the building
A woman stole an empty commuter train from a depot Tuesday and drove it to a suburb of Stockholm where it derailed and slammed into an apartment building, officials said.

The woman was seriously injured in the early morning crash and was flown to a Stockholm hospital, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said. No one else was injured.

Bystrom said the woman was arrested on suspicion of endangering the public.

Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman for train operator Arriva, said the woman, born in 1990, stole the four-car train at a depot outside Stockholm.


Train cars carrying Egypt security recruits derail, killing 19

Train cars filled with Egyptian security force recruits hopped the tracks and crashed in Giza early Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring some 107 others, a local official said.

The train carrying Central Security conscripts was heading from Assiut north to Cairo when it partially derailed around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday (5:45 p.m. ET Monday) in Giza, National Railways Authority Chairman Hussain Zakaria said, according to state-run EGYNews.

The partial derailment happened after two cars separated from the rest of the train, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Mohammed Shahat, according to the same news organization.


Illinois school considers making administrators armed part-time cops

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Teachers in Utah may start to get weapons training after the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
An Illinois school is considering making three school administrators part-time police officers, which would allow them to possess guns inside of the school.

The Washington Community High School's administrators and school board will meet tonight to discuss the proposal.

The idea was devised by Washington Police Chief Jim Kuchenbecker and School Superintendent Jim Dunnan after the Dec. 14 shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 students and six staffers dead.

"We started talking about the tragedy at Sandy Hook and we talked about the six educators that stepped in and gave their lives to protect those children," Kuchenbecker told ABCNews.com. "We looked at each other and said, 'What if?'"