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Professor James Tracy says he's facing university probe over Newtown conspiracy

A tenured professor who controversially claimed the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut never happened is worried that he may now lose his job.

Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy told the university's student newspaper that the university plans to have a meeting with him later this week regarding his conspiracy theory, which he published online.

"They're getting people calling them saying that this person shouldn't be teaching, he's an awful person and what have you, so I think that they have to do something," Tracy told University Press.


Recreational assault weapons fire riddles Ohio home, narrowly misses officer

Two men were arrested in Ohio on Wednesday after their target practice with an AK-47 assault rifle accidentally shot up a woman's home and nearly hit a officer who was responding to reports of gunfire.

Mary Kuruc told WEWS that her daughter discovered a bullet hole in the siding of their Montville Township home and other holes inside the house. After calling 911, Montville Police Sgt. Matt Neil began investigating and the home was hit again.

"We noticed a second bullet hole, followed the trajectory of it and noticed the bullet landed in the microwave," Kuruc recalled.

Neil found himself in the line of fire as he tried to track down where the bullets were coming from.


U.S. software developer caught outsourcing his job to China

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A software developer was busted for outsourcing his job to a programmer in China while he surfed the Web at work.

The case was described by Andrew Valentine, a principal with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, who published a blog post about the incident.

"We've seen plenty of employee misconduct cases, but not typically like this," Valentine told ABC News.

Valentine's team was contacted by another company based in the U.S. for assistance over "anomalous activity" it noticed in records of employees logging remotely into the company's IT system.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is not releasing the name of the company or the employee.


German surgeons leave 16 objects in patient, lawyer claims

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A lawyer representing a now-deceased man says doctors removed a needle, compresses and surgical strips from German banker Helmut Brecht after his wounds failed to heal properly following surgery in 2009.
A lawyer in Germany claims surgeons left up to 16 objects in her client's body after an operation for prostate cancer.

Annette Corinth says doctors removed a needle, compresses and surgical strips from banker Helmut Brecht after his wounds failed to heal properly following surgery in 2009.


Man revives woman after snow burial in Utah backcountry avalanche; pair rescued

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The survivor of a backcountry avalanche, Elizabeth Malloy, left, and her skiing companion, during a press conference, Jan. 16, 2013.
A 43-year-old backcountry skier revived after she was buried in an avalanche is now in fair condition at University of Utah Hospital, hospital officials said.

On Saturday, Jan. 12, Elizabeth Malloy and a male friend were in Millcreek Canyon, Utah, a popular spot near Salt Lake City with no designated ski resorts but well-known for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

At approximately 5 p.m., police believe Malloy and her friend triggered an avalanche while backcountry skiing.

"When the avalanche happened, she was completely buried," Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Utah Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake told ABC News. "The male party that she was with had the necessary equipment. He was able to locate her and get her out."

Once the male dug out Malloy from the snow, he noticed she was unconscious, Hoyal said.


Mississippi governor moves to 'make gun control illegal'

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Wednesday sent a letter to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) and state Speaker of the House Philip Gunn (R) asking them to make President Barack Obama's effort to control gun violence "illegal."

Bryant made his letter public by posting it on Facebook hours before the president had even announced the gun safety measures.

"President Obama will likely issue an Executive Order today that infringes our constitutional right to keep and bear arms as never before in American history," Bryant writes. "I am asking that you immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order the the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement."


Mysterious deaths blamed on stray dogs

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of Mexico City's Public Security offices on Friday (January 11). They were protesting the capture of 54 street dogs after accusations they mauled five people to death.

Holding banners that read: "The dogs are innocent," "It's easy to blame those who don't have a voice" and "Arrest criminals" the protesters say the dogs are a scapegoat.

[Leslie Vargas, Protester] :"Of course these animals are innocent. They (authorities) are trying to hide another thing and that is why they are taking advantage because they are unable to defend themselves. That is why they were captured."

A member of the Citizen Front for Animal Rights said local authorities had agreed to sit down and discuss solutions to the dog problem.

They also agreed to stop policemen from hunting dogs. [Jose Luis Carranza, Member of Citizen Front for Animals]:"We want a dignified and respectful treatment of dogs and above all respect of the animal protection law."

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At least 3 bald eagles found shot; state offers reward

Dead Eagles
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Granite Falls, Wash. - Four dead eagles discovered floating in a lake Jan. 9 outside Granite Falls, Wash. appeared to be the victims of a poacher, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Police said.

The four eagles were retrieved by WDFW Police on Jan. 10. Initial observations show at least three of the birds were killed by a small caliber rifle. All of the birds appeared to be perched on trees before they fell into the lake.

Bald eagles are protected under state and federal laws. Killing an eagle is a Class A misdemeanor, and carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

WDFW, the Humane Society and other groups offered a $3,750 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons or people responsible for killing the eagles. Anyone with information related to the crime can call the WDFW tip line at (877) 933-9847.


FAA grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a temporary halt of operations of Boeing 787 jets following a series of technical failures that struck the model within a matter of days.

The regulator said that operators must prove that batteries, which have been the origin of the malfunctions causing the groundings, are safe before the planes can get back in the air. The examination of faulty batteries is to be included in a comprehensive high-priority review, which was announced last week.

United Airlines is the only American airline operating the 787, with six in its fleet.­ The carrier said it will immediatelly comply with the FAA order.

The FAA has pledged to work with Boeing to "develop a corrective action plan to allow the US 787 fleet to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible."

The decision to ground the jets was prompted by a second incident involving a lithium ion battery failure on an All Nippon Airways flight, which forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport in western Japan on Wednesday, the FAA said.


Come fly with me! Sure, but not on a Boeing 787

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Traffic accident in China rescues over 1,000 cats from restaurant slaughterhouses

Cats Rescued
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A car accident in China saved over 1,000 cats from being shipped off to restaurants to be slaughtered as cat meat.

Animal activists in Changsha, the capital city of China's Hunan province had time to free the starving cats crammed in some 40 cages after the truck hauling over 1,000 felines destined for restaurants in Guangdong got in a traffic accident, Care for Chinese Animals reports.

The accident delayed the journey by 24 hours, which allowed 50 locals to rescue the animals. Apparently, while the truck was stranded by the side of the road, a call went out through the social network Weibo (the Chinese version of Twitter) for all Changsha residents who were willing to save the cats.

Some of the cats died in the accident, but the survivors had been nursed with food, water and milk before being sent to Changsha Small Animal Protection Association for treatment.

Cats in China can spend months stuffed 25 at a time inside small 2ft by 3ft cages. While many of the animals die before they reach their final destination, the cats are usually sold to restaurants for about $1 or $2 or less if they are bought in bulk.