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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy. Intense fighting continued during the weekend in the largest rebel-held city in western Libya. Rebel leaders claim they forced Moammar Gaddafi’s soldiers to retreat, but correspondents report that the battle for Misurata is ongoing. Euronews reports Gaddafi’s forces have retreated from the city--but that local tribes loyal to Moammar Gaddafi plan to take their place. “The latest threat by the regime came after fighters opposed to Colonel Gaddafi's forces appeared to have made big gains in the besieged port city, retaking key buildings used by government snipers.” ...but Al Jazeera interviewed a reporter on the ground in the besieged city, and he says fighting is definitely still going on. TONY HARRIS: “Gaddafi forces may be in the process of retreating in the end and that the rebels are in control there--is that true?” ANDREW SIMMONS: “Not at this stage, Tony, I can tell you, categorically, that this city has not been liberated at this stage despite certain claims made by opposition forces. ...But reporters can’t seem to agree. A BBC reporter, who was walking openly on the ground, reports the rebels say the city is theirs--and that they plan to capture even more territory. “Local people are back out on the street now, both rebels and civilians alike, checking the very heavy damage that’s been done--and there’s plenty of evidence here of the kind of fierce fighting that took place. The rebels were kept out of this area for 25 days, they lost a lot of men retaking this ground, but now they’re back in control here, they say they intend to push on.” ...and while other news outlets focus on whether or not the warfare is or isn’t over, a Washington Post article instead narrows in on the hospitals, which are still fighting the battle wounds. One doctor lost all four children in a single week--then went back to work to save others’ children. “...on the way, the family found itself in the middle of a battle...he felt a huge explosion....He turned around and saw the mangled bodies of his children. Only two were recognizable.” Correspondents called the fighting in Misurata deadlier than usual, with reports of up to 100 people killed. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR AUSTIN KIM You're watching multisource business news analysis from Newsy. The U.S. dollar is hovering at a three-week low against the Japanese yen and a three-year low against other currencies. Bloomberg interviewed Citigroup’s senior currency strategist--who dishes out the deal with the dollar. GREG ANDERSON: “The dollar weakens steadily because we have a deficit of flows coming in to this country relative to what goes out in our trade deficit and speculators try to anticipate that and they’re constantly shorting the dollar and from what we saw, they actually reduced their dollar shorts this week, which means that we’re not really in an overshoot.” TOM KEENE: “We’re not overextended, we’re not in an overshoot.” GREG ANDERSON: “Yup, not yet.” ...but an MSNBC interviewee wasn’t as positive, and says the likelihood of things getting worse is very real. “The dollar is not only much weaker, but it stands a pretty decent chance of getting much weaker from where we are.” Blogger and Urban Institute Senior Resident Fellow Howard Gleckman says the real issue is the U.S.’ nearly topped-out debt ceiling. He even says any politician opposed to raising the debt ceiling should be... impeached. “Well it has to be raised, the deal is if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, we can’t borrow anymore money. And Congress has just passed a budget resolution for the rest of this year that requires us to borrow a trillion and a half dollars. It’s totally irresponsible for a politician who voted for that bill or a politician who opposed it because it cut spending too much to now turn around and say we’re not gonna increase the debt limit.” (Video Source: Fox Business) ...and the question on every motorist’s mind... will the low clams spike gas prices even higher? Cleveland’s CBS-affiliate WOIO interviewed Shell oil’s former president who says--yes. John Hofmeister: “Our national deficit contributes to the weakness of the dollar, and we buy oil in dollars. And so as the dollar depresses, the number of dollars Americans pay for that crude oil goes up, because it's coming in, not from the U.S., it's coming in from foreign countries.” Finally, a blogger for In the Money Stocks ponders when the low buck will rear its ugly head on Wall Street. “We can only wonder when the falling dollar will become problematic for the stock market. It has already become problematic for people around the world as inflation is skyrocketing.” 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
26 Apr 2011
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BY YIQIAN ZHANG ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy. Caught on tape - two women violently beat another woman in a Baltimore County McDonald’s bathroom. "Two young woman, including a 14-year-old, are facing charges for allegedly kicking and punching the victim. A McDonald's employee and later a female customer tried to intervene. ... The restaurant issued a statement condemning the violence." A blogger for Pajamas Media wonders why the videographer didn’t help the victim. "That this video exists at all says quite a bit about where we are as a culture. The videographer does nothing at all to help the victim in any way... [He] not only passively records the scene, but later uploads it to the internet. What is his motivation for doing that?" The incident has received much media attention due to its racial aspects -- two black women beating up a white woman -- and a blogger for The American Thinker says, that should be the top issue in this story. "If the situation were reversed, the incident would have dominated news and entertainment media, all ponderously discussing race relations focusing on the 'pervasiveness of racism within American society.' But instead there is a lack of acknowledgement of the races involved, a nothing to see here, move along attitude." But a blogger for the San Francisco Chronicle says this isn’t the first time a fight from McDonalds has gotten on the Internet -- and focusing on race oversimplifies the issue. "[T]hese problems in McDonald's restaurants happen regardless of race ... This is all in the hands of McDonald's Corporation. It must take action to train its employees and select workers based on some kind of evaluation system that makes this action not likely to occur." Eventually, reports came in revealing the woman identifies as transgender, which makes some wonder if it’s a hate crime. A spokeswoman for Equality Maryland tells the Baltimore Sun -- she thinks that’s the case. "It does appear that the victim was a transgender woman, and she was brutalized while people stood by and watched. There's no excuse for that violence under any circumstances, but we would encourage police to investigate as a hate crime." The Baltimore County police have charged one of the women, a 14-year-old, as a juvenile and charges against the other, an 18-year-old, are pending. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
26 Apr 2011
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BY TARA GRIMES ANCHOR ALISON ARCHER You're watching multisource entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. Escorts may be Charlie Sheen’s thing, but this time it’s a different kind of escort that has him back in the news. WTTG ANCHOR: “Charlie Sheen’s show here in the district this week is now in the spotlight with the D.C. police department. Internal affairs, investigating the lights and sirens escort he got into the city for the concert at Constitution Hall. The Chief himself asked for the review after hearing two officers in marked cruisers may have broken police protocol and traffic laws.” WTTG reports it was the picture Sheen posted on Twitter -- showing the speedometer topping 80 miles per hour and a police car with flashing lights in front of his car -- that alerted authorities. Now, many have just one question. FOX NEWS MOBILE ANCHOR: “It was the police resources used to get him there. We want to know if the taxpayers are footing the bill?” While UPI reports Sheen’s publicist did cough up $445 for the escort service, many news outlets point out -- police escorts are usually reserved for diplomats and heads of state. E! Online sarcastically says Congress should rename the District of Columbia the “District of Charlie.” “For some reason he wound up with the VIP escort—which, in typical winning warlock fashion, he took to Twitter to brag about. While Sheen probably thinks he qualifies for "extraordinary protective measures," there are probably a few cops—not to mention a few tax payers—who will disagree.” But a writer for The Washington Post doesn’t view Sheen as the problem. He wants to know how it reflects upon the Metropolitan Police Department. “What does it say about order and discipline in the ranks when two marked police cars could be used for this purpose? And why is Lanier issuing bland statements to the Associated Press rather than being more vocal and more public in her outrage — assuming she is.” For now, CNN says perhaps this is the only thing Sheen has to brag about for awhile. CNN: “Not exactly a winning day for Charlie Sheen. He lost his custody battle to his ex-wife Brooke Mueller in L.A., then reportedly bombed his live show in D.C., but apparently Sheen is still trying to see the positive.” CHARLIE SHEEN: “I just landed, yes. We had a police escort and we ran more red lights than Brooke Mueller heading to a pawn shop.” CNN ANCHOR: “Ouch.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, D.C.’s Homeland Security and Special Operations Division gave the okay for the escort. *******www.hollywoodreporter****/news/how-charlie-sheen-violated-law-181654 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
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BY BARBARA MANINGAT ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy. A Los Angeles County detective finally saw a suspect convicted for a 2004 gang murder case, but the evidence had been under his nose the whole time -- literally. Anthony Garcia is a member of a gang called Rivera -13. He tattooed a detailed depiction of the crime scene at a liquor store in Pico Rivera -- on his chest -- and that’s how detectives caught him. (Video from KTLA) Homicide detective Kevin Lloyd was working as a station sergeant when he was called to the liquor store shootout. The case went unsolved until he spotted the tattoo when sifting through mug shots for another case in 2008. Los Angeles’ KTLA interviews Lloyd about the breakthrough. LLOYD: “Light pole, street sign, the building next door, and even the way the victim had been shot -- I then reviewed the files and I even noticed in 2004, there had been Christmas lights on and you can see that on the picture under the liquor store.” All the characters were there, too. The LA Times reports Garcia, also known by his gang nickname “Chopper,” is shown raining bullets on the peanut in the liquor store parking lot. “Peanut” refers to a rival gang member. (Video from KTLA) After officers tracked Garcia down, they sent an undercover cop into his cell to capture a solid confession. Garcia was caught on tape bragging about his tattoo and the shooting. Another officer tells the LA Times, the fact that Lloyd recognized the scene four years later is a stroke of luck. "The detective who spotted it had been a Pico sergeant who went on to become a homicide sergeant. I never worked Pico station. I never would have recognized that Pico liquor store." The case has the media, blogosphere and other officers rolling. One LA Weekly blogger is dumbfounded by Garcia’s artistic decision. “...detailing the impressive details of your crime on Facebook is one thing -- the Internet is forever -- but getting them permanently tattooed into your flesh, with the distinct possibility that you could one day be taking a shirtless mug shot, is almost inconceivably dumb.” But the deputy district attorney tells NineMSN, stupidity had nothing to do with it. "I would never say that he's not intelligent... He was able to avoid detection for four years ... his arrogance got the better of him, not a lack of intelligence." Garcia was convicted for first-degree murder and will be sentenced in May. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
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BY MELISSA ROADMAN ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy. It’s been five days since Sony took its PlayStation servers offline. So what happened? “Sony could lose millions after an apparent cyber attack knocked its PlayStation network offline. The service, which lets gamers from all over play together in real time, was turned off Wednesday so the company could investigate what appears to be an attack by hackers. The network still is not online. Sony said it is working around the clock on rebuilding it.” The hacking culprit is still unidentified but there are speculations. A reporter for Techland says Sony knew its system was not secure. “My bet is that Sony was aware, well before this outage, that the PlayStation Network had certain innate and terminal vulnerabilities... (There’s) no doubt Sony’s network and systems engineers had their plates full poring over router and server logs, identifying holes, applying band-aids, and positing long-term solutions.” Sony officials say the attack was from external sources, but a reporter from Chicago Now says it could be a cover up. “...some of the hackers that hacked into the PS3 system before... said that they are not the ones responsible for this. Might it be that it could be an inside issue at Sony and they don’t want to blame anyone in the house?” Regardless of the source, the network is still down, and Sony hasn’t released a date users can expect to be back online. Editor in Chief of Crunchgear John Biggs reports on the current state of Sony’s PlayStation Networks. “So what’s happening is they’re actually moving the servers to brand new hardened servers so no one can continue this hack. But it’s quite a black eye for Sony because it’s been 5 days now. You basically have gamers everywhere wanting to play PS3 games.” The hacking group Anonymous denies any responsibility, releasing a statement titled “For Once We Didn’t Do It.” A PC World reporter says it could have been an individual hacker because of the time it is taking for Sony to fix and rebuild their systems. “Sony has to trace every corner of their systems affected by the hacker and repair it or restore files. It's like removing a rodent infestation from a house--there's no quick and easy fix.” According to PC World, Sony originally said the fix would only take a day or two. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Apr 2011
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BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy. It’s been called America’s third war- but is the battle in Libya already at a standstill? Three high-profile lawmakers from the Senate Armed Services Committee dominated the Sunday morning talk shows saying the U.S. needs to step up. JOHN MCCAIN: “ This is a pretty bloody situation and it has the earmarks of being a stalemate.” JOE LIEBERMAN: “Every time we pull back it says to Ghaddafi that he can tough this out.” LINDSEY GRAHAM: “My recommendation to NATO and the administration is to cut the head of the snake off.” A panel on CNN’s State of the Union agreed with the senators. Retired General George Joulwan told CNN’s Candy Crowley the U.S. and NATO need a game plan in the ongoing war against Muammar Gaddafi. “I’m not sure the political objectives both by NATO and the United States are clear. That’s going to take some political work by the United States and NATO." Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Meredith Shiner note the allies originally avoided an aggressive attack on Gaddafi to prevent criticism. But now, it could backfire. “While Obama and other leaders have called for Qadhafi to step down, forcing him out is not one of the stated objectives of the military campaign, which is aimed at preventing attacks on civilians... Now critics see a stalemate producing a similar, slow-motion humanitarian crisis that could linger for months.” But according to the conservative blog American Thinker, perhaps critics are being too quick to judge. Last week the Obama administration announced the commitment of predator drones over Libya -- and analysts say the president is reluctantly joining the offensive. “It would be just like Obama to quietly rejoin the NATO air campaign against Gaddafi's forces after telling the American people that we would let the French lead the effort.” But the Tripoli Post cites Obama’s reasons for hesitancy, saying he’s keeping the past in mind. “Obama himself admitted that in Iraq, ‘regime change…took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly $1 trillion. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya.’” And because of that, CNN’s Barbara Starr suggests the criticism won’t disappear anytime soon. “Expect the debate about the word stalemate for many days to come.” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multsource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Apr 2011
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BY TRACY PFEIFFER ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Afghan security forces are scrambling to save face after hundreds of Taliban fighters escaped in an elaborate prison break scheme -- without any guards noticing. REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “More than 470 Afghan prisoners have broken out of jail through an escape tunnel dug by Taliban insurgents underneath the prison walls. The breakout happened at Kandahar prison, which is meant to be one of the country’s highest-security jails. A Taliban spokesman said the tunnel had taken nearly five months to complete.” (euronews) While Afghan officials put the number of escapees around 470, the Taliban says they sprung about 540. Reports indicate about a dozen prisoners have been re-captured since the nighttime escape. The incident has drawn harsh criticism of Afghan security forces and the government itself. A former member of the Parliament in Kandahar tells The Christian Science Monitor... “I would call this a shameful incident for the Afghan government … It is impossible for the Taliban to get 500 men out of prison without anyone’s help. I believe there are some people from the prison or the government who gave the Taliban support. ... It’s now clear to everyone how corrupt the government is.” Adding to concern -- This is the second time this particular prison has had a massive break out. In 2008, somewhere around 1,000 prisoners escaped after the Taliban blew up the prison gates -- and a reporter for the BBC says, the consequences of that prison break will likely repeat in this instance. REPORTER: “We saw an upsurge in violence in Kandahar City and in the surrounding area. We just spent a week down there, just outside the city. American forces there were saying they’ve made a lot of progress in pushing the Taliban back. Well, that area is going to be all the more difficult for them because of those escapees.” Most reports indicate the escapees were mid-level commanders and foot soldiers -- but a writer for the Guardian says, don’t let that fool you -- they’re still very important members of the Taliban. “Two problems that the Taliban upper command has always wrestled with is the direction and the discipline of its fragmented and often dispersed fighting force. A loss of mid-level leadership makes those problems much more intractable as there is no one to pass on broad instructions or corral the often disorganised fighters on the ground.” Finally, a producer for Al Jazeera says the jailbreak is particularly bad on a strategic level, as most of the freed fighters are from an area where NATO forces hoped to make a lot of progress this year. QAIS AZIMY, KABUL PRODUCER: “This jail was not only for Kandahar, it was for the provinces in the South. And also, Afghan forces and NATO forces this year -- they are focusing in the south of Afghanistan … They were expecting lots of fighters in this area. And if Taliban could manage to break this jail and take their fighters out of the jail, it is the first success of this year for the Taliban.” 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy. It’s a high-profile divorce in the battle over the Defense of Marriage Act. The law firm hired to defend the law backed out Monday -- dealing an early blow to House Republicans’ efforts to define marriage as between a man and a woman. (VIDEO FROM KNTV) CNN’s Dana Bash is one of many suggesting the firm – Atlanta-based King & Spalding – dropped out after pressure from rights groups. “You’ll remember that the Justice Department, the Obama Justice Department, said they would not defend the case. The House Speaker then hired private counsel and the firm that was hired were under intense pressure from gay rights activists to not take this case.” In a statement the firm’s chairman explained the decision to take the case in the first place was “inadequately vetted.” That prompted a partner with the firm – Paul Clement – to resign in protest. In a letter to the firm he wrote, “I resign out of the firmly held belief that a representation should not be abandoned because the client’s legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters.” Clement will continue to represent the House in the case -- but with a different firm. On MSNBC - Jonathan Capehart and Andrew Mitchell explain why House Republicans sought legal representation even after the Obama administration announced it wouldn’t defend DOMA. CAPEHART: “...it is within the right of Congress, within the right of the House of Representatives, to defend the law if they want to. And that's why Speaker Boehner went to the effort to hire a law firm, hire a lead attorney to defend this case.” MITCHELL: “Everyone is entitled to representation. That is an article of faith in our Constitution.” Two Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnists offer dueling reactions. Jay Bookman writes, “...Clement is certainly right about the fundamental importance of even unpopular clients and causes being represented... So while I think Clement’s wrong and hope he loses, I’m glad he’s sticking with the case as a matter of principle.” But Cynthia Tucker counters, “...it is one thing for a law firm to represent an unpopular person accused of a crime, but another thing entirely to represent an idea that is bigoted, irrational and morally wrong.” Politico reports - before King & Spalding withdrew -- rights groups were planning public protests of the firm -- including a full-page ad set to appear in Tuesday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The conservative group National Organization for Marriage announced late Monday it was investigating King & Spaulding’s decision to drop its defense of DOMA. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
30 Apr 2011
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BY GARY COTTON ANCHOR ALEX HOLLEY You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy As violence escalates in Syria over anti-government protests, the United States is hardening its tone. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Monday the Obama administration is exploring the idea of increased sanctions against Syria. “We’re pursuing a variety of options including targeted sanction. What we’ve seen is that sanctions can put pressure on governments and regimes to change their behavior and I think that that would obviously would be a goal of this.” (ITN) But opponents -- like former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton -- say sanctions wouldn’t be strong enough. "I don’t think they will work. There purely for political rhetorical purposes, I don’t think we’ll they’ll slow the Assad regime down at all. What we ought to do is derecognize the regime not just pull the ambassador, but say ‘we don’t recognize this regime for Syria as a whole." Some in favor of stronger U.S. action say taking down President Bashar al-Assad’s regime would be a plus for the U.S. because of its close relationship with Iran. A blogger for The Washington Post lays out the possible advantages. “Hezbollah-occupied Lebanon would lose a patron and supply route, the mullahs in Iran would suffer a blow to their regional aspirations, and freedom and democracy in the Muslim world would get a tremendous boost. Aside from regime change in Iran, I am hard-pressed to think of a more positive development than regime change in Syria.” Others argue, these close ties are exactly why harsh action shouldn’t be taken. One writer for CNN describes Syria as quote- “the key piece in a regional Rubik’s cube.” “What happens in Syria sends waves, not ripples, far beyond its borders. And what Syria lacks in population and economic clout it more than makes up for as a regional crossroads -- bordering Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.” AFP reports Assad’s regime has rolled out tanks and snipers against demonstrators, killing at least 25 people in a key city. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY ERIK SHUTE AND HARUMENDHAH HELMY You're watching multisource headline news analysis from Newsy. This is Newsy Now and here are the headlines you need to know. In world news — A group of former world leaders arrive in North Korea today to meet with the country’s leaders. Bloomberg reports, the delegation is led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will focus on food shortage and human rights and de-nuclearization when he meets North Korean leaders this week. The four-member group includes former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Irish President Mary Robinson as well. That trip was arranged at the invitation of the North Korea.” Still in world news — the Syrian government is escalating its crackdown on protesters. This, as the international community continues to weigh sanction options. Fox News reports on the deadly state of affairs. “The death toll rising as the government crackdown escalates in Syria. New reports claim at least 400 protesters have been killed since the uprising began. Late last night, the State Department started telling Americans in Syria to get out now while, quote, commercial transportation is readily available. The U.S. Embassy is urging families and nonessential personnel also to leave due to the quote, uncertainty and volatility in Syria.” Also in world news — today marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Japanese government said earlier that it is using lessons learned from THAT disaster to deal with its own crisis. Here’s euronews. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said: 'The studies and research on what health problems could emerge based on Chernobyl have became an asset shared by all humanity.' Edano said that Fukushima crisis is different, as the plant had leaked about one-tenth of the radioactive material which was released at Chernobyl.” In U.S. news — the five color-coded terrorism warning system, effective since 9/11, will make way for a new system today. Here’s NBC. “The new terrorism advisory system goes into effect, it replaces the five color-coded warning system. Alerts will note elevated or imminent threat types. They will be offered on the web, Facebook and Twitter.” Still in U.S. news -- the FBI is finding new information while conducting their nationwide manhunt for Earl Moore. Moore is responsible for failed bomb attempt at a Colorado mall. The incident coincided with the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, but KDVR reports there might be no connection at all. “Officials are announcing the man suspected of the attempted bomb explosion itself at Southwest Plaza was troubled by money problems. The failed attempt at blowing up a homemade bomb happened a week after he was released from a federal prison. Back in 2004, he was convicted from a metro area apartment for not paying rent. Also the FBI says the foiled bombing likely not related to the 12 year anniversary of the Columbine high school massacre.” In the tech world -- Sony has finally entered the tablet war. The electronics giant unveiled not only one -- but two tablet computers running Google’s Android operating system. WCCO has more on the tablets, codenamed S1 and S2. “It took awhile but Sony has finally introduced its first tablet computer. These are the S1 and S2 shown off in Japan. They have Wi-Fi. It has a 9 1/2 screen. The S2 is smaller with 5 1/2 screens that can be folded.” Stay with Newsy**** for more analysis on news throughout the day. For Newsy Now, I’m Jim Flink -- highlighting the top headlines making you smarter, faster. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
30 Apr 2011
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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource tech news analysis from Newsy. It’s a crowded market that relies on one bit of consumer wisdom: everyone loves a good deal. Now - Facebook’s getting in on the action. KCPQ: “The social networking site is adding a new feature that lets users share their shopping experiences with each other and save money. It's called 'Facebook Deals.' USA Today says the deals will appear on a users’ news feed through ads on a dashboard to the left. From there, you can buy the deal with a credit card, share it or 'like’ it.” The service actually launched in Europe about three months ago. By most accounts - Facebook Deals is going after one rival in particular: Groupon Commercial: “Save the money. Unlock great deals in your town. Groupon****.” Groupon killer? That’s the word in the blogosphere. ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick is already writing the obit. “At least in Europe, Facebook Deals offered deals for free. Free! The giant social network could scale like crazy doing that... It's a Walmart-style move, but Groupon isn't as lovable as the Mom 'n' Pop corner store.” Groupon reaches deal-seekers through a daily email -- Facebook Deals will show up in a users’ newsfeed. KTVU’s Jade Hernandez explains Facebook’s leg up on the competition. “Groupon counts on users to spread the word of a good deal through social media. But Facebook opens this up by using social networking platform. And by partnering with open table and gilt city, both of which specialize in different things, restaurant and high end deals with high end designers, the news is making some people excited about what a rivalry could mean for the consumer.” What it means for the consumer -- suggests All Facebook’s Jackie Cohen -- is market saturation. She asks- how long can the business of daily deals hold up? “So far, statistics have shown that businesses tend to do only one group buying offer to get customers and then never return to these services. That would suggest that this whole market has a very limited shelf life.” But the real headliner -- according to Forbes -- is users can spend Facebook Credits on the deals. Can you say game changer? “Until now people had only been able to use Credits to buy virtual goods for games, as well as for some digital products such as movies. Now people can purchase a voucher to buy a physical product for the first time ... which could move Facebook even further as an e-commerce platform.” That’s all TECHNICALLY true -- though Facebook PR reps contacted ReadWriteWeb to clarify -- users can’t buy “physical goods” with credits -- but rather vouchers redeemable at events. In the end though -- for all the “Groupon killer” talk -- Business Insider’s Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry calls himself a “Groupon bull.” “...actually, building a huge sales and service infrastructure is very hard ... similar to how anyone can start selling stuff online, but becoming Amazon is very hard. … [Facebook Deals’ key to success is] establishing that group buying is really a ‘feature’ that most media sites can replicate and not a ‘company.’” Facebook Deals won’t be offered on mobile apps. It’s making its U.S. debut in only five cities: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY CHRISTIE NICKS ANCHOR CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy. Texas OK’ed transgendered marriages with proof of sex change just two years ago, but now Republican lawmakers are working to repeal that decision. Here’s HLN with the break down. “Now the legislature is saying that was a mistake, that 2009 little rule that little law was a mistake we want to change it back, we want to clarify it to make sure that folks that are transgendered cannot marry members of the opposite sex even though their sex now is the opposite sex, so it’s kinda confusing but very very, legally very, interesting.” So why the flip-flop? One of the Republican lawmakers behind the bill, Tommy Williams, tells the Associated Press, it goes back to the Texas constitution- defining marriage as one man and one woman. That’s a point one Dallas Voice blogger says is a little ironic. “if it becomes law, it will indicate that the Texas Legislature thinks it’s perfectly fine for transgender people to marry people of the same sex. And yet, Williams and others are citing their opposition to same-sex marriage as the reason for supporting the bill. … But you can’t have it both ways...” In a 1999 Texas state appeals decision, the court said gender is assigned at birth in cases of marriage- but - in a 2009 Texas law, the state said it would recognize sex change documentation for marriage... confusing, right? William’s says his proposed legislation would simplify the mess. But in the wake of a beating of a transgender woman at a Baltimore McDonalds, A blogger for Unicorn Booty says.... “The passage of this law will only lead to homophobia and discrimination in Texas and beyond. Elected officials have a responsibility to protect and serve all of their constituents. This law will do neither.” But a commentator on conservative blog GOP USA says, the legislature is changing the law back to the way it should be. “These groups that wake up one day and start screaming that they have this right and that right that they can overturn thousands of years the institution of marriage, or morality… are dangerous and deserve a good outing. When outed you see that they have an agenda and it is not one that most people would find very appealing but rather disturbing.” With the debate headed to the Senate, a blogger for Austinist says- the legislation probably won’t go much further. “Given that the Lege is only five weeks away from [adjournment], when the session ends, both bills could well end up by the wayside.” If the legislation does make it through, some already married transgendered couples fear any legal dispute could nullify their marriage. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY TARA GRIMES You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy. YNN: “It has been a very emotional day here in Spring Valley, family and friends gathering to say their goodbyes to the three Pierre children. About 60 people attended the funeral service. It was a small one, but one filled with a great deal of tension.” Tension – it’s the word news outlets are using to describe the funeral of the three children who drowned when their mother, LaShanda Armstrong, intentionally drove into the Hudson River. ABC: “Losing patience from being put off, funeral staff constantly checked lists of names of who was invited, who was to enter when and when – keeping the families apart. Tension, on top of unbearable pain both families are suffering.” Reuters reports it was the father Jean Pierre’s decision to bury the children separate from their mother that created a divide between the families. According to New York Daily News, Armstrong’s family believes Pierre was cheating- and Armstrong’s aunt blames him for the tension. “I am very angry. This jackass just came in here and messed everything up. She should be buried with her children, regardless of what she did.” It’s a view many media outlets are taking, calling for Pierre to take responsibility for the tragedy. In an opinion piece for Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel, a reporter points out Armstrong had a history of domestic problems with Pierre, including the day of the murder/suicide. He writes, “Pierre said he has been ‘inaccurately portrayed as being directly responsible for the tragedy.’ He may not be directly responsible, but if he was violent to Armstrong, then he should share some of the blame.” The New York Times reports Pierre pushed tensions further when he limited access to the funeral for Armstrong’s side of the family. “Ms. Green, a cousin of Ms. Armstrong, said Mr. Pierre had limited the number of Ms. Armstrong’s relatives who could attend the funeral and asked them to show identification at the door. She said she had been ejected out after she went to assist her 17-year-old son, who she said was being ‘manhandled.’” What do you think? Should the mother been allowed to be buried with her children or it is right they were kept apart? Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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BY ALANA YOUNG ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy Self-proclaimed “constitutionalist” and Tea Party favorite Congressman Ron Paul is launching a presidential exploratory committee -- the first step toward an official run for the White House in 2012. The three-time presidential hopeful announced his intentions on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, and outlined his views on the 2011 budget, entitlement programs, foreign policy, and recent widespread fear of “sharia law.” RON PAUL: “If you’re a good libertarian conservative, you’re a constitutionalist, and I believe all the writers in the constitution were very libertarian in the conventional sense -- they want less government..." RON PAUL: “I would cut a lot of the spending overseas. I mean, we have too much stuff. And why do we support Obama going into Libya and all this stuff? It’s just way too much. We could cut a lot.” RON PAUL: “...Can I close down the FED? Not as a President you can’t. But you could lead the charge on this... Congressman Paul didn’t exactly fare well in ‘08. So some question the likelihood of his success in 2012. But Bloomberg News editor Al Hunt says, don’t count Paul out just yet. AL HUNT: “...Look, Ron Paul had a constituency last time. He will have a constituency in this time. If he gets in, he will be a factor, he will not be the nominee. People talk about Ron Paul and the Tea Party. Let me tell you about the Tea Party. It is very diverse. It includes anti-government libertarians, it includes some social conservatives, it includes some anti-immigrant nativists, and they’re all over the lot on issues like trade and national security, so I do not think anyone will have a lock on that. But Ron Paul will be a factor.” Politico’s Andy Barr agrees, and says Paul’s connections with the Tea Party will work in his favor -- even if he is a - quote - “clear underdog”. “Paul's libertarian stands … have become the inspiration for much of what the new Republican majority in the House has pushed... If he eventually enters the race, Paul will have a direct claim to the tea party mantle, especially in the absence of a fresh face that excites grassroots conservatives.” Finally, a writer for the conservative website Moral Liberal, says Congressman Paul won’t win the 2012 election -- but adds, Congressman Paul should be commended for his commitment to unpopular libertarian ideas on government control and the Federal Reserve. “...He knows he does not stand a chance, but he will be there again debating and defending the Constitution and the original intent America was built upon: neutrality in foreign policy, small federal government that provides for national security and uniform rules for trade across the Great States. Ron Paul is a man of principles, true believer, and public servant who never stops working to spread the libertarian message...” Congressman Paul recently published a new book, entitled “Liberty Defined”, and is also the founder of the advocacy group “Campaign for Liberty”. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
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BY JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource U S news analysis from Newsy If you knew someone on the transplant list needed a new heart, would you support their fight for life? Most would say yes. But what if that person was a convicted child rapist, serving time in prison -- and relied on your tax dollars for the surgery -- Still on board? Albany’s WXXA has the story behind this very real situation right now in New York: “We’ve learned that a convicted rapist doing time in state prison down in Green County is being evaluated for a heart transplant -- A heart transplant that you and I would have to pay for. Kenneth Pike was flown from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility to a Rochester hospital where he’s now listed in guarded condition.” This story got strong reaction from local viewers... the taxpayers who would be expected to foot the estimated $800,000 hospital bill. Rochester, New York’s WHAM reports -- all the attention led to an unexpected decision from the prisoner, himself: “We have learned that Kenneth Pike may have had a change of heart. His sister, Sharon Cardinal tells 13 WHAM News, Pike doesn’t want the transplant. Cardinal told us quote -- ‘He told his kids he didn’t want it because he’s tired of living his life that way.’ Cardinal says Pike will return to prison in Green County this week, against the wishes of his children.” Pike’s story sparked discussion about the rights of the convicted nationwide. Fox News asks -- should prisoners be entitled to organ transplants? ANCHOR: “Isn’t this guy actually gaining a right he probably never had before, and thereby profiting from his heinous crime?” CHIP MERLIN: “There is no right for a law abiding citizen to have this type of treatment afforded to them. And there has been some concerns expressed regarding these donor cards that a lot of us have and we sign up for all the time -- that if we start allow convicted felons to get organs, a lot of people are going to stop signing up for this program.” A writer for Business First of Buffalo says he does NOT like the idea of funding life extensions for criminals, but after further consideration -- he raises these questions: “Who are we to play God? If we begin to deny medical treatment to prisoners for ‘major surgeries’ where does it stop? Soon some politician realizes we can slash the budget by cutting non-essential doctor’s visits, then we eliminate dental care. Before you know it, the prison system backslides closer to something we are used to reading about in a war-torn third-world dictatorships half a world away.” The story lit a fire under the state senator Michael Nozzolio, who represents that New York region. He is now calling for a special hearing to investigate organ transplants for prison inmates. The Auburn Citizen reports why: "A key concern mentioned in a press release issued by Nozzolio's office Monday is that inmates could potentially jump ahead of law-abiding citizens on the organ donor lists." The New York Post reports Pike is eligible for parole in 2013 - if he lives until then. Family members told the Associated Press Pike has already undergone triple bypass surgery, will likely die without the transplant. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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