Colombia car bomb attack leaves at least 10 dead – CNN

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Youth Suicide Rates Are Higher In States With High Gun Ownership, According To A New Study – KBIA

Rates of youth suicide are higher in states with high gun ownership, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Researchers studied 10 years of teenage suicide rates and found that gun ownership “is a factor that really is highly predictive for what the youth suicide rate is going to be,” said Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and one of the paper’s authors.

In the 10 states with the highest rates of youth suicide, the average household gun ownership was 52.5 percent, the researchers found. In the 10 states with the lowest youth suicide rates, the average household gun ownership rate was 20 percent. The study examined data from 2005-2015.

Kansas, where researchers estimate 43 percent of households have guns, has the 15th-highest youth suicide rate. Missouri ranks 24th, with guns in about 44 percent of households.

Siegel says that youth suicide is often an impulse decision.

“During that time period of life there’s a lot of angst and everyone goes through some difficult situations,” Siegel said. “What we’re finding is whether or not you make it through that has a lot to do with whether or not you have access to a gun.”

Firearms are twice as lethal as other means, which means that access can affect lethality.

A study published last year in the Journal of Urban Health found that 4.6 million young people in the U.S. live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm.

Keeping guns locked away and unloaded, Siegel says, could save some teenage lives.

Currently, there are no federal standards for locking firearms, though 11 states, including Massachusetts, California and New York, have laws that concern locking firearms.

The RAND Corporation recently studied child-access prevention laws, which require gun owners to keep firearms stored securely away from young people in the home. RAND researchers found supportive evidence that child-access prevention laws reduce youth suicides and unintentional injuries and deaths.

More than half of U.S. states have some form of a child-access prevention or “safe storage” law. But these laws vary widely in terms of what they require of firearm owners and whether they impose criminal liability.

Massachusetts is the only state that requires all guns to be locked up when not in use. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that guns are used in just 9 percent of youth suicides in Massachusetts, compared to 39 percent of youth suicides nationally.

Guns & America is a public media reporting project on the role of guns in American life. Guns & America’s Lisa Dunn contributed to this story.

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Netflix adds 8.8M paid subscribers globally, says it now accounts for 10 percent of US TV screen time – TechCrunch

Netflix just released its fourth quarter earnings report, which looks mixed compared to Wall Street expectations.

The company added 8.8 million subscribers, well above the 7.6 million that it had predicted at the beginning of the quarter. It also beat estimates for earnings per share — analysts had predicted EPS of 24 cents, but actual EPS came in at 30 cents. However, revenue was a bit lower than expected — $4.19 billion, compared to predictions of $4.21 billion.

As of 4:50pm Eastern, Netflix shares were down about 2 percent in after-hours trading.

The investor letter also includes viewership numbers for several popular titles, including “Bird Box,” which the company says will be viewed by more than 80 million households in its first four weeks (45 million accounts streamed the movie in its first week, setting a record for Netflix). It also says that “You” and “Sex Education” are on track to be viewed by more than 40 million households in their first four weeks on the service.

And these aren’t just people accidentally tuning in for a few seconds — Netflix says it only counts someone as a viewer if they watch at least 70 percent of a movie or an episode.

The letter emphasizes the popularity of these original shows and movies as a way of suggesting that Netflix isn’t reliant on outside studios for its content and continued success.

“As a result of our success with original content, we’re becoming less focused on 2nd run programming,” it says, noting that Netflix originals now account for the majority of unscripted viewing on the service. “We are ready to pay top-of-market prices for second run content when the studios, networks and producers are willing to sell, but we are also prepared to keep our members ecstatic with our incredible original content if others choose to retain their content for their own services.”

Later, the letter returns to the theme of growing competition in the streaming world, claiming that Netflix currently accounts for 100 million hours of viewing per day on U.S. TV screens — which it estimates to be 10 percent of the total. It also suggests that it’s going up against a “very broad set of competitors … We compete with (and lose to) ‘Fortnite’ more than HBO.”

“Our focus is not on Disney+ or Amazon, but on how we can improve our experience for our members,” the company says.

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Sears’ unsecured creditors say retailer’s downfall was ‘precipitated by years of misconduct,’ object to Lampert’s bid to save company – CNBC

Sears‘ unsecured creditors filed an objection Thursday afternoon to Chairman Eddie Lampert’s deal to save the company through his hedge fund, ESL Investments, requesting a public hearing to air its grievances.

Lands’ End in 2014 and transactions with Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust Lampert created through some Sears properties a year later.

“Sears’s downfall is nothing short of tragic,” the committee wrote in the documents.

“After taking control of Sears in 2005, ESL — acting at all times at founder and namesake Lampert’s direction — engaged in serial asset stripping, taking Sears’s best assets out of the enterprise to shield them from the claims of other creditors and maximize ESL’s investments (in Sears and other entities) in anticipation of these inevitable bankruptcy proceedings.”

As part of the deal struck earlier this week, Lampert paid $35 million for the right to help fund his bid by forgiving debt owed to him through a “credit bid,” people familiar with the situation have told CNBC. The deal, though, did not address potential litigation the unsecured creditors have threatened they may file over deals Lampert did during his tenure as Sears’ CEO and largest shareholder.

On Thursday, the unsecured creditors group, calling ESL’s bid to save Sears “nothing but the final fulfillment of a years-long scheme,” said it is seeking standing to prosecute a number of claims against Lampert and ESL.

Among the claims it is lodging against Lampert, the group cited both the Lands’ End and Seritage transactions. It is also demanding the “recovery of all ill-gotten gains and compensation for the damages incurred” under Lampert’s leadership.

The group cast doubt on Lampert’s ability to revive the company, saying ESL has “failed to set forth a business plan that offers any viable go-forward path.”

ESL has said it is buying only Sears’ profitable stores, but, as a whole, the company hasn’t turned a profit since 2010. It is also facing robust competition from Walmart, Target and Amazon.

“The company will continue to be hobbled by the same untenable problems, given that its efforts to resuscitate performance by shrinking has mainly been unsuccessful,” wrote Moody’s department store analyst Christina Boni earlier this week.

According to the documents filed Thursday, Sears closed more than 3,500 stores while under Lampert’s direction. It filed for bankruptcy with roughly 700 stores, but has since whittled that footprint down closer to 400 through several rounds of store closures.

Sears has until Jan. 29 to respond to any objections to its deal with Lampert.

ESL has previously stressed that all actions taken by Sears while under Lampert’s tenure were approved by the company’s board.

In part of a statement delivered to CNBC through an ESL spokesperson on Thursday, the company said:

“Over the past several months, we have provided countless pages of documents to the Creditors’ Committee and held numerous discussions with their advisors. We have cooperated fully with their review and remain confident that the processes we followed are unimpeachable. We reject any assertion to the contrary and will vigorously contest any effort to assert claims against ESL, its principals or affiliates concerning these transactions.”

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Taos Ski Valley Avalanche Buries Multiple People on New Mexico Peak – The Weather Channel

Two Skiers Buried by Avalanche at New Mexico Resort
  • An avalanche at Taos Ski Valley resort has buried an unknown number of people.
  • At least two people have been pulled from the avalanche.

An avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort buried at least two people as search efforts continue to ensure there are no additional victims.

Taos County emergency management director Bobby Lucero said that they did not yet know how many were still trapped in the avalanche, but that at least two people had been rescued.

Chris Stagg, Vice President of Taos Ski Valley confirmed that two men had been rescued from the avalanche and hospitalized. Their condition remains unknown at this time.

At least one of those rescued was airlifted off the mountain, Lucero said. The Taos News reported that CPR was performed on some of the victims.

A search led by the Taos Valley Ski Patrol in tandem with local law enforcement and firefighters is underway to ensure there aren’t any others buried by the avalanche. However, Stagg said that the resort doesn’t believe any others are trapped at this time.

An unnamed witness speaking to the Taos News detailed the moment the avalanche occurred.

“I see two people trying to come down and a third person on the left. They were really good skiers, it looked like,” she said. “I turned my back to put my bindings on … and then I heard a sound,” she said. “It sounded like an earthquake coming.”

Up to 16″ of snow has fallen in the Taos Ski Valley in the last week alone, according to weather.com meteorologists James Wilson and Jonathan Belles.

An extremely active winter thus far in New Mexico has padded the snowpack in the mountains of northern New Mexico and some spots have had twice their usual winter snowfall through mid-January.

This is a breaking news situation. Please check back with weather.com for the latest update.


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