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Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM   |   Comments

Indian forces cross into Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Pakistani officials say two men were killed after Indian troops crossed into Pakistan territory early Sunday, prompting an attack from Pakistani forces.

The Indian troops crossed the Line of Control the Bagh area of Pakistan and attacked a security checkpoint, Dawn News reported Sunday.

Two Pakistani soldiers were injured in the attack, one of whom later died during treatment. A Pakistani civilian was also killed during the attack and two others were injured.

Pakistani forces returned fire, resulting in the Indian forces fleeing and leaving their weapons behind.


4.0-magnitude quake strikes France

LOURDES, France, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Lourdes in southwest France early Sunday, the French Central Bureau of Seismology said.

The quake happened at 12:26 a.m. and was centered about 9 miles away from Lourdes in the Haute-Pyrenees region, Radio France Internationale reported.

Police and firefighters said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.


Protesters object to Stamford gun show

STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Demonstrators said they protested a gun show held less than 50 miles away from Newtown, Conn., the site of horrific school shooting in December.

WBCS-TV, New York, said an array of antique rifles, dueling pistols and shotguns were displayed Saturday at Stamford's Plaza Hotel.

Organizers of the event said the show was about collectibles and history, not violence.

But more than 50 demonstrators were on site, and said the event hit too close to home. A few protesters cited a newspaper ad for the event that appeared on the same page as an article about Sandy Hook Elementary students.

"The way it was in the paper really upset me and it's not even a month since it happened," demonstrator Linda Ferguson-Clap said.

Organizers argued the school shooting was a result of mental health issues, not the guns.

They also said that every buyer is required to undergo a background check.


Christie: Sandy influences election year

TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Gov. Chris Christie said Hurricane Sandy would have a definite role in shaping New Jersey's state policies this year.

Christie told The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger said the destructive storm had elbowed its way to the top tier of state priorities in the months leading up to his re-election bid in November.

"It erased the blackboard," Christie said in an interview published Sunday.

Christie said the long road to recovery from the storm would complicate the debate over tax reform and other legislative moves that would fit in with a conservative agenda. "From my perspective, that's a discussion we'll have over the next 10 or 11 months and let the people of New Jersey decide which philosophy they think makes the most sense," he said.

Christie said he was not abandoning his conservative Republican leanings and also insisted he would serve out his full four-year term if re-elected rather than seek to cash in on his high national profile and seek a higher office.

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