Several high-profile incidents of police officers shooting dogs in recent weeks have communities talking about safety and dealing with potentially dangerous animals, but in hundreds of American cities, certain "dangerous dogs" are already restricted or banned.
Breed-specific ordinances range from bans on pitt bulls alone, to a declaration of many breeds as "vicious" or "dangerous." Some states have no cities with restrictions. Iowa, where a man was attacked by two pitt bulls last week, has 81 cities with some form of breed-specific ordinance — more than in any other state.
Meanwhile in California, where video of police officers shooting a Rottweiler while his owner looked on went viral last week, there are only a handful of local ordinances, and none in Hawthorne, Calif., where the incident occurred.
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Emerson College in Boston changed the name of its School of Communication for one day to honor fictitious television anchorman Ron Burgundy. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, who plays Burgundy, was at the school in character.
VIDEO: Snow, ice aim for nation's frozen midsection
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Texas wants background checks for health-care navigators
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How to care for a cut Christmas tree
Cut Christmas trees must be watered and kept hydrated to last through the holidays and to prevent them from becoming fire hazards. This includes small tabletop trees.
Are fake eggs the future?
A startup called Beyond Eggs, fronted by an enthusiastic founder named Joshua Tetrick, has been making headlines lately - most recently in a Mother Jones article that asks, without beating around the bush, "Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don't Suck?"
VIDEO: Young artist focuses on gun violence through art
Eleven-year-old artist Charles Gitnick has created an exhibit that expresses his feelings about guns. His work is being displayed at an international art fair in Miami.
Cyber Monday sales reach record as shoppers snub stores for Web
Online shopping surged about 20 percent to a record on Cyber Monday as many consumers snubbed physical stores and took to the Web to buy holiday gifts.
Making edible cookie containers: Gingerbread Stockings
These edible gingerbread stocking cookie containers fall into the "too pretty to eat" category. Each one can hold 3 or 4 cookie "lollipops."
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