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New York Law Limits Purchase of Firearms: NY1 News reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new state law that prevents the purchase of firearms by those convicted of domestic violence. The law closes a gap between state and federal statutes by sending the information of people convicted on domestic violence charges to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the database that is checked before someone buys a gun. Previously, those convicted of domestic violence in New York state were not added to the database.

Acquitted Man Confesses to Murder: Mike Donoghue of the Burlington Free Press reports Isaac Turnbaugh called Vermont police last month and confessed to the murder that he was acquitted of in 2004. Turnbaugh was acquitted of a first-degree murder charge for the 2002 shooting of a co-worker outside a pizza restaurant. In July Turnbaugh called local police and said he shot Declan Lyons in the head with a rifle and wanted to surrender to authorities. At trial, the defense argued that Turnbaugh repeatedly claimed responsibility for the crime because he was mentally ill, not because of his involvement with the murder. Despite his admission to the crime, state authorities say there is nothing they can do. Attorney General William Sorrell made reference to double jeopardy, and said that after an acquittal, "you can go out on the courthouse steps and confess, and the state can't do anything."

Registered Sex Offender Sues City for Right to Live With Parents: Loretta Kalb of The Sacramento Bee reports Michael Steven Escobar, a registered sex offender on parole for child molestation, is suing the city of Elk Grove, California. Escobar served nearly nine years in prison for the molestation of a child under age 14. Escobar complains that a city ordinance restricting where he is allowed to live violates state and federal constitutions, which leaves him few choices other than homelessness. Elk Grove's city ordinance prohibits a registered sex offender from living within 2,000 feet of schools, day care centers, playgrounds, parks, amusement centers, or youth sports facilities. Elk Grove Councilman Gary Davis says, "our ordinance is intentionally strong, and we take seriously our obligation to protect our community members." Under a temporary court order Escobar is allowed to live in his mother's house less than 1,000 feet from a public park while the case goes forward.

Ten Most Stolen Vehicles in the U.S.: The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released "Hot Wheels," its list of the ten most stolen vehicles in the U.S for 2010. Topping the list are the 1994 Honda Accord, the 1995 Honda Civic, and the 1991 Toyota Camry.

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