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11-01-2014 Science&Technology
Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another commercial space company, Orbital Sciences Inc, lost a rocket in an explosion in Virginia moments after liftoff.

Television footage of the Virgin Galactic crash site showed wreckage of the spacecraft lying in two large pieces on the ground, and the company said the spacecraft was destroyed.

The co-pilot of the spaceship was killed in the crash, while the pilot, who ejected, was injured, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said. The pilot was found at the scene and taken to a local hospital, he said.

More than 800 people have paid or put down deposits to eventually fly aboard the spaceship, which is carried to an altitude of about 45,000 feet and released. The spaceship then fires its rocket motor to catapult it to about 62 miles (100 km) above Earth, giving passengers a view of the planet set against the blackness of space and a few minutes of weightlessness.

The vehicle is based on a prototype, SpaceShipOne, which 10 years ago won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for becoming the first privately developed manned spacecraft to fly in space.

"During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo," Virgin said in a tweet, adding: "We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates ASAP."

The crash was the second accident this week involving a commercial U.S. space company. On Tuesday, an Antares rocket built and launched by Orbital Sciences exploded 15 seconds after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station.

In May, Virgin Galactic and spaceship developer Scaled Composites, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp, switched to an alternative plastic-type of fuel grain for the hybrid rocket motor.

The crash was a major setback for Virgin Galactic, a U.S. offshoot of billionaire Branson's London-based Virgin Group. SpaceShipTwo, a six-passenger, two-pilot spacecraft is aiming to make the world's first commercial suborbital space flights.

Other companies developing passenger suborbital spacecraft include privately owned XCOR Aerospace, which is building a two-person spaceplane called Lynx, and Blue Origin, a startup space company owned by Inc founder Jeff Bezos.

Virgin Galactic also plans to use its White Knight Two carrier jets to launch small satellites and payloads into orbit.

Source: Reuters

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11-01-2014 Science&Technology
Samsung says Microsoft deal invites 'charges of collusion': filing

Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing.

The filing late on Thursday stems from Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone company Samsung still owes $6.9 million in interest on more than $1 billion in patent royalties it delayed paying.

Samsung, meanwhile, said the April Nokia acquisition violated its 2011 deal with Microsoft.

In a court filing late on Thursday, Samsung said it agreed in 2011 to pay Microsoft royalties in exchange for a patent license covering Samsung's Android phones. The Android operating system is developed by Google Inc (GOOGL.O).

However, Samsung also agreed to develop Windows phones and share confidential business information with Microsoft as part of that collaboration. Microsoft would reduce the royalty payments if Samsung met certain sales goals for Windows devices, the filing said.

Microsoft's Windows phones have failed to take significant market share from iPhone maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and devices running on Android.

Once Microsoft acquired Nokia, it became a direct hardware competitor with Samsung, the filing said, and the South Korean company refused to continue sharing some sensitive information. Doing so could have created problems with U.S. antitrust laws, Samsung said.

"[T]he agreements, now between competitors, invite charges of collusion," Samsung said in the filing.

In a statement, Microsoft said it was "confident that our case is strong" and that it will succeed.

Antitrust regulators in the United States and other countries have approved Microsoft's Nokia acquisition.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York is Microsoft Corp vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, 14-6039.

Source: Reuters

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11-01-2014 Science&Technology
UBS cannot arbitrate vs Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court

A divided U.S. appeals court rejected UBS AG's (UBSN.VX) bid to force Nasdaq OMX Group Inc (NDAQ.O) to arbitrate a dispute over the exchange operator's alleged "catastrophic mismanagement" of Facebook Inc's (FB.O) $16 billion initial public offering.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday said UBS' agreement with Nasdaq to help make a market for Facebook shares did not entitle the Swiss bank to arbitration, in its effort to recoup more than $350 million of losses.

Circuit Judge Reena Raggi wrote for a 2-1 majority that the agreement was subject to a Nasdaq rule that "specifically disallows" claims over trading losses, showing that "the parties did not intend to submit such foreclosed claims to binding arbitration."

UBS had no immediate comment. Nasdaq spokesman Joseph Christinat declined to comment.

Facebook's first day of trading on May 18, 2012 was plagued by technology problems, resulting in a delayed opening and tens of thousands of trade and cancellation orders being stuck in Nasdaq's system for more than two hours.

While market makers lost an estimated $500 million on Facebook's IPO, federal regulators last year approved a plan for Nasdaq to repay only about $41.6 million.

Friday's decision may therefore make it more difficult for UBS to recoup anything close to its estimated losses.

It upheld a June 2013 preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet barring arbitration.

Nasdaq agreed in May 2013 to pay a $10 million penalty, a record for a stock exchange, to settle U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission charges over its alleged "poor systems and decision-making" for the IPO.

The exchange operator did not admit wrongdoing. Facebook investors are also suing Nasdaq over the IPO.

In its March 2013 arbitration demand, UBS claimed that Nasdaq had not been "up to the task" of handling such a big IPO, and was "grossly negligent" in allowing shares to trade despite lacking the necessary software.

UBS said this resulted in many duplicate or errant orders, made it impossible to determine what trades had been made, and caused the bank to unintentionally amass a net 40.2 million Facebook shares by the end of the first trading day.

Dissenting from Friday's decision, Circuit Judge Chester Straub said federal courts had no power to review UBS state law claims premised on the rules of Nasdaq, a private company. He said the majority's reasoning could flood courts with new cases.

"It simply cannot be true that every time a case involves a famous company or a multibillion-dollar IPO, federal courts have jurisdiction," he wrote.

The case is Nasdaq OMX Group Inc et al v. UBS Securities LLC, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 13-2657.

Source: Reuters

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11-01-2014 Politics
Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war

A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama's Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up.

Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows Republicans are more certain they will vote, and see their ballot as a way to voice disapproval of Obama's handling of the Ebola outbreak and his health insurance reform law.

The expectation of robust Republican turnout is why many forecasters see strong odds that the party will take over the Senate and expand its majority in the House of Representatives.

"It looks good for the Republicans," said Robert Erikson, a political scientist at Columbia University. "The Democrats are at a disadvantage when it comes to turnout."

About 55 percent of Republicans are certain they will vote, compared with 47 percent of Democrats, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data for an online survey of 1,725 voters conducted Oct. 25-30. The poll had a credibility interval of 4.2 percentage points for Democrats and 4.8 points for Republicans.

While Republican turnout tends to be higher than Democrats', fewer Americans identify as Republicans, which means contests are tightly fought.

Tuesday's elections play to Republican strengths. While most voters are less interested in non-presidential contests, Republicans' older, higher-income voters are more politically engaged.

Also helping to galvanize Republicans is their frustration over six years of Democratic control of the White House. The president's party has lost seats in Congress in nearly every midterm since 1934.

James Campbell, a political scientist at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, said parties have bucked this trend only when their president enjoyed high approval ratings, as with Bill Clinton in 1998 and George W. Bush in 2002.

Obama's approval rating is just 38 percent, according to other Reuters/Ipsos polling data, and he is a lightning rod for Republicans.

"If there's a unifying theme here, it's a lack of confidence in the administration's management," Campbell said.

Fifty-four percent of Republicans polled said Obama's handling of Ebola would be very important for them when they vote, versus 40 percent of Democrats.

Some 63 percent of Republicans are similarly focused on Islamic State, a militant group America is bombing in Iraq and Syria. That's 20 points higher than among Democrats, and a sizable spread also holds regarding Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Still, many political scientists don't see this year's threats and policy debates as the main factor that will drive Republicans to the polls.

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Source: Reuters

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11-01-2014 Science&Technology
Micro-rockets 'can destroy chemical weapons'

A team has developed micro-rockets that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.

Powered by seawater, the micrometre-sized rockets are capable of degrading agents like anthrax and sarin.

The rockets can "swim" in contaminated samples to decompose them, before eventually self-degrading.

Published in journal ACS Nano, the team says the technology could also decontaminate environmental waste.

"It needs no external stimuli, just expose it to seawater, it then generates a bubble and moves around. In the past, people needed external fuel but here we use seawater as the fuel," explained Joseph Wang at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), who was involved in developing the rockets.

Prof Wang said it could degrade both biological weapons and nerve agents like sarin, commonly used as weapons in the Middle East.

"Our rockets can protect against these, faster, cheaper and using less reagents," he told BBC News.

The rocket is made from magnesium coated with titanium dioxide. A small eye-like opening exposes the magnesium which reacts with the seawater causing a "bubble propulsion" effect which powers it forward.

This propulsion then enables titanium dioxide to react and break down chemical and biological agents. Titanium dioxide is already known for its amazing ability to break down pollutants. It has previously been used for self-cleaning windows and engineers have even coated cotton with the chemical in an attempt to make clothes clean themselves.

The UCSD scientists say that titanium dioxide is also extremely useful for degrading chemical and biological warfare agents. It produces no toxic waste material and does not need chemicals which have toxic by-products.

One of the next challenges will be to scale up the project to enable the micro-motors to clear a large area of contaminants.

There are broader impacts of the technology too, said Prof Wang. His team are now working on a similar motor which could be used to help treat disease by targeting cancer cells, or it could release drugs inside the body.

The project was funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a US government organisation.

Source: BBC

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11-01-2014 Health
Nurse praises judge's rejection of quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine – Kaci Hickox described as a "good compromise" a judge's ruling on Friday that rejected state efforts to quarantine the nurse in her home but does require her to submit to daily monitoring for the Ebola virus.

The order by Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere eased his earlier, temporary ruling and will remain in effect until there is a hearing on the state's bid for an outright quarantine for Hickox, who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa.

The ruling instructs Hickox to submit to daily health monitoring, coordinate her travel with public health authorities, and notify officials if she develops any symptoms of the deadly virus.

"I am very satisfied with the decision," she told reporters in front of her boyfriend's home. "The three points that he is still recommending that I abide by are the three points that I believe are part of this good compromise that we can make."

She said she has already been complying with the CDC recommendations for daily monitoring and "I will continue to be compliant."

"It is a good day," she told reporters, adding that she and boyfriend Ted Wilbur intended to have dinner and watch a scary Halloween movie.

The judge dropped his earlier requirement that Hickox remain in Fort Kent, avoid public places and maintain a three-foot buffer around other people.

Hickox sidestepped a question of whether she would now go into Fort Kent since there is no quarantine, saying she is taking events "minute by minute."

In his ruling, LaVerdiere said flatly that the state had failed to make its case for an outright quarantine. He quoted from an affidavit by the director of the Maine CDC that emphasized that a person without Ebola symptoms cannot spread the disease.

The state had sought a quarantine through Nov. 10, which would mark the end of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola.

Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican facing a tough re-election bid next week, said that despite the state's best efforts, Hickox had refused to cooperate, WLBZ-TV reports.

"As governor, I have done everything I can to protect the health and safety of Mainers," he said."The judge has eased restrictions with this ruling and I believe it is unfortunate. However, the state will abide by law."

The judge also lavished praise on Hickox for her public service in treating Ebola patients in West Africa,

"We would not be here today unless (Hickox) generously, kindly and with compassion, lent her skills to aid, comfort and care for individuals stricken with the terrible disease," he wrote. "We need to remember as we go through this matter that we owe her and all professions who give of themselves in this way a debt of gratitude."

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11-01-2014 Health
High milk diet 'may not cut risk of bone fractures'

Drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

The research, conducted in Sweden, showed women who drank more than three glasses a day were actually more likely to break bones than those who had less.

The researchers cautioned that their work only suggested a trend and should not be interpreted as proof that high milk consumption caused fractures.

Factors such as alcohol and weight were likely to play a role, they said.

Twice the chance

Milk has been recommended as a good source of calcium for many years but studies considering whether it leads to stronger bones and fewer fractures have had conflicting results.

A team of scientists in Sweden examined the dietary habits of 61,400 women in 1987-1990 and 45,300 men in 1997 and then monitored their health for years afterwards.

Participants were asked to complete questionnaires on how frequently they consumed common foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese over a one-year period.

Researchers then tracked how many developed fractures and how many participants died in the years afterwards.

In the 20-year follow-up period in which the women were monitored, those who drank more than three glasses, or 680ml, of milk a day were more likely to develop fractures than those who had consumed less.

The high-intake group had a higher risk of death too.

Prof Karl Michaelsson, lead researcher at Uppsala University, said: "Women who drank three or more glasses a day had twice the chance of dying at the end of the study than those who drank less than one glass a day.

"And those who had a high milk intake also had a 50% higher risk of hip fracture."

Men were monitored for an average of 11 years after the initial survey and the results showed a similar but less pronounced trend.

Opposite pattern

When fermented milk products such as yoghurt were considered, the opposite pattern was observed - people who consumed more had a lower risk of fractures. Prof Michaelsson says the findings could be due to sugars in milk, which have been shown to accelerate ageing in some early animal studies.

"Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures.

"The results should, however, be interpreted cautiously given the observational design of our study."

Dietary advice should not be changed until more research had been conducted, he said.

Prof Sue Lanham-New, from the University of Surrey, said the study was of limited use. "We do not have a feel for the influence of physical activity or other lifestyle habits important to bone or overall mortality.

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Source: BBC

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11-01-2014 General
Lawsuit filed in Malaysia over missing MH370

Two Malaysian children whose father was on the Malaysian Airlines flight that disappeared have filed a lawsuit against the airline and the government.

It is believed to be the first legal case filed in Malaysia since the incident on 8 March.

The lawsuit accuses the civil aviation department of negligence for failing to contact the plane within a reasonable amount of time after it disappeared.

Flight MH370, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, had 239 people on board.

Lawyers representing the two underage sons of passenger Jee Jing Hang filed the suit with the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

They are suing the national carrier for breach of contract, saying it failed to take all measures to ensure a safe flight. They are also suing civil aviation authorities, the immigration department and the air force for negligence.

"We have waited for eight months. After speaking to various experts, we believe we have sufficient evidence for a strong case," said their lawyer Arunan Selveraj.

"A big plane missing in this age of technology is really unacceptable," he said.

The legal team said they would seek damages but did not give a figure.

In March a civil action case was brought in the US by a law firm on behalf of relatives. But a judge dismissed it, calling it an improper filing.

The Malaysian government believes MH370 ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean, in seas far off the Australian city of Perth.

But there is no explanation yet for what happened to the plane or caused it to stray so far off course.

Despite extensive searches coordinated by Australian authorities, no wreckage of any kind has been found yet.

Some legal experts say this could hamper any lawsuits filed, as it leaves much to speculation.

Search efforts are ongoing.

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10-31-2014 Science&Technology
Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Warg faces lengthy jail term

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark.

The Danish court found Mr Warg and his co-defendant guilty of breaking into computers owned by technology services giant CSC.

Once they won access to the computers, the pair downloaded police and social security files.

Mr Warg will be sentenced on 31 October and could face six years in jail.

His accomplice walked free from the court on 30 October as he had served 17 months in pre-trial detention.

The initial hack attack took place in February 2012 and gave the pair access to the sensitive information for about six months.

Defence lawyers said although the hack attacks were carried out using a computer owned by Mr Warg, he was not the person that used it to steal the files. Instead, they said, an unnamed hacker took over this machine and used it to carry out the attacks. Mr Warg has declined to name this other hacker.

After considering evidence, the judge and jury in the case said it was "unlikely" that other people were responsible.

The court's decision is the third to go against Mr Warg in the last five years.

He was deported from Cambodia in September 2013 to Sweden where he served a jail term for copyright theft because of his involvement with the Pirate Bay file-sharing site.

In a separate trial in 2013, Mr Warg was sentenced to two years in a Swedish jail for hacking into a bank's computers. This sentence was reduced to one year on appeal.

In that trial, Mr Warg and accomplice were found guilty of breaking into the computer systems of computer services firm Logica, which was doing work for Sweden's tax office and a bank. On that occasion his accomplice was put on probation.

In late November 2013 he was deported to Denmark to face charges in the CSC hacking cases.

Source: BBC

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10-31-2014 Science&Technology
Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day.

In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. The slogan has become a well known reference to Nov. 11, when Singles' Day takes place each year, encouraging unattached consumers to buy goods as gifts for themselves.

Tmall said in the letter that "Double Eleven" is a registered trademark. According to research by Reuters, in 2013, Alibaba registered at least six trademarks associated with "Double Eleven" with the State Administration of Industry and Commerce.

The letter highlights fierce competition among e-commerce firms in China over their marketing efforts around Nov. 11, a day that has proved an online shopping bonanza. Total sales processed on Singles' Day last year approached $8 billion.

In the letter, which was published on a JD Weibo account, Tmall also condemned some of Alibaba's e-commerce rivals, without identifying names, and said media outlets would be liable for breach of trademark if they published any ads that infringed on Alibaba's rights.

"We express our extreme indignation and condemn some e-commerce companies for their demeaning activities," Alibaba's Tmall said in the letter, without disclosing specific examples of activities to which it objected. Tmall said publishers would bear joint liability for any breach of China's advertising law.

Officials at Alibaba and JD weren't immediately available for comment on Thursday.

JD said on Weibo that Alibaba's warning was counter to "the open spirit of the Internet and the principles of fair competition, and said the move would limit consumer choice and damage consumer interests.

For its part, Alibaba's letter amounted to a muscular effort to protect its lead on a hugely important day of sales.

Last year on Nov. 11, Alibaba's payment system alone processed $5.8 billion worth of transactions - more than the amount sold in the United States on Black Monday and Cyber Friday - with almost a third of China's population visiting Alibaba websites during the 24-hour period last year.

JD, a distant second to Alibaba in Chinese e-commerce, posted sales of $1.6 billion during its own Singles' Day promotion last year, which extended over 12 days.

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Source: Reuters

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10-31-2014 Culture
The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers

One of the world's most famous self-portraits is going on rare public display in the northern Italian city of Turin. Very little is known about the 500-year-old, fragile, fading red chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci but some believe it has mystical powers.

There is a myth in Turin that the gaze of Leonardo da Vinci in this self-portrait is so intense that those who observe it are imbued with great strength.

Some say it was this magical power, not the cultural and economic value of the drawing, that led to it being secretly moved from Turin and taken to Rome during World War Two - heaven forbid it should ever fall into Hitler's hands and give him more power.

Whatever the reason, this was the only work from the entire collection of precious drawings and manuscripts to be removed from the Royal Library in Turin at the time.

The library's current director, Giovanni Saccani, says nobody even knows exactly where it was hidden. "To prevent the Nazis from taking it, an intelligence operation saw it transported in absolute anonymity to Rome."

Under such difficult circumstances, preservation was not properly considered, "nor did they have the same knowledge and techniques back then," says Saccani. "Naturally, this did not do its condition any good."

Inside the Royal Library a pristine red carpet lines the stairs - we follow the steps down to a secure underground vault with reinforced doors. This purpose built caveau has been the home of Leonard's Self-Portrait, and thousands of other priceless drawings and manuscripts, since 1998. The picture's treatment today could not contrast more strikingly with the neglect it suffered during the first half of the 20th Century.

The lighting is exclusively fibre optic - no natural light can enter this room - and the temperature is kept at a constant 20 degrees Celsius, the humidity at 55 per cent. The display cases are made of a type of glass which Saccani describes as "anti-everything", and the whole area is fitted with alarms and security cameras.

Using a special preservation torch, Saccani shines some light onto the drawing's surface to demonstrate the extent of the damage known as foxing, when small reddish-brown spots or marks appear on ancient paper.

"This case is particularly bad," he sighs - 200 years ago the foxing was less obvious. "On the bottom left of the drawing there was a red chalk inscription in Latin which said Leonardus Vincius, which has now completely disappeared."

Since the damage is so extensive and the paper so fragile, restoration would be extremely complex. Exhaustive analysis and discussion by world experts in restoration has led to "the decision to maintain the status quo," says Saccani.

And since coming to the caveau in 1998, the condition of the drawing has not deteriorated any further.

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10-31-2014 Politics
Washington state support for gun control measure strong before vote

A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Washington state voters are deciding on two competing gun legislation measures in next week's election.

One would require background checks on all gun sales, including at gun shows, online and transfers. The other would prevent the state from imposing more background check requirements unless the federal government does so first.

The vote comes in the shadow of last week's school shooting in Marysville, Washington, in which a teenager used a .40 caliber handgun to shoot five classmates at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Two 14-year-old girls were killed in addition to the gunman, who took his own life, authorities said.

A KCTS-9 survey taken from Oct. 17 to 24, the day of the shooting, found voter support for the background check measure at 64 percent. The survey found 45 percent of those polled would vote against new background checks.

A separate Oct. 9 survey conducted by independent Washington pollster Stuart Elway, found the gun control measure with 60 percent support with its rival at 39 percent.

Public support for stricter gun control often spikes after a mass shooting, said Matt Barreto, a University of Washington political science professor.

"If you piece together all of the shootings going all the way back to Columbine, nationally we've been seeing more support for background checks and more responsible gun laws," Barreto said.

Pro-gun groups argue that tighter background checks wouldn't have prevented the Marysville tragedy nor impeded the shooter, who at 15 was too young to legally obtain a gun.

"I think it's deceptive to suggest that a law like this is going to prevent something like what happened at Pilchuck high school," said Dave Workman, a spokesman for the measure to block more background checks.

Gun control advocates say stricter checks would reduce gun violence by making it harder for criminals to obtain firearms.

Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, who both lost first-grade sons in a 2012 shooting rampage in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, came to Seattle to encourage residents to vote for stricter checks.

"We know that background checks can save lives," Hockley said. "Just because it won't stop one tragedy doesn't mean it won't stop other tragedies from happening."

Source: Reuters

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