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    A majority of Americans say they want stricter gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons and tougher background checks, a new poll released Wednesday shows.

    According to the survey of 1,219 adults conducted by Marist College for MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 60 percent said the laws covering the sale of firearms should be more strict, while 59 percent said they would support legislation banning the sale of assault weapons. Thirty-seven percent opposed such a ban.

    A vast majority (83 percent) of Democrats and 37 percent of Republicans want stricter gun laws.

    The poll also found 43 percent of gun owners believe that the laws covering gun sales should be stricter, and nearly 9 in 10 Americans (87 percent) support background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows.

    The poll results came a day after the National Rifle Association released a 225-page report calling for armed security or staff members in every American school in response to the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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    Reports of brutal rapes of foreign tourists in India and Brazil in recent months have rocked the international travel industry.

    According to data cited by The Atlantic, visitors to India have dropped 25 percent since December's fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in the capital of New Delhi, and 35 percent among female travelers. And that data was compiled before March 16, when a Swiss woman who was touring the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh by bicycle with her husband was gang-raped by a group of eight men.

    In Madhya Pradesh, there are nine reported rapes every day, according to the Washington Post.

    In Brazil, where an American tourist was raped by three men over the course of six hours on Monday, reports of rapes there have risen 150 percent since 2009, The Atlantic reported.

    Not surprisingly, Brazil and India are among the most dangerous places to travel, according to an interactive map produced by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs.

    But they're not the most dangerous: North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Mali, Niger, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Somalia are where would-be tourists are warned to "avoid all travel."

    For other countries, like Libya, visitors are cautioned to "avoid non-essential travel."

    The color-coded danger map also includes region- and time-specific warnings. In Pakistan, tourists are told to avoid:

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    MTV may be best known these days for its soapy reality shows featuring teenage moms and drunken partygoers at the “Jersey Shore.” But long before the world had even heard of a pint-size princess named Snooki, the cable channel was wholly devoted to music videos—airing them nearly 24 hours a day when MTV first launched in 1981.

    Back then, music videos were often dismissed by critics as nothing more than ads or, more simply, radio playing on television. But decades later—years after MTV dropped most of its video programming—the music video has slowly been embraced as art, important and influential enough to merit a major exhibition launching this week in New York.

    On Wednesday, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, will open “Spectacle: The Music Video,” a massive exhibition that features more than 300 videos, artifacts and interactive installations chronicling the development and influence of the music video as an art form.

    While the show acknowledges MTV’s influence in

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