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Beijing – Schools And Students Are Targets Worldwide

December 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Beijing - A half-day before a young gunman committed one of the deadliest school attacks in U.S. history, a Chinese farmer took a kitchen knife and hacked at more than 20 children as they entered their rural elementary school. Though the outcomes are different - 28 dead in Connecticut, and 23 injured in China - the Friday attacks show how disturbingly frequent rampages against children and...

Detroit, MI – Michigan Governor Reviewing New Gun Bill Allowing Concealed Weapons To Schools

December 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Detroit, MI - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is carefully assessing legislation passed late on Thursday that would allow certain gun owners to bring concealed weapons to schools, churches and other areas that are currently gun-free, his office said. Snyder, a Republican, has not said if he will sign the bill, part of a wider effort to relax Michigan gun laws. His stance was still unclear on...

Newton, CT – School Could Not Have Prevented Shooting, Experts Say

December 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Newton, CT - U.S. school districts have spent millions of dollars on metal detectors, security cameras and elaborate emergency-response plans since the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, but almost nothing could have prevented Friday's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, security experts say. A 20-year-old, heavily armed gunman opened fire Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary...

Washington – Obama Expected To Nominate Senator Kerry For State Dept.

December 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, a source familiar with the process said on Saturday. Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and a stalwart Obama supporter, had been widely tipped as the likely candidate for top U.S. diplomat following the...

Newtown, CT – How To Talk To Your Children About School Shooting

December 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Newtown, CT - The killings at a Connecticut elementary school left parents struggling to figure out what, if anything, to tell their children. President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, would tell their daughters that they love them and hug them a little tighter. Experts say that's a good example to follow. Parents also should allow children to talk about their feelings in the...

New York – Movie Actor: Hollywood Should Take Some Responsibility For CT School Massacre

December 15, 2012 at 09:59 PM
New York - Hollywood has responded to the rampage at a Connecticut elementary school by pulling back on its offerings, and one star says the entertainment industry should take some responsibility for such violence. Fox pulled new episodes of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" that were to air Sunday to avoid potentially sensitive content. The originally scheduled episode of "Family Guy" had Peter...

New York, NY – After CT Shooting, Some NYC Residents Give Up Gun

December 15, 2012 at 09:25 PM
New York, NY - A day after 20 children were shot to death in a Connecticut elementary school, some New York City residents are giving up their guns. Two Brooklyn pastors opened their churches Saturday to the city's gun buyback program, in which anyone with a handgun can trade it in, no questions asked, for a $200 bank card. Rifles fetch $20. By early afternoon, people had turned in about 60...

Newtown, CT – Tales Of Heroism Emerge From Evil School Shooting

December 15, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Newtown, CT - Elementary school library clerk Mary Ann Jacob heard gunshots and shouted "Lockdown!" to a class of fourth graders. Then she discovered the classroom door wouldn't lock. Quickly, quietly she and other library staff got the 18 children down on the floor and crawled with them to a classroom storage closet. Hiding from the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook...

New York, NY – Brother Of Conn. Gunman Wrongly Cited As Shooter

December 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
New York, NY - Not long after Friday's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school, media outlets began reporting the gunman's identity as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza of Hoboken, N.J. His name and image quickly spread worldwide as the perpetrator of the nation's second-deadliest school shooting. Facebook and Twitter lit up as people vented their fury at the man they believed was...

New York – As Conn. Story Unfolds, Media Struggle With Facts

December 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
New York - The scope and senselessness of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting challenged journalists' ability to do much more than lend, or impose, their presence on the scene. Pressed with the awful urgency of the story, television, along with other media, fell prey to reporting "facts" that were often in conflict or wrong. How many people were killed? Which Lanza brother was the shooter...

Newtown, CT – Gunman’s Father Speaks Of Sympathy, Heartbreak

December 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Newtown, CT - The father of the gunman in the Connecticut school rampage says his family is saddened and struggling to make sense of what happened. Peter Lanza says in a statement released late Saturday that "our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy." Investigators are trying to learn more about Lanza's son, 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza...

Washington – Gun Control Advocates Press Obama To Turn Tears To Action

December 15, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Washington - The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington against tougher gun control? The answer, after the Virginia Tech killings, the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords, the Colorado movie-theater attack, the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings, and more: No. But now? The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in...

London – Iran, Israel, Other Countries Horrified By Connecticut Massacre

December 15, 2012 at 07:30 PM
London - International leaders on Saturday expressed horror at the Connecticut elementary school massacre, with Iran - at odds with the United States - calling the incident tragic and Pope Benedict conveying "heartfelt grief." Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, died in Friday's shooting spree in the town of Newtown, Connecticut, including 20 children and six adults killed at the school...

Washington – President Obama To Travel To CT Sunday After Tragedy At Elementary School

December 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service Sunday in Newtown, Conn., the site of Friday's deadly elementary school shooting. Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed when a man opened fire inside the school. Hours after the shooting, a tearful Obama said he grieved first as a father. In those remarks and later in his Saturday radio address, Obama called...

Washington – Hillary Clinton Unable To Testify On Benghazi, Cites Concussion

December 15, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday. The 65-year-old Clinton, who's expected to leave her job soon, was recovering at home after the incident last week and is being monitored by doctors, according to a statement by aide Philippe...

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