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Schools Reopen in US Town Where Mass Shooting Occurred

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Students returned to school in a small Connecticut town Tuesday, except for those who went to Sandy Hook Elementary, where one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history took place. Schools in Newtown, Connecticut, opened two hours late as parents, educators and police hoped to resume some normalcy, four days after a gunman opened […]

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US Leaders Edging Closer on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Compromise

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. leaders are edging closer to a compromise on contentious end-of-year mandates for sharp spending cuts in key government programs and tax increases for almost all American workers. Significant hurdles remain to a deal, but the outlines of an agreement seemed to be emerging Tuesday, even as President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents in […]

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First Funerals Held For US School Rampage Victims

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Grief-stricken families have buried the first two young victims of a shooting rampage last week at an elementary school in the northeastern U.S. Two six-year-old boys were laid to rest Monday, one of them a boy whose twin sister survived the massacre. Meanwhile, classes at the school in Newtown, Connecticut where the shooting took place […]

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Blast Kills 10 Afghan Girls

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in eastern Afghanistan say an explosion has killed 10 girls, ranging in age from 9 to 13 years. Two girls were wounded in the blast. Authorities say the girls were collecting firewood Monday morning in Nangarhar province when the device exploded. Officials believe the blast came from an old landmine, many of which are […]

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Obama Arrives in Town Shattered by School Shooting

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Newtown, Connecticut to join in the mourning of 20 young children and six adults shot dead in a gunman’s rampage on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to meet with the families of those who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and thank first responders to the […]

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Japan’s Conservative LDP Sweeps Back to Power

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party will return to power after a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, after being the opposition for three years. Japanese broadcaster NHK says the LDP, led by former prime Minister Shinzo Abe, won 293 seats and its coalition partner New Komeito 31 in the 480-member House of Representatives. That would secure […]

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Egyptians Vote for Controversial Constitution

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Half of Egypt’s eligible voters are casting ballots Saturday for a controversial draft constitution that has sparked weeks of violence and protests. Men and women are voting separately at schools in Cairo and nine other provinces. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has already cast his vote. Long lines outside polling stations prompted election officials to extend […]

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Police: Mass Killing Shooter Forced His Way Into School

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Police say the shooter in Friday’s mass killing at northeastern U.S. elementary school forced his way into the building before gunning down 20 young children and six adults. Police Lieutenant Paul Vance told reporters Saturday that 20-year-old Adam Lanza was not voluntarily let into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. He did […]

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Obama: ‘Overwhelming Grief’ Over Deadly Mass School Shooting

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he and parents across the country are feeling overwhelming grief over the mass school shooting Friday that killed children and school staff in the northeastern state of Connecticut. Mr. Obama, visibly upset and wiping tears from his eye as he spoke at the White House, said most of the victims […]

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North Korea Vows Mores Satellite Launches

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 11:10 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is vowing to send more satellites to space, just days after the country’s successful long-range rocket launch provoked international condemnation. The official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that Mr. Kim “stressed the need” to continue the satellite launches “to develop the country’s science, technology, and economy.” The United […]

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