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Schools Reopen in US Town Where Mass Shooting Occurred

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Students in Newtown, Connecticut, returned to school Tuesday, in the small northeastern town still reeling from one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. Schools opened two hours late as parents, educators and police hoped to resume some normalcy four days after a gunman opened fired at an elementary school, killing 20 students and […]

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US Leaders Edging Closer on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Compromise

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 11:05 am (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 U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents […]

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US Leaders Edging Closer on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Compromise

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 10:25 am (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 U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican opponents […]

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Schools Reopening in U.S. Town Where Mass Shooting Occurred

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Students will begin returning to their classes, on Tuesday, in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. Classes are resuming at all the town’s schools except Sandy Hook Elementary, where a gunman opened fire on Friday and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. […]

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NASA’s Twin Probes Scheduled to Crash Into Moon Monday

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency NASA says the twin spacecraft of its lunar-mapping mission have completed their assignment and have been deliberately crashed into the rim of a moon crater. Officials say the probes named Ebb and Flow hit the moon’s surface Monday afternoon, eastern U.S. time, in the last phase of NASA’s GRAIL mission. The […]

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US to Increase Pressure On North Korea After Rocket Launch

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. says it will increase pressure to further isolate the North Korean government after Pyongyang launched a rocket into space last week in defiance of an international ban. At her daily briefing Monday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that despite U.S. efforts last year to engage North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong […]

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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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US Politics: Conservative Lawmaker Appointed to Senate Vacancy

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina has been named to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat representing the southern state. Representative Tim Scott was named Monday by the state’s governor, Nikki Haley, to take over the seat being vacated by the recent, unexpected resignation of Senator Jim DeMint. He is leaving the Senate to […]

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Russian Activists Support US ‘Magnitsky Act’

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian rights activists say they will draft a list of Russian human rights violators, after the United States passed a law last week that imposes sanctions on such individuals. Ex-Soviet dissident and leader of the Moscow Helsinki Group for Human Rights, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, announced the creation of a new group that she says will investigate […]

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US ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks Moving Toward Compromise

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and his political opponents in Congress are moving a bit closer to reaching a compromise over contentious year-end financial issues. No deal appears imminent, but officials say the leader of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, met again with the president at the White House. For the first time […]

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