6:35am

Sun December 16, 2012
The Two-Way

School Shooter Armed With 'Hundreds' Of Rounds Of Ammunition, Police Say

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 3:26 am

A makeshift memorial was set up near the entrance to the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Sunday.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

Police on Sunday said 20-year-old Adam Lanza was armed with a high-powered rifle, two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he forcibly entered a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and proceeded to gun down 20 young students and six faculty members.

The latest information on the tragedy, the worst violence at an elementary school in U.S. history, came ahead of President Obama's arrival in the town where Friday's mass shooting took place. The president met with families of the victims and planned to attend an evening vigil, where he will speak.

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5:25am

Sun December 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Egyptian Constitutional Referendum Appears To Have Passed

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 6:24 am

Polling station officials count ballots in Cairo on Dec. 15, at the end of the first day of vote in a referendum on a new constitution.
AFP/Getty Images

In Egypt, voters appear to have approved the controversial draft referendum on a proposed constitution in the first stage of the referendum held across half of the country yesterday.

The outcome is unofficial at this point as the government has said it will not announce official results until the referendum concludes in the rest of Egypt next Saturday. The vote is being held in two stages because a boycott by many judges who were supposed to supervise the elections. Those boycotting say they reject the constitution because it doesn't have a national consensus.

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5:11am

Sun December 16, 2012
Remembrances

A Father Humbled By The Too-Short Life Of His Daughter

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:07 pm

Emilie Parker, 6, was killed Dec. 14 in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Courtesy of the family

3:39am

Sun December 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Parting Advice From The Senators Leaving Congress

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 6:11 am

Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The United States is now just over two weeks away from a plunge over the "fiscal cliff" — that is, unless Congress can agree on a deal to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts in the new year. But once again, Congress seems headed for the brink.

That's been happening more and more in recent years. And it was noted sadly by a string of retiring senators as they were bidding their colleagues farewell this past week.

Daniel Akaka

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3:39am

Sun December 16, 2012
Religion

Mormon Women Dare To Wear Pants To Church

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 6:11 am

There may be fewer skirts sighted outside Mormon churches in Salt Lake City this Sunday.
George Frey Getty Images

Sunday morning could see a pants revolution at church, at least if you're Mormon. A group of women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting all sisters to shed their skirts and dresses, and wear slacks or pantsuits in an attempt to change the conservative dress code.

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2:38pm

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

A Nation's Mourning: How We Cope

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 6:33 am

Shop owners Tamara Doherty (left) and Jackie Gaudet meet outside their stores for the first time since becoming neighbors, just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
David Goldman AP

Many of us following the news out of Newtown, Conn., do not have a personal relationship with those murdered Friday. Some of us may not have children whom we need to guide as they see images from the scene.

Yet even without these connections, many people are looking for ways to process their grief and mourn the victims.

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2:15pm

Sat December 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 9:50 am

Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., observe voting in parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2008. President Obama is reportedly considering Hagel as his next defense secretary, and Kerry for secretary of state.
KM Chaudary AP

In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future could — under one scenario — mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and its foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

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1:40pm

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Mandela Recovering After Gallstone Surgery

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 2:49 pm

Former South African President Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu, South Africa, in February. The 94-year-old underwent surgery to remove gallstones on Saturday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was recovering Saturday after surgery to remove gallstones, the government said. There was no indication when the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader would be released from the hospital, though the government said he was recovering well.

Mandela was admitted to the unnamed hospital in the capital, Pretoria, a week ago. As the BBC's Karen Allen told our Newscast Unit, there's been much concern about his health and limited detail about his medical condition.

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1:35pm

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Sandy Hook Elementary Victims' Names Released

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 7:49 am

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II released a list of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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1:23pm

Sat December 15, 2012
Politics

Cannabis News Roundup: December 15, 2012

Cannabis leaf

(Raw Story) // US Senator Patrick Leahy wants to know “What assurance can and will the administration give to state officials involved in licensing of marijuana retailers,” protecting them from federal intervention. This question is from a letter sent by Senator Leahy earlier this month to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. One assurance would be to amend the law to allow possession, where permitted.

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