8:14am

Fri July 20, 2012
The Two-Way

President Obama: 'Such Violence, Such Evil is Senseless; It's Beyond Reason'

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 12:22 pm

In a speech from Fort Myers, Fla., President Obama said today was "a day for prayer and reflection."

The President cancelled a planned campaign event and instead addressed the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. He asked those gathered to pause for a moment of silence to remember the victims.

"Even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anyone to terrorize their fellow human beings like this," Obama said. "Such violence, such evil is senseless; it's beyond reason."

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7:29am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Police Swarm Shooting Suspect's Apartment

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And for those of us, and those of you, who are just waking up to this story, this is how it began. The midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," had barely begun in a theater in Aurora, Colorado when the scene erupted in chaos. It wasn't on the screen - the violence was happening in the theater.

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7:28am

Fri July 20, 2012
Author Interviews

When Zombies Attack Lower Manhattan

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 8:55 am

Colson Whitehead is a 2002 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship. His writing has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.

Erin Patrice O'Brien Doubleday

A zombie plague has wiped out 95 percent of America. Camps of survivors band together in pockets across the country, waiting for small squadrons of human "sweepers" to inch their way across major cities, destroying the remaining zombie-like creatures hiding out in office buildings and shopping malls.

But now the human sweepers have to tackle their biggest challenge yet: clearing the undead from Lower Manhattan.

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7:23am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Federal Agencies Assist In Theater Investigation

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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7:06am

Fri July 20, 2012
City Visions: July 23, 2012

MisConception: LGBTQ Fertility and Fighting the FDA

Fertilization services for all?

As more than 23,000 delegates from over 195 countries convene this week in Washington, D.C., for the XIX International AIDS Conference, LGBTQ rights advocates and others in California are trying to raise awareness about FDA policies and guidelines that they say place undue and unnecessary restrictions on LGBTQ individuals looking to conceive--policies they say were informed by concerns around the transmission HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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6:45am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Gunman Picks Off Theatergoers Trying To Escape

Authorities in Aurora, Colo., say a gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into the crowded movie theater. Police are searching the suspects apartment.

6:45am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Authorities Converge On Shooting Suspect's Home

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

Steve Inskeep talks to local NBC reporter Jeremy Jojola about Friday's shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colo. To be on the safe side, neighbors were evacuated from the area near the suspect's apartment.

5:57am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Wearing A Mask, Gunman Kills 12 In Colo. Theater

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 6:45 am

A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater in suburban Denver at a midnight opening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises." At least 12 people were killed.

5:48am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Choas Reigns During Colo. Theater Shooting

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Eight hours ago, a gunman burst into a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, tossed in a can of tear gas, and then opened fire. Those in the audience had lined up hours in advance to get seats for the world premier of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Many were dressed festively, in costume, but the movie and the evening ended in horror.

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5:48am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Weapons Recovered At Colo. Movie Theater

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's try to get a little more insight now from Howard Pankratz. He's a veteran reporter with the Denver Post newspaper. He's been talking with law enforcement officials and he has a special insight on this because he covered another mass shooting, the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. Mr. Pankratz, welcome to the program.

HOWARD PANKRATZ: Thank you very much.

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