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Stories for December 15, 2012

Adam Lanza: What We Know

Dec. 15
Wright Bryan / NPR
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In the confusion and panicked swirl of information after Friday morning's shootings in a Connecticut elementary school, one question stood out: Who could do such a thing? By the end of the day, authorities had a name, but the answer to the question was still far from clear -- and remains so.

A Nation In Mourning: How We Cope

Dec. 15
Padmananda Rama / NPR
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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.

A Nation's Mourning: How We Cope

Dec. 15
Padmananda Rama / NPR
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Many of us watching the news out of Newtown, Conn., do not have a personal relationship to those murdered on Friday. Some of us may not have children who we need to guide as they see images from the scene of Friday's shootings.

Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

Dec. 15
Greg Henderson / NPR
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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.

Sandy Hook Elementary Victims' Names Released

Dec. 15

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. For full coverage of the day's developments, please refer to our rolling post on the aftermath of the attack.

Hillary Clinton Falls, Suffers Concussion

Dec. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who earlier this week canceled a trip to Morocco and the Middle East because she was ill with a stomach virus, is at home recovering from a concussion she suffered in a fall, her spokesman says.

Will Newtown Killings Shift Public's Attitude On Guns?

Dec. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will surely spur pollsters to ask Americans again about guns, gun ownership, gun laws and the Second Amendment.

Your Kitchen Trash Reborn As Abstract Art

Dec. 15
Maria Godoy / NPR

Consider the lowly soda can. After the pop, the fizz, the guzzle, it's dumped into a recycling bin and chucked curbside with the rest of the trash.

'We Have Endured Far Too Many Of These Tragedies,' President Says

Dec. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR

President Obama focuses on the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in his weekly radio/Web address. His message echoes the emotional comments he made to the nation Friday afternoon.

In Connecticut: Prayers, Grief, Questions ... And Stories Of Heroism

Dec. 15
Wright Bryan, Mark Memmott
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The day after one of the worst mass murders in the nation's history, Americans are learning more about Friday's horrific attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults lying dead.

No Orcs Allowed: Hobbit House Brings Middle-Earth To Pa.

Dec. 15
Peter Crimmins / NPR
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In rural Chester County, Pa., about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, thick fog swirls around the trunks of knotty trees. This piece of 18th-century farmland could, by all outward appearances, be one of the misty forests of Middle Earth, the setting of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fantasy novels.

A Vision For Chicago Public Housing, Stymied And Contested

Dec. 15
Cheryl Corley / NPR

Chicago's $1.6 billion "Plan for Transformation" envisioned public housing in a way that would deconstruct an image of the city's poor all concentrated in huge housing silos.

Small Conn. Town Trying To Cope With Scale Of Mass Shooting

Dec. 15
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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Newtown, Conn. is a white-collar community an hour and a half northeast of New York City. It's the kind of place where crime hardly ever happens and the biggest thing that happens each year is the Labor Day parade.

Small Town Tries To Cope With Unimaginable Tragedy

Dec. 15
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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Newtown, Conn. is a white-collar community an hour and a half northeast of New York City. It's the kind of place where crime is rare and the biggest thing that happens each year is the Labor Day parade.