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Stories for December 16, 2012

Sen. Dianne Feinstein To Introduce Gun Control Legislation

Dec. 16
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Bills to return a ban on assault weapons in the United States will be introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives on the first day they are in session next month, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein vowed on national television on Sunday.

Boehner Floats Tax Rate Hike For Highest Earners

Dec. 16
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House Speaker John Boehner is showing new flexibility on tax rates in back-and-forth talks with President Obama on the "fiscal cliff."

President Obama Joins Newtown In Memorializing A School's Students And Staff

Dec. 16
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President Obama arrived this afternoon in Newtown, Conn., to meet with the families of students and teacher who died in Friday's attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. While those meetings are being kept private, the president will also speak at a memorial service for the 20 children and 6 adults killed at the school.

'We Have To Act' On Gun Violence. But How?

Dec. 16
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Editor's Note: In separate interviews for weekends on All Things Considered Sunday, host Guy Raz spoke with Rep. John Larson and journalist Paul Barrett. You can hear the discussions as they aired at the audio link above, as it becomes available.

The Story Behind A Striking Image Of The Scene At Sandy Hook

Dec. 16
Bill Chappell / NPR

Moments after a brutal attack began at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Friday, Shannon Hicks sped to the scene. She was responding in two capacities: as a volunteer firefighter, and as an employee of the local weekly newspaper, The Newtown Bee.

In Newtown's Tragedy, Futures Cut Short And Families Left With Voids

Dec. 16
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A day after the names of children and educators killed by a gunman at a Connecticut elementary school were released by law enforcement officials, details about the victims and their lives are emerging. In the wake of Friday's depraved attack in which 20 students and 6 adults were murdered, family members and friends have made public statements about their loss. And some have chosen to mourn in private.

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

Dec. 16
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Police say 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.

Police: Answers In Connecticut School Shooting Could Take Weeks

Dec. 16
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Authorities are cautioning that "weeks worth of work" lie ahead before they can piece together a full picture of Friday's mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, in which 26 children and adults were murdered.

Obama To Visit Conn. Town Reeling From School Shooting

Dec. 16
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More details are emerging about the shooter and his victims in the worst act of deadly violence at an elementary school in U.S. history, as President Obama planned to meet Sunday with families and attend a community vigil.

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

Dec. 16
Russell Lewis / NPR

Her name was Emilie Parker. Six years old. Long, flowing blonde hair, piercing blue eyes and a sweet smile. Emilie was one of the 20 children killed on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we learn the names of the victims, we're also learning their stories.

Mormon Women Dare To Wear Pants To Church

Dec. 16
Dianna Douglas / NPR

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.