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6:57 am
Sat December 15, 2012

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

Parishioners attend a prayer service at Saint Johns Episcopal Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 5:46 am

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.

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6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Details Of Connecticut Shooter Still Unclear

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This morning in Newtown, state police have briefed residents and reporters on the latest information about yesterday's tragic events. And at the moment, information about the shooter, who's been identified by law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is scant. He was found dead at the elementary school. Lanza is believed to have acted alone. NPR's Joel Rose is at this morning's briefing in Newtown. Joel, thanks for being with us.

JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Hi, Scott.

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6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Difficult Days Ahead For For Town In Wake Of Shooting

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Yesterday, we spoke with Rabbi Shaul Praver of Temple Adath Israel in Newtown, Connecticut. And he spent much of Friday, of course, trying to comfort families following the shooting. I can't imagine the Friday you had, sir.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Shootings And The Problem With Profiling

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And at moments like these, people often wonder if they should have seen something in the behavior of the gunman that might have predicted he could commit such as act of violence. We're joined now by NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. Thanks very much for being with us today.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Glad to be here, Scott.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Elementary School Shooting Leaves Dozens Dead

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Small Town Reeling In Wake Of Mass School Shooting

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yesterday, a 20-year-old man identified as Adam Lanza made his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and began shooting. Later we would learn that 26 people were shot dead, 20 of them children. Law enforcement officials tell NPR the shooter's mother was found dead at the family home.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

In Time Of Grief, Obama Tries To Console A Nation

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

President Barack Obama took time away from the budget negotiations yesterday to talk to the country about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The president said he reacted first as the parent of two young daughters and he paused to wipe tears from his eyes.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of five and 10 years old.

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6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Shooting Rattles Small Town's History Of Quiet

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And this morning, we're finding out more about the circumstances surrounding yesterday's attacks at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lieutenant J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police has confirmed the gunman who massacred 26 children and adults at the school forced his way into the building.

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NPR Story
6:37 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Investigation Continues Into Shooter's Motive

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And this morning, of course, we are reporting the story from Newtown, Connecticut; where yesterday, a young man named Adam Lanza shot and killed some 26 people at an elementary school - 20 of them, small children. Connecticut state police have briefed residents of Newtown, and reporters, on the latest from the crime scene at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, and at second crime scene.

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NPR Story
6:37 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Search For Answers Begins Following Deadly Shootings

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson joins us in the studio for more on the investigation. Carrie, thanks for being with us.

CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Thank you, Scott.

SIMON: What do we know about the shooter, and is anything developing on what I noticed Lieutenant Vance carefully called - he didn't use the word motive, he said the how and the why of the shooting?

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NPR Story
6:37 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Connecticut School Joins Growing List Of Deadly Shootings

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The Sandy Hook Elementary School joins a sad and lengthening list of names in recent U.S. history. Since 12 students and a teacher were killed at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999, there have been scores of other school shootings - so many it may be hard to recall all the names: Red Lake, Nickel Mines, Virginia Tech and Chardon High School are just a few of the names that have become branded by tragedy. Ben Markus of Colorado Public Radio spoke with Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine High School.

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U.S.
5:20 am
Sat December 15, 2012

A Vision For Chicago Public Housing, Stymied And Contested

The Lathrop Homes, pictured here in 2006, are part of the latest revamp effort by the Chicago Housing Authority.
Chicago Housing Authority

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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.

The idea was to mix public-housing residents with market-rate condos and subsidized rentals or homes, with one-third of each in these new communities.

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Europe
5:20 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Ready. Set. Memorize!

Argh, it's on the tip of my tongue! Contestants in the Names and Faces competition focus at last year's World Memory Championships held in Guangzhou, China. A new field of mental athletes is currently vying for the 2012 championship.
Peng Tong Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

In the gymnasium of a South London technical school, site of this year's World Memory Championships, Norwegian Ola Kaere Risa checks his stopwatch.

Risa is Norway's only contestant this year.

"I hope to defend the glory of my country," he says, laughing.

The 21st World Memory Championships are under way in London this weekend. About 75 competitors from some two dozen countries are vying to see who can memorize the most numbers, faces, playing cards or random words in a set amount of time.

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It's All Politics
5:19 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Democrats Dig In Their Heels On Entitlement Cuts

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats aren't going to throw America's seniors over the fiscal cliff to give a tax cut to the wealthiest.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

Congress has barely two weeks to agree on a deficit-cutting deal to keep the nation from going over the "fiscal cliff" in the new year. The problem is that right now there is no such deal to agree on.

Republicans reject the higher tax rates for top incomes that President Obama demands. And they also insist on more austere entitlement programs, which has Democrats digging in their heels.

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The Two-Way
5:17 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Egyptians Hurry To Vote On Draft Constitution

Women wait in line outside a polling station to vote on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Saturday.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

Update at 2:54 p.m. ET: Voting Hours Extended:

Voter turnout on the first day of a referendum on Egypt's controversial draft constitution was so high in Cairo and nine other governorates that election officials decided to extend poll hours from 7 until 11 p.m. local time.

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