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8:26 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Egyptian Constitutional Referendum Appears To Have Passed

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.
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Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:24 am

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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Remembrances
8:11 am
Sun December 16, 2012

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

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

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:07 pm

Her name was Emilie Parker. Six years old. Long, flowing blond 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.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Early Polls Show Japan's Conservative Party Has Regained Majority

Japan's major opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba adds a rosette on the name of one of those elected in parliamentary elections at the party headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday.
Junji Kurokawa AP

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 8:26 pm

Japanese voters went to the polls on Sunday, and according to early exit polls, the opposition Liberal Democratic Party appears to have won a clear majority.

The Associated Press is reporting that public broadcaster NHK projects the LDP has won between 275 and 300 seats in the 480-seat lower house of Japan's parliament.

The party's leader, Shinzo Abe, is slated to become prime minister for the second time. Abe first led the nation for a one-year stint in 2006-2007, but had to quit due to an illness.

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

In Shooting Aftermath, Community Continues Seeking Answers

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Sunday doesn't begin easily for people in Newtown, Conn. People are still grappling and trying to understand why someone would shoot and kill 20 children and five employees at an elementary school. Authorities are still piecing together what happened as community members begin to grieve.

Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Conn. Congressman: 'There's No Precendent For This'

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 1:25 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Chris Murphy represents Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes Newtown. He's a Democrat and he's heading to the U.S. Senate next month for his first term. We spoke with him yesterday about Friday's school shooting. Senator-elect, thanks so much for taking the time.

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS MURPHY: Thank you very much for having me.

MARTIN: I know you have been in Newtown for the last couple of days since the tragedy. Can you give us a sense of the kinds of conversations you've been having with people there?

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Spared In Shooting, Holiday Spirit Comforts Family

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

In Newtown, Connecticut, the small New England community continues to mourn after Friday's shooting that claimed the lives of so many children. Families with children in the school who survived the shooting are struggling to explain the tragedy to their kids. But they're also trying to retain some normalcy in the holiday season.

Jeff Cohen, from member station WNPR, met up with one family.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Former Kentucky School Administrator Recalls 1997 Shooting

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Bill Bond, a school safety specialist at the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He's also the former principal of Heath High School,in Paducah, Ky., where in 1997, a student opened fire on a prayer circle, killing three students and wounding five others.

Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Newtown Pastor Ready To Help Town Heal

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

In the wake of Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn., residents of the town are struggling to cope. Rev. Matt Crebbin of the Newtown Congregational Church tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about the role of faith in the recovery and the message he's sharing this weekend.

Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Mass Shooting Likely To Stir New Round Of Gun Debate

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 4:08 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The debate over gun restrictions is often revived, however briefly, after tragedies like the one in Newtown. When President Obama offered his condolences to the families of those killed at Shady Hook Elementary on Friday, he added...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Shootings Raise Questions Of School Safety

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Claudio Sanchez about school violence, and the evolution of the safety measures that schools have taken to protect their students.

Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Details Of Sandy Hook Shooter Remain Hazy

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

A picture is slowly emerging of the 20-year-old gunman authorities say was responsible for the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Federal law enforcement has identified him as Aadam Lanza, and he is said to have been quiet and smart.

Religion
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Mormon Women Dare To Wear Pants To Church

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

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

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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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
5:39 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Science And The Allure Of 'Nothing But'

A car cannot be reduced to an engine, just as a person cannot be reduced to a brain.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:03 pm

Science has yet to produce any robust theory of how neural activity gives rise to thought, feeling, emotion, personality, conscious experience.

Indeed, at the present time, we don't even have a good sketch of what such a brain-based theory would look like.

This not a controversial claim.

And yet it counts as one of the dogmas of our time that, in Francis Crick's words, you are your brain.

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
6:45 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Newtown Father Gives Tearful Tribute To His Daughter

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

This evening in Newtown, Connecticut, Robbie Parker, the father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker who was killed in yesterday's shooting spoke publicly about the tragedy.

ROBBIE PARKER: It's a horrific tragedy. And we want everybody to know that our hearts and our prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter. I can imagine how hard this experience must be for you, and I want you to know that our family and our love and our support goes out to you as well.

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The Two-Way
5:38 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

A Nation's Mourning: How We Cope

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

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:33 am

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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