The National Rifle Association went quiet after last week's shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and many have been wondering what the gun-advocacy group would have to say. On Tuesday, the NRA released an official statement:
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for protesting the funerals of U.S. armed servicemen and women, announced that they plan to picket the upcoming funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. This did not go over well on the Internet.
In the wake of the horrific killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week, Americans across the country are wondering how they can aid the families of the victims. There are numerous methods to donate money, but you also can help in other ways, such as volunteering your time, writing a card or letter, or sending a teddy bear to a child in Newtown.
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UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Originally it was thought that Adam Lanza, the gunman, shot his mother at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, where she was a teacher's aide. ABC has learned that, in fact, Nancy Lanza was killed at her home (by her son) prior to the massacre. He then drove to the school, where he killed 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.
When something like the horrific shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School happens, the major sports we follow can suddenly feel a bit smaller. But world-class athletes who normally seem bigger than life watched today's events unfold just like the rest of us, on TV, and shared their thoughts just like the rest of us, on social media.
We read some of their reactions on Twitter and collected them here:
On a recent quail-hunting trip, Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Robin Yount accidentally shot his hunting partner, current Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum, in the ear. Apparently this National League Central division rivalry is fiercer than we thought.
On Monday Maryland announced that after 59 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference, it was leaving for the Big Ten. Rutgers will be following them, bringing the total number of Big Ten teams to 14. Numerical dissonan
Huge news for Christmas music fans. The multi-platinum-selling soundtrack to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, has been remastered and expanded with three bonus tracks and additional digital material. It will be available in stores this holiday season.
In a federal court today in Tuscon, Arizona, Jared Loughner received a life sentence without parole for his shooting rampage in January 2011 that killed six people and wounded 13, including then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D.-Ariz.).
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