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Newtown Calls For 'Acts Of Kindness' On Shooting Anniversary

Relatives of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have asked people to mark Saturday's anniversary of the mass shooting with "acts of kindness" and say they will light candles in memory of the victims.

At a news conference on Monday, the families also announced the launch of a website, http://mysandyhookfamily.org, to create a "singular place of sharing, communication, and contact with the families of those who lost their lives that day."

Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe said extra police officers would be on duty on Saturday.

The city of Newtown is not holding any formal events, but First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra, speaking at the news conference, asked for the media to give the town privacy on Dec. 14, the day last year that 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at the school in one of the worst mass shootings in the nation's history.

"We're trying to respect the world's interest in us, and we certainly have benefited from that interest in many ways," Llodra said, but, she added, "We pay a price when the media is here."

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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