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The Votes Are In: Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down

In a referendum marked by a large turnout and an emphatic result, the people of Newtown, Conn., have voted to demolish Sandy Hook Elementary and build a new school. Sandy Hook was the scene of a mass shooting last December, when 20 children and six staff members were killed.

Karen Stalls In Gulf; Maximum Winds Fall To 30 MPH

"Karen is expected to become a remnant low later today," the National Weather Service says. In the next two days, Karen is predicted to shift a bit to the east, taking its center just south of the Alabama and Mississippi coast later Sunday.

That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico

Green chile burritos, green chile chicken enchiladas, green chile stew with pork, green chile on a burger: If it has green chile, you're in New Mexico.

In This Business, Scaredy Cats Need Not Apply

Preferred skills include chainsaw experience, convincing zombie impersonation and bloodcurdling screaming on command. Halloween means haunted house are hiring — extra points given to those with frightening resumes.

San Diego Air Show Grounded By Shutdown

This weekend, the Miramar Air Show in San Diego was cancelled due to the federal government shutdown. The show is a boon to the region's economy, drawing nearly half a million people.

It's Time To Rediscover The IUD, Women's Health Advocates Say

Intrauterine devices are more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy — and they work for years. But misnomers about side effects and high initial costs have kept many women in the U.S. from using them. Health organizations and private companies are looking for ways to change that.

U.S. Captures Al-Qaida Leader After Raids In Libya And Somalia

Special forces captured an al-Qaida leader in Libya, and a Navy SEAL team struck at a leader of al-Shabab in Somalia. Libya's government is asking the U.S. for an explanation of what it deems a "kidnapping."

Reports: U.S. Captures Al-Qaida Leader In Libya Raid

An al-Qaida leader indicted in the United States for coordinated 1998 attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa was captured on Saturday in a daytime military raid in Libya, according to several published and broadcast reports.

U.S. Shutdown May Be Driving Traffic To 'Sugar Daddy' Sites

Since the shutdown began, a dating site that pairs women with sugar daddies says it's had a 50 percent jump in new daily members. There's no way to know for sure that the shutdown is responsible, but says it's unusual for its business to surge at this time of year.

Angola 3 Inmate Tastes Brief, 'Bittersweet' Freedom

Herman Wallace was released from prison in Louisiana on Tuesday after more than 40 years in solitary confinement. A judge overturned his conviction on the grounds that Wallace had been denied a fair trial. Wallace died just three days later.