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Conn. Senator Introduces Ban On Assault Weapons

David Greene talks with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut about the prospects for gun-control legislation in the next Congress. Blumenthal has spent the past several days in Newtown, where more than 20 people were killed in a school massacre.
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What Does A Gun Debate Mean For Retailers?

Retailers that sell firearms are facing some difficult choices following the Sandy Hook tragedy. One of the largest outlets for firearms, Dick's Sporting Goods, says it is suspending sales of certain kinds of rifles during a "time of national mourning." Wal-Mart has removed a website-listing for a rifle similar to the one used by the gunman.
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Capitol Hill Reaction To Gun Mayhem Varies

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggle with looming deadlines on taxes and spending cuts, they now face another big question: What, if anything, can Congress do to prevent more massacres like the one last Friday in Newtown, Conn.? Some Democrats are pushing for tighter restrictions on guns and ammunition. In their way stands the Republican-run House.
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Single-Issue Solidarity Behind NRA's Clout

The National Rifle Association ranks among the most effective advocacy groups in America. It reaches its members almost every way imaginable — and it gets them to volunteer for campaigns and educates them on how to vote.
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State Department Faulted For Inadequate Security In Benghazi Attack

An independent panel said systematic management failures at the State Department led to inadequate security that left the diplomatic mission vulnerable. Despite those failures, the board found no cause for any disciplinary action.
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Parents of Slain Children Share Memories At Newtown Funerals

Two more funerals were held in Newtown Tuesday, for first-graders James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos. The two were killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday.
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Our Pancakes Are Saved! Charges Filed In Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

Millions of dollars worth of stolen maple syrup was recovered and three men suspected of the theft were expected in court on Tuesday.
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Michigan's Snyder Vetoes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Schools

Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed pistols to be carried in schools and other places where they had been banned. The Michigan legislature had approved the legislation when its lame-duck session ended Thursday — one day before the Newtown school shootings.
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NRA Issues Statement Amid Calls For New Gun Control Laws

The National Rifle Association of America has broken its silence to comment on Friday's gun violence that ravaged a tight-knit Connecticut community, releasing a statement in which the gun-owners' rights group said it "is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."

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