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What Kind Of Place Is Newtown, Conn.?

The town, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, has a low crime rate and a tall flagpole that serves as an unofficial town symbol.

Newtown School Shootings: After Confusion, Suspect Is Named As Adam Lanza

As details emerged about the tragic shooting deaths of more than 20 children and adults at a Connecticut school, law enforcement sources named Ryan Lanza as the gunman. But then came reports that portray Lanza's younger brother, Adam, as the suspect.

Schools Have Become More Secure Since Columbine, Experts Say

The actions of first responders also have changed since the 1999 shooting in Colorado, according to security experts.

Most States Punt Health Exchanges To The Feds

Only 17 states and the District of Columbia have proposed running their own insurance markets. Experts had expected mostly small states to seek federal help, but some of the nation's largest have said they will not run an exchange on their own.

Transcript: President Obama's Remarks On Conn. School Shootings

In an emotional address, the president responded Friday to a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. At least 20 children are among the dead, according to state police.

U.S. Officials: Syria Has Prepared Several Dozen Chemical Bombs

American officials tell NPR that Syria's preparations are more extensive than previously reported. The U.S. and NATO are preparing for ways to address the chemical weapons threat.

Brewers Prepare Beer For The End Of Time, Mayan Or Otherwise

Dec. 21 marks the end of the Mayan calendar — a time of celebration for the ancient people, scientists say, although some modern day folks worry it's a sign of the apocalypse. It may not be the end of the world as we know it, but beer masters inspired by the end of days feel fine.