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20 elementary children died in the shooting.
6 school staffers were also killed at the school.
The gunman killed his mother at their home and then shot himself after the shooting rampage at the school.
Tragedy in a small Connecticut community.
"Evil visited this community today," says Governor Dan Malloy (D).
Police say a shooter struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday morning.
"There were 18 children pronounced dead at the scene and 2 children transported to area hospitals and pronounced dead at the hospital," says Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance. "6 adults pronounced dead at the scene."
A parent inside the school at the time said she believed at least 100 rounds had been fired. The alleged shooter is dead and police have recovered 3 weapons. The first 911 call came in around 9:30am. Police implemented an active shooter search.
"There were police with rifles and handguns, they were on the roof, they were surrounding the school, they were going in through the roof," says Lt. Vance. "Our main objective was to evacuate as quickly and efficiently and as possible any and all students in the school."
President Obama ordered U.S. flags to half staff in honor of the victims. Speaking about the children killed, he fought back tears.
"They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own," says President Obama.
He also offered assistance, and condolences to Connecticut's Governor during a difficult time.
"We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event," says President Obama. "We'll get through it. But this is a terrible time for this community and for these families."
The community is left to wonder how this could happen in their town. The gunman has been identified by police as 20 year old Adam Lanza. No word yet on a possible motive.
Friday, December 14 2012, 11:07 PM CST
Tennessee recoups unemployment benefits
May 22, 2013 20:26 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Labor Department officials say they have recouped about $15.3 million worth of fraudulently collected unemployment benefits by garnishing tax refunds and other federal payments to people who were not entitled to receive the assistance.
A scathing audit released earlier this year showed that the state overpaid $73 million in unemployment benefits. The overpayments were the result of both fraud and errors at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The audit was especially critical of the department's method for recouping fraudulent benefits.
Acting Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said in a statement that the ability to reclaim fraudulently collected unemployment benefits is critical to the business community. He said the department is focused on developing strategies to prevent people from wrongfully collecting the assistance.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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