- VIDEO: Newtown remembers the lost
Hundreds of people have gathered at Washington's National Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the massacre which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
- For some Obamacare shoppers, a brief grace period on premiums
By Caroline Humer and Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a deadline approaches for people to sign up for medical insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, some insurers and state-run online marketplaces are giving shoppers an extra week to pay their first premiums. The Obama administration could face a new crisis over the healthcare law should a significant number of consumers discover that their preferred insurer does not have a record of their new policy. Aetna Inc, which is selling health insurance on exchanges, or marketplaces, in more than a dozen states, will allow consumers to pay premiums as late as January 8. The Connecticut exchange, Access Health CT, said some shoppers can pay as late as January 7.
- U.S. schools look to guards, technology a year after Sandy Hook
By Brendan O'Brien and Ian Simpson MILWAUKEE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A year after a gunman massacred 26 first-graders and adults in a Connecticut elementary school, educational officials across the United States continue to face the longstanding question of how to best protect their students. Bullet-proof glass didn't fit that criteria for us," Superintendent Jeff Weiss said in an interview. Schools are aiming to stop gun scares and killings, such as the shooting deaths of three students at an Ohio high school in February 2012, the wounding of two students at a California high school in January 2013 and a potential mass shooting at a Georgia elementary school in August that was averted when a school bookkeeper talked the gunman into laying down his AK-47 assault rifle. The number of school resource officers or law enforcement officers assigned to schools has risen to levels not seen since the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine High School "massacre" in Colorado, in which 13 people were shot to death, said Maurice Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers.
- Biden announces mental health push on eve of Newtown anniversary
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding nearly a year after a school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut. Biden, who spearheaded a failed Obama administration campaign for stronger gun control measures following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, met with families of the victims and mental health advocates. "The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," he said in a statement. President Barack Obama has said the worst day of his presidency was December 14, 2012, the day a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the school before turning a gun on himself.
- Congress renews undetectable gun ban just in time
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon.
- Congress renews expiring ban on undetectable guns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. But it has defeated gun-control advocates' push for tougher restrictions.
- Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
- Undetectable guns: Congress ready to renew the ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — Racing a midnight deadline, Congress is ready to renew the expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But lawmakers are sure to reject toughening those restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
- Newtown asks for privacy as Sandy Hook anniversary nears
The Connecticut town of Newtown on Monday asked for privacy and a restrained media presence ahead of the anniversary of the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We cannot make it un-happen," First Selectman Pat Llodra, joined by other city officials, told a news conference.
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