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Man Dressed as Santa Believed to Shoot Six – WSJ.com

Police were looking for a motive in a shooting in which they believe a man dressed as Santa Claus killed six family members in a Fort Worth, Texas, suburb on Christmas day before shooting …

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More Concealed Guns, and Some Are in the Wrong Hands – NYTimes.com

Alan Simons was enjoying a Sunday morning bicycle ride with his family in Asheville, N.C., two years ago when a man in a sport utility vehicle suddenly pulled alongside him and started berating him for …

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Steven Pinker’s History of Violence in Decline : The New Yorker

BOOKS review of Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” (Viking; $40). In the weeks following Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting spree in Norway, commentators on both sides of the Atlantic struggled to make sense of what had happened. Many used the occasion to warn of the dangers of homegrown …

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Giffords shooting: Congresswoman is released from Houston hospital – latimes.com

More than five months after she was shot in the head while greeting constituents, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was released Wednesday from the Houston hospital where she had been undergoing physical therapy.

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Arizona Rep. Giffords released from Houston hospital, 5 months after being shot – The Washington Post

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned home to her astronaut husband on Wednesday, leaving behind a Houston hospital where she began to rebuild her life after a …

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Gun sales to Mexico: Federal agents feared ‘someone was going to die,’ report says – latimes.com

Federal gun agents in Arizona — convinced that “someone was going to die” when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers — made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional …

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First Photos of Giffords Released – WSJ.com

New photographs of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords were released Sunday morning, giving the public its first real look at the 41-year-old congresswoman since she …

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Emails on Loughner Reveal College’s Worries – WSJ.com

For several months in 2009 and 2010, employees at Tucson’s Pima Community College were discussing problems caused by one student: Jared Loughner.

Reports came from a range of college workers including senior administrators, police officers—even a…

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Obama-Giffords: President Obama meets with Gabrielle Giffords at Kennedy Space Center – latimes.com

Reporting from Washington— There was no shuttle launch to see, but President Obama’s trip to Cape Canaveral on Friday did include a meeting with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), his first since

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