Newtown school shooting
December 14th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

Children and adults gunned down in Connecticut school massacre

  • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning
  • Three law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza, 20, was the shooter, and that he died apparently by his own hand
  • Suspect's mother, Nancy Lanza, found dead in suspect’s home in Newtown, law enforcement source says
  • Ryan Lanza, 24, older brother of Adam Lanza, questioned by police but not labeled a suspect, three law enforcement officials say
  • Below are the latest updates as they come to us. You also can read our story of the Connecticut school shooting

[Updated at 11:18 p.m. ET] Aimee Seaver, the mother of a first-grade girl at Sandy Hook and a fifth-grader who attends a different school, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that her children are having trouble dealing with what happened.

"It's a very rough night here," she said. "When your first-grader goes to bed and says, 'Mommy, is anyone from my class last year are they all OK?' and you look at them and say, 'I'm not really sure,' it's a rough night to tell that to your 7-year-old."

Her younger daughter has asked a lot of questions about Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was killed.

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December 14th, 2012
04:43 PM ET

Connecticut school massacre: A living hell

This morning, a group of people gathered around a table in a meeting room at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The topic was a struggling second-grader. Attendees included the mother of the child, the principal, the vice principal and the school psychologist.

It was about 9.30.

"Pop. Pop. Pop."

That's what the mother of the second-grader said it sounded like.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun violence
December 14th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Germany to join U.S. in deploying Patriot missiles to Turkey

The German parliament approved Friday the deployment of German Patriot anti-aircraft missiles to Turkey, with 461 Bundestag deputies voting in favor of the deployment, 86 against and eight abstentions.

The decision followed an earlier announcement that the United States intends to deploy 400 troops and two Patriot air-defense missile batteries to Turkey in the coming weeks to defend against potential threats from Syria.

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Lower gas prices give consumers a pre-holiday break
Gas prices fell 7.4% during November, the U.S. Labor Department says.
December 14th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Lower gas prices give consumers a pre-holiday break

A November drop in gas prices drove down a key measure of inflation for U.S. consumers, the Labor Department said Friday.

The Consumer Price Index fell 0.3% during the month, thanks to 7.4% drop in gas prices last month alone, CNNMoney’s Chris Isidore reports.

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Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children
Wei Jingru, a primary school student injured in a knife attack, receives medical treatment in a hospital.
December 14th, 2012
08:27 AM ET

Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children

Twenty-two primary school children were wounded several critically in a knife attack Friday in central China, authorities said.

The attack took place at the entrance to the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Henan province, according to the public information department of Guangshan, the area where the school is located.

China was hit by a spate of knife and cleaver attacks that targeted schoolchildren in 2010.

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December 14th, 2012
07:41 AM ET

Friday's live events

The talk in Washington is all about the "fiscal cliff" and what the president and Congress need to do to avoid it.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the fiscal cliff debate.

Today's programming highlights...

12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - The fiscal cliff crisis, Susan Rice's decision and North Korea will likely dominate Press Secretary Jay Carney's briefing with White House reporters.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.

 


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December 14th, 2012
07:41 AM ET

Kidnappers free mother of Nigerian finance minister

The mother of Nigeria's finance minister has been released by her kidnappers, five days after she was seized from her home, Nigerian police said Friday.

Kamene Okonjo is well and in good health, police spokesman Frank Mba told CNN.

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Syrian civil war in photos
December 14th, 2012
06:21 AM ET

United States sending troops and Patriot missiles to Turkey

The United States is to deploy 400 troops and two Patriot air-defense missile batteries to Turkey in the coming weeks to defend against potential threats from Syria, defense officials said Friday.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order en route to Turkey, where he is visiting Incirlik Air Base, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

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