Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dies
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in World War II.
December 17th, 2012
05:51 PM ET

Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dies

Sen. Daniel Inouye, 88, a long-serving Democrat from Hawaii and a wounded veteran of World War II, has died, Capitol Hill sources tell CNN.

Inouye died of respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. EST Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his office said.

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December 17th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Connecticut governor backs stricter gun control

– First funerals for two of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School are Monday
– Six adults and the shooter are also dead after shootings on Friday morning
– Police: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman, died from multiple gunshot wounds
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Gunman Adam Lanza had assault rifle magazines that held 30 bullets each, police said
Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old

[Update 5:45 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Monday allowing Newtown to send its schoolchildren to Chalk Middle School in the town of Monroe so the children won't have to return to the scene of Friday's massacre of students and teachers.

[Update 4:01 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy supports stricter federal gun control, Malloy said during a press conference Monday in Hartford.

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December 17th, 2012
01:36 PM ET

World's oldest person dies at 115

Just days after becoming the world's oldest person, 115-year-old Dina Manfredini has died at a retirement home in Iowa.

Manfredini's youngest granddaughter, Lori Logli, told CNN she understood her that her grandmother died in her sleep during the night.

Guinness World Records had declared Manfredini the world's oldest person just days ago.

On December 4, Besse Cooper, age 116, died at a Georgia assisted-living center.

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24 killed in Iraq attacks
Iraqis inspect the damage following two bomb blasts near a Shiite place of worship in the flashpoint town of Tuz Khurmatu in the Kirkuk province on Monday.
December 17th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

24 killed in Iraq attacks

At least 24 people have been killed in a series of attacks across Iraq today. The violence included a bomb at a car auction in Baghdad that killed 11, a car bombing in the capital that killed one person, and attacks in northern villages that killed another dozen people.

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December 17th, 2012
07:45 AM ET

Philippine legislators pass birth-control bill

Legislators in the Philippines have passed a birth-control bill that will open the door for free contraceptives and government-funded sex education.

Voting for the legislation was carried live on CNN affiliate ABS-CNN in the Philippines.

The bill was strongly opposed by the Catholic Church. It awaits the signature of President Benigno Aquino III to become law.

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December 17th, 2012
07:35 AM ET

Monday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for all the latest coverage on the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Today's programming highlights...

10:30 am ET (estimated) - Britain reacts to Connecticut shootings - British Prime Minister David Cameron will likely discuss the Connecticut school shootings when he addresses the House of Commons in London.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Crime • On CNN.com today • U.S.
New investigation into Amy Winehouse death announced
Amy Winehouse
December 17th, 2012
07:17 AM ET

New investigation into Amy Winehouse death announced

There will be a new investigation into what caused the death of singer Amy Winehouse, government officials in Britain are saying today.

London's Camden Council says the coroner who performed the original investigation into Winehouse's death did not have proper credentials and has been suspended.

There had been speculation that the case would be reopened after the coroner who conducted the investigation resigned in February.

A new investigation into the death will begin on January 8, reports CNN's Richard Allen Greene from London.

Winehouse died in July 2011. She was 27 years old.

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