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The University of Central Florida in Orlando closed down its main campus until midday. Authorities are investigating. The incident began with a fire alarm at a dormitory. As police responded, a student apparently killed himself with a gun. Then other weapons and IEDs were discovered.
“Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness,” he says. “But it does require us to act in our time.”
House Speaker John Boehner said the bill, which would have raised taxes on income above $1 million a year, did not have enough support to pass Thursday. In a statement, he said, “now it is up to the president to work with Senator Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.”
Newtown, Conn. is the kind of place where the biggest thing that happens is the Labor Day parade. Now, that peace has been shattered and residents are trying to make sense of what happened after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school, killing at least 20 children and six adults.
Already deadly, Sandy has caused multiple deaths and left millions without power. Now the hurricane-turned-superstorm is spreading over much of New York State as it heads toward Ontario, Quebec and northern New England.
The storm made landfall with winds exceeding 90 mph and has already left more than 1.5 million people without power across the Mid-Atlantic and northeast. This will be a slow-moving, unprecedented storm, so forecasters expect paralyzing damage.
Do not disregard the warnings, officials say. Sandy’s rains are falling on the Mid-Atlantic and as the storm’s winds follow there will be dangerous conditions from Virginia to the Northeast. From now into Wednesday, Sandy will be drenching areas where millions live.
President Obama came across as defensive and lackluster, while Romney sounded confident and may have begun a late-season pivot to the center. It may not be enough to erase Obama’s polling lead, even in the short run, but Democrats will want to hone their messages for the debates to come.
Chief Justice John Roberts said the requirement that individuals have health coverage or pay a penalty falls within Congress’ power to impose taxes. On the issue of Medicaid expansion, a majority of the court said Congress can expand Medicaid, but can’t strip states of all their Medicaid funds if they fail to participate in that expansion.