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UCF open after weapons, explosives found in dorm after student’s death

By Mark Memmott on March 18th, 2013 | Last updated: March 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

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.

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Live Blog: Obama Asks Americans To Carry ‘Light Of Freedom’

By Eyder Peralta on January 21st, 2013 | Last updated: July 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

“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.”

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House Backs Off Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

By Greg Henderson and Dana Farrington on December 20th, 2012 | Last updated: December 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

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.”

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Small Town Tries To Cope With Unimaginable Tragedy

By Jim Zarroli on December 15th, 2012 | Last updated: December 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

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.

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Latest On Sandy: Death Toll, Damages Rise As Superstorm Heads North

By Mark Memmott on October 30th, 2012 | Last updated: October 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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.

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Sandy Makes Landfall In New Jersey With Punishing Winds, Driving Rain

By Eyder Peralta on October 30th, 2012 | Last updated: October 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

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.

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Hurricane Sandy: Latest Developments As The Worst Begins To Be Felt

By Mark Memmott on October 29th, 2012 | Last updated: October 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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.

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Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate

By Alan Greenblatt on October 4th, 2012 | Last updated: October 4, 2012 at 7:21 am

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.

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Supreme Court upholds health care law

By Scott Hensley, NPR News on June 28th, 2012 | Last updated: September 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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.

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