December 21st, 2012
08:53 PM ET

One week later, Newtown mourns shooting victims

Newtown said goodbye to five more loved ones Friday. Funerals were held for Sandy Hook Elementary school psychologist, Mary Sherlach, and teacher's aid, Rachel D'Avino.

There were also services for three students, including 7 year-old Grace McDonnell, and two six year-olds, Olivia Engel and Dylan Hockley.

As the town mourns the loss of so many innocent lives, many residents are coping with the tragedy in their own way.

Reuters Breaking Views editor Robert Cox is a father two and has lived in town for most of his life.

He's in Newtown on this one-week anniversary. FULL POST

Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting
December 21st, 2012
08:43 PM ET

NRA calls for armed personnel in schools

In a press conference Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Director Wayne LaPierre announced the organization will not support gun-control measures in light of the Newtown, CT school shootings.

"We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work - and by that I mean armed security," said LaPierre after finally breaking his silence on the shooting that has sparked a national debate.

LaPierre suggested an armed officer could have prevented Adam Lanza from claiming the lives of 20 adults and six children at Sandy Hook Elementary. He also blamed the media for promoting gun violence in movies and video games.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre added.

Despite tight security measures the conference was interrupted twice by pro-gun control protesters, shouting phrases like "ban assault weapons now."

The NRA will develop and fund the preventative action "National School Shield Emergency Response Program" for schools  that want it. The program will train school administrators on how to properly protect their facilities.

Outfront tonight: Mark Glaze, director of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Steve Dulan of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners.

Filed under: CT Shooting • Gun Control
December 21st, 2012
08:34 PM ET

Blizzard conditions cause travel headaches

A blizzard that blasted the Midwest this week is finally winding down Friday night - just as holiday travel headaches are ramping up.

CNN Meteorologist Alexandra Steel following the weather and travel delays and is OutFront. FULL POST

Filed under: Weather
December 21st, 2012
08:28 PM ET

Survivors show Newtown they're not alone

Minnesota's Red Lake High School knows the horror of violence all too well. Just seven years ago, a shooting at the Red Lake Reservation school claimed the lives of five students, a teacher and a security officer.

This week, four students from Red Lake drove 32 hours – from Minnesota to Connecticut – to show the community of Newtown they are not alone.

CNN's Poppy Harlow spoke to the students.

Filed under: CT Shooting
December 21st, 2012
08:15 PM ET

Obama calls for scaled-down cliff deal

Just 10 days before we fall off the fiscal cliff and there's still no deal in sight. President Obama urged Congress to broker a scaled-down deal.

"I just spoke to Speaker Boehner and also met with Senator Reid - in the next few days I've asked leaders of Congress to work towards a package... that's an achievable goal that can get done in 10 days," Obama said.

Outfront tonight: Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin and Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

Filed under: Economy • Fiscal Cliff
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