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Obama unveils gun proposals, says ‘we are responsible for each other’
Saying “the only way we’ll change is if the American people demand it,” President Obama has announced a $500 million program of executive actions and legislative proposals to curb gun violence following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
NBC News reports some of the main legislative proposals backed by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are:

requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales   
banning “military-style” assault weapons   
limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds     
strengthening penalties for gun trafficking
The president also laid out a series of 23 executive actions - free from a Congressional blockade — intended to strengthen existing laws, augment mental health measures and promote federal research on gun crime through the Centers for Disease Control.
Read more on BreakingNews.com.Photo: President Barack Obama speaks about proposals to reduce gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden watches on Jan. 16, 2013. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images)

Obama unveils gun proposals, says ‘we are responsible for each other’

Saying “the only way we’ll change is if the American people demand it,” President Obama has announced a $500 million program of executive actions and legislative proposals to curb gun violence following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

NBC News reports some of the main legislative proposals backed by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are:

  • requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales   
  • banning “military-style” assault weapons   
  • limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds     
  • strengthening penalties for gun trafficking

The president also laid out a series of 23 executive actions - free from a Congressional blockade — intended to strengthen existing laws, augment mental health measures and promote federal research on gun crime through the Centers for Disease Control.

Read more on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks about proposals to reduce gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden watches on Jan. 16, 2013. (Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images)

Indian gang-rape victim’s condition deteriorating, hospital says
The condition of a 23-year-old Indian medical student, whose gang rape in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests, has deteriorated and there are signs her vital organs have failed, the Singapore hospital treating her says.Reuters reports that family members “have been informed that her condition has deteriorated and they are currently by her side to encourage and comfort her,” Mount Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Loh said in a statement.Photo: Indian students and activists carry signs at India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on Dec. 19, 2012. (Sajjad Hussain / AFP - Getty Images)

Indian gang-rape victim’s condition deteriorating, hospital says

The condition of a 23-year-old Indian medical student, whose gang rape in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests, has deteriorated and there are signs her vital organs have failed, the Singapore hospital treating her says.

Reuters reports that family members “have been informed that her condition has deteriorated and they are currently by her side to encourage and comfort her,” Mount Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Loh said in a statement.

Photo: Indian students and activists carry signs at India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on Dec. 19, 2012. (Sajjad Hussain / AFP - Getty Images)

Nation set to observe moment of silence for Newtown victims
At 9:30 a.m. EST, many people in the United States are joining Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s call for a moment of silence to remember the victims of last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.NBC News reports thousands of churches are set to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m.Photo: A police officer puts his hands together and bows his head before the funeral for 6-year-old shooting victim Catherine Hubbard at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 20, 2012. (Joshua Lott / Reuters)

Nation set to observe moment of silence for Newtown victims

At 9:30 a.m. EST, many people in the United States are joining Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s call for a moment of silence to remember the victims of last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

NBC News reports thousands of churches are set to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m.

Photo: A police officer puts his hands together and bows his head before the funeral for 6-year-old shooting victim Catherine Hubbard at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 20, 2012. (Joshua Lott / Reuters)

Poll: 54% Americans favor stricter gun control laws
ABC News: More than half of Americans say the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, reflect broader problems in society rather than an isolated act of a troubled person – more than after other recent shooting incidents, suggesting the possibility of a new national dialogue on violent crime.
This ABC News/Washington Post poll also finds that 54 percent of Americans favor stricter gun control laws in general, numerically a five-year high, albeit not significantly different than in recent years. Fifty-nine percent support a ban specifically on high-capacity ammunition clips, a step on which partisan and ideological gaps narrow substantially and “strong” support peaks.
Photo: Supporters of gun control gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, during a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., and to call on President Obama to pass strong gun control laws. (Charles Dharapak/AP Photo)

Poll: 54% Americans favor stricter gun control laws

ABC News: More than half of Americans say the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, reflect broader problems in society rather than an isolated act of a troubled person – more than after other recent shooting incidents, suggesting the possibility of a new national dialogue on violent crime.

This ABC News/Washington Post poll also finds that 54 percent of Americans favor stricter gun control laws in general, numerically a five-year high, albeit not significantly different than in recent years. Fifty-nine percent support a ban specifically on high-capacity ammunition clips, a step on which partisan and ideological gaps narrow substantially and “strong” support peaks.

Photo: Supporters of gun control gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, during a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., and to call on President Obama to pass strong gun control laws. (Charles Dharapak/AP Photo)

UPDATE: 26 killed, including 20 children, at Connecticut schoolConnecticut state police confirmed in an afternoon press conference that 26 people have been killed in today’s shooting at an elementary school, plus the shooter.Twenty of the deceased are children, six are adults. One person was injured. Police say the shooting took place in one section of the school.Live updates on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/school-shooting-in-newtown-connecticutPhoto: A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. (Jessica Hill / AP)

UPDATE: 26 killed, including 20 children, at Connecticut school

Connecticut state police confirmed in an afternoon press conference that 26 people have been killed in today’s shooting at an elementary school, plus the shooter.

Twenty of the deceased are children, six are adults. One person was injured. Police say the shooting took place in one section of the school.

Live updates on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/school-shooting-in-newtown-connecticut

Photo: A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. (Jessica Hill / AP)

Official: 27 dead in Connecticut school shooting, including 18 childrenBREAKING: An official with knowledge of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children,  The Associated Press reports.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.Live updates, including video from a 1 p.m. EST scheduled press conference, on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Children are led from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday after a reported shooting there. (Shannon Hicks / The Newtown Bee)

Official: 27 dead in Connecticut school shooting, including 18 children

BREAKING: An official with knowledge of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children, The Associated Press reports.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

Live updates, including video from a 1 p.m. EST scheduled press conference, on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Children are led from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday after a reported shooting there. (Shannon Hicks / The Newtown Bee)

Shooting at Connecticut elementary school

UPDATE (11:31 a.m. EST): A gunman has been killed in the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, a state official tells NBC New York.

Follow live updates on BreakingNews.com.

UPDATE (11:19 a.m. EST): Students and faculty are being evacuated from the elementary school where a shooting was reported.

A spokesperson for Danbury Hospital said it received three patients from the scene, but would not give details on their condition, NBC Connecticut reports.

BREAKING (11:07 a.m. EST): State police are responding to reports of a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Photo: Children are led from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday after a reported shooting there. (Shannon Hicks / The Newtown Bee)

Oregon mall shooting suspect acted alone, police say

Officials have identified the suspect in yesterday’s mall shooting in Oregon as 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts. In a briefing today, Sheriff Craig Roberts said Roberts was armed with a semi-automatic rifle that had been stolen from a person Roberts knew.

Officials believe Roberts died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he acted alone. More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: An image of Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, who was found dead inside the mall, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)