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August 25, 2011 | By Kim Geiger and David G. Savage
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. met Wednesday afternoon with about a dozen family members of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to discuss an FBI probe into allegations that News Corp. employees may have hacked into the phones of victims or their families. A Justice Department official said the more than hourlong meeting was “a positive, productive meeting, but mostly a listening session.” Holder described the possibility that there was hacking as “very disturbing,” the families' lawyer, Norman Siegel, told the Associated Press.
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July 21, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will travel to Colorado on Sunday to meet with families of the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting rampage, the White House announced Saturday. He will also meet with local and state officials on his visit, which he is making ahead of a previously scheduled three-day trip to Western states for official and campaign events. The president cut short a campaign trip in Florida on Friday after learning of the tragedy and returned to the White House for meetings with senior officials to discuss the situation.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Connecticut medical examiner on Saturday released the names of the shooting victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. All 26 victims died of gunshot wounds, Connecticut's chief medical examiner, Dr. Wayne Carver II, said at a news conference. The deaths have been ruled homicides.  All names and dates of birth were provided by the office of the chief medical examiner. Charlotte Bacon, 6 2/22/06 Daniel Barden, 7 9/25/05 Rachel Davino, 29 07/17/83 Olivia Engel, 6 7/18/06 Josephine Gay, 7 12/11/05 Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6 4/4/06 Dylan Hockley, 6 3/8/06 Dawn Hochsprung, 47 6/28/65 Madeleine F. Hsu, 6 7/10/06 Catherine V. Hubbard, 6 6/8/06 Chase Kowalski, 7 10/31/05 Jesse Lewis, 6 6/30/06 James Mattioli, 6 3/22/06 Grace McDonnell, 7 11/4/05 Anne Marie Murphy, 52 7/25/60 Emilie Parker, 6 5/12/06 Jack Pinto, 6 5/6/06 Noah Pozner, 6 11/20/06 Caroline Previdi, 6 9/7/06 Jessica Rekos, 6 5/10/06 Avielle Richman, 6 10/17/06 Lauren Rousseau, 30 6/82 Mary Sherlach, 56 02/11/56 Victoria Soto, 27 11/04/85 Benjamin Wheeler, 6 9/12/06 Allison N. Wyatt, 6 7/03/06
NATIONAL
August 11, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit Saturday to a hospital in Aurora, Colo., where she met victims wounded in last month's shootings at a premiere screening of"The Dark Knight Rises. " At the Medical Center of Aurora, Obama thanked doctors, nurses and staff who took care of some of those wounded in the July 20 attack. She also met with some of the shooting victims and their families, including one of the two patients who remain in the intensive care unit. Police say James E. Holmes, 24, opened fire during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie, killing 12 people and wounding 58. Holmes faces 142 criminal charges , including 24 counts of first-degree murder.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
Hours after a gunman killed a constable and a bystander before dying in a shootout with police, the mayor of College Station, Texas, called Monday's events tragic and extended condolences to victims and thanks to the police. Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was serving a foreclosure notice near Texas A&M University when he was shot. Police identified the gunman as Thomas Caffall, 35, and the bystander as Chris Northcliff, 43. Brachmann was 41. An unidentified 55-year-old woman was wounded and hospitalized in serious condition.
NATIONAL
June 23, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
On the steps of the courthouse where a jury convicted Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing young boys, Pennsylvania Atty.  Gen. Linda Kelly thanked the victims who faced a packed courthouse -- and  their attacker - to tell their stories. “The victims… have shown great strength and courage, candidly and sometimes chillingly telling their stories,” Kelly said. “Not only to the jury in a packed courtroom… but also to the entire world.” After 21 hours of deliberation at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., a jury of seven women and five men on Friday night convicted the former Penn State coach of 45 charges related to the sexual assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Santa Monica police Thursday night were trying to find additional victims of a registered sex offender accused of trying to rape a woman at a bus stop in the city. Kelechi Amadi, 34, is on parole for sexual battery and failure to register as a sex offender, the Santa Monica Police Department said. He was arrested in connection with an attempted rape Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. The victim told officers that Amadi "touched her underneath her clothing and stated that he was going to rape her," police officials said in a statement.
NATIONAL
June 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
At least one woman was killed and more victims were feared dead after a vacant Philadelphia building collapsed onto a Salvation Army store as it was being demolished Wednesday. Mayor James Nutter was expected to hold an 11 p.m. news conference about the collapse, which killed a 35-year-old woman and hurt at least 13 other people. At least one missing man, Borbor Davis, was also feared dead. A WPVI-TV reporter said she was with the man's wife when the woman reportedly received a phone call from officials confirming his death.
NEWS
January 2, 2013 | By Michael McGough
This post has been corrected, as indicated below.  A Connecticut lawyer has withdrawn -- for now -- a $100-million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor of the Newtown school shooting in which 20 young children were killed. According to the Washington Post, New Haven-based attorney Irving Pinsky might resubmit the claim after evaluating new evidence.  The basis of Pinsky's claim is that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and education commissioner failed to take appropriate steps to protect children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School from "foreseeable harm" and had failed to provide a "safe school setting.
NEWS
September 18, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica was killed in the Colorado movie theater shooting in July 2012, recounted Wednesday that it was not until the Connecticut school massacre five months later that she and her husband decided to advocate for stricter gun safety laws. She and other families of shooting victims were scheduled to return to Washington this week, some arriving Monday just as news of another mass shooting spread, this one not far from the Capitol. To those who predict that this tragedy, which claimed 12 more victims, will do little to advance gun legislation in Congress, Phillips delivered this message: “We will not give up. We will not go away.” “There is no perfect policy that would prevent every tragic shooting.
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