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NRA president: Schools should have choice on how to arm

National Rifle Association President David Keene said Thursday that schools across the country should decide how best to defend students and faculty.

Newtown official: We're overwhelmed, so please stop mailing us packages

Newtown, Connecticut, has received so many gifts since the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that a local official is kindly asking people to stop sending them. The mail office and workers just can't handle the volume.

Toyota to pay $1.1 billion in recall case

Toyota Motors agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a class-action suit by car owners who claimed they suffered economic loss because of unintended acceleration in its cars.

U.S. to hit debt ceiling on Monday

Government borrowing will hit the debt ceiling on Monday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in a letter to Congress Wednesday.

Newspaper sparks outrage for publishing names, addresses of gun permit holders

An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties has infuriated many readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper's website.

Not your average Christmas movies

You're bound to find all the usual suspects on television pretty easily on Christmas Day -- "It's a Wonderful Life," "Home Alone," "Miracle on 34th Street." But what if you're feeling like the Grinch, o

Pope expresses hope, calls for peace on Christmas

On Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI spread a hopeful message to his followers, calling for peace in many of the world's hot spots.

Christmas tornadoes, snow possible as weather system moves east

A large, powerful storm system threatens to bring a white Christmas to parts of the Great Plains and dangerous tornadoes to the Southeast, forecasters say.

Police officer, bystander killed after Houston car chase

A police officer and a bystander died from wounds suffered in a parking lot shootout after a car chase in a Houston metropolitan area Monday morning, police said.

New York town's 'Firefighter of the Year' shot dead responding to blaze

Seven weeks ago, Michael Chiapperini was in Long Island, helping those suffering after Superstorm Sandy. Two weeks ago, he was named "Firefighter of the Year" for his department in his upstate New York town of Webster.