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"The majority of those who died were children, beautiful little kids between 5-10 years old," says President Obama.
President Obama struggling to keep his composure, the grief of an entire nation visible in the tears he tried, and failed to suppress.
"They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings," says President Obama.
Earlier, the President spoke to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy as well as FBI Director Robert Mueller, whose agency is coordinating the investigation with state and local authorities.
"I offer Malloy condolences on behalf of the nation, made clear he'll have every resource he needs to investigate the crime, care for the victims, counsel the families," says President Obama. "We've endured too many tragedies in the past few years."
The partisan bickering suddenly seemed ever less important. The deliberations over that looming fiscal cliff interrupted. The President has received many emergency updates over the last 4 years, from a Congresswoman shot at a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona to an Aurora, Colorado movie theater this summer, 12 dead.
"Our hearts are broken by their sudden passing," says President Obama.
Yet later that same month the President faced criticism from liberals for a speech to the National Urban League, where he talked about violence but very carefully danced around the issue of gun control, and offered no specific plans for follow through.
"What I said in wake of Tucson is we were going to stay on this persistently," says President Obama.
Today in the White House briefing room, a dramatic shift: a specific promise of action in his 2nd term.
"These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods," says President Obama. "Children are our children. We have to come together to take meaningful action regardless of politics."
For now, the President has ordered flags be flown at half staff at military posts, public buildings and grounds, including the White House, where there's grieving too.
"This evening, Michelle and I will hug our children tighter, and tell them we love them," says President Obama.
Captain Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, said today she sends her prayers from Tucson. He added that a meaningful discussion about the nation's gun laws "can no longer wait".
Saturday, December 15 2012, 12:22 AM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.