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CT School Shooting Claims 20 Children and 8 Adults, Including Gunman: John Christoffersen of the Associated Press reports gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children, from ages five to 10, and six adults Friday morning in a Connecticut elementary school before killing himself. Another adult was found dead at a second crime scene. No further details have been released. Lanza entered the school and opened fire in two classrooms. He was the son of a teacher at the school, Nancy Lanza. CBS News reports his mother was killed in the shooting. Some of the children killed were his mother's students. The shooters older brother, Ryan Lanza of New Jersey, is being questioned. This is the second-deadliest shooting the nation has ever seen, the first being the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, with 33 dead.

IA May Reinstate Death Penalty: Kayleigh McCollough of WHO-TV News reports Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be discussing reinstating the death penalty in limited circumstances in the state. He will be meeting with several families of kidnapped and killed children on Monday. State Senator Kent Sorenson has been preparing legislation for the January session. Iowa has not had the death penalty since 1965.

MA Reevaluates Releasing Low-Risk Sex Offender Names: Jim Morrison of the Sun Chronicle reports Massachusetts lawmakers will be reevaluating a bill introduced last year by Governor Deval Patrick that would publicly release the names of Level 1 sex offenders. Currently, Level 3 offenders are listed in a searchable online database, and the names of Level 2 offenders can be provided by local police departments. The bill has gotten new attention stemming from the case of John Burbine, a Level 1 sex offender. Burbine is charged with more than 100 counts of sexually abusing 13 infants and toddlers over a two-year period at his wife's unlicensed children's daycare facility. He was convicted in 1989 of indecent assault and battery on a child. Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald reported Burbine pleaded not guilty to rape of a child by force, posing a child in a state of nudity, posing a child in a state of sexual activity, possession and dissemination of child pornography. His youngest victim was only eight days old.

OK Man Pleaded Guilty to Murdering Parole Officer: KOCO News reports Lester Kinchion pleaded guilty Thursday to the May killing of an Oklahoma parole officer. Kinchion beat the officer unconscious then shot him with him own firearm. Kinchion will serve 10 years for the illegal use of a firearm, life for shooting with an intent to kill, and life without parole for murder. The court recommended he receive treatment for schizophrenia.

MS Double Murderer Charged with AL Killing:
Candace Murphy of Fox 10 TV reports convicted double-murderer Dennis Hicks was charged Thursday with the murder of a 23-year-old man in Alabama. In September 2011, Hicks allegedly decapitated and dismembered his victim while on parole. The skeletal remains were found dumped in a wooded area. Hicks was convicted of a 1979 double-homicide in Mississippi. He was sentenced to serve two life sentences but was paroled after 25 years. Hicks was arrested on September 9, 2011 for theft but made bail. He was arrested again on November 30, 2011 for a parole violation.

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