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CO Gunman Kills 3, Himself Hours After Jail Release: Dan Elliott of the Associated Press reports Daniel Sanchez murdered three people before killing himself Tuesday in Colorado. The victims include Sanchez's ex-girlfriend, her sister, and her sister's husband. On Saturday, Sanchez was arrested and put in jail on domestic violence, kidnapping, and false arrest charges for holding his ex-girlfriend against her will following their break up. He made bail and was released Monday night. He drove to his ex-girlfriend's sister's house six hours later, used a handgun to gain entry, and killed the couple in one bedroom. Then, while his ex-girlfriend was on the phone with 911 reporting gunshots, Sanchez killed her. He then got on the phone and told the dispatcher he killed three people and will be killing himself. One last gunshot was heard. Police found Sanchez and his ex-girlfriend in the same room.

Gun Sales Surge After CT School Shooting:
Matt Townsend of Bloomberg News reports gun sales and prices have surged following the Connecticut elementary school shooting last Friday. Walmart stores in five states are said to be sold out of several kinds of semiautomatic rifles. Some gun retailers are seeing record-breaking sales nationwide. On Ebay, the prices for handgun magazines have doubled and, in some online auctions, tripled. President Barack Obama Wednesday said he endorses restricting military-style assault rifle and high-capacity magazines. His administration is expected to present proposals next month in an effort to reduce gun violence in the nation.

DNA Bill Passed in House, Awaiting Senate: Kitty Felde of KPCC News reports Katie's Law passed in the House of Representatives Tuesday. The bill, introduced by California Congressman Adam Schiff (D), would provide funding to states for DNA collection from anyone arrested for a felony. This includes murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and burglary. About half the states in the nation already collect DNA from all felony offenders. A Senate version is awaiting a floor vote. If it is not passed in the Senate by December 31, Katie's Law will be reintroduced in the new Congress in 2013. More information about the bill can be found here.

KS 'In Cold Blood' Duo Exhumed: The Associated Press reports the bodies of executed Kansas killers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were exhumed for DNA samples and reburied Tuesday. Hickock and Smith were hanged for the November 15, 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Kansas, the focus of Truman Capote's true-crime novel, In Cold Blood. The duo is also suspected in the murders of a Florida family on December 19, 1959. Investigators will test whether DNA collected from the exhumation may link the killers to the Florida killings. Continued from this News Scan.

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