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Gunman Shoots and Kills Bus Driver, Holds 6-Year-Old Hostage in Bunker

On Tuesday afternoon, a man in Dale County, Alabama, near Midland City, got on a school bus, demanded a child be let off with him, then shot and killed the bus driver when he refused. The shooter, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, then took the boy from the bus and is currently holed up with him in an underground bunker nearby.

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Obama And Biden Unveil Proposal To Decrease Gun Violence In U.S.
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President Calls for Assault-Weapon Ban, Stronger Background Checks

Wednesday afternoon, President Obama proposed numerous measures in response to a string of recent mass shootings across the country, including one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were murdered by a gunman.

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This Day in History for January 1 — Emancipation Proclamation Signed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863: President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in the rebelling states (more info)

1934: Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison (more info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for January 1 — Grandmaster Flash and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Grandmaster Flash
Age: 55
Occupation: Musician and DJ
Known For: Being one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting and mixing, forming Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, which released groundbreaking songs like 'The Message' and were the first hip-hop/rap artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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2 Firefighters Shot and Killed at Scene of Fire in Webster, N.Y.; Gunman Dead (UPDATED)

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. EST: Authorities have identified the gunman as William Spengler, an ex-convict who spent 17 years in prison for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother in 1980.

Spengler was paroled for the crime in 1998.

Police also have not located Spengler's 67-year-old sister, who lived in the house with Spengler.

Authorities also report that a total of seven houses were destroyed in the blaze.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. EST: Police chief Gerald Pickering says that the gunman, who was killed at the scene, either by police or from a self-inflicted wound, may have set a trap for first responders.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. EST: The Associated Press is reporting that the gunman who killed the two firefighters is also dead. His body was found at the scene. The names of the two deceased firefighters, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, are Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter and the Webster Police Department’s public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka. The names of the wounded firefighters are Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino.

Early Monday morning two firefighters were shot and killed when responding to a call in Webster, New York, just outside Rochester. After the firefighters arrived at 191 Lake Road, an unknown shooter fired at them as they left their truck, killing two of them and wounding two others. The wounded men are at a nearby hospital; one is in stable condition, the other is in guarded condition.

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Category: National News
Shooting At Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut
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27 Dead, Including 20 Children, in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting (UPDATED)

NOTE: This post will be continually updated as new information comes in. Video and photos are below. All times Eastern.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Originally it was thought that Adam Lanza, the gunman, shot his mother at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, where she was a teacher's aide. ABC has learned that, in fact, Nancy Lanza was killed at her home (by her son) prior to the massacre. He then drove to the school, where he killed 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.

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Nurse Who Got Pranked at Kate Middleton’s Hospital Found Dead

Kate Middleton checked into King Edward VII hospital last week for acute morning sickness following the announcement of her pregnancy. While she was there, a pair of Australian radio DJs called the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. The worker who took the call and patched it through to Middleton's private nurse was found dead Friday morning, possibly a result of suicide.

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This Day in History for December 4 — U.S. Joins the U.N., and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1875: Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees the country (more info)

1918: President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first U.S. president to travel to Europe while in office (more info)

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Category: AC, Country, Hot AC, News, Rhythmic, Rock

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