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Dog Owner Offers Out Hugs to Heal Newtown

In an attempt to heal not only the ones directly connected to the tragedy at Newtown, CT, this past Friday, but the entire town, retired special education teacher Michael Cragin has decided to offer out hugs — not from him, but from his beloved bulldog Truman.

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Talking to Children About Tragedy in Wake of Connecticut School Shooting

How do you explain the unexplainable to children? Today, parents across the country, including myself, were faced with this  -- fumbling over words while explaining the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown - located only 20 miles away from my own daughter's elementary school.

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How Leading Sports Figures Reacted to the Connecticut School Massacre

When something like the horrific shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School happens, the major sports we follow can suddenly feel a bit smaller. But world-class athletes who normally seem bigger than life watched today's events unfold just like the rest of us, on TV, and shared their thoughts just like the rest of us, on social media.

We read some of their reactions on Twitter and collected them here:

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Craig Mitchelldyer, Getty Images
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3 Killed, Including Gunman, After Shooting at Oregon Mall

A shooting at the Clackamas Town Center, which is located near Portland, Ore., has left at least three people dead and one seriously wounded, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Officials say that one of the deceased was the gunman.

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Complaining About the Food May Get You Shot

There was a time when a complaint made to a restaurant owner about the overall quality of the food was met with an ambitious attempt to make things right. However, these days such grievances can get you shot.

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Halloween Costumed Girl Shot By Relative Who Mistook Her For a Skunk

It's unclear if a nine-year-old New Sewickley, PA, girl was actually dressed as a skunk Saturday night for a local Halloween party.

But she was wearing a black hat and a white tussle and that was enough for a relative of the unidentified girl to mistake her for the stinky varmint.

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3 Killed, 4 Injured in Shooting at Spa in Milwaukee Suburb

Three people are dead and four others injured today after a mass shooting at a spa in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. The man police suspect in the shooting has also been found dead, according to a county dispatcher in Wisconsin.

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Someone Tried to Sell This James Holmes Halloween Mask on eBay

In the dual spirit of Halloween and extremely bad taste, someone recently attempted to sell a lifelike latex mask of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes on eBay.

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Nude Alabama College Student Killed By Campus Police Officer

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Friends of a University of South Alabama student are questioning his fatal shooting by a campus police officer.

Colgan Meanor says 18-year-old Gil Collar of Wetumpka was an outgoing athlete who loved wrestling in high school

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15 Year Old Amarillo Girl Suffers Life Threatening Injuries After Being Shot At A Party

Early Sunday morning an Amarillo girl was shot at a party. She suffered life threatening injuries from the shooting. Police are currently searching for a stabbing victim who fled the scene in a car.

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