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Supreme Court of the United States

Editor's note: Gun rights groups and individual owners lost a bid Monday to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear their challenge to strict bans on assault weapons brought by New York and Connecticut in wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting. The plaintiffs argued that the laws violate the Second Amendment, and pointed to the weapons' popularity among Americans. NBC News' Pete Williams notes the court has declined to hear challenges to local gun control laws since its landmark ruling on Second Amendment rights, in 2008. - Tricia

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James Tracy, professor known for suggesting Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, sues Florida Atlantic University for wrongful termination - Palm Beach Post

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More: Judge says law protecting gun manufacturers from lawsuits does not override 'legal sufficiency' of Sandy Hook parents' claims - Greenwich Time

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Sandy Hook families' lawsuit against gun manufacturer may proceed, says Connecticut judge - @courantstatedsk

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US gun control debate

Image: Gun violence victims who attended President Obama's speech at the White House - @AaronBlakeWP

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US gun control debate

Photo: President Obama has tears streaming down his face as he talks about Newtown, Conn., school shooting while announcing executive actions on guns - @frankthorpNBC

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President Obama as he talks about Sandy Hook shooting: 'Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad'

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Mark Barden, father of of Sandy Hook victim, introducing President Obama, says: 'Every gun-related death is preventable, and we need your help'

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Report: Families of those killed during 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School have finalized $1.5 million settlement, source tells @cnnbrk

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Florida university trying to fire professor for harassing Sandy Hook massacre victim's family; professor has until Dec. 26 to file appeal - @sunsentinel

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Photo: Vigil held in San Diego for victims of gun violence 3 years after Sandy Hook shooting - @mattnbcsd

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2016 US elections

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy: New ad referencing Sandy Hook school shooting shows a 'callous' Ted Cruz - @politico

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Photo: Hillary Clinton invites mother of one of the Sandy Hook shooting victims on to the stage at New Hampshire town hall event where she's announcing her gun control plan - @ABCLiz

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Topping off ceremony planned for today to mark placement of final steel beam at rebuilt Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn - @AP

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Families of 11 victims of Sandy Hook school massacre issue statement saying they have no association with gun control group behind Tim McGraw benefit concert - @NBCConnecticut

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Families of 9 Newtown, Conn., school shooting victims sue Nancy Lanza estate - @NBCConnecticut

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Editor's note: The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission's report was released today by Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and is available on the state's web site. - Tom

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Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT

President Obama says he thought Sandy Hook would change US thinking on guns, calls being with parents of victims 'hardest day' of presidency - @mikememoli

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Sandy Hook panel nears final report, decides to include Nancy Lanza as a victim - @hartfordcourant

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Newtown, Conn., council vote to demolish the home of Adam Lanza; Board of Selectman must now sign off - @WFSBnews

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