Missouri man 'drew gun after Sandy Hook argument'

A man in Missouri faces assault charges for allegedly drawing a weapon outside a barber shop and shooting at another customer after an argument about the Sandy Hook massacre.

Mary Dejevsky: Why I would want to carry a gun in the US

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The shrine at Newtown, Connecticut

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For Lisa Betts and her husband, the conversation started Friday at their Silver Spring, Maryland home, not long after they heard about the massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members at a Connecticut school. How safe, they wondered, was the school their two children attend?

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Show some respect: Funeral directors complain about the behaviour of some motorists

In America, funeral processions get little respect from other drivers

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Obama and Republicans still poles apart on fiscal-cliff deal

Democrats and Republicans remained as far apart as ever last night as they attempted to forge a deal that would avert a potentially devastating series of tax hikes and spending cuts.

Ice discovered on north pole of Mercury

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US growth rate revised up to 2.7%

The Commerce Department said today that growth in the third quarter was significantly better than the 2 percent rate estimated a month ago

Giving Tuesday: An antidote to Black Friday in America

Donations rise 53% for 'Giving Tuesday' in US

Donors gave more than $10 million to nonprofit organizations online Tuesday — 53 per cent more than on the same day last year — during what organizers hope will become a national day of giving, the United Nations Foundation said Wednesday.

Report shows a big fall in abortions in America

Abortions fell most in a decade as US teen rate declined

Abortions in the United States fell 5 percent in 2009, the biggest annual drop since at least 2000, as the rate of teenage pregnancies declined, health officials said.

US President Barack Obama (C) stands with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders including Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (L) and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) during a family picture ahead of the 7th East Asia Summit in Phnom-Penh

Obama pushes economic counter to China

President Barack Obama's push to expand trade with a cluster of mid-sized Asian nations is couched in terms of increasing US jobs and exports, but there's a larger aim: forcing China to speed the opening of its economy and curbing some of the country's economic clout.

General David Petraeus back in town to give evidence on Benghazi attack

Ousted CIA head appears to contradict earlier testimony that YouTube video was the catalyst

Obama wins Florida and tops Romney in final election tally

President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes today, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of the 2000 election.

Treasuries gain for third day as fiscal cliff concern increases

Treasury 10-year yields fell for a third day following the re-election of President Barack Obama as investor concern increases that political gridlock may derail chances of an economic recovery.

Obama's new term priorities: tax the rich and avoid 'fiscal cliff'

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