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Sandy Hook families mark six-month anniversary with nationwide bus tour

Families of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, will mark the six-month anniversary of the tragedy on Friday by launching a nationwide bus tour designed to step up political pressure on the US senators who voted against the bill to toughen America’s gun laws.

US supreme court rules human genes cannot be patented

The US supreme court has ruled unanimously that natural human genes cannot be patented, a decision that scientists and civil rights campaigners said removed a major barrier to patient care and medical innovation.

George Zimmerman trial: judge to sequester jury for entire trial

The six jurors and four alternates picked to hear the second-degree murder trial of neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will be sequestered for the two to four weeks the trial will last, the judge presiding over the case said for the first time on Thursday.

US storms soak midwest as mid-Atlantic region braces for wind and hail

A massive storm system originally forecast to affect one in five Americans from Iowa to Maryland surged on Thursday toward the mid-Atlantic states after causing widespread power outages but largely failing to live up to its billing in ferocity through the upper mid-west.

Colorado wildfires force thousands more residents to flee homes

A wildfire in Colorado has destroyed at least 360 homes, as the most destructive blaze in the state’s history burned out of control for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods.

U.S. considers no-fly zone after Syria crosses nerve gas “red line”

(Reuters) – The United States is considering a no-fly zone in Syria, potentially its first direct intervention into the two-year-old civil war, Western diplomats said on Friday, after the White House said Syria had crossed a “red line” by using nerve gas.

Erdogan makes conciliatory move to end Turkish protests

(Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told protesters on Friday he would put redevelopment plans for an Istanbul park on hold until a court rules, striking a markedly more conciliatory tone after two weeks of fierce anti-government demonstrations.

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