White House announces 7 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, among them Elvis, Babe Ruth and Justice Scalia

“This prestigious award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, which may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the news release…

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Thousand Oaks victims include college student and law enforcement officer

(CNN)At least 12 lives were cut short Wednesday when a gunman stormed a Southern California bar and opened fire. A 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ron Helus was hoping to retire in the next year or so. He loved spending time with his son fishing in the…

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Will Thousand Oaks be the mass shooting that spurs change? Maybe not

(CNN)Pittsburgh. Orlando. Las Vegas. Newtown. Aurora. Columbine. The slaughter continues. With each one, more Americans appear anesthetized to the bloodletting. It’s just more bullets, more panic, more fear. Numbness sets in. Massacres seem commonplace. Will Thousand Oaks be the mass shooting that finally spurs change? The maybes Remembering the Thousand…

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