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Pope says Benedict’s resignation was ‘courageous’

Pope Francis on Friday hailed predecessor Benedict XVI’s historic resignation as a “courageous and humble act” in a speech to cardinals in the Vatican. Francis said Benedict, who stepped down last month, had “lit a flame in the depth of our hearts that will continue to burn”.…

Maddow: New details of Newtown shooting prove assault weapons ban is needed

On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained why new details of the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut showed an assault weapons ban was necessary. The Hartford Courant reported Wednesday that the shooter, Adam Lanza, fired a total of 152 bullets in less than 5 minutes, killing…