US Senate blocks gun background check

The U.S. Senate blocked bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at tightening restrictions on the sale of firearms…

Dramatic witness at Congress’ gun control hearing

The former U.S. congresswoman who was shot in the head in a 2011 mass shooting made a dramatic appeal to Congress…

Violence plays role in shorter US life expectancy

For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages that people in almost all other wealthy countries. In addition to the impact of gun violence, Americans consume the most calories among peer countries and get involved in more accidents that involve alcohol…

School victims: Lively youngsters, dedicated adults

At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn’t get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner…

NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

(AP)

With security stepped up and families still on edge in Newtown, students began returning to school Tuesday for the first time since last week’s massacre…