05:04 PM EDT 12/04/2013
Originally posted 12/04/2013 04:55PM
One week before the one-year anniversary of the shooting that took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the release of 911 calls from the first anguished moments has revived the pain of families who fought to prevent them from being made public.
"It will affect our community, certainly, and it will affect our families," Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was murdered, told MSNBC. "And I think as parents it's just down to us to ensure our children and families are protected from hearing those for as long as possible."
Indeed, prior to the release, Newtown School Superintendent John Reed sent an email to parents Tuesday to prepare them for the "emotional trigger" the tapes could represent. And just one week ago, an investigative report left additional questions unanswered as it concluded that gunman Adam Lanza's motive "may never be answered."
Lanza, 20, had entered the school on Dec. 14, 2012, after shooting his mother dead at their home. As his 11-minute rampage at the school ended, he turned the gun on himself.
His victims included 20 children.
The 911 tapes – made public by the state's Freedom of Information Commission – capture a mix of fear and confusion, panic and calm, as emergency dispatch operators work to assess the initial alarm.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 04:50PM
The MasterChef judge finishes the Ditka Dash – and shows off his new lean physique
Originally posted 12/04/2013 02:30PM
Autopsy results released Wednesday reveal that Paul Walker died from combined effects of the impact of the car crash and fire that followed.
His friend Roger Rodas, who witnesses say was driving the vehicle that crashed and killed both men on Saturday, died from multiple traumatic injuries.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner conducted an autopsy on both bodies on Tuesday. Both deaths were ruled accidents. A toxicology analysis is still pending and could take weeks to complete.
Walker and Rodas died after a special-edition Porsche crashed into a light pole, two trees and a sign noting the street's 45 m.p.h. speed limit.
An investigator says their car was going at least 90 m.p.h. when it crashed.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 12:00PM
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, which takes place on Wednesday night in N.Y.C., has been an institution for 80 years.
And since its first broadcast in 1951, the ceremony has become a showcase for more than just the spectacular spruce. As Time notes, Barbara Walters, Bob Hope, Lily Tomlin and Liza Minnelli all participated in the festivities at some point.
In fact, recent years have seen the event grow into an even more star-studded affair. Here are some of the strangely memorable moments that have transpired over the past two decades.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 04:00PM
Whether viewers like it or not, Carrie Underwood is playing Maria von Trapp in the live TV version of The Sound of Music – and there are new rehearsal photos to prove it.
Underwood, 30, is pictured in a scene opposite Laura Benanti, who plays Elsa Schrader.
Taking on the role that originated with Julie Andrews hasn't sat well with some fans of the 1965 film.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 01:00PM
Wildlife officials are heading to a remote area of Everglades National Park to help pilot whales stranded in shallow water.
On Tuesday, officials found 20 to 30 pilot whales either beached or stranded in waters in a remote area of the Florida park near Highland Beach in northern Monroe County.
Rangers helped some of the whales, but about 10 were beached late Tuesday.
Park spokeswoman Linda Friar says six of the whales were pushed back into the water. As of Wednesday, 10 whales died.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 03:30PM
Kellie Pickler proved that the sexiest thing about a woman is her sense of humor during a hilarious appearance on Bethenny.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 03:10PM
As producers figure out how to complete the current production of the The Fast and the Furious franchise after Paul Walker's tragic death, the film’s stars continue to mourn and remember their friend.
Costar Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson told Entertainment Weekly that Walker was an actor who tried to avoid the spotlight.
"That was one of the interesting things about Paul: his reservations about being in the spotlight and being a star, whatever the definition of that may be," he said.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 02:50PM
Steven King II and Angela Steinfurth pleaded guilty Tuesday in the killing of her 18-month-old daughter, whose remains were found in a box in a garage three months after she was reported missing.
Prosecutors said the mother tossed the toddler across her bedroom in early June because she wouldn't stop crying, severely injuring the girl.
King, the 24-year-old ex-boyfriend, told a Toledo judge that he had found the girl, Elaina Steinfurth, injured in her bedroom and that he tried to resuscitate her. He said he then covered her mouth until she stopped breathing and put her in a bag.
The girl's remains were found in September in the rafters of a garage that belongs to King's family.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 02:10PM
Prince George may have sporty parents, but his father sees only one game in his 4-month-old son's immediate future.
"I think the only sport he will be good at is playing tiddlywinks," Prince William joked to Ryan Gordon on Wednesday.
Gordon, 18, was among a group of budding sports coaches with whom William visited at Coach Core, a training and apprentice coach development program established by the prince, wife Kate and brother Prince Harry for 16- to 23-year-olds living in London's most disadvantaged communities.
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