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Connecticut school named for teacher who died in Sandy Hook massacre

Nearly three years after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new school in Stratford, Conn., has been named after a teacher who died trying to protect her first-grade students.

The Victoria Soto School was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Friday.

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Suspect held in 'senseless and cowardly' killing of deputy near Houston

Authorities have arrested a man who they say gunned down an unsuspecting sheriff’s deputy as he was filling up his patrol car at a gas station.

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Las Vegas 4-year-old dies after relative leaves him inside sweltering car

A 4-year-old boy died in Las Vegas after a relative left him locked in a car as temperatures neared 100 degrees Thursday night, officials said.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Seth Franz, though an official cause of death had not been ruled.

Las Vegas police responded to a home on Welter Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter courts tech leaders in Silicon Valley

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter touched down Friday at Moffett Federal Airfield for his second appearance in four months to reassure Silicon Valley that the Pentagon views the region as an essential part of national defense.

He announced the Pentagon is investing $75 million in a consortium of 162 companies, called the Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute, that specializes in wearable electronics.

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Florida begins bracing for Erika; landfall could be Monday

All of Florida is carefully watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that as of 11 a.m. Friday, the forecast showed the storm hitting the state Monday. The forecast path has Erika skirting the state's Gulf Coast and then moving up Florida's spine north of Tampa.

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Former prep school student cleared of rape, but convicted of misdemeanors

A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.

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