Movie premiere canceled in Paris

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This weekend's opening of “The Dark Knight Rises” was tragically marred early Friday by a shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in which a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded 59 others.

In response to the tragedy, a gala “Dark Knight” movie premiere scheduled in Paris was canceled, and the campaigns for the White House were put on hold for a day of mourning. President Obama ordered flags outside all public buildings to be lowered to half-staff and said, “There are going to be other days for politics; this I think is a day for prayer and reflection.”

Locally, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena public safety officials stepped up security measures at area theaters to protect the throngs of fans that will inevitably continue to fill movie theaters.Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank released a statement expressing “sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

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