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President Obama orders flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Conn. school shooting victims

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A U.S. flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington D.C., Dec. 14, 2012. A tearful President Barack Obama expressed "overwhelming grief" on Friday for the victims of a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and called on Americans to set aside politics and take "meaningful action" to prevent further tragedies of this kind.

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U.S. President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., during a press briefing in Washington D.C., Dec. 14.

U.S President Barack Obama ordered that flags be flown at half-staff through sunset on Dec. 18. Full story…

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A flag at the U.S. Capitol flies at half-staff in honor of the Connecticut school shooting victims in Washington D.C., Dec. 14.

A National Park Service employee lowers flags at the base of the Washington Monument to half-staff after President Barack Obama ordered the action while speaking on the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, in Washington, D.C.

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An American flag at the center of Newtown, Conn. stands at half-staff on Dec. 14.

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The second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history sent crying children spilling into the school parking lot as frightened parents waited for word on their loved ones.