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This Day in History for January 1 — Emancipation Proclamation Signed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863: President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in the rebelling states (more info)

1934: Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison (more info)

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New Movies This Week — ‘Django Unchained,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Parental Guidance’ and More

It's a busy time at the movies these days. Studios are trying to get all their releases in before the December 31 Oscar deadline, and they're also vying for your precious holiday dollar. This week's offerings include a few that came out on Christmas—Quentin Tarantino's latest, an adaptation of a much loved musical, a family comedy, and a documentary about the justice system—and the first collaboration between Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant since 'Good Will Hunting,' due out Friday.

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 27 — Hayley Williams and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Hayley Williams
Age: 24
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Being the lead vocalist for the band Paramore, routinely being named one of rock's sexiest women, and appearing on rapper B.o.B's hit 'Airplanes'

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2 Firefighters Shot and Killed at Scene of Fire in Webster, N.Y.; Gunman Dead (UPDATED)

UPDATE 4:07 p.m. EST: Authorities have identified the gunman as William Spengler, an ex-convict who spent 17 years in prison for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother in 1980.

Spengler was paroled for the crime in 1998.

Police also have not located Spengler's 67-year-old sister, who lived in the house with Spengler.

Authorities also report that a total of seven houses were destroyed in the blaze.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m. EST: Police chief Gerald Pickering says that the gunman, who was killed at the scene, either by police or from a self-inflicted wound, may have set a trap for first responders.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. EST: The Associated Press is reporting that the gunman who killed the two firefighters is also dead. His body was found at the scene. The names of the two deceased firefighters, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, are Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter and the Webster Police Department’s public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka. The names of the wounded firefighters are Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino.

Early Monday morning two firefighters were shot and killed when responding to a call in Webster, New York, just outside Rochester. After the firefighters arrived at 191 Lake Road, an unknown shooter fired at them as they left their truck, killing two of them and wounding two others. The wounded men are at a nearby hospital; one is in stable condition, the other is in guarded condition.

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 19 — Jake Gyllenhaal and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

 

Jake Gyllenhaal
Age: 32
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Roles in films like 'Donnie Darko,' 'The Day After Tomorrow' and 'Jarhead,' earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Jack Twist in the film 'Brokeback Mountain,' being the little brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and previous relationships with Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon

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How You Can Help Families in Newtown, Connecticut

In the wake of the horrific killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week, Americans across the country are wondering how they can aid the families of the victims. There are numerous methods to donate money, but you also can help in other ways, such as volunteering your time, writing a card or letter, or sending a teddy bear to a child in Newtown.

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 17 — Milla Jovovich and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Milla Jovovich
Age: 37
Occupation: Actress and Model
Known For: Appearing in 'Dazed and Confused,' 'The Fifth Element,' and 'The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,' starring in the film adaptation of the video game 'Resident Evil,' and founding the production company Creature Entertainment

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How Leading Sports Figures Reacted to the Connecticut School Massacre

When something like the horrific shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School happens, the major sports we follow can suddenly feel a bit smaller. But world-class athletes who normally seem bigger than life watched today's events unfold just like the rest of us, on TV, and shared their thoughts just like the rest of us, on social media.

We read some of their reactions on Twitter and collected them here:

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This Day in History for December 12 — Stolen Mona Lisa Recovered, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1901: Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean (more info)

1913: Two years after it was stolen from the Louvre museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece 'The Mona Lisa' is recovered inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia's hotel room in Florence (more info)

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