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In 'numb' Newtown, students head back to school after mass shooting

Angel wings and balloons at a makeshift shrine outside Sandy Hook Elementary.
Angel wings and balloons at a makeshift shrine outside Sandy Hook Elementary.
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Students will be returning to school today in Newtown, Conn., site of Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school that left 20 first-graders and six adults dead or dying.

Sandy Hook Elementary, where the shooting rampage occurred, will not be reopening. As we reported Monday, investigators say it could be months before their work is done at the building. And local officials have said the school's students will never return to Sandy Hook. They'll be attending classes in other facilities.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues and so do the news media's efforts to find out more about the gunman — 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who killed himself at the school — his motives and why he also apparently murdered his mother.

And there more heart-breaking stories about the victims.

Here are some of today's headlines and reports:

-- "Who Are They? Stories About The Victims Of Friday's Shootings." (The Hartford Courant)

-- "For Lanza Family, Son Adam's Difficulties Dominated." (The Washington Post)

-- "The 20-year-old man who burst into an elementary school here and fatally shot 20 children and six adults destroyed a computer in his home, which could thwart the investigation into his motive, a law-enforcement official said on Monday." (The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Computer In Connecticut Gunman's Home Yields No Data, Investigators Say." (The New York Times)

-- After 3 days, the people in Newtown were still numb. Cindy McIntyre, 56, has lived there for 20 years. "We're all deeply deeply upset," she said Monday. Every time I find someone from Newtown, I start to cry. ... We hug each other a lot. And if you see someone hugging, it's not a quick hug like New Englanders are known to do. It's a hug that you hold on to for a long long time." (NPR's Don Gonyea on Morning Edition.)

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