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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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Shooting At Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut
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27 Dead, Including 20 Children, in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting (UPDATED)

NOTE: This post will be continually updated as new information comes in. Video and photos are below. All times Eastern.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Originally it was thought that Adam Lanza, the gunman, shot his mother at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, where she was a teacher's aide. ABC has learned that, in fact, Nancy Lanza was killed at her home (by her son) prior to the massacre. He then drove to the school, where he killed 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.

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Jennifer Connelly
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Celebrity Birthdays for December 12 — Jennifer Connelly and More

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

Jennifer Connelly
Age: 42
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Her Oscar-winning role as Alicia Nash in 'A Beautiful Mind,' roles in other films such as 'Requiem for a Dream,' 'Hulk' and 'Blood Diamond,' and her marriage to actor Paul Bettany

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Obama Wins Re-Election
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2012 Election Day: Obama Wins Second Term

UPDATE 11:20: The networks have announced that Barack Obama will be reelected to a second term, after wrapping up the state of Ohio.

The 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will finally conclude tonight, as voters head to their local polls to choose who gets to sleep in the White House on January 20, 2013. We'll be following all the results very closely, adding the latest news as states close their polls and announce their winners.

Watch this post for updated information—election results, Senate races, ballot measures, battleground-state news—throughout the night:

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Category: Sports
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This Day in History for October 28 — Dedication of Statue of Liberty, and More

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

1886: In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty (more info)

1919: The US Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, paving the way for Prohibition to begin the following January (more info)

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Category: Texarkana News
Julia Roberts
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Celebrity Birthdays for October 28 — Julia Roberts and More

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

Julia Roberts
Age: 45
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Films such as 'Pretty Woman,' 'Steel Magnolias,' and 'My Best Friend's Wedding,' her Oscar-winning performance in 'Erin Brockovich,' being one of Hollywood's best-paid actresses, and her many past relationships with former co-stars

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Category: Halloween
Hurricane Sandy Frankenstorm
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Frankenstorm Is Coming: Latest Updates and Some Helpful Tips

Frankenstorm—a nickname for the potential combination of current Category 1 Hurricane Sandy and other storm systems in the North Atlantic and over the continental United States—is almost here, and for much of the East Coast, that means it’s time to get ready for lots and lots of rain, wind, snow and general meteorological mayhem.

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New York Federal Reserve
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FBI Foils Plot to Bomb Federal Reserve Building in New York

A man drove from Long Island, New York, into Lower Manhattan earlier today in a van he thought was filled with explosives. He parked the van close to the Federal Reserve building, just a few blocks from the World Trade Center, and planned to detonate it using a cell phone from a nearby hotel.

The explosives, however, were fake.

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Albert Einstein
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This Day in History for October 17 — Einstein Comes to U.S., and More

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

1931: Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion (more info)

1933: Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States (more info)

1968: Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they

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Category: Texarkana News

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