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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

PHOENIX — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.


TAX STATS: How Illinois compares when it comes to taxation

The latest version of a report on Illinois’ national rankings, released recently by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, highlights where the state ranks in terms of tax revenue. With the nation's fifth largest population, it makes sense that in total revenue dollars, Illinois ranks relatively high.

President Barack Obama walks away from a green while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass. last week. | AP Photo/Steven Senne

Obama's vacation days vs. his predecessors

The criticism has the president's aides confronting a question it faces whenever Obama gets away: Is there ever a good time for the commander in chief to take a few days off?

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