Hundreds are expected at Washington's National Cathedral on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school massacre and demand tough gun legislation in the United States. Pop icon Carole King was lined up to perform at the late-afternoon vigil, which organizers hope will pull the media spotlight away from the New England town where 20 first-graders and six educators died. Several Newtown residents, including relatives of the dead, were expected at the vigil spearheaded by the Newtown Foundation, a non-profit group that calls for tougher gun laws. "Make us instruments of your peace, and strengthen our hearts and hands and minds -- not only to care for the victims and survivors of gun violence, but also to bring about the change that will end the violence caused by guns in the hands of the criminal, the sick, and the cruel.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers received a cautious endorsement Thursday from his frustrated chancellor that keeps him leading one of the nation's largest campuses despite two years of turmoil.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While hereditary leader Kim Jong Un is the unquestioned ruler of North Korea, until last weekend his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was thought to be the country's second-most-powerful figure, widely considered Kim's mentor and regent.