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Posted: January 31, 2013 at 3:35 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important.Too many children are dying.Too many children.We must do something.” Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who said “the time is now” for Congress to take action on guns Article, 1A 3 shot in Phoenix; 1 dies; suspect flees PHOENIX — A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office complex Wednesday, killing one person, wounding two others and setting off a manhunt. Police warned the public that the suspect was “armed and dangerous.” Authorities identified the suspect as Arthur Harmon, who they said opened fire at the end of a mediation session. They identified a man who died hours after the Wednesday morning shooting as 48-year-old Steve Singer.

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