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Clinton hospitalized after blood clot found

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital yesterday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

Clinton’s doctors discovered the clot yesterday while performing a follow-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elaborate on the location of the clot but said Clinton is being treated with anti-coagulants and would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor the medication.

Obama wants gun legislation in 2013

Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Obama yesterday pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The president made his comments in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.

Instead, the president vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence, adding that he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines. He left no doubt it will be one of his top priorities next year.

Afghanistan

Violence falls; more Afghan troops dying

Violence in Afghanistan fell in 2012, but more Afghan troops and police officers who now shoulder most of the combat were killed, according to statistics compiled by the Associated Press.

At the same time, insider killings by uniformed Afghans against their foreign allies rose dramatically, eroding confidence between the two sides at a crucial turning point in the war and when NATO troops and Afghan counterparts are in more intimate contact.

“The overall situation is improving,” said a NATO spokesman, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lester T. Carroll. He singled out Afghan special forces as “surgically removing insurgent leaders from the battle space.”

Maine

Landlord charged with killing tenants

A 74-year-old Maine man was charged in the shooting deaths of two tenants inside an apartment he rented out at his home, possibly over a dispute about where they parked their cars during a snowstorm, the state police said yesterday.

James Pak was arrested about 10 p.m. Saturday following a standoff at his home in Biddeford, Maine, the police said. He is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Derrick Thompson, 19, and Thompson’s girlfriend, 18-year-old Alivia Welch.

Thompson’s mother, Susan Johnson, 44, called the police to report the shootings about 7 p.m. She and her 6-year-old son also live in the apartment, which is attached to the main house where Pak lived.

The Associated Press

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