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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A spokesman for the Pakistani military now says that 141 people, most of them children, were killed in a Taliban assault on a school. The spokesman says 132 of the dead were children and another nine were staff members. He says there were seven attackers, who all wore explosive vests, and started firing indiscriminately when they entered the school. The school attack is one of the worst in Pakistan's history.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Survivors are telling of the horror at a Pakistani school attacked today by Taliban militants. One of the wounded students says he was with a group of other children who were getting first-aid instructions when the violence began. He says he "saw children falling down who were crying and screaming," and that he also fell -- later learning that he'd been shot in the leg. Another student says when his classmates heard the shooting, they locked the door from the inside -- but gunmen blasted through the door and opened fire.

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Schools are closed in a pair of suburban Philadelphia communities today, and hospitals and other public places have tightened security. This, as the manhunt continues for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives. Authorities say Bradley Stone went on a 90-minute shooting rampage before daybreak yesterday at three homes within a few miles of each other. SWAT teams surrounded his Pennsburg home for hours yesterday and demanded through a bullhorn that he give himself up. But he was gone.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — He's not yet a candidate -- but Jeb Bush has taken his biggest step so far toward entering the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination. The former Florida governor -- the son and brother of past GOP presidents -- says he's going to "actively explore" a campaign, after talking about it with members of his family over Thanksgiving. Bush also says he'll start his own leadership political action committee that will let him raise money and use it to support candidates in other races.

BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate. The decision is drawing cheers from Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year because the group was excluded. It represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans and participated in the city's Veterans Day parade last month.

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