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Saturday marks five years since a gunman rained bullets into an outdoor country music festival crowd on the Las Vegas Strip. The grim drumbeat of mass shootings has only continued in the years since, from New York to Colorado to Texas. Northeastern University professor James Alan Fox oversees a database maintained by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University and says there's also been a horrifying uptick in the number of mass shootings with an especially high number of people killed. The news takes a toll on survivors of the Las Vegas slaying, but a strong sense of community has also developed.

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Gun rights groups and firearms owners have launched another attempt to overturn Connecticut’s ban on certain semiautomatic rifles that was enacted in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A new lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned a New York law and expanded gun rights. The high court had earlier upheld assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York passed in response to the school shooting that killed 20 first graders and six educators in 2012. Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says the state's gun laws save lives and he will defend them against the new lawsuit.

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When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a high school football coach’s right to pray on the field after games, there were predictions of dramatic consequences from across the ideological spectrum. But three months after the decision, there’s no sign that large numbers of coaches have been newly inspired to follow Joseph Kennedy’s high-profile example. The Court ruled 6-3 for the coach on June 27, with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 54% of Americans approve of the decision, while 22% disapprove and 23% hold neither opinion.

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Authorities have publicly identified the 14-year-old killed in a shooting that also wounded four other teens as they walked away from a Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage, saying they believe he was not the intended target of the shooting. Police said Wednesday they were searching for at least five suspects in the shooting outside Roxborough High School shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday that killed Nicholas Elizalde, of suburban Havertown. Three of the wounded players were stable, and the fourth was treated at the scene for a graze wound. Several players for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles offered prayers for the families and lamented that gun violence shattered a safe space.

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An investigator works the scene where multiple people were shot near Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Authorities have identified the 14-year-old youth killed in a shooting on Tuesday that also wounded several other teens as they walked away from a Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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An evidence marker noting an apparent bullet hole is seen at the scene where multiple people were shot near Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Authorities have identified the 14-year-old youth killed in a shooting on Tuesday that also wounded several other teens as they walked away from a Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Police vehicles are parked at Roxborough High School near where multiple people were shot in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Authorities have identified the 14-year-old youth killed in a shooting on Tuesday that also wounded several other teens as they walked away from a Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Police officers walk from Roxborough High School near where multiple people were shot in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. Authorities have identified the 14-year-old youth killed in a shooting on Tuesday that also wounded several other teens as they walked away from a Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Evidence markers noting an apparent bullet holes are seen at the scene where multiple people were shot near Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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The Mexican army’s role in the disappearance of 43 college students and its alleged links to organized crime are now at the center of a case that has shaken the nation. The government’s Truth Commission has declared the 2014 episode a “state crime.” Three members of the military and a former federal attorney general have been arrested in the case. Few now believe the government’s initial claim putting all blame on a drug gang and allied local officials for killing the students, then burning their bodies. A recent report indicates collaboration between a drug cartel and an officer and that some of the students’ bodies were taken to a local army base.