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US ‘heartbroken’ over Sikh temple deaths, Obama says

President Obama spoke Monday in the Oval Office.
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President Obama spoke Monday in the Oval Office.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says ‘‘all of us are heartbroken by what happened’’ this weekend during a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Obama told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that Americans would ‘‘recoil’’ at the violence if ethnicity were a factor. The president says ‘‘we are all one people and we look after one another.’’

Obama spoke to reporters after he signed unrelated legislation at the White House.

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