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Bells toll in Newtown for victims of attack

Anniversary remembrances held around US

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Bells tolled 26 times to honor the children and educators killed one year ago in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School as local churches held memorial services and the country marked the anniversary with events including a White House moment of silence.

With snow falling and homes decorated with Christmas lights, Newtown looked every bit the classic New England town. But reminders of the private grief were everywhere. ‘‘God bless the families,’’ read a sign posted at one house, and a church posted that it was ‘‘open for prayer.’’

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