Hundreds are expected at Washington's National Cathedral on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school massacre and demand tough gun legislation in the United States. Pop icon Carole King was lined up to perform at the late-afternoon vigil, which organizers hope will pull the media spotlight away from the New England town where 20 first-graders and six educators died. Several Newtown residents, including relatives of the dead, were expected at the vigil spearheaded by the Newtown Foundation, a non-profit group that calls for tougher gun laws. "Make us instruments of your peace, and strengthen our hearts and hands and minds -- not only to care for the victims and survivors of gun violence, but also to bring about the change that will end the violence caused by guns in the hands of the criminal, the sick, and the cruel.”
Nelson Mandela was reclaimed by ordinary South Africans who queued in huge numbers under the hot sun Thursday to file past his open casket on a day reserved for the public. As Mandela lay in state for a second day, a row deepened over a sign language interpreter at his memorial service, who responded to charges he was a fraud by insisting that a schizophrenic episode had caused him to gesticulate nonsensically. The long lines were reminiscent of the snaking queues of voters who waited to cast their first ballots in a democratic South Africa in 1994.