Children at school where killer struck will be moved elsewhere

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — There are no classes today at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and officials aren't sure if the school will ever reopen.

Three days after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults there, the school district is making plans to send surviving students to a former school building in a neighboring town.

The first funerals are planned today for two of the children who were killed -- six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner. Others are scheduled for later in the week.

At an interfaith service in Newtown last night, President Barack Obama vowed to enlist the help of police, mental health professionals, parents and teachers in an effort to prevent similar tragedies in the future. He asked, "What choice do we have?"

Federal agents, meanwhile, continue to investigate the recent activities of the shooter, Adam Lanza, who took his own life as police moved in on a classroom where he was killing children using a high-powered rifle. They've concluded that he had visited an area shooting range, but they don't know whether he actually practiced shooting there.

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120-a-09-(Lieutenant J. Paul Vance, spokesman, Connecticut State Police, at news conference)-"say this occurred"-Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance says they are still working on a motive for the shooting. (17 Dec 2012)

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034-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Obama)--In an emotional speech to the shattered community of Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama has vowed to use "whatever power" he has to summon action to prevent future tragedies like Friday's elementary school massacre. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (17 Dec 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Residents wait for the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at Newtown High School, Newtown Connecticut, graphic element on gray (17 Dec 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: US President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House for Connecticut, Washington, DC, partial graphic (16 Dec 2012)

APPHOTO CTEV120: President Barack Obama pauses during a speech at an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (16 Dec 2012)

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