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The Associated Press | December 26, 2012 03:01 AM EST | AP


"He was equipped to go to war, kill innocent people." – Webster, N.Y., Police Chief Gerald Pickering speaking about an ex-convict who killed two firefighters with a military-style .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber weapon used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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"Today is the day we begin everything all over again ... We know Christmas in a way we never ever thought we would know it. We need a little Christmas and we've been given it." – Rev. Robert Weiss speaking at a service in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 27 people before shooting himself.

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"A lot of the Christmas spirit was left behind way back in Black Friday weekend. We had one reason after another for consumers to say, `I'm going to stick to my list and not go beyond it.'" – Marshal Cohen, chief research analyst at the market research firm NPD Inc.