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Before Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Fifth Harmony battled it out on The X Factor finale last night, the episode opened with a powerful tribute to the victims of last week's Newtown, CT massacre.

"Words cannot describe what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week," Simon Cowell said at the outset, adding:

"We're all deeply saddened by the tragedy, and our hearts right now go out to the families. You'll always be in our prayers, and you'll always be in our hearts, and this is our tribute to you."

From there, as seen below, contestants broke into a rendition of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone."

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Teenage Adam Lanza would come in for a haircut about every six weeks without speaking or looking at anyone and always accompanied by his mother.

That's according to stylists at a salon in Newtown, Connecticut, where Lanza gunned down 28 people last week, including his mother and himself.

Adam Lanza Haircut

He stopped coming in a few years ago, and employees at the salon thought he had moved away, said Bob Skuba, who reflected on his former client.

The comments from Skuba and his colleagues were among the first describing how the Nancy and Adam Lanza, who was 20, interacted with each other.

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Piers Morgan's "interview" with gun rights advocate Larry Pratt grew increasingly heated and even devolved into name-calling Tuesday night on CNN.

"You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?” Morgan asked Platt.

The most, a longtime advocate of more restrictive gun laws, has spoken out strongly in favor of gun control since the Newtown, Conn., shooting Friday.

Piers Morgan absolutely went off on guns that day, shortly after 27 victims, including 20 young children, were shot and killed in the horrific tragedy.

Last night's return to the topic ended on an even more bitter note.

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Westboro Baptist Church and specifically spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper have been besieged by trolls from the notorious hacktivist group Anonymous.

After WBC reprehensibly announced plans to picket a vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Anonymous retaliated hardcore.

Shirley Phelps-Roper so far is bearing the brunt of the group's efforts.

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In a video posted to Vimeo by Anonymous, the group vowed payback:

"We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred. We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior."

"We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming."

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Could Adam Lanza's motive for last week's sickening Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have been fear of being committed to a psychiatric facility?

Nancy Lanza, the 20-year-old's mother, was in the process of having her son committed when he went on the killing spree, a lifelong family acquaintance said.

Adam Lanza Yearbook Photo

A senior law enforcement official also confirmed that Adam Lanza's anger over his mother's plan is being investigated as a possible motive for the massacre.

Lanza killed 28 people - himself, his mother, six adults and 20 children - in Newtown, Conn., marking one of the worst mass murders in recent memory.

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz visited the home of Jack Pinto, the 6-year-old Connecticut school shooting victim who idolized the NFL star.

Jack was among 20 children who lost their lives Friday in Newtown, Conn., when a crazed gunman open fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Upon learning that Cruz was Pinto's favorite player, the 26-year-old reached out to the family, and visited their home for a touch football game Tuesday.

Victor Cruz honored Jack Pinto during Sunday's game against Atlanta, writing the slain child's name on his shoes. Then he went the extra mile Tuesday.

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David Letterman struck an uncharacteristically somber note Monday night, addressing the Newtown, Connecticut shooting for nearly seven minutes.

Returning from commercial, the comedian, looking visibly saddened, noted the beauty of the Christmas decorations on CBS' Late Show set.

He then touched upon the senseless massacre of 26 people - including 20 children - at Sandy Hook Elementary School, saying, "It makes me so sad."

"The lights ... they're really for kids. You think about this horrifying circumstance. What part of that do you think about that's going to make any difference?"

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Ellen DeGeneres aired her first show today since the Newtown shooting that claimed the lives of 26 individuals on Thursday.

And although the hour itself featured Bradley Cooper and Bruno Mars and included the usual Ellen jokes (and dancing, of course), the host kicked off the outing with an emotional speech.

Saying her goal everyday "is to make you happy and make you feel good for an hour," Ellen concluded:

"We’re gonna do the show today, but it’s gonna be a struggle cause my heart is broken for those families and for all the people in Newtown. We’re holding you in our hearts. And today’s show is dedicated to you."

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The residents of Newtown, Connecticut were greeted this week by a group of furry friends.

About 10 golden retrievers from the Chicago area Saturday, as Lutheran Church Charities in that city thought the canines could provide some level of comfort for those affected by last week's horrendous shooting.

Comfort Dogs

"Dogs are nonjudgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone," said Tim Hetzner, the organization’s president. "It creates the atmosphere for people to share."

The dogs attended the interfaith gathering on Sunday night and listened to the President Obama Newtown speech, as community members spent time with the animals in silence.

Yesterday, they stopped by local schools and befriended children still trying to process all that went down last Thursday.

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What is on Adam Lanza's hard drive? It looks like we may never find out.

Before Friday’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the 20-year-old allegedly removed his computer disk drive and smashed it, according to The Hartford Courant.


It will be difficult to recover any data, authorities and tech experts say.

Two sources told the paper the hard drive was “broken in pieces.” ABC News reports it “appeared to have been badly damaged with a hammer or screwdriver.”

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