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politics lead

April 9th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Republicans on key House committee ask for former IRS official to be prosecuted

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans took two significant swings at former IRS official Lois Lerner on Wednesday, voting to refer her to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution and releasing previously confidential documents related to her role in the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

“This is so important that I think the public has a right to know,” House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp told reporters after the committee’s 23-14 vote. “We have a right to oversee the IRS and hold them accountable.”

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April 9th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

School stabbing witness: Suspect was a 'nice,' 'shy kid and kept to himself'

(CNN) – Student Mia Meixner wasn't close to him, but she knew the suspect of the school stabbing, and said he showed no signs of trouble or violence.

"From past experiences with him, he hasn't been violent at all. He's actually been a really nice kid, from all of the times I've talked to him," said Meixner. "He was more of a shy kid and kept to himself."

"I never thought anything bad would happen with him," she said.
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April 9th, 2014
04:30 PM ET

'There's a kid with a knife,' teen says of Pennsylvania school stabbings

Murrysville, Pennsylvania (CNN) - A teenage boy wielding two knives went on a stabbing rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, early Wednesday, before being tackled by a principal, authorities said.

At least 20 people at Franklin Regional Senior High School, about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh, were injured, according to hospital officials, and the accused attacker - a 16-year-old sophomore - is in custody, Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said.

The carnage began shortly before the start of classes, with the accused allegedly going from classroom to classroom.

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