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New Pope Elected — Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, Now Called Francis I

Jorge Bergoglio, the 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been elected as pope. He is the first Latin American to lead the Catholic Church. Bergoglio, who has taken the name Francis I, is also the first Jesuit priest to become pope.

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This Day in History for December 31 — Times Square Celebrates, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1879: Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time (more info)

1907: The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square -- then known as Longacre Square -- in New York City (more info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 31 — Anthony Hopkins and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Sir Anthony Hopkins
Age: 75
Occupation: Actor
Known For: His status as one of the world's greatest living actors, roles in dozens of films including his Oscar-winning portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in 'The Silence of the Lambs,' and being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993

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New Movies This Weekend — ‘Jack Reacher,’ ‘This Is 40,’ ‘On the Road’ and More

This weekend sees a variety of new releases, from star-studded Hollywood action and big-name comedy, to smaller, art-house fare and an animated classic now in 3-D. And that’s not even including next Tuesday’s Christmas openings, which, all combined, makes for a very busy—and very fun—holiday moviegoing experience.

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NRA Calls for Armed Guards at Schools

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, read a statement Friday morning in reaction to last week's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. He called for installing armed guards in schools to prevent future gun violence against students.

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 21 — Samuel L. Jackson and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Samuel L. Jackson
Age: 64
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Appearing in more than 100 movies, most notably 'Pulp Fiction,' the 'Star Wars' prequel trilogy and 'Snakes on a Plane,' being an avid golfer, and his hilariously and famously foul mouth

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Celebrity Birthdays for December 20 — Jonah Hill and More

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Jonah Hill
Age: 29
Occupation: Actor, Screenwriter and Comedian
Known For: Roles in films like 'Superbad,' 'Knocked Up,' 'Funny People,' 'Get Him to the Greek' and 'Moneyball', and creating the short-lived cartoon 'Allen Gregory'

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This Day in History for December 20 — Elvis Drafted Into Army, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803: The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans (more info)

1860: South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States (more info)

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27 Dead, Including 20 Children, in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting (UPDATED)

NOTE: This post will be continually updated as new information comes in. Video and photos are below. All times Eastern.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Originally it was thought that Adam Lanza, the gunman, shot his mother at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, where she was a teacher's aide. ABC has learned that, in fact, Nancy Lanza was killed at her home (by her son) prior to the massacre. He then drove to the school, where he killed 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.

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