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Newtown celebrates Christmas and remembers victims

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Volunteers are keeping watch over a candlelight vigil scheduled to last all Christmas Day in the Connecticut town where 20 children and six educators were gunned down at an elementary school.

Twenty-six candles, one for each victim, were lit at midnight Monday near a huge sidewalk memorial filled with teddy bears, flowers, candles, posterss and other tributes to the dead.

Volunteers are taking three-hour shifts Tuesday to ensure they remain burning.

Police officers from other communities are filling in for Newtown police so they can have the holiday off.

And well-wishers from around the country continue visiting the town to pay their respects.

At Christmas morning services, congregants were told that good always overcomes evil.

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