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Sandy Hook shooting: 911 calls from Newtown massacre released

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Safety officials secure the area around Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, following a a shooting at the Newtown, Conn., school. Gary Stoller, USA TODAY

(NBC NEWS) -- The 911 recordings from the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., were released Wednesday, less than two weeks before the first anniversary of the tragedy, after state officials lost a fight to keep them under wraps.

The recordings were made public after the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission approved a request from the Associated Press and the state's attorney decided not to appeal.

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Prosecutors had argued that audio of seven calls placed from inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, would cause anguish for the families of the 20 children and six staffers slain.

A court agreed they would be "a searing reminder of the horror and pain of that awful day" but said would also underscore the "bravery and professionalism" of the first responders.

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

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