- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

Two die in shooting at Michigan college

DEARBORN, Mich. | Two students were killed Friday in an apparent murder-suicide at a community college, police said.

The bodies of a 28-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were discovered in a room at a Henry Ford Community College building after police responded to an emergency call of a gunshot on campus, said Dearborn Deputy Police Chief Gregg Brighton.

As officers entered the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, they heard another gunshot, Deputy Chief Brighton said.

The man used a shotgun to kill the woman and then turned the gun on himself, he said.

Deputy Chief Brighton declined to release their names but said they took at least one class together, which had met earlier in the day Friday.

The school, which has about 17,000 commuter students, sent alerts through an e-mail and cell phone system and locked down the campus, said Marjorie Swan, Henry Ford’s vice president/controller.

“Nothing like this has ever occurred on campus,” she said.

Natural-gas glut keeps cost low

COLUMBUS, Ohio | The 60 million American homes that rely on natural gas for heat can expect substantially lower bills next winter thanks to a glut in supply and the weak economy.

Just as distributors start to lock in contracts for the coming winter, natural-gas prices have fallen almost 75 percent. Not all of that will show up as savings on the heating bill, but it should still mean noticeable savings.

Electric utilities burn natural gas at power turbines, so homes that use electric heat could see big price breaks, too. And barring a scorching summer or a brutal hurricane season, analysts say prices could fall even further.

The reason: New technology this decade has unlocked massive reserves of natural gas in North America, and the sudden jump in supply has collided with a recession, the worst since World War II, that has sapped demand.

The result has been a collapse even more dramatic than the drop in oil prices.

Suspected Nazi can be deported

CLEVELAND | An immigration appeals board ruled Friday that retired autoworker John Demjanjuk can be deported to Germany to face charges that he served as a Nazi death camp guard during World War II.

Mr. Demjanjuk’s son, John Demjanjuk Jr., said the family hoped to appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday but was not certain that that would be possible.

The board’s denial of an emergency stay of deportation makes it more likely Mr. Demjanjuk will soon be sent to face a warrant claiming he was an accessory to some 29,000 deaths at the Sobibor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943. Once in Germany, he could be formally charged in court.

Mr. Demjanjuk, a native Ukrainian, has denied involvement in any deaths, saying that he was a Russian soldier who was a prisoner of war, held by the Germans. He came to the United States after World War II as a refugee.

The 89-year-old suburban Cleveland man filed a motion to the board in Falls Church saying that he is in poor health and that being forced to travel to Germany would amount to torture.

No salmonella found in pistachio plant

FRESNO, Calif. | New York officials say they found no traces of salmonella in a Long Island pistachio processing plant whose sister company sparked a nationwide recall of the nut last week.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said Friday that inspectors received negative results on nine environmental swabs of Commack, N.Y.-based Setton International Foods, Inc. and on eight sample tests of company food products.

The probe was conducted in tandem with an investigation into Setton’s sister firm in California, where federal food safety officials found traces of the bacteria inside the plant earlier this week.

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. temporarily has closed after recalling more than 2 million pounds of potentially tainted nuts.

Stolen-plane suspect to get evaluation

ST. LOUIS | A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the man accused of stealing a plane in Canada and flying over three states before landing in southern Missouri.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert ordered the evaluation of 31-year-old Adam Dylan Leon during a brief court hearing Friday in St. Louis.

A preliminary hearing and a detention hearing also scheduled for Friday are on hold pending the results of the evaluation, which will be performed by the Bureau of Prisons.

When Judge Mummert asked Mr. Leon if he understood what had transpired during the Friday hearing, he replied “more or less.”

Authorities say Mr. Leon stole a single-engine Cessna from an Ontario flight school Monday and landed it more than seven hours later near a highway in Ellsinore.

From wire reports and staff dispatches

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