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BRIEFS: Gunman kills 3 at township meeting

– A gunman blasted shots through the wall of a Pennsylvania municipal building during a meeting on Monday and then barged into the meeting room and continued firing, killing three people, before he was tackled by a local official and shot with his own gun, a witness said.

The shooting, which also injured some people, happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. during Ross Township’s monthly meeting, Monroe County emergency management director Guy Miller said. The gunman, who appeared to be “shooting randomly,” was captured and treated at a hospital, he said.

Nation

Boardwalk rampage suspect identified

The man suspected of being behind the wheel of a sedan that careened down the crowded Venice Beach, Calif., boardwalk last weekend, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon and injuring 16, is a transient who served brief stints in jail in Colorado, authorities said Monday.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, had been in the Los Angeles area a short time but had no fixed address, and police have been unable to find any evidence he was working.

Campbell was arrested for investigation of murder after he walked into a police station after the rampage Saturday.

Bulger murder case goes to jury

James “Whitey” Bulger’s lawyers tried to put the government itself on trial during closing arguments Monday, accusing federal prosecutors of making sweetheart deals with ruthless killers to put the reputed Boston crime boss behind bars.

A prosecutor, meanwhile, summed up the government’s case by calling Bulger “one of the most vicious, violent and calculating criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston,” and urged the jury to convict him of charges that include 19 killings committed during the 1970s and ’80s.

The jury is expected to begin deliberating today in the racketeering case against the 83-year-old Bulger.

RNC threatens networks on Clinton

The Republican National Committee charged Monday that NBC and CNN are promoting a potential presidential candidacy by Hillary Rodham Clinton, threatening to blackball them from future GOP primary debates if they air upcoming programs on the former secretary of state.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus called a planned NBC miniseries on Clinton and a CNN documentary an “extended commercial” for a Clinton presidential campaign.

Third of pedestrians killed are drunk

Just as drinking and driving can be deadly, so can drinking and walking. Over a third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood-alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving, according to government data released Monday.

Thirty-five percent of those killed, or 1,547 pedestrians, had blood-alcohol content levels of .08 or higher, the legal limit for driving, according to data reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

University of Iowa top party school

College students consider the University of Iowa the nation’s best party school, even though Iowa City has tried to make its famous bar scene less hospitable to underage drinkers.

The Princeton Review bestowed Iowa with the top ranking Monday on a list determined by 126,000 students in a nationwide survey. Rounding out the Top 5 are: University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; West Virginia University and Syracuse University.

World

Dozens convicted of plotting overthrow

In a landmark trial, scores of people – including Turkey’s former military chief, politicians and journalists – were convicted Monday of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government soon after it came to power in 2002.

Retired Gen. Ilker Basbug was the most prominent defendant among 250 people facing verdicts after a five-year trial that has become a central drama in tensions between the country’s secular elite and Erdogan’s Islamic-oriented party.

Escaped python strangles 2 boys

Two boys were killed by a python that escaped its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, police said Monday.

The brothers, aged 5 and 7, were sleeping in a friend’s apartment above the pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, when the snake strangled them, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Julie Rogers-Marsh. She said the snake was believed to have made its way into the apartment through the ventilation system overnight.

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