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National Guard recruiter wounds 2 superiors

– A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by other soldiers, officials said Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general, said at a news conference that the victims were being treated at a hospital and that he expected them to be released.

Authorities haven’t released any names, but Haston said all three were recruiters and the victims were the shooter’s superiors.


Capitol chase victim: Obama watched her

A woman shot to death after a car chase outside the U.S. Capitol this month had been under delusions that government cameras kept her under constant surveillance, and her boyfriend contacted police several times to express concerns about the safety of their daughter, according to records released Thursday.

Miriam Carey, who had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis, told officers who responded to her Stamford, Conn., apartment Dec. 10 that President Barack Obama communicated with her and had set up cameras to record her life for national news outlets, police said.

Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist, tried to ram her car through a White House barrier Oct. 3 before leading police on a chase that ended with her being killed. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car but escaped serious injury.

Ex-doctor guilty in woman’s death

A former Ohio doctor accused of killing a pregnant woman last year by injecting her with heroin after she answered a Craigslist ad pleaded guilty Thursday in her death and that of her unborn child.

Ali Salim, 44, entered the pleas in Delaware County Court north of Columbus. He faces 37 years in prison at a December sentencing.

Deanna Ballman, 23, was last seen alive July 31, 2012, when she left her home in suburban Columbus. Salim’s attorney, Sam Shamansky, has said Ballman was prostituting herself to feed a drug habit. Authorities say there’s no evidence Ballman was a drug user but that she was responding to a personal ad, not a job ad as she told her family.

Gun accident hurts 3 children at assembly

Three children in Chino, Calif., were treated for cuts and scrapes caused by bullet fragments after a fellow elementary school student pulled the trigger of an assault rifle mounted on a police motorcycle during a school assembly, authorities said.

A bullet in the AR-15 struck a metal safety plate and disintegrated, Chino police spokeswoman Tamrin Olden said. Police said late Thursday that department policy requires rifles to be not loaded in such situations.

FDA recommends hydrocodone limits

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

The agency said Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.

Concourse opens under trade center

The first piece of a nearly $4 billion redevelopment of the World Trade Center transportation hub debuted Thursday with the official opening of an underground concourse that passes through an area closed since 9/11.

The gleaming, marble-paved expanse is expected to smooth the way for tens of thousands of commuters and visitors.


Factory blast kills 1, hurts 40 in Mexico

An explosion inside a candy factory in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said. Several workers remain missing.

The blast took place on the second floor of the Dulces Blueberry factory and caused the floor to collapse, injuring people working downstairs, said factory worker Ismael Bouchet.

Authorities said the cause of the blast hadn’t been determined, but Bouchet said a steam boiler had been installed recently in the area.

Bulgarian woman may be ‘Maria’ mom

A Roma woman in a remote town in central Bulgaria has undergone DNA testing as authorities investigate whether she is the mother of a suspected abduction victim in neighboring Greece known as Maria whose case has triggered a global search for her parents.

Sasha Ruseva, 35, had been tested for a match and served with preliminary charges of child selling but was not detained, Bulgarian authorities said Thursday.

A blond-haired and fair-skinned girl aged 5 or 6, Maria, was discovered last week during a police raid on a Gypsy settlement in central Greece. DNA tests on the Roma couple revealed they weren’t her parents.