Police: 2 dead, 2 wounded in tire shop shooting

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - A gunman shot one person to death and wounded two others at a tire shop Tuesday, then apparently killed himself, police said.

Officers responding to reports of a shooting went to the Tire Pros shop at about 7:30 a.m. and found a 'chaotic' scene, Sgt. David Livingstone said. People were found lying in the office and garage, and all the victims were employees or customers, he said.

The gunman was found dead at the scene of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

Fourth suspect charged in football player's death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A fourth man was charged with murder in the shooting of a football player on the University of Memphis campus during a botched robbery, authorities said.

Devin Jefferson, a 21-year-old student at the school, was arrested Monday night.

Authorities said Taylor Bradford, 21, was targeted for money. He was rumored to have won more than $3,000 at a nearby casino the night before police found him Sept. 30 in his car, which had crashed into a tree a few blocks from his campus apartment.

Jefferson was charged with first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated attempted robbery, Sgt. Vince Higgins said. He provided information on the three other men charged in the case, authorities said, but they did not detail what he might have told them.

Deputy died from self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

CRANDON, Wis. - An off-duty sheriff's deputy who killed six people appears to have shot himself three times, the last one hitting him in the right side of the head, the state attorney general said Tuesday.

Tyler Peterson, 20, was shot four times, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. He was shot once in the left biceps from a distance and then three times in the head from a gun at close range.

Two shots went in under Peterson's chin, while the third fatal shot entered through the right side of head, he said.

The six young people who died were either students or graduates of Crandon High School, where Peterson also had graduated. They were at a house to share pizza and watch movies during the school's homecoming weekend.

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping, abusing second boy

POTOSI, Mo. - A former pizzeria manager said Tuesday that he attempted to kill a boy he kidnapped and held captive in his apartment, but the child persuaded him not to do it.

Michael Devlin, 41, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and attempting to murder Shawn Hornbeck, and he received multiple life sentences. He pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping another boy and is expected to enter more guilty pleas in other courts.

Man pleads guilty to killing 4 people in Maine ski country

PARIS, Maine - A former cook pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing four people during a four-day rampage in southern Maine's ski country last year.

The plea from Christian Nielsen, 32, came a day before jury selection was to begin in his trial. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 18.

Nielsen admitted killing James Whitehurst, 50, of Batesville, Ark., on Sept. 1, 2006. Whitehurst was a handyman who had been staying at the Black Bear Bed & Breakfast in Newry, a resort town in southwestern Maine.

Traveling salesman donates kidney to Idaho man

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - When Jamie Howard knocked on Paul Sucher's door six months ago, he was trying to sell him a new vacuum cleaner. He ended up giving him one of his kidneys.

The chance encounter with Howard, a traveling salesman for the Kirby Co., led to transplant surgery in August. Now, the color is returning to Sucher's cheeks and he is recovering.

Sucher, 35, suffered kidney failure three years ago because of high blood pressure, forcing him to undergo dialysis.

When Howard came by on a sales call, he learned that Sucher couldn't afford a new vacuum cleaner because of the illness. He also learned Sucher had O-positive blood - the same as his.

ConAgra contacted about possible pot pie problems

OMAHA, Neb. - Several state health departments have told ConAgra Foods Inc. its Banquet pot pies may be linked to cases of salmonella, but the company says the pies are safe if they're cooked properly.

ConAgra spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said Tuesday she didn't know how many health departments had contacted the company, which is working with officials to determine whether any additional precautions are necessary. No recall is being planned, she said.

Earlier this year, ConAgra had to recall all of its peanut butter because it was linked to a different salmonella outbreak.