Cops: Mother killed kids before bringing gun onto campus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A mother killed her two children and later went to the nearby college she attended and brandished a gun Thursday before handing the weapon to a health counselor, police said.

The threat at the University of Louisville ended with no injuries about half an hour after it began, but police who were then asked by school officials to check on the children found them dead with gunshot wounds.

Gail Lynn Coontz, 37, is charged with murder in the deaths of 14-year-old Greg Coontz and 10-year-old Nikki Coontz, said Louisville police Officer Phil Russell.

Authorities probe preventable death of diabetic Wis. girl

WESTON, Wis. - Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.

An autopsy showed Madeline Neumann died Sunday from diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that left too little insulin in her body, Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said.

She had probably been ill for about a month, suffering symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness, the chief said today, noting that he expects to complete the investigation by Friday and forward the results to the district attorney.

Boyfriend of toilet woman arrested for alleged exposure

NESS CITY, Kan. - A man whose girlfriend sat on a toilet for so long that the seat adhered to her body has been arrested in a separate case.

Authorities say Kory McFarren was arrested Sunday for alleged lewd and lascivious behavior. He allegedly exposed himself to a neighbor's teenage daughter and her friends. He spent the night in jail before posting bond.

No charges had been filed by Thursday. The 36-year-old McFarren could not be reached for comment.

Cops: Man admits to killing parents to avoid going to rehab

BROOKVILLE, Pa. - A man who police say killed his 74-year-old parents to avoid going to rehab was charged with murder Thursday after he tried to enter Canada.

Richard Reed, 44, was stopped late Wednesday after a Canadian customs officer in Fort Erie, Ontario - across the border from Buffalo, N.Y. - noticed that the car Reed said belonged to him was actually leased to his mother, authorities said.

Upon further questioning, Reed allegedly told the officers he had shot his father, John Reed, and then his mother, Mary Lou Reed, in their Brookville home late last week after they tried to persuade him to return to rehab to treat his alcoholism.

2 students injured in dorm shooting

TYLER, Texas - Authorities are looking for a gunman who shot two Texas College students outside an off-campus dorm.

Tyler police spokesman says Roy Morgan was shot Thursday in the abdomen. The 19-year-old is hospitalized in serious condition.

Twenty-year-old Bobby Hughes had been shot in the hand and was released from the hospital.

Martin says it's unclear what sparked the shooting.

The dorm is not located on the main campus of the historically black college.

Gunfire in Va. brings back bad memories of Beltway snipers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Gunfire that struck several vehicles and injured two people along a stretch of mountain highway had motorists and police on edge Thursday in a region where memories of the deadly Beltway snipers still haven't faded.

Authorities were seeking at least two people suspected of firing shots the night before that hit two cars, a van, a tractor-trailer and an unoccupied dump truck on Interstate 64 just west of Charlottesville. Two people were injured, but not seriously.

Col. Steven Flaherty, the state police superintendent, would not characterize the shootings as the work of snipers, calling it 'random firing.'

Court: Abu-Jamal can't be executed without new hearing

PHILADELPHIA - Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal cannot be executed for murdering a Philadelphia police officer unless a new penalty hearing is held, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Abu-Jamal's conviction but said he should get a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions. If prosecutors don't want to give him a new death penalty hearing, Abu-Jamal would be sentenced automatically to life in prison.