Teen kills 15 in Germany

WINNENDEN, Germany - The 17-year-old had no criminal record and authorities say he was barely noticed in school until he returned Wednesday with a handgun.

Entering the high school where he graduated last year, he burst into morning classes and opened fire.

'Children were sitting at their tables, with pencils still in their hands, their heads fallen over on the table,' said regional police director Ralf Michelfelder. 'Most of them had shots in their head - it must have all happened in seconds.'

Police identified the gunman only as Tim K., but local media identified him as Tim Kretschmer.

The suspect went to three classrooms, killing 9 students and three teachers before fleeing the building when police arrived on the scene.

After fleeing the school, the suspect ran into downtown Winnenden, where he shot two people, killing one, police said.

The gunman then hijacked a car and forced the driver to head south, triggering a manhunt involving 700 police officers and four helicopters, according to Stuttgart prosecutors.

The driver swerved off the road to avoid a police checkpoint and managed to escape, while the suspect fled.

The suspect entered a car dealership, where he shot and killed a salesman and a customer, then went back outside and opened fire on police. They shot back and hit the suspect, who fell to the ground, Michelfelder said.

But he got back up, reloaded his weapon, and fled into what turned out to be a dead-end street. Police found him there dead, having apparently shot himself in the head.

US, China meet over navy flap

BEIJING - China's weekend scrap with a U.S. Navy surveillance ship is drawing attention to a new submarine base that Beijing is using to strengthen its presence on the strategically vital South China Sea, which it claims as a whole.

The U.S. claims that the the Navy mapping ship Impeccable was operating legally when it was harassed by Chinese boats in international waters about 75 miles off China's southern island province of Hainan. China's foreign ministry has said the U.S. claim isn't true.

In Washington on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emerged from a private meeting to say the countries agreed on the need to reduce tensions and avoid a repeat of the confrontation.