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NATION IN BRIEF: Trainer killed by whale was SeaWorld vet

Trainer killed by whale was SeaWorld vet

ORLANDO, Fla. — An official said 40-year-old Dawn Brancheau is the trainer killed by a whale at SeaWorld in Orlando.

The law enforcement official with knowledge of the incident spoke on condition of anonymity because he had not been cleared to officially release her identity.

According to a 2006 Orlando Sentinel profile, Brancheau had worked her way into a leadership role at Shamu Stadium after spending more than a decade working with killer whales.

She was inspired by a trip to SeaWorld when she was 9.

Park president Dan Brown would say only that the trainer killed was one of the park's most experienced. She was killed when she slipped or fell into the whale's tank Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff: Suspect entered, left school on his own

LITTLETON, Colo. — The man charged with shooting and wounding two students outside a suburban Denver school had entered and left the building on his own earlier that day, seemingly without drawing much suspicion.

Jefferson County sheriff investigators said 32-year-old Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood signed in at a reception desk before the Tuesday shootings and indicated he was a former student. The sheriff's department said he was never asked to leave the building.

It's not clear when he did leave. School officials said Eastwood first entered the building at about noon, some three hours before the shootings. A math teacher and other staff helped break up the 3 p.m. shooting and are being praised as heroes.

Father of missingN.J. baby charged with murder

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey man who allegedly told police he threw his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge into an icy river was charged Wednesday with her murder.

Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, of Galloway Township, pleaded not guilty last week to charges including the attempted murder of the child's maternal grandmother. Police said he assaulted the woman at her East Orange apartment and ripped the child from her arms on Feb. 16, the same day the girl's mother sought a restraining order against him.

GM to shut down Hummer after sale to buyer fails

DETROIT — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will shut down Hummer after its bid to sell the brand to a Chinese company collapsed.

Heavy equipment maker Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machines Co. pulled out of the deal for Hummer, known for its hulking, military-like SUVs, because it was unable to get clearance from Chinese regulators within the proposed deal timeframe, the manufacturer said in a separate statement.

GM said it will continue to honor existing Hummer warranties.

Hospital: 12 Haitian kids in Pa. are here legally

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh hospital official said 12 children brought to Pennsylvania after the Haitian earthquake did have paperwork to begin the adoption process.

The federal government has asked the American Red Cross to trace the family ties of the children because they might not qualify for ‘‘humanitarian parole.'' That can include adoption.

But University of Pittsburgh Medical Center consultant Leslie McCombs said Wednesday that the children all had documents signed by at least one parent and Haitian court officials surrendering custody.

Jury indicts N.Y. woman in antifreeze death

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — A woman accused of killing her boyfriend by lacing a jug of margarita cocktails with antifreeze at their apartment in western New York was indicted Wednesday on a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Cynthia Galens, 51, was charged with second-degree murder in January, three months after Air Force veteran Thomas Stack died from complications of ethylene glycol poisoning. But a grand jury Wednesday opted for a first-degree manslaughter charge, which carries a sentencing range of five years to 25 years in prison.

— From wire reports