NATION IN BRIEF: Janitor's gunfire kills co-worker, self at Ohio State

Janitor's gunfire kills co-worker, self at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio State University janitor who received a bad job evaluation shot two supervisors in a campus maintenance building, killing one of them, then fatally shot himself, officials said Tuesday.

Nathaniel Brown, 51, who was hired in October and was still on probation, arrived for work at the nation's largest university dressed in dark clothing, a hooded sweat shirt and a backpack, then opened fire in an office suite using two handguns, campus Police Chief Paul Denton said.

About a half-dozen other employees were in the building when the shooting began, he said. He described the shooting as work-related and said Brown recently received a poor performance evaluation, though he declined to say whether that was the motive.

Missing exec's body found in New Orleans river

NEW ORLEANS -- Police in New Orleans said the body of a missing Texas oil executive has been pulled from the Mississippi River.

Bob Young of the New Orleans police department said police believe Douglas Schantz drowned accidentally. The 54-year-old president of Houston-based Sequent Energy Management had been missing since early Friday.

He was in town to give Tulane University a $25,000 gift during a reception Thursday. A colleague who was with him said that after the dinner they went to Bourbon Street around midnight.

Police said Schantz left a bar about 2 a.m. and was then seen on a security video at a river dock. They say he had been drinking and seemed disoriented.

Job openings up sharply in January to 2.7M

WASHINGTON -- Job openings rose sharply earlier this year, evidence that employers are slowly ramping up hiring.

The number of openings in January rose about 7.6 percent, to 2.7 million, compared with December, the Labor Department said. That's the highest total since February 2009.

Hiring is critical to sustaining the economic recovery because job growth boosts incomes and helps restore the confidence needed to drive consumer spending.

There are now about 5.5 unemployed people, on average, competing for each opening.

Feds to probe cause of runaway Prius in California

EL CAJON, Calif. -- A Toyota Prius that sped out of control on a California freeway was towed to a dealership Tuesday while federal and company inspectors converged on the car to determine whether a stuck gas pedal was to blame.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent two investigators to examine the car after Monday's incident, said Olivia Alair, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation, which oversees NHTSA. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Brian Lyons said the automaker is sending three of its own technicians to investigate.

James Sikes, 61, of Jacumba, told authorities that the accelerator malfunctioned Monday as he drove his Prius on Interstate 8 in San Diego County. The car reached 94 mph during the 20 minutes before a California Highway Patrol officer helped get the Prius driver to slow down and turn off the engine.

NASA: Money key to more shuttle flights

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With space shuttle retirement just months away, a senior NASA manager said Tuesday it wouldn't be hard to add more flights, provided the nation is willing to keep paying $200 million a month.

NASA's three shuttles are scheduled to retire in September, after four more trips to the International Space Station. Some in Congress, however, are pushing for additional missions to fill the gap between the end of the shuttle program and the nation's next manned spaceship, whatever and whenever that might be.

Teacher backs SUV into Mich. classroom

FRANKLIN, Mich. -- A teacher trying to park her SUV Tuesday backed through a large window and into a classroom at the suburban Detroit school where she taught, slightly injuring several preschool students, authorities said.

The teacher was trying to park her Jeep outside Huda School & Montessori, a private Islamic school, and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, Village of Franklin Police Chief Patrick Browne said.