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Man charged in deadly Alabama college shooting

Alabama

Man surrenders After Deadly college shooting

Authorities charged a suspect in a deadly shooting Wednesday at an east Alabama community college after the man walked up to reporters and photographers in a blood-stained parking lot and calmly told them he was the person police were after. The shooting at Southern Union Community College in Opelika killed a 63-year-old woman, wounded two other women and injured a 4-year-old who was hit with flying glass. Thomas Franklin May, 34, was charged with capital murder and attempted murder and being held without bail, said police Chief Tommy Mangham. One of the wounded women was May's estranged wife, Mangham said.

cape canaveral

Soyuz docks with space station

A Russian capsule delivered three new astronauts to the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft docked two days after blasting off from Kazakhstan. The linkup took place 220 miles above the Andes Mountains of Chile. Settling in for a five-month mission are Russians Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev and American Ronald Garan Jr. They join three astronauts — a Russian, an American and an Italian — who are just a month away from returning to Earth.

texas

Ex-Enron CEO's convictions upheld

Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling should not receive a new trial on his convictions of 19 counts arising from the once-giant Houston-based energy company's downfall, a federal appeals court panel ruled. In a 13-page ruling, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld all 19 convictions of conspiracy, fraud and other crimes. It also reaffirmed its 2009 decision that vacated Skilling's sentences of more than 24 years in federal prison and ordered a resentencing.

hawaii

Obama's friend is arrested

One of President Barack Obama's close friends was arrested in Honolulu on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. Robert "Bobby" Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover sting operation late Monday and later released on $500 bail, according to Honolulu police. Titcomb, 49, attended Punahou School in Honolulu with Obama in the 1970s. The two golf, play basketball, go to the beach and dine together when Obama returns home to Hawaii for vacation.

Portugal

Prime minister asks for a bailout

The caretaker government gave in to market pressures and joined Greece and Ireland in seeking an emergency bailout. Prime Minister Jose Socrates said in a televised address he had requested aid from the European Commission after recognizing that borrowing costs had become unsustainable. Analysts have predicted Portugal will need up to $114 billion.

washington

Teens see 5 drinks a day as no biggie

Downing five or more alcoholic drinks nearly every day isn't seen as a big problem for many of the nation's teens, according to a new report. Asked if they see "great risk" in drinking that much, almost half the teens questioned — 45 percent — didn't see it as a big deal. The study released by the Partnership at Drugfree.org also showed upward trends in marijuana and ecstasy use among young people in grades 9 through 12.

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Man charged in deadly Alabama college shooting 04/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 11:58pm]

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