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Suspect in Ala. shootings called "slow'

A man accused of fatally shooting three people at two offices he worked at is "at best, very slow" and should be in a mental health facility instead of the electric chair, defense attorneys said.

A Shelby County grand jury on Friday indicted Alan Eugene Miller, 34, on one count of capital murder. Miller is accused of opening fire at Ferguson Enterprises and Post Airgas in Pelham on Aug. 5, killing Lee Holdbrooks, 32; Christopher Scott Yancy, 28; and Terry Jarvis, 39.

Shelby County District Attorney Robby Owens said he would "absolutely" seek the death penalty. He said Miller was indicted on one count because the three were slain in a single course of action. Arraignment is set for Tuesday.

Holdbrooks and Yancy were Ferguson employees, and Jarvis was a supervisor at Post Airgas. Miller was a Ferguson truck driver and was laid off from Post Airgas in January.

Sexual harassment suit

targets FedEx

GAITHERSBURG, Md. _ Five women have filed a $17-million sexual harassment suit against Federal Express Corp. and a manager at a local office.

The suit filed Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court alleges that Ronald Epps, 41, sexually assaulted or molested three of the women.

A fourth woman accused Epps of threatening her after she rejected his advances, while a fifth woman claimed supervisors did not follow up on complaints that she had been sexually assaulted and harassed by co-workers.

Epps has an unlisted phone number and could not be reached.

Carla Boyd, a spokeswoman for the Memphis, Tenn., company, said officials would not comment on the lawsuit because they had not seen it.

Elsewhere . . .

NAACP MOVES MEETING: The South Carolina NAACP will move its October statewide meeting to Charlotte, N.C., from Gaffney, S.C., as part of its tourism boycott over the Confederate flag on the State House dome.

SYNAGOGUE DEFACED: Congregants arriving at a synagogue in East Hollywood, Calif., on Saturday were confronted with a swastika and the words "Jews die," spray painted on the building.

"I believe it's a copy-cat thing, somebody wants a little press," said Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, referring to last week's shooting at a Jewish community center in Granada Hills.

PLANT EXPLOSION: Seven workers were injured Saturday at a Georgia Power coal-burning plant northwest of Atlanta when a chemical they were using to clean equipment ignited with coal dust, fire officials said.

Four of the injured were in critical condition, and at least one suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.

KELLOGG LAYOFFS: Kellogg Co. on Saturday announced it would close most of its historic hometown plant in Battle Creek, Mich., and cut about 550 jobs in an effort to revive a sagging bottom line.

Y2K READINESS: Only Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota have completely tested their computer systems and are ready to face the new year without fear of potentially dangerous Year 2000 glitches, according to a federal report released Saturday.

SENATOR'S HOME BURNS: Sen. Fritz Hollings and his wife had to flee as their home was destroyed in a fire that swept through their upscale beach community in Isle of Palms, S.C.

The flames also destroyed a vacation home belonging to race driver Kyle Petty. No one was injured.

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