BATON ROUGE, La.
A 23-year-old nursing student killed two fellow students in a classroom at a vocational college Friday, then killed herself, police said. The women apparently were shot in their seats in the second-floor classroom at Louisiana Technical College, Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Kelly said. About 20 people were in the room at the time, he said. "There was mass pandemonium, people running," he said. Police identified the victims as Karsheika Graves, 21, and Taneshia Butler, 26. The shooter's name was not released, and investigators said they did not know the motive for the killings.
Initial check shows no shuttle flaws
Atlantis' astronauts spent their first full day in orbit Friday checking their ship for any launch damage, as they steered closer to the international space station. The seven-member crew inspected the shuttle's wings and nose for damage, using a 100-foot laser-tipped boom. The images were beamed down for analysis by engineers; a quick look revealed nothing amiss. Atlantis is due at the space station today.
Brown pelicansmay come off list
The U.S. Interior Department announced a proposal Friday to remove brown pelicans from the endangered species list, 40 years after they hovered on the brink of extinction. Pelicans suffered reproductive failure in the 1960s and early 1970s because the pesticide DDT accumulated in their bodies. DDT was banned in the United States in 1972, and today, more than 70,000 breeding pelicans inhabit California and Baja California. Total numbers have surged to about 620,000 along the coasts of the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America.