National briefs (12/2/12)

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Killing-suicide on campus

CASPER, Wyo. -- Police released more details Saturday of a grisly murder-suicide at a Wyoming community college, saying a man shot his father in the head with a bow and arrow in front of a computer science class not long after fatally stabbing his father's live-in girlfriend at their home a couple of miles away.

Computer science instructor James Krumm, 56, may have saved some of his students' lives Friday by giving them time to flee while trying to fend off his son, Christopher Krumm, 25, of Vernon, Conn., Casper police Chief Chris Walsh said.

Chief Walsh said police still were trying to figure out what motivated Christopher Krumm to attack his father and girlfriend, Heidi Arnold, 42, a math instructor at the college.

Police say they found Christopher Krumm bleeding from self-inflicted knife wounds and taking his last breaths. Ms. Arnold was found stabbed to death in front of the home she shared with James Krumm.

Banking fees delayed?

NEW YORK -- Bank of America is postponing an increase in monthly fees for checking accounts, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The paper cited unnamed people familiar with the bank's plans saying that the new fees would be delayed until at least late next year.

Sex-slavery case

SAN DIEGO -- An Oceanside, Calif., couple are scheduled to be in court Monday to face accusations that they kept an underage Mexican immigrant as a sex slave, forcing her into prostitution and beating her severely.

Marcial Garcia Hernandez, 45, and Inez Martinez Garcia, 43, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of 13 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 14. The girl had been smuggled into the U.S. at age 12, and the abuse by Hernandez and Garcia occurred over a 21-month period, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Northern Calif. storms

SAN FRANCISCO -- Storms that have been linked to at least one death in California and that have caused power failures and a mudslide are expected to continue into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The northern part of the state has been hit hardest by the storms, said Cynthia Palmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Areas near Lake Shasta in Shasta County reported the most precipitation for the 24-hour period Friday, with 9.41 inches, Ms. Palmer said.

Early jail releases urged

NEW YORK -- For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in a report depicting current policies as sometimes "cruel as well as senseless."

The report, issued Friday by Human Rights Watch and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, says the Bureau of Prisons oversees more than 218,000 inmates, yet has recommended an average of only two dozen compassionate releases a year since 1992.

News Corp. move reported

NEW YORK -- Media conglomerate News Corp. is set to appoint Robert Thomson, a veteran journalist and the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, as the CEO of its new, as-yet-unnamed publishing company, according to a report in the Journal.

Mr. Thomson is also editor in chief of Dow Jones, the News Corp. division that includes the Journal and a financial news service.

-- Compiled from news services



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