National briefs: Police say student plotted attack in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a backpack filled with explosives pulled a dorm fire alarm Monday in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said. But he instead put a bullet in his head as police closed in.

James Oliver Seevakumaran, 30, was found dead in his dorm room at the 51,000-student Orlando campus of the University of Central Florida. No one else was hurt.

"It could have been a very bad day here for everybody. All things considered, I think we were very blessed here," university police Chief Richard Beary said. "Anybody armed with this type of weapon and ammunition could have hurt a lot of people here, particularly in a crowded area as people were evacuating."

FBI: Clues in '90 art heist

BOSTON -- The FBI said Monday that it believes it knows the identity of the thieves who stole 13 paintings 23 years ago from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, one of the most infamous art heists in history.

The museum is still offering a $5 million reward for information that leads to the recovery of the artwork in good condition. It is valued at up to $500 million.

Bill would conceal tobacco

NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, fresh off a defeat in his campaign to limit large servings of sugary drinks, is returning to a front where he has enjoyed far more success: making it harder to smoke, by proposing legislation Monday requiring stores to put cigarettes out of sight.

Mr. Bloomberg said tobacco products could be kept, for example, in a cabinet or a drawer, behind the counter or a curtain.

Neighbor kills 16-year-old

WASHINGTON -- Caleb Gordley, 16, snuck out of his Loudoun County, Va., house go to a party Saturday night. He had been drinking and, upon his 2 a.m. return, climbed through a window of the wrong house. The brick homes on his street are similar.

The homeowner heard his alarm sound and grabbed his gun. The man said he told the teen to leave and fired a warning shot, according to a law enforcement official. Caleb didn't stop, and the homeowner fired again, killing the teen, the official said.

Virginia law is largely silent on when a homeowner can shoot an intruder. But years of legal precedent give wide latitude to people who fear for their safety when someone breaks in.

Obama makes nominations

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday named the nation's top civil rights lawyer, Thomas E. Perez, to lead the Department of Labor, setting up the next confirmation fight with congressional Republicans who vowed to probe the nominee's record on voting rights and immigration.

He also has nominated Catherine Russell, chief of staff to Jill Biden, to lead U.S. efforts on global women's issues at the Department of State.

Victims were flight crew

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- People who knew former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis say his passion for flying began before he arrived at the school and led the Sooners to back-to-back national championships in the 1970s.

He and friend Wes Caves, a Tulsa, Okla., businessman, were the flight crew on the private jet, owned by Caves, that crashed into a northern Indiana neighborhood, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Todd Fox said Monday. Davis, 60, and Caves, 58, died. Three others were injured.



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