National briefs: UCF shooter had checklist

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- James Oliver Seevakumaran had about 1,000 rounds of ammunition, an assault rifle, a semi-automatic pistol and four homemade bombs when he threatened his roommate and killed himself in a dorm room Monday morning at the University of Central Florida.

He also had a check list of things to do that ended with these words: 'good luck + give them hell."

As UCF police on Tuesday unveiled more details of Seevakumaran's behavior, it became clear that he was capable, and likely planning, a massacre on campus.

Seevakumaran had received two packages on March 12 that contained gun-related items and a training video on how to use a laser sight, UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said at a news conference.

Chief Beary said Seevakumaran had not picked up the packages yet from the university mail department. But he had apparently accomplished some of the items on his check list, including the pulling of a fire alarm.

Seevakumaran, 30, pulled the alarm in the Tower 1 student housing complex at about 12:20 a.m. -- an action that prompted an evacuation of the buildings' 500 residents. Police think pulling the alarm was intended to draw students into the open, where they would be vulnerable to an attack.

OK to resell overseas goods

WASHINGTON -- Books and other goods manufactured overseas can be imported and sold in the United States without the permission of the copyright holders, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a case important to eBay and the country's big discount stores.

The copyright case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, No. 11-697, arose from the activities of a Thai student who attended Cornell University and the University of Southern California. The student helped pay for his education by selling textbooks that his friends and relatives had bought in Thailand at low prices and shipped to him.

A publisher of some of the textbooks, John Wiley & Sons, sued for copyright infringement, and it won $600,000 in the lower courts.

Guilty of grandson's death

PONTIAC, Mich. -- A 75-year-old woman was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for killing her teenage grandson last spring in her Detroit-area home, after jurors rejected her claim that she shot him six times in self-defense.

Jonathan Hoffman, 17, had been living with Sandra Layne to finish up high school because his parents, who were divorced, had both moved to Arizona. Prosecutors painted Ms. Layne as a calculating and controlling woman, angry that her grandson was failing high school and fed up with his drug use and belligerent attitude.

Panel approves Cordray

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee approved the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a party-line vote that reflected the remaining obstacle to his confirmation effort.

Despite the committee approval, President Barack Obama's second nomination of Mr. Cordray, 53, the former Ohio attorney general, can't be confirmed unless Senate Republicans and Democrats can overcome a deadlock that has prevented a full-Senate vote.

Mr. Cordray's nomination has been mired since 2011 in a dispute over Republican demands that the agency be restructured with a commission to run it instead of a director and a budget subjected to congressional appropriations. Its budget is currently drawn directly from the Federal Reserve.

See-through yoga pants

NEW YORK -- Lululemon has yanked its popular black yoga pants from store shelves and online after it found that the sheer material used was revealing too much of its loyal customers.

The see-through yoga garb is the latest in a series of quality glitches that threatens to alienate the retailer's hardcore fan base, which has so far been more than willing to shell out $100 for pants and other athletic garments. These legions of followers have helped Lululemon, founded in 1998, become a billion-dollar business.

24 hunger strikers at Gitmo

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Navy medical staff were treating two captives suffering dehydration in the prison camp hospital at Guantanamo as the military disclosed Tuesday that the number of hunger strikers had risen to 24.

The military said in a statement that eight of the 166 war-on-terror captives had missed enough meals and lost enough body weight to be fed nutritional supplements by tubes snaked up their noses and into their stomachs. Guards shackle detainees into restraint chairs to carry out the twice-daily feedings.

The Pentagon defines hunger strikers as those who refuse nine consecutive meals, are not seen snacking and have lost a certain amount of body weight, case by case.

Sanford moves ahead in vote

WASHINGTON -- Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was the top vote-getter in a Republican U.S. House primary Tuesday, the first test of his political comeback bid after acknowledging an extramarital affair four years ago.

Mr. Sanford fell short of winning more than 50 percent of the vote, meaning he will face the second-place finisher in the 16- candidate Republican field, in a runoff primary on April 2.

The winner will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, an older sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in the May 7 special election to fill the seat that Republican Tim Scott vacated when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate.



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