National briefs: Obama acts to create jobs

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- President Barack Obama, seeking to fulfill a pledge from his last State of the Union address before his next one in two weeks, on Wednesday announce the establishment of a manufacturing institute to help create well-paying jobs.

A consortium, led by North Carolina State University and comprising 18 companies and six universities, will use advanced semiconductor technology to develop a new generation of energy-efficient devices for automobiles, consumer electronics and industrial motors.

It is the first of three such institutes the president announced and will be financed by a five-year, $70 million grant from the Energy Department. The grant will be matched by money from consortium members, including the equipment manufacturer John Deere and Delphi, an auto-parts maker.

School-shooting aftermath

ROSWELL, N.M. -- The 12-year-old boy who opened fire in a New Mexico middle school gym warned some students away just before the attack, state police Chief Pete Kassetas said Wednesday.

Chief Kassetas said the attack Tuesday morning at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell was planned. But he said it appeared the boy's victims -- an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, both of whom were injured -- were chosen randomly.

Officials also said the 11-year-old boy who was shot in the face and neck remained in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. The 13-year-old girl was in satisfactory condition with injuries to the right shoulder.

During a news briefing, Chief Kassetas declined to speculate on a motive or say when charges would be filed. But he said the boy got the shotgun from his family's home and had three rounds of ammunition.

Air crash revelation

SAN FRANCISCO -- Video from a firefighter's helmet camera following the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows rescuers were aware there was someone on the ground outside the plane, before she was fatally run over by a fire truck.

On Tuesday night, CBS News first aired parts of the footage showing the chaotic aftermath of the July 6 crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport. CBS said it obtained it from a person close to the family of the girl who was killed, Ye Meng Yuan, 16.

Fugitive sex offender

SEATTLE -- A fugitive sex offender who was arrested in Seattle in October just weeks after fleeing Canada pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of harassment and resisting arrest.

Michael Sean Stanley was then sentenced to 364 days in jail, and Judge Willie Gregory suspended 154 days of the term. Stanley, 48, a U.S. citizen, was under supervision after his release from prison after serving 32 months for kidnapping two boys from a school playground, when he cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet in Edmonton, Alberta, and fled to Seattle.


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