National briefs: Active shooter training urged

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WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress on Tuesday to approve $15 million in funding for "active shooter" training for law enforcement officers in light of the recent shootings at Fort Hood and in Kansas.

Mr. Holder said the FBI's Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, which supports state, local and campus safety officials, has responded to a nearly 200 percent increase in requests for assistance in the past year and has helped detect and mitigate potential active shooter threats.

Kansas suspect charged

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- State prosecutors Tuesday charged a 73-year-old white supremacist with murder in the killing of three people outside two Jewish community facilities Sunday.

At a news conference in this Kansas City suburb, authorities announced one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder against Frazier Glenn Miller of Aurora, Mo., who has for decades espoused anti-Semitic and racist beliefs. If convicted, he would face life without parole, though prosecutors could choose to seek the death penalty.

Bond was set at $10 million, and another court appearance was scheduled for next week.

Detroit pensions settled

DETROIT -- An organization representing retired firefighters and police officers has reached a deal with the city of Detroit that would prevent cuts to its members' pensions, officials announced Tuesday.

The accord has the potential to draw the city a step closer to emerging from the largest municipality bankruptcy in the nation's history.

Military justice review set

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department, under pressure from Congress to re-examine the way it handles sexual assault cases, announced Tuesday a comprehensive review of the entire military justice system.

Members of Congress and women's groups have been strongly critical of how the military handles sexual assault cases, particularly the authority that military officers have to overturn the convictions of those under their command.

Bad news for road funds

DAYTON, Ohio -- On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

Anthony Foxx kicked off an eight-state bus trip in Ohio to whip up public support for congressional approval of legislation to keep federal transportation aid flowing to states for another four years, and possibly longer.

-- Compiled from news services


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