Nation briefs: Campus spree leaves 1 dead

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SEATTLE -- A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, killing one person before he was subdued by a student as he tried to reload, police said.

Police say the student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building.

A 19-year-old man died and a critically injured 20-year-old woman was taken to surgery, a Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman, Susan Gregg, said.

A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in satisfactory condition. About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, which was founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. Its 40-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.

Health nominee confirmed

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Thursday as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by a bipartisan vote of 78-17.

Ms. Burwell, the outgoing director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was President Barack Obama's top choice to succeed the embattled Kathleen Sebelius, who announced plans to step down as secretary in April. Ms. Sebelius oversaw the shaky rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

New Marine chief picked

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is nominating Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., the commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, to lead the Marine Corps as commandant, the Defense Department said Thursday.

Gen. Dunford, if confirmed by the Senate, would succeed Gen. James Amos, who is retiring, as the Corps' top officer and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Stabbing suspect held

NEW YORK -- A man with an extensive criminal record who was released from prison less than two weeks ago was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the stabbing death in the borough of Brooklyn of a 6-year-old boy, hours after investigators used forensic evidence to identify a suspect, the authorities said.

Daniel St. Hubert, 27, was arrested in the borough of Queens -- more than 5 miles from the scene of the killing. The 6-year-old boy, Prince Joshua Avitto, known as P.J., was killed, and Mikayla Capers, 7, was critically wounded when an attacker stabbed them in an elevator of a building Sunday in a housing project where P.J. lived. Mikayla remains hospitalized.

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Military crews on Thursday mopped up the debris of an exploded fighter jet that struck a Southern California neighborhood. No one on the ground was hurt, and the pilot ejected safely. ... A 12-year-old girl stabbed 19 times Saturday in Waukesha, Wis., by classmates allegedly living out a website fantasy is walking the halls of the hospital with her father, the girl's parents said Thursday on a website that is raising money for the family.

-- Compiled from news services

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