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Shooting suspect attempts suicide in jail

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The biology professor charged with killing three Alabama university colleagues in a shooting rampage attempted suicide in jail early Friday, a source told the Associated Press.

Amy Bishop, 45, survived and has been returned to the Huntsville jail after treatment at a hospital, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Bishop's husband, Jim Anderson, told the AP he has been kept in the dark and that authorities "have not had the common courtesy" to return his calls after news media in Huntsville reported that Bishop was taken to the hospital.

Bishop has been at the jail in Huntsville since she was booked on a capital murder charge in the February shootings, which erupted during a biology department faculty meeting. Six colleagues were wounded, three fatally.

Earlier this week authorities in Boston announced that a grand jury had indicted her on murder charges in the 1986 shooting death of her brother, Seth Bishop, 18.


Boy with banned hat gets patriotic medal

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy whose school banned a hat he made because the toy soldiers on it carried tiny guns was awarded a medal on Friday for his patriotic efforts.

Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio, retired head of the Rhode Island National Guard, gave David Morales the medal during an appearance on a local radio show.

He said the second-grader should be thanked for recognizing veterans and soldiers. "You did nothing wrong, and you did an outstanding job," he said. "We can only hope that kids of your caliber will continue to defend this country."

David was assigned to make a hat last week for a project at the Tiogue School in Coventry. He chose a patriotic theme and glued plastic soldiers to a camouflage baseball cap. But school officials said the hat ran afoul of their no-weapons policy because the soldiers held tiny guns.

The school has said David was offered the chance to wear the hat if he replaced the toy soldiers holding weapons with ones that didn't have any. Centracchio said that didn't make sense because soldiers are armed. He met with school administrators Thursday to share his concerns.


$2.4 million awarded for defective drywall

MIAMI (AP) -- A couple who fled their dream home because of foul-smelling, ruinous Chinese drywall was awarded $2.4 million in damages Friday in the nation's first jury trial over the defective wallboard that could have legal ramifications for thousands of similar cases.

The six-person jury ruled that Armin and Lisa Seifart should receive more than just the costs of gutting and renovating their home: They were also awarded damages for loss of enjoyment of the $1.6 million house and for the drywall stigma that might reduce its resale value.

The defendant, drywall distributor Banner Supply Co., is named in thousands of other lawsuits.

Defective, sulfur-emitting Chinese drywall has been linked to possible health problems along with a noxious odor and corrosion of wiring, plumbing, computers and jewelry.

Most of the problems have arisen in Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana in homes built during the housing boom and some damaged during the busy 2005 hurricane season.


Stepmom info sought in boy's disappearance

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Detectives investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old Oregon boy two weeks ago put out a call Friday for information on the whereabouts that day of his stepmother -- the last person to see him alive.

Police passed out fliers in hopes of jogging the memory of anybody who might have information on Kyron Horman, said Capt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

A questionnaire that accompanies the flier has gone to everybody who was at Skyline School on June 4, he said. The boy was last seen there after a science fair he attended that morning with his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman.

The stepmother, who has raised Kyron since he was an infant, contacted the school on the afternoon of the disappearance, when the boy didn't come home on his school bus.

The questionnaire asks if anyone saw Kyron or the stepmother at or near the elementary school, or if they saw a pickup truck matching the description of the family's white Ford F250 pickup.

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