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2 killed, 2 wounded in shootout at store

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- A shootout in front of a Walmart here left two people dead and two sheriff's deputies wounded Sunday afternoon, a sheriff's spokesman said.

One of the dead was a man who shot at deputies, said Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. The other victim was a young woman who died after she was taken to a Tacoma hospital, he said.

Sheriff's officials said the deputies' wounds were not expected to be life-threatening.

Wilson said the Sheriff's Office received a call about a suspicious person at the store. He said the man ran and started shooting when three deputies tried to talk to him. The deputies, including the two who were wounded, returned fire and killed him, he said. A witness said the first shot was followed rapidly by six more.

Port Orchard is about 15 miles west of Seattle.

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Sentencing of engineer set in missile espionage

HONOLULU (AP) -- A former B-2 stealth bomber engineer convicted of selling military secrets to China was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court today.

Noshir Gowadia, 66, faces up to life in prison for his conviction on 14 counts, including conspiracy, communicating national defense information to aid a foreign nation, and violating the Arms Export Control Act.

Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway was to impose the sentence after listening to arguments from the prosecution and the defense.

In August, a federal jury found Gowadia guilty after deliberating for six days. They had heard 39 days of evidence over nearly four months. The jury acquitted him on three counts.

Prosecutors said Gowadia helped China design a stealth cruise missile to get money to pay the $15,000-a-month mortgage on his multimillion-dollar home overlooking the ocean in Haiku on Maui.

Gowadia helped design the propulsion system for the B-2 when he worked at Northrop Corp., now Northrop Grumman Corp., from 1968 to 1986.

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Development of drugs is focus of new center

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal officials concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug-development center to help create medicines.

The New York Times reported on its website Saturday about the new effort that comes as many large drugmakers, unable to find enough new drugs, are trimming back research.

The paper reports that initial financing of the new drug center is relatively small, compared with the $45.8 billion that the industry estimates it invested in research in 2009.

The drug industry's research productivity has been declining and shows few signs of reversing that trend, said Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

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Woman kills son, 12, mother before suicide

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities in western Pennsylvania said a woman shot her 12-year-old son and her elderly mother before turning the gun on herself last week.

Lawrence County Coroner Russell Noga ruled the deaths of Ljuba Novosel, 40; Tomislav Novosel, 12; and Anka Denk, 81, as a double homicide-suicide after an autopsy Saturday. Noga says he believes the deaths occurred between 11 p.m. and midnight Wednesday at their home in New Castle, about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Ljuba Novosel, born in Zagreb, Croatia, had a nursing degree from Slippery Rock University.

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