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NEWS BRIEFS
"LANSING, Mitt.
State House votes
to give stimulus
moneyto schools
The Michigan House voted
yesterday to tap federal stimulus
money set aside for next year to
soften a cut in school funding
now, but it's unlikely the move is
going to win the support of the
state Senate.
By a mostly party-line vote of
74-29, a majority of House mem-
bers said the $184 million should
be used to help schools avoid all
but $10 of a $127-per-student cut
Granholm ordered last month.
Schools still would see their
funding drop by the equivalent
of $165 per student. That was the
decrease lawmakers passed in
the school aid budget for the fis-
cal year that started Oct. 1.
UNITED NATIONS
U.N. urges Gaza
investigation
The U.N. General Assembly
urged Israel andthe Palestinians
Thursday to investigate alleged
war crimes during last winter's
conflict in Gaza and raised the
possibility of Security Council
action if they don't.
The 192-member world body
approved an Arab-drafted reso-
lution by a vote of 114-18, with 44
abstentions and 16 countries not
* voting.
Supportersinsistedtheremust
be accountability - especially
from Israel - for the alleged vio-
lations of international law dur-
ing the Gaza conflict in which
13 Israelis and almost 1,400 Pal-
estinians were killed, including
many civilians.
Israel rejected the resolution
as "deeply flawed, one-sided and
prejudiced" while the United
States called it "unbalanced and
biased" and warned that it will
hurt prospects for achieving
Mideast peace. Others voting
"no" included Australia, Canada,
Germany, Italy, Panama and a
number of other European and
Pacific island states.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
Ten-year-old boy
kills father, now
faces charges
Desperation filled the voice of
the boy on the other end of the
phone line. Through fits of agi-
tation and sobbing, he pleaded
repeatedly with the emergency
operator on the other end to send
someone quickly.
"Oh, I hope he'll live ... Just
get a doctor over here!" the boy
demands.
"Hurry up! Please hurry up.
It looks like he's dying," the boy
begs the operator, as his 6-year-
old sister sobs in the back-
ground.
A recording of a six-minute
911 call obtained yesterday by

the Associated Press details the
moments that Aug. 27 night after
the boy allegedly shot his father
in the head with a shotgun.
Police arrived soon after to find
the boy waving them down out-
side the family's home in Belen,
just south of Albuquerque.
His father, 42-year-old Bryon
Hilburn, was on the floor inside,
still breathing, when officers
arrived. He died later that night
at an Albuquerque hospital.
Now, the boy - who was
10 years old at the time of the
shooting - faces a charge of
first-degree murder.
GARCIA, Mexico
Suspects arrested
in army general's
assassination
Authorities have arrested 10
suspects - including 4 police
officers - in the assassination
of an army general who had
been appointed police chief of a
northern Mexican town over the
Weekend.
Nuevo Leon state Attorney
General Alejandro Garza y Garza
says the killing of Brig. Gen. Juan
Arturo Esparza had its origins in
n illegal quarrying company.
He said yesterday that one of
the suspects was facing inves-
Ligation for operating the com-
pany and had enlisted the help
of organized crime members to
totimidate officials in the town
cf Garcia outside the northern
industrial city of Monterrey.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
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12 dead, 31 hurt in attack at Fort Hood

Gunman, a military
major, captured and
under military guard
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An
Army psychiatrist set to be shipped
overseas opened fire at the Fort
Hood Army post yesterday, authori-
ties said, a rampage that killed 12
people and left 31 wounded in the
worst mass shooting ever at a mili-
tary base in the United States.
The gunman, first said to have
been killed, was wounded but alive
and in stable condition under mili-
tary guard, said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at
Fort Hood. "I would say his death is
not imminent," Cone said. Col. Ben
Danner said the suspect was shot at
least four times.
The man was identified as Maj.
Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old,
eight-year veteran from Virginia.
President Barack Obama called
the shooting atthe Soldier Readiness
Center, where soldiers who are about
to be deployed or who are returning
undergo medical screening, "a hor-
rific outburst of violence."
"It's difficult enough when we
lose these brave Americans in bat-
ties overseas," the commander in
chief said. "It is horrifying that they
should come under fire at an Army
base on American soil."
There was no official word on
motive. Hasan had transferred toFort
Hood inJuly from Walter Reed Medi-
cal Center, where he received a poor
performance evaluation, according to
an official who spoke on condition of
anonymity because he was not autho-
rized to discuss the case publicly.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison,
R-Texas, said generals at Fort Hood
told her that Hasan was about to
deploy overseas. Retired Col. Terry
Lee, who said he had worked with

Hasan, told Fox News he was being
sent to Afghanistan.
Lee said Hasan had hoped Obama
would pull troops out of Afghani-
stan and Iraq and got into frequent
arguments with others in the mili-
tary who supported the wars.
Officials were investigating
whether Hasan was his birth name
or if he may have changed his name,
possibly as part of a conversion to
Islam. However, they were not cer-
tain of his religion.
Video from the scene showed
police patrolling the area with
handguns and rifles, duckingbehind
buildings for cover. Sirens could
be heard wailing while a woman's
voice on a public-address system
urged people totake cover.
"I was confused and just
shocked," said Spc. Jerry Richard,27,
who works at the center but was not
on duty during the shooting. "Over-
seas you are ready for it. But here you
can't even defend yourself."
Soldiers at Fort Hood don't carry
weapons unless they are doing
training exercises.
The Rev. Greg Schannep was
about to head into a graduation
ceremony when a man in uniform
approached him, warning him that
someone had opened fire. Schannep
heard three volleys of gunfire and
saw people running.
"There was a burst of shots and
more bursts of shots and people
running everywhere," said Schan-
nep, who works for local Congress-
man John Carter.
The uniformed man who had
warned him ran to the theater.
Schannepsaid he could seethe man's
back was bloodied from a wound.
The man survived, was treated and
will be fine, Schannep said.
Cone said initially three people
were held, and all have been inter-
viewed. Authorities believe, howev-

Lt. Gen. Bob Cone speaks to members of the media during a news conference at Bernie Beck {
after an attack on the base that ended in the capture of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an eight-year

er, that there was a single shooter.
The Soldier Readiness Center
holds hundreds of people and is one
of the most populated parts of the
base, said Steve Moore, a spokesman
for III Corps at Fort Hood. Nearby
there are barracks and a food center
where there are fast food chains.
The wounded were dispersed
among hospitals in central Texas,
Cone said. Their identities, and

the identities of the dead, were not
immediately released.
'Amber Bahr, 19, was shot in the
stomach but was in stable condition,
said her mother, Lisa Pfund of Ran-
dom Lake, Wis.
"We know nothing, just that she
was shot in the belly," Pfund told
The Associated Press. She couldn't
provide more details and only spoke
with emergency personnel.

Hasan was single with no chil-
dren. He graduated from Virginia
Tech, where he was a member of
the ROTC and earned a bachelor's
degree in biochemistry in 1997. He
received his medical degree from
the military's Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences
in Bethesda, Md., in 2001 and was
at Walter Reed for six years for his
internshipresidencyand afellowship.

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