Student armed with rifles kills teacher, policeman

A 10th-grade student with two rifles burst into his Moscow school Monday, killing his geography teacher and a policeman in front of about 20 students, investigators said. His father played a key role in freeing the students before police stormed the classroom and took his son into custody, police said.

The student gunman also seriously wounded a second police officer who responded to an alarm from the school, investigators said.

None of the 400 children in School No. 263 at the time were hurt, police said.

But students were so fearful that some ran from the building with their teachers without stopping to put on coats in below-freezing temperatures.


IONIA, Mich.

Michigan prison escapee recaptured in Indiana

A convicted killer who peeled a hole in two fences with his hands to escape from a Michigan prison before abducting a woman and fleeing to Indiana was captured Monday after a chase, authorities said.

Officials were stunned by the brazen escape Sunday night of Michael David Elliot, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in custody. He wore a white civilian kitchen uniform to evade security and blend in with snow at the Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan, a prison spokesman said.

Police said Elliot was captured in LaPorte County after a police chase.

KIEV, Ukraine


Protesters agree to leave in exchange for activists’ release

A key faction of Ukrainian anti-government protesters said Monday they would vacate occupied territory in Kiev in exchange for the release of detained activists.

The news came two days after a law granting amnesty to rally participants after they vacate administrative buildings was passed by Ukraine’s parliament in an attempt to defuse two months of political chaos and civil unrest.

The amnesty, which has a 15-day deadline, has yet to be implemented. Protest leaders last week refused to meet the key condition of retreating from government buildings.

JUBA, South Sudan

Mandela’s will includes African National Congress


Nelson Mandela left an estate worth about $4.1 million to his widow, Graca Machel; other family members; staff; and educational institutions, according to a reading of his will in South Africa on Monday.

He also left a generous portion of the royalties from the sale of his books and other items to the African National Congress, to be distributed through a trust and used to promote the governing party’s ideas and national reconciliation.


Paint company driver kills manager and himself

A paint company driver fatally shot a manager and himself at a business park Monday.

Police identified the manager as 45-year-old Ryan Momeny, who was killed in front of a Benjamin Moore Paint distribution center. Robert R. Brown, 64, was found inside a vehicle in the parking lot, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police continue to investigate but said they are not looking for anyone else in the shootings.

A nearby school was briefly locked down when shots were first reported.

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