Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Student disarms campus gunman

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 man in his 20s died and a critically injured woman, 20, was taken to surgery, Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.

A man, 24, and a man, 22, were in satisfactory condition. None of the victims was immediately identified.

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.

Burwell confirmed as health secretary * The Senate has confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the nation's new health secretary and steward of the president's health care law.

The 78-17 vote Thursday was a bipartisan show of support for the veteran government manager who most recently served as President Barack Obama's budget director.

But Burwell will have to act quickly to head off more insurance chaos this fall.

Despite a strong finish to open enrollment this year, HealthCare.gov is still dealing with unresolved issues ranging from possibly inaccurate insurance payments, to e-commerce basics.

The White House desperately wants to avoid more attention- grabbing problems when sign-up season starts Nov. 15. Democrats hope that Burwell's confirmation might usher in a fresh start for "Obamacare," but Republicans indicate they won't play along.

Victim of stabbing doing better, parents say * The 12-year-old girl stabbed 19 times by classmates allegedly living out a website fantasy is walking the halls of the hospital with her father "no machine, no tubes, just she and her dad," the girl's parents say on a website that is raising money for the family. …

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