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DOCTOR'S OFFICE SHOOTING LEAVES 2, GUNMAN, DEAD

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) -- A gunman opened fire on his doctor and several other people in an office complex Friday, killing two people and himself.Four other people were wounded. The victims were shot in or near the doctor's office, on the 12th floor of a large building in this Detroit suburb.

"It appears we've got a doctor-patient relationship," Police Chief Joseph Thomas said.

He would not say whether the doctor was among the wounded.

NEBRASKA EDUCATORS REJECT THE STUDY OF CREATIONISM

LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) -- The Nebraska Board of Education on Friday rejected an effort to broaden the science curriculum in state schools in a way that could have allowed classrooms to explore biblically based creation theories.

The board voted 5-3 to approve a set of new science standards that lists evolution as the only theory of the origins of the universe that will be presented to children.

Board member Kathy Wilmot had sought to broaden the language of the new standards to encourage schools to cover a "variety of theories," which could include creation.

FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVE FACES CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS PROBE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House ethics committee on Friday announced an investigation into ties between Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and a wealthy West African businessman convicted of trying to bribe a customs agent.

The committee will look into the businessman's gift of a $50,000 Lexus automobile to Brown's daughter in 1997, the panel said in a statement.

It said it will also investigate "lodging provided in 1997" to Brown by the businessman, Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko.

JUDGE SENTENCES VAN DRIVER IN MARCH CRASH THAT KILLED 7

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The driver in a van crash that killed seven young people selling magazines door-to-door was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.

Turning aside Jeremy Holmes' tearful apology, Rock County Circuit Judge John Roethe ordered that Holmes, 20, also serve four years on probation.

Fourteen people age 15 to 22 were in the van headed back to their hotel March 25 when Holmes lost control on Interstate 90 near Janesville. Seven were killed and five others were seriously injured after being thrown from the van.

Holmes pleaded guilty April 15 to multiple counts of vehicular homicide and causing great bodily harm.

CONVICTION BUT NO JAIL TIME FOR PILOT IN FATAL COPTER CRASH

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) -- An Army pilot was convicted Friday of taking his wife and the wife of a co-pilot on an unauthorized helicopter ride in the Bahamas that ended in a crash that killed both women.

A military judge spared 38-year-old Chief Warrant Officer David Guido from prison time and dismissal from the Army, instead giving him a reprimand and a total of $10,000 in fines and forfeited pay.

Guido testified that he took his wife on the flight to reward her for her support and to share his love of flying with her.

JUDGE FINES ANIMAL ACTIVISTS IN RELEASE OF CAPTIVE DOLPHINS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Animal activist Richard O'Barry, a trainer of Flipper the dolphin, and an associate must pay $59,500 in fines for endangering two dolphins by releasing them into the open sea, officials said Friday.

An administrative law judge in Florida found O'Barry had violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act because he released the two dolphins without properly preparing them for survival in the wild after nearly a decade of captivity.

Barry and Good released the two Navy dolphins named Luther and Buck six miles off Key West, Fla., May 23, 1996, after they had been in captivity for nearly 10 years.

A day after the release, Luther appeared with deep lacerations and begging for food at a congested Key West marina. Buck was found two weeks later about 40 miles from where he was released and also had deep lacerations and was emaciated.