House passes extension to USA Patriot Act

WASHINGTON — Major provisions of the nation's primary counterterrorism law would be extended for a year under a bill passed Thursday by the House of Representatives after Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections.

The House voted 315 to 97 to extend the USA Patriot Act, sending the bill to President Obama. Without the bill, the provisions would have expired Sunday.

Accused Colo. gunman had photos of teens

LITTLETON, Colo. —Among items seized from the room of a man accused of wounding two students at a Colorado middle school were photos of youths who appear to be in their teens, prompting the accused's father to speculate that his son may have had online contact with students there prior to the attack.

Jefferson County sheriff's investigators Thursday were puzzling over why Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, 32, may have targeted Deer Creek Middle School. They declined to say whether Eastwood had contact with students at the school, which is just miles from Columbine High School, but said they were interviewing students and parents.

Gunman who attacked officers, killing 1, dies

SANGER, Calif. —A gunman who authorities say opened fire Thursday on police who tried to serve search warrants at his mobile home has died. A sheriff's detective was killed and a police officer was critically wounded in the attack.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said authorities sent in a robot equipped with cameras to confirm the suspect's death Thursday evening following a tense, daylong standoff outside the home in a rural section of Central California.

Dyer said it was not immediately clear whether the suspect's injuries were self-inflicted or suffered in the barrage of bullets he exchanged with officers.