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National news briefs — compiled Nov. 15


Exception granted for vaccine

Federal health officials have agreed to import a meningitis vaccine approved in Europe and Australia but not the United States as officials at Princeton University consider measures to stop the spread of the disease on the Ivy League campus. The Food and Drug Administration this week approved importing Bexsero for possible use on Princeton’s campus, said Barbara Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Princeton officials confirmed the school’s seventh case of meningitis in 2013 this week.


Ball State calls off lockdown

Ball State University was partially locked down for hours Friday after several witnesses reported hearing someone shouting “gun!” in a campus building, prompting a police search that ended with no sign of a weapon or armed person. The university sent an all-clear notice about 7:50 p.m. EST, some three hours after issuing an alert reporting a “possible armed assailant” near the Muncie campus’ Student Recreation and Wellness Center.


4 skeletons found in desert

Four skeletons found in shallow graves in the Southern California desert are believed to be those of a San Diego County family that vanished three years ago, police said Friday, resolving one mystery and raising a host of new questions about what happened to the seemingly happy couple and their two young sons. The McStay family — Joseph, 40; his wife, Summer, 43, and their sons Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3 — were apparent homicide victims, authorities said.


Cruise passenger overboard

The Coast Guard of Friday suspended its search for a woman reported overboard a cruise ship in Hawaii. The search for the 54-year-old woman was suspended Friday. Crews searched more than 10,000 square miles since Wednesday. A Princess Cruises spokeswoman said witnesses and security video confirmed the American passenger was “intentionally going overboard.”

Compiled from wire reports.


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