HESSTON, Kan.

Multiple victims in shootings

A sheriff said four people, including a gunman, are dead after a series of shootings in south-central Kansas. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said at a news conference Thursday night that all the dead were shot inside Excel Industries, which makes lawn mower products. He said law enforcement killed the suspect, who was an employee. Walton said 14 people were injured in attacks that took place at four locations. An employee of Excel said he was in the plant when he heard people yelling to get out of the building. Martin Espinoza told the Associated Press he heard a popping sound and then saw the shooter, who was a co-worker. Espinoza said the shooter pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun was empty. He said at that point, the shooter got a different gun and Martin took off running.

ORLANDO, Fla.

SeaWorld admits using man

SeaWorld acknowledged that it sent its own workers to infiltrate an animal rights group which opposed the theme park’s practices. The development comes months after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused a SeaWorld employee of trying to incite violence while posing as a fellow animal rights activist. SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby vowed Thursday to end the practice, but said that it had sent its employees to protect the safety of its employees and customers. The employee at the center of PETA’s ­accusations, Paul McComb, is still employed by ­SeaWorld but working in another department, the company said Thursday.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.

Doctor to Elvis Presley dies

A funeral home says Elvis Presley’s former personal doctor has died. Memorial Park Funeral Home said in an obituary posted on its website that 88-year-old George C. Nichopoulos died Wednesday. Known as “Dr. Nick,” Nichopoulos was Presley’s doctor for 11 years before the singer’s death from heart disease on Aug. 16, 1977. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners later suspended and ultimately revoked his medical license after it ruled he had overprescribed potentially addictive drugs to 13 patients, including Presley and fellow singer Jerry Lee Lewis. A jury in 1981 acquitted Nichopoulos of criminal charges of indiscriminately and negligently prescribing drugs to Presley. In a 2009 interview, Nichopoulos said the medications “were necessities.”

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt.

Plants seized after story told

Authorities say a second-grader’s story about helping a farmer grow “special medicine” plants led to a marijuana bust. The Times-Argus reports Windsor Detective Jennifer Frank said in an affidavit that the 8-year-old told school officials and police that he got to help his mother’s boyfriend grow “special medicine that can cure anything at all.” Frank says the boy told her that people came to the Windsor house frequently. Steven Mann, 54, pleaded not guilty this week in a White River Junction court to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants. Police say they found two “grow rooms” next to the child’s bedroom.

Compiled from wire reports.