SAN DIEGO

No sign of gunman, shooting

Authorities found no gunman or signs of a shooting on Tuesday after receiving a report from a Department of Defense employee that shots had been heard at one of the nation’s largest Naval medical facilities. The report of a shooting grabbed attention across the country and led to the lockdown of Naval Medical Center San Diego in Balboa Park, near the San Diego Zoo, and three nearby schools. Officials said as many as 800 people are in Building 26 on the campus on any given day.

INDIANAPOLIS

School bus kills principal, injures 2 kids

An elementary school principal was killed and two students were seriously injured when a bus suddenly lurched forward and struck them in front of the school Tuesday, authorities said. Susan Jordan, the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School, was killed and two 10-year-old children were hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, they said. Buses were lined up outside the school when the accident happened about 2:45 p.m., Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Reith said. “At some point the stationary bus lurched forward and jumped the curb. The bus was not moving at the time directly before it jumped the curb,” Reith said. The bus driver was being interviewed by police but it was not clear initially why the bus suddenly lurched forward, Reith said. The district canceled classes at all of its schools Wednesday.

WASHINGTON

Task force urges probation, not prison

The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than?$5 billion in the coming years. Tuesday’s recommendations from the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections provide concrete steps prosecutors, judges, prison officials and policymakers can take to reduce prison overcrowding and ease spending. The task force said that if its recommendations were implemented, the federal prison population could drop by 60,000 by fiscal year 2024. More than 196,000 convicts are currently in Bureau of Prisons custody. The proposals call for Congress to repeal mandatory minimum penalties for drug offenses — except for drug kingpins — and for judges to have greater discretion in sentencing.

SANTA ANA, Calif.

‘Hannibal Lecter’ comment criticized

Orange County’s district attorney has rebuked one of the prosecutors in his office for referring to one of the three escaped inmates there as “Hannibal Lecter.” Prosecutor Heather Brown made the remarks to the Orange County Register, comparing escaped inmate Hossein Nayeri to the famed cannibal villain from Silence of the Lambs and other movies and TV shows. She also called Nayeri “diabolical,” “incredibly violent” and “cunning.” On Tuesday her boss, District Attorney Tony Rackauckus (ruh-KAH’-kuhs), called the comments inappropriate, uninformed and rash. He said they were not authorized by him or anyone from his office. Nayeri, who escaped the maximum-security jail along with two other inmates on Friday, is accused of kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary. Authorities say he kidnapped a marijuana dealer, burned him with a blow torch and cut off his penis because Nayeri thought the man had buried money in the desert.

Compiled from wire reports.