PALMER PARK, MD.

Police discover arsenal

A man who called himself “a joker” and had an arsenal of semi-automatic rifles threatened to shoot up the business from which he was being fired and was wearing a T-shirt that read “Guns don’t kill people. I do,” when first confronted by officers, police said Friday. The man, identified in a search warrant as Neil E. Prescott, told a supervisor at software and mailroom supplier Pitney Bowes that, “I’m a joker and I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up,” according to police officials and a search warrant. The threats were made two times in separate phone calls this week, and investigators who searched the 28-year-old’s apartment Friday morning found several thousand rounds of ammunition and about two dozen semi-automatic rifles and pistols. He was receiving a psychiatric evaluation at a hospital and charges were pending Friday.

BOSTON

WWII submarine located

Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under U.S. attack in deep waters off Nantucket. The U-550 was found Monday by a seven-man group, some of whom have been searching for several years. It was the second trip in two years to the site by the team of divers.

HOUSTON

Oil pipeline permit issued

A Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands region to Texas refineries has received a final permit for the Gulf Coast portion of the project and announced Friday that construction on the 485-mile section would start in the coming weeks. President Barack Obama encouraged TransCanada to move ahead with the segment that will run from a refinery in Cushing, Okla. to Texas after he rejected the broader plan, saying the pipeline needed to be rerouted around Nebraska’s sensitive Sand Hills region. For that project, TransCanada needs presidential approval because it crosses an international border. The shorter portion only requires permits from state and federal agencies. TransCanada said the final of three permits it needed from the Army Corps of Engineers had been approved.

Compiled from wire reports.