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Museum shooter likely to survive

WASHINGTON - Authorities say that James von Brunn, the man charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last week, will likely survive the injuries he suffered when other museum guards returned fire.

His son, meanwhile, said yesterday that the 88-year-old white supremacist had long burdened his family with his views and that he wishes his father would have died in the shooting instead of 39-year-old Stephen T. Johns, who was black.

"I cannot express enough how deeply sorry I am it was Mr. Johns, and not my father, who lost [his] life," Erik von Brunn, 32, said in a statement to ABC News. - AP

U.S. will rebuild Navajo structures

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The federal government plans to spend up to $3 million a year to demolish and rebuild uranium-contaminated structures across the Navajo Nation, where Cold War-era mining of the radioactive substance left a legacy of disease and death.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its Navajo counterpart are focusing on homes, sheds, and other buildings within a half-mile to a mile from a significant mine or waste pile. They plan to assess 500 structures over five years and rebuild those that are too badly contaminated. - AP

Panetta pushes back on Cheney

WASHINGTON - CIA Director Leon Panetta says former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of the Obama administration's approach to terrorism almost suggests "he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point."

Panetta told the New Yorker for an article in its June 22 issue that Cheney "smells some blood in the water" on the issue of national security.

Cheney has said in several interviews that he thinks Obama is making the U.S. less safe. He has been critical of Obama for ordering the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, halting enhanced interrogations of suspected terrorists, and reversing other Bush administration initiatives. - AP


A rare Abraham Lincoln stamp that was stolen from Indiana in 1967 and surfaced 39 years later in Chicago was sold at auction in New York on Saturday for more than $430,000.

A South Florida teenager was arrested early yesterday and accused of killing and mutilating the cats of his neighbors - a disturbing string of deaths that has horrified residents and shaken animal lovers in two Miami-area communities.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it's too early to talk about supporting or opposing Sonia Sotomayor. But he says blocking her nomination to the Supreme Court with a filibuster is an option.

Vice President Biden said yesterday that "everyone guessed wrong" on the impact of the economic stimulus, but he defended the administration's spending designed to combat rising joblessness. Biden appeared on NBC's Meet the Press from his hometown of Wilmington.