News In Brief
Two enraged teenagers took just 16 minutes to kill 12 students during last year's massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., a minute-by-minute account by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department concluded. The report also confirmed that some of the people who were wounded waited for hours until a SWAT team finished evacuating the school. Families of some of the victims criticized the account for not providing more explanation for authorities' response to the situation. The report, amounting to 700 pages and based on as many as 5,000 interviews, was ordered by a judge to help victims' families assemble information needed to pursue lawsuits.
The national price for unleaded gasoline jumped 7.2 cents during the past two weeks to $1.492 a gallon, above the peak $1.45 price forecast for the summer driving season, the government's Energy Information Administration reported. Before the increase, gasoline prices had declined for seven weeks straight. Crude-oil prices are now at their highest level since mid-March, despite additional oil supplies from OPEC.
Accused of enabling easy access for computer viruses, Microsoft Corp. announced it would alter its Outlook software to prevent users from running any "executable" program attachments, good or bad. The recent "Love bug" virus targeted users of Outlook, one of the most popular e-mail systems. Microsoft said it would make a software "patch" for Outlook 98 and Office 2000 available on the Web next week.
In his 1999 financial disclosure form, President Clinton reported assets worth between $1.2 million and $5.7 million, the majority of which was in a blind trust valued at between $1 million and $5 million. But he indicated he owed between $1 million and $5 million each to two law firms that defended him during legal proceedings related to his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Vice President Al Gore, in his disclosure report, cited assets of between about $900,000 to $2.0 million - chiefly two homes - and liabilities ranging from about $300,000 to $600,000.