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USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE FRIDAY,OCTOBER23,2015 E3 3B IN BRIEF OBAMA VETOES DEFENSE BILL IN SPENDING SHO WDOWN President Obama made good o n his threat to veto a $612 billion d efense policy bill Thursday, b ringing the ﬁght over domestic spending into the realm of national security. Obama said the National Defense Authorization Act fell “woefully short” because it kept across-the-board budget cuts in place, blocked needed military changes and prohibited him from c losing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama’s main object ion is that the bill anticipates o - budget spending to increase the defense budget without increasing domestic spending ﬁrst. The president wants Congress to lift automatic budget caps included in a 2011 budget agreement. “ The president has vowed to veto it. Why? Because he wants to stop and spend more money on h is domestic agenda,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, s aid Wednesday. Republicans say without the b ill, defense programs will be delayed. —Gregory Korte KERRY, NETANYAHU MEET, CALL FOR END TO A TTACKS Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli leader Benjamin Neta nyahu met in Berlin Thursday and called for an immediate end to the incitement blamed for w eeks of deadly attacks by Palestinians against Israelis. “ There is no question that this wave of attacks is driven directly b y incitement, incitement from Hamas, incitement from the Is- l amist movement in Israel and i ncitement, I am sorry to say, from President (Mahmoud) Abbas and the Palestinian Author- i ty,” Netanyahu told Kerry. N etanyahu said Abbas is to b lame for “spreading lies” about Israel and the status of the Temple Mount, the holy site in Jerusalem revered by Jews and Muslims at the center of the violence. The site also is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third- holiest shrine. —Kim Hjelmgaard MANHUNT INTENSIFIES FOR DRUG LORD ‘EL CHAPO’ Mexican Marines poured into amountainous region of Sinaloa state as the manhunt intensiﬁed Thursday for notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. A day earlier, six arrests were announced in connection with Guzman’s escape from a Mexican p rison in July. Air sweeps were being con- d ucted in the municipality of Choix, where o cials believe G uzman is hiding, Prensa Latina reported. KIM LUDBROOK, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY Thousands of students from Wits University in South Africa demonstrate Thursday against proposed fee increases at their school. Students from other institutions across the country also are protesting potential rises in tuition. 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Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. Corrections & Clarifications Aman wearing a Darth Vader- like mask and armed with a sword went on a rampage at a Swedish elementary school Thursday, killing a teacher and a student. The attacker died of gunshot wounds inﬂicted by police who rushed to the scene. The teacher died at the school; the student died at a nearby hospital. Police spokesman Thord Haraldsson said the 21-year-old attacker was fatally shot in the chest by police who responded to the attack at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city. Trollhattan is about 260 miles west-southwest of Stockholm. “This is a black day for Sweden,” said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who rushed to Trollhat- tan, a town of about 50,000 people. “I think of the victims and their families, students and sta a nd the whole of the a ected c ommunity. No words can de- scribe what t hey are going t hrough right n ow.” S wedish K ing Carl XVI G ustaf said the Scandinavian country “is in s hock” after the stabbings. In a statement, the king said the royal family received the news “with great dismay and sadness.” The incident erupted midmorning in a cafe section of the school, which serves about 500 students ranging from preschool to high school. The attacker appeared in the hallway dressed in black and wearing a Darth Vader- like mask from Star Wars . Haraldsson said the masked attacker knocked on the doors of two classrooms and stabbed people who opened them. Student Laith Alazze, 14, told Sweden’s TV4 that at ﬁrst, he thought the masked man had something to do with Halloween. The newspaper Dagens Nyhe- t er publisheda photo of two stud ents posing with the perpetrator moments before the attack. “One of my friends walked over to him to challenge him, but when we saw he stabbed him (the teacher), we ran away,” Alazze s aid. A t least four people were in- jured, including an 11-year-old a nd 15-year-old, Niklas Claesson, h ead of communication at the N U Hospital Group, told the Exp ressen newspaper. T homas Fuxborg, police s pokesman in Gotaland, said the attacker wore a black mask and was armed with a sword and oth- e r knife-like weapons. He said the attacker “moved around inside the classrooms at the school,” Expressen reported. Haraldsson said the assailant was not known to authorities, and police searched his home and found things “that are interesting for the investigation.” Swedish media said the school held a meeting earlier Thursday to discuss teachers’ concerns that the grounds were too open. The school could not control who entered a cafe for adults, the Associated Press reported. The Dagens Nyheter newspaper said students must go through the cafe to reach the school’s own cafeteria and other parts of the building. In the town of Hortlax, about 500 miles north of Stockholm, police cordoned o a school Thursday afternoon after a man was seen cycling nearby while s winging an ax, Aftonbladet r eported. ADAM IHSE,EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY People light candles and place ﬂowers on the ground after a masked man wielding a sword went on a rampage at the school in T rollhattan, Sweden, on Thursday. The attacker, 21, was gunned down by police. The school serves preschoolers to high school. GNC, one of the world’s largest retailers of dietary supplements, has knowingly sold products spiked with two synthetic drugs, according to internal company records and a lawsuit ﬁled Thursday by Oregon’s attorney general. The suit accuses GNC of selling thousands of units of 22 workout and fat-burner supplement products that contained picamilon, a prescription drug in Russia used to treat neurological conditions. Internal company records show a key GNC o cial knew as far back as 2007 the ingredient wasn’t natural, the suit alleges, a nd therefore c ould not lawfully be included in d ietary supplements, which can o nly contain natural ingredients. O regon Attorney General Ellen R osenblum also accuses the GNC of selling workout and weight- loss supplements that contained a synthetic amphetamine-like chemical known as BMPEAand by other names. Among evidence of wrongdoing, the Rosenblum’s o ce cites emails circulated two years ago among GNC executives in the wake of a 2013 USA TODAY article about BMPEA in supplements. “The USA Today article stimulated signiﬁcant concern and discussion within GNC,” the suit says, yet the company continued to sell products containing BMPEA until earlier this year. GNC said the attorney general’s claims are without merit. “GNC intends to vigorously defend against these allegations,” the company said. “In response to FDA statements regarding ... BMPEA and picamilon, GNC promptly took action to remove from sale all products containing those ingredients.” GNC stopped selling BMPEA products in April a nd products with picamilon in S eptember, the lawsuit says. GNC accused of selling spiked products Alison Young USA TODAY Rosenblum WASHINGTON Rep. Paul Ryan of- ﬁ cially announced his bid Thursday night to become the next House speaker after securing backing from the three major political factions inside the House GOP conference. “I never thought I’d be speaker,” Ryan wrote in a letter to his Republican colleagues. “But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying ﬁgure, then I would serve — I would go all in. After talking w ith so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.” The Wisconsin Republican snapped up endorsements from a centrist Republican caucus called the Tuesday Group as well as from the more conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC). “After hearing Paul lay out his vision for the future of the Republican conference, I am conﬁ- d ent that he is the right person to lead the House,” Rep. Bill Flores, chairman of the RSC, said in a statement Thursday. “He has the policy expertise, conservative principles and strong values we need in our next speaker.” The endorsements came after Ryan won support from most members of the House Freedom Caucus — a group of about 40 hard-line conservatives — late Wednesday night. “I’ve spoken with many of you over the past few days, and I can sense the hunger in our conference to get to work,” Ryan wrote. “ I know many of you want to show the country how to ﬁx our tax code, how to rebuild our military, how to strengthen the safety net, and how to lift people out of poverty. I know you’re willing to work hard and get it done, and I think this moment is ripe for real reform.” Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, saidTuesday he would runfor the job if he got support from all GOP factions. He gave his colleagues until Friday to decide whether to support him. He had repeatedly said he did not want the job but was pressed to run by Republicans who see him as the best candidate to unite the GOP conference. “Whatever our di erences, we’re all conservatives,” Ryan wrote in his letter. Paul Ryan officially declares candidacy for House speaker Gets support from 3 major GOP factions Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY GETTY IMAGES U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. MAN IN ‘STAR WARS’ MASK TERRORIZES SWEDISH SCHOOL Attacker uses sword to kill student, teacher Jane Onyanga-Omara and Doug Stanglin USA TODAY Homicides per 100,000 people and how Sweden compares: HOMICIDES BY NATION Source U.N. O!ce of Drugs and Crime, “Global Study on Homicide,” 2013 GEORGE PETRAS, USA TODAY 18.9 4.35 4.08 3.82 3.14 1. Mexico 2. Turkey 3. Estonia 4. USA 5. Chile 0.92 21. Sweden AFP/GETTY IMAGES Photo taken by a student at the school shows the masked man.