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Nation & world briefs, Aug. 30

Biden proposes new gun control rules

Months after gun control efforts crumbled in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden stood shoulder to shoulder yesterday with the attorney general and the top U.S. firearms official and declared the Obama administration would take two new steps to curb American gun violence.

But the narrow, modest scope of those steps served as pointed reminders that without congressional backing, President Obama’s capacity to make a difference is severely inhibited.

One new policy will bar military-grade weapons that the U.S. sells or donates to allies from being imported back into the U.S. by private entities. In the last eight years, the U.S. has approved 250,000 of those guns to come back to the U.S., the White House said, arguing that some end up on the streets. From now on, only museums and a few other entities such as the government will be eligible to reimport military-grade firearms.

Kentucky

Husband says he killed wife to end her pain

A Kentucky man called 911 just minutes after killing his wife, sobbing and confessing to a dispatcher that he fatally shot the cancer-stricken woman, and asking to take a last look at her before his arrest, according to recordings released yesterday.

Ernest Chris Chumbley, 48, cries throughout the 16-minute call placed about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and says he shot the woman twice in the face with a .32-caliber handgun in their London, Ky., home. He said in a jailhouse interview after the shooting that he shot his wife to end her pain from terminal breast cancer.

“Give me police, I’m under arrest,” Chumbley said on the call.

Chumbley has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and is being held in jail on $200,000 bond.

Louisiana chimp wins art contest

A painting by a 37-year-old Louisiana primate who applies color with his tongue instead of a brush has been deemed the finest chimpanzee art in the land.

Brent, a retired laboratory animal, was the top vote-getter in an online chimp art contest organized by the Humane Society of the United States, which announced the results yesterday. He won $10,000 for the Chimp Haven sanctuary in northwest Louisiana.

A Chimp Haven spokeswoman said Brent was unavailable for comment yesterday. “I think he’s asleep,” Ashley Gordon said.

The Associated Press

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