Navy Yard gunman had clearance pulled

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior U.S. officials say the company that employed the Washington Navy Yard shooter withdrew his access to classified material for two days in August when mental health problems became evident, but restored it quickly and never told the Navy about the incident.

The officials say Fort Lauderdale-Fla.-based The Experts ordered computer contractor Aaron Alexis back to Washington, D.C., after a police incident in Rhode Island in August, then pulled his secret-level access for two days. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information in their own name. Less than six weeks later, the former Navy reservist gunned down 12 civilian workers at the Navy Yard. He was shot dead by police.

The Experts did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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