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Minnesota ex-nurse convicted again of assisting Briton's suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:59
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A former nurse in Minnesota was convicted on Tuesday for a second time of intentionally assisting in the suicide of a British man who hanged himself and of attempting to assist the suicide of a Canadian woman who died after jumping into a river. In a written decision, Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville found there was significant evidence William Melchert-Dinkel assisted Mark Drybrough, 32, in his 2005 suicide in Coventry, England, even though he had not provided physical assistance. The judge also found that Melchert-Dinkel, 52, tried to help Nadia Kajouji, 18, of Ottawa, with a suicide, although his encouragement and instruction on how to hang herself were not a direct cause of her 2008 death. Both Drybrough and Kajouji chatted online or exchanged emails with Melchert-Dinkel days before killing themselves, according to court papers.

Did Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy leave burger joint a tiny tip?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:55

Did Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy leave burger joint a tiny tip?A Philadelphia burger joint posted an image that, it says, shows a tiny tip left by Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

School library named after fallen officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:53

School library named after fallen officerA Catholic school in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section has a new library thanks to a fund honoring a fallen policeman.

Judge convicts ex-nurse of assisting suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:53

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo William Melchert-Dinkel, right, and his attorney Terry Watkins leave court in Faribault, Minn. Melchert-Dinkel, a former nurse, who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves, was convicted Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 of assisting in the suicide of of Mark Drybrough, 32, of Coventry, England, and attempting to assist on the suicide of Nadia Kajouji, 18, of Brampton, Ontario. (AP Photo/Faribault Daily News, Chris Houck, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.

Utah's Zion National Park reopens after flooding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:49
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zion National Park has reopened after closing for several hours when heavy rain and a surging river made park routes impassable.

U.S. states probe Home Depot breach, senators seek FTC investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:45

A shopping cart is seen in a Home Depot location in NilesBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. The retailer has yet to say what was stolen, though experts fear the attackers may have gotten away with more than 40 million payment cards, which would exceed the number taken in last year’s unprecedented attack on Target Corp . Home Depot said customers who shopped at its stores as far back as April were exposed, meaning the breach extended for more than four months including the busy summer season. The increased government scrutiny could be another sign of trouble for Home Depot, even though it has yet to determine the full scope of the breach, analysts warned.

Gay activists: Include us in St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:42
Gay activists who have been pushing to join New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade since the 1990s called on organizers Tuesday to include them, not just a group for gay NBC employees. Members of a group ...

Court voids much of $180 million award over ConAgra silo fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:38
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said ConAgra Foods Inc was not liable for a 2010 fire and explosion at an Illinois flour mill that burned three workers, and overturned much of a nearly $180 million jury award against the packaged foods company and a contractor. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said a lower court judge should have granted judgment as a matter of law to ConAgra, whose products include Chef Boyardee pasta, Hunt's ketchup and Peter Pan peanut butter. ConAgra had hired West Side Salvage Inc to help save the contents of a wheat pellet silo at a facility in Chester, Illinois, located about 60 miles south of St. Louis. According to court papers, the silo had been smoldering for several weeks before it exploded on April 27, 2010, injuring Justin Becker, who was employed by West Side, and John Jentz and Robert Schmidt, who were employed by a subcontractor.

Elderly couple beaten in Kansas City attacks die

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:38
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An elderly couple severely beaten in their Kansas City home, allegedly by a man also accused of fatally shooting three of their neighbors, died Tuesday after being taken off life support, relatives and hospital officials said.

New York man pleads guilty to trying to join al Qaeda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:37
A New York man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempting to join the militant group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered to be one of the most active wings of the network, prosecutors said. Marcos Alonso Zea, 26, was arrested last October at his Long Island home in a joint investigation by local and federal authorities, several months after attempting to traveling to Yemen. Zea previously pleaded not guilty to charges that included trying to materially aid al Qaeda, but changed his plea as part of a deal that would sentence him to up to 25 years in prison, said Zugiel Soto, spokeswoman for the U.S. Prosecutors said Zea attempted to fly from New York to Yemen in January 2012, but was intercepted by British customs officials while changing planes and returned to the United States.

Proposed UN resolution targets foreign fighters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:37
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. resolution which the U.S. hopes will be unanimously approved at a meeting chaired by President Barack Obama later this month would require all countries to prevent the recruitment and transport of would-be foreign fighters preparing to join terrorist groups.

Professor seeks reinstatement after losing job over Gaza tweets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:36
A professor who lost a promised job over his tweets on the recent seven-week Israel-Palestine war demanded on Tuesday that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) reinstate him, citing free speech and academic freedom. The termination of Salaita in August, two weeks before he was to start teaching, has ignited debate and protests at UIUC and other universities over academic freedom and politics. Salaita tweeted heavily during the war, including this message on Aug. 1: "Supporters of #Israel should be forced--A Clockwork Orange style--to view pics of smiling children who were killed on endless repeat. On Tuesday, a number of UIUC students walked out of classes to listen to Salaita's first public comments since the university rescinded his appointment to the department of American Indian Studies.

Latest NYC condo amenity: $1 million parking spot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:33
NEW YORK (AP) — A condo development in New York City's pricy SoHo neighborhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle — $1 million.

Christie pays high price fighting records requests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:32
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration has paid out more than $400,000 to reimburse plaintiffs' attorneys in open records request cases since 2012, new records show.

Radnor homes burglarized while residents slept upstairs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:19

Radnor homes burglarized while residents slept upstairsA $5,000 reward has now been posted to catch the band of brazen burglars targeting homes in Radnor Township, and police say these crimes could have been prevented.

FBI: Air marshal attacked with syringe in Nigeria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:18
The FBI says a U.S. air marshal was attacked with a syringe at a Nigerian airport.

Police say Upper Darby peeper under arrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:17

Police say Upper Darby peeper under arrestPolice in Upper Darby, Pa. have arrested the man they say has been peeping into the windows of an apartment complex.

Drug use up among U.S. pilots killed in crashes: government study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:15
Tests on pilots killed in plane crashes in the United States since 1990 have found a four-fold increase in the use of legal and illegal drugs, according to a study released on Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Of the more than 6,600 pilots tested in the study, 96 percent were private, rather than commercial pilots. The proportion of pilots whose bodies tested positive for at least one legal or illegal drug increased to 40 percent in 2011 from less than 10 percent in 1990, the study found. The percentage of pilots testing positive for at least one illegal drug increased to 3.8 percent in the 2008–2012 period from 2.3 percent in the 1990–1997 period.

Ferguson council to meet for first time since Michael Brown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:08

UNE ENQUÊTE FÉDÉRALE OUVERTE SUR LA POLICE DE FERGUSONBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Embattled city leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday were preparing to hold their first public meeting since last month's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer ignited weeks of unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Protesters are demanding the arrest of the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, as well as the ouster of both Mayor James Knowles III and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. The Ferguson City Council, made up of the mayor and six other members, canceled a meeting scheduled for late August and arranged to hold this council meeting at an area church to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd. In a precursor to the meeting, a public relations firm representing the city council on Monday night issued a press release laying out a series of new programs the council said should help reduce community concerns, including the formation of a citizens review board to help improve law enforcement operations and actions.

Jails commissioner proposes Rikers Island reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:07
NEW YORK (AP) — The city corrections commissioner on Tuesday detailed proposed reforms to the problem-plagued Rikers Island jail complex that include changes to the housing of teenage and young adult inmates, reforms to the use of solitary confinement and a top-to-bottom review of the department's policies by a private consulting firm.