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by Kendall Mark

A former nurse is charged with aiding the suicide of a man in Britian and a Canadian woman via an internet chat room, the Star Tribune said.

William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, had his nursing license revoked last June, allegedly suggested to people on suicide chat sites that they commit suicide together on Webcam and told people how to most effectively do so, the Star Tribune said.

The charges will be hard to prosecute because of freedom of speech, but if charged Melchert-Dinkel could have the maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, the Associated Press said.

Minnesota authorities began investigating March 2008 when an anti-suicide activist in Britain told them someone was assisting in suicides from Minnesota, the Associated Press said.

Justice John Paul Stevens to retire

by Kendall Mark

Justice John Paul Stevens had been serving on the Supreme Court for 34 year when he announced his retirement Friday, the New York Times said.

The Times says Justice Stevens was the last justice to be appointed when politically idealogies played second to great legal abilities. He was nominated by former President Ford in 1975.

Stevens was appointed as a Republican but gradually became the court's leader of the liberal wing over his years on the bench, the LA Times said.

He will step down at the end of June or beginning of July, saying he wanted to retire before the commencement of the next term so as to have the next appointment confirmed before that time, the LA Times said.

The New York Times said, at 89, he was just a year shy of Justice Holme's record as oldest justice.

Mexican earthquake rattles parts of southern California

by Kendall Mark

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit southeast of Tijuana, shook southern California Sunday afternoon and affected cities as far north as Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, the New York Times said.

The quake hit around 3:30 p.m. south-southwest of Guadalupe Victoria in Baja California, Mexico, the New York Times said.

The quake knocked out power and broke pipes in areas of California and Arizona but caused no major damage in the states, the Associated Press said.

The last time an earthquake was this large in Baja or California was in 1992, which was a 7.3, the Associated Press said.

One brother jailed, the other dead in St. Paul shooting

by Kendall Mark

A 40-year-old Wisconsin man was killed Saturday night in St. Paul and his 38-year-old brother has been arrested for the shooting, the Star Tribune said.

At around 11:00 p.m. police were called to the 1300 block of Reaney Avenue after a report of a man having been shot in the head, the Pioneer Press said.

Eric Orloske was arrested at his home after police discovered the brothers were the only ones in the home that night and witnesses had heard the two arguing, the Star Tribune said.

The victim Brian Orloske was taken to Regions Hospital where he died a shot time later, the Pioneer Press said.

by Kendall Mark

Apolo Anton Ohno became the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history with his bronze metal in the 1,000-meter short-track, the Associated Press said.

Ohno also became the most decorated short-track speedskater in the world while at his third Olympics, USA Today said.

Ohno appeared relieved after the 9 lap race, having been in the rear of the pack for the majority of the race, the Associated Press said.

The 27-year-old Olympian has hinted his third will be his final Olympics, USA Today said.

Birth defects in centeral California, state asks why

by Kendall Mark

State and federal officials are asking why a small city in centeral California has such a high rate of birth defects and deaths, reported the New York Times. The city lies 4 miles east of the largest hazardous waste facility west of the Mississippi.

Six children were born within a 15 month period with serious birth defects, half of which died as infants, New York Times said.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's intervention has come as a relief to residents of Kettleman City and activists fighting for better conditions and the environment, reported the Sacramento Bee.

Residents have been pleading with the facility for years not to expand their premises, the Sacramento Bee said.

The officials of Waste Management have said they are confident their facility has nothing to do with the birth defects or death but are willing to cooperate with investigations, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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