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Prosecution rests in Minnesota trial of Final Exit

final exit trialProsecutors have rested their case in the trial of a national right-to-die group accused of assisting the suicide of a Minnesota woman.

The prosecution finished Wednesday in the trial for Final Exit Network Inc. Defense attorneys did not present any evidence. Closing arguments were scheduled Wednesday afternoon.

The group is charged with a felony count of assisting in the 2007 suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley woman who had lived with chronic pain for about a decade. The group is also charged with interfering with a death scene.


Amtrak train derails killing 6 people; investigation begins

Amtrak derailmentDaylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos.

Some passengers had to scramble through the windows of toppled cars to escape. One of the seven cars was completely mangled.


Wisconsin DA will not charge police officer in shooting death of Tony Robinson

Wisconsin DA does not bring chargesA Wisconsin prosecutor will not charge a white cop for killing an unarmed biracial teen, it was announced Tuesday.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, speaking at a press conference, said 19-year-old Tony Robinson's death was the result of a "lawful use of deadly police force" by a Madison police officer.

That announced decision followed the district attorney reading 911 calls that described the teen as "going crazy" and having "took shrooms or some type of drugs" before he was shot dead on March 6.


Revealed: FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents

Keystone XL opponentsThe FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal.

Internal agency documents show for the first time how FBI agents have been closely monitoring anti-Keystone activists, in violation of guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming unduly involved in sensitive political issues.


Freddie Gray officer had innocent man prosecuted as part of lengthy feud

Brian RiceThe Baltimore police lieutenant charged with the manslaughter of Freddie Gray had an innocent man arrested and prosecuted as part of a years-long personal feud over his love life that city police chiefs were repeatedly warned about.

Brian Rice filed criminal charges against his ex-girlfriend’s husband in 2013, incorrectly accusing him of breaking a court order, according to sealed court documents obtained by the Guardian. Rice tried to have the same man, Andrew McAleer, arrested again two weeks before Gray’s arrest last month.


More Americans moving away from organized religion

Americans losing religionThe share of U.S. residents who identify as Christian has shrunk over the past seven years while adults unaffiliated with organized religion now represent a larger portion of the public, a poll released on Tuesday found.

Between 2007 and 2014, the number of adults who self-identified as Christian fell from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent, or 172.8 million people, driven mainly by drops among Roman Catholics and some Protestants, according to the Pew Research Center poll.


Baltimore: thousands of suspects arrive too injured to go to jail, records show

Baltimore : suspects arrive too injured for jailThousands of people have been brought to the Baltimore city jail in recent years with injuries too severe for them to be admitted, newly released records have shown.

The records, obtained by the Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request, showed that correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center refused to admit nearly 2,600 detainees who were in police custody between June 2012 and April 2015.


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