NEW YORK (AP) — Documents show that New York City jails failed to take precautions to prevent most of the 11 prison suicides that have happened over the past five years. The documents obtained by The Associated Press show that in one case, an inmate who hanged himself with a bedsheet from an air vent had threatened suicide. One guard had told him to "go ahead and do it" if he had the guts to carry it out.
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury in Honolulu is expected today to read its sentencing in the trial of an ex-soldier convicted of beating to death his 5-year-old daughter after repeated abuse. Naeem Williams was convicted in April in the first death penalty case to go to trial in the history of Hawaii's statehood. Yesterday, jurors decided between life in prison and the death penalty, but they asked to announce their decision today so that they could get some rest.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric is calling on the nation's political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits on Tuesday. The Iranian-born Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani also wants them to agree on the next parliament speaker and the president before the legislature's inaugural session. Pressure to form an inclusive government comes following the capturing of much of Iraq this month by Sunni militants.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders plan today to nominate former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc's new chief executive, despite strong British opposition. The leaders are expected to choose Juncker by an overwhelming majority. But British Prime Minister David Cameron views the 59-year-old as the embodiment of a pro-integration, consensus-favoring, empire-building Brussels clique that won't return power to member nations.
KOLKATA, India (AP) — A fisherman in India says a tiger snatched his father off a fishing boat and dragged him away into a mangrove swamp. The man says he was fishing for crabs with his father and sister Thursday when the tiger leaped onto their boat. He says he and his sister beat the tiger with sticks, but their 60-year-old father was still thrashing in the animal's jaws when they disappeared into the swamp. It was the fourth deadly attack by a tiger in the region in the last four months.
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