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Judge to rule on suicide doctor trial

A judge is expected to rule today on whether Dr. Jack Kevorkian will stand trial in the deaths of two women who killed themselves using his suicide machine. District Judge James P. Sheehy said he was examining a police video of the secluded cabin where Sherry Miller and Marjorie Wantz died Oct. 23. The videotape shows the bodies of the two women _ Miller, 43, of Roseville and Wantz, 58, of Sodus _ illuminated by candles and still connected to devices invented by Kevorkian that helped them die. Kevorkian, 63, was indicted Feb. 5.

Prison guard held hostage six hours

AUBURN, N.Y. _ Guards on Sunday overpowered an armed inmate who took a guard hostage for more than six hours at a prison in upstate New York. The inmate, serving time for robbery and murder, grabbed the guard shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday as the guard made his rounds at Auburn Correctional Facility, said James Flateau, a state corrections department spokesman. The guard, whose name was not released, was held in a cell by inmate Andrew Tenney, 30. Guards negotiated with Tenney through the night, Flateau said. Tenney was armed with a six-inch, homemade knife, Flateau said. About 5:30 a.m., one of the guards grabbed Tenney while a second sprayed him with a chemical. That allowed the hostage to subdue Tenney until other guards got into the cell, Flateau said. The guard suffered minor injuries, he said.

Lawmaker seeks Dow Corning probe

WASHINGTON _ A key congressman has asked the Justice Department to investigate evidence that Dow Corning Corp. may have broken federal laws in selling its silicone gel breast implants. Ted Weiss, a New York Democrat who chairs a House subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Food and Drug Administration, on Sunday distributed copies of a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting the probe. Justice officials were unavailable for comment. Weiss said a review of hundreds of pages of Dow Corning documents "presents substantial evidence that the company may have misbranded the device, withheld relevant safety information, failed to report serious risks associated with the device and or misrepresented their safety data regarding silicone gel breast implants for more than 15 years."

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"Discovery' returns home: Space shuttle Discovery, which flew in space nine days in January, returned home Sunday after 14 days on the ground in California and a three-day cross-country trip. Riding piggyback on its Boeing 747 carrier, it touched down on the Kennedy Space Center's runway at 1:32 p.m. Discovery waited for Columbia to be returned after an overhaul, then because of rain.

Shots fired at congresswoman's office: Shots were fired into a window Sunday at a district office of New York Rep. Susan Molinari, police said. No one was injured. Asked to speculate on a motive, Molinari said: "I really don't have a clue."