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Sailor from Pittsford killed in Afghanistan

ALBANY (AP) -- The Defense Department said a sailor from suburban Rochester was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Navy Lt. Christopher Mosko, 28, of Pittsford, died Thursday in Ghazni province in the eastern part of the country.

NATO previously said three U.S. service members were killed in a bomb attack in that region, but it wasn't clear if Mosko was among them.

The Defense Department said Mosko commanded an explosives disposal platoon with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, which deals with unexploded ordnance and improvised explosives like roadside bombs.

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Killer says his victim was determined to die

NEW YORK (AP) -- A debt-laden motivational speaker who asked a stranger to kill him was determined to die, the convicted killer says in his first interview about the case.

In a piece set to air today on CBS' "48 Hours Mystery," Kenneth Minor says he couldn't believe what he was hearing when Jeffrey Locker approached him in July 2009 on an East Harlem street and said he would pay to kill him in a seeming robbery so his family could collect life insurance money. "If you don't do it, someone else will. But this is getting done," Minor said Locker told him.

Minor, 39, is serving a 20-year-to-life sentence after his April 2011 conviction, in an unusual case that broached the concept of assisted suicide in the context of strangers staging a violent death.

Both Minor and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said Locker, 52, was looking to die. He was in financial trouble, partly because he had invested in a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

Minor, meanwhile, had a drinking problem and was dealing drugs to make money, he said in the interview.

Prosecutors said Minor went beyond aiding suicide by stabbing Locker seven times in the self-help expert's car.

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Police say man spread mercury in hospital

ALBANY (AP) -- A man accused of spreading mercury on food and other surfaces in an Albany hospital cafeteria has been indicted on federal charges he put people in danger and illegally stored the neurotoxin.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Martin Kimber, 52, of Ruby, was seen on surveillance video at Albany Medical Center contaminating items including heating elements that would vaporize the mercury, creating the possibility it could be inhaled.

Hartunian said one person was treated after eating mercury-laced food.

He said investigators found two jars of mercury, 21 guns and domestic terrorism books in Kimber's home.

Kimber is being held in state prison.

The "knowing endangerment" charge carries a possible penalty of 15 years in prison.