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NATION IN BRIEF: New Orleans cop resigns amid cover-up

Panel says start missing persons unit in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- A city panel is recommending that the Cleveland police department create a missing persons unit in the wake of heavy criticism after the remains of 11 women were found at the home of a man now charged in their deaths.

The report issued Wednesday recommended a complete overhaul of the city's handling of missing person and sex crimes cases, saying it should adopt better practices currently used in other cities. The three-member panel was appointed by the city after the decomposing remains were found at the home of Anthony Sowell last year.

The missing persons unit, which will be housed at a joint communications center downtown, will aggressively analyze and disseminate information about missing persons cases, Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said.

Student plunged from Empire State Building

NEW YORK -- A Yale University junior left a suicide note in his dorm room before heading to New York, where he apparently plunged to his death by jumping from the Empire State Building, police said Wednesday.

Cameron Dabaghi, 21, from Austin, Texas, jumped from the 86th floor observation deck Tuesday during evening rush hour. His note said he was sorry and he would be jumping from either the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River in upper Manhattan, or the Empire State building, police said.

There were seven other people on the observation deck at the same time, and one person tried to talk to the jumper as he climbed over the barrier, but was unsuccessful.

Witness: Crowd shot in DC had been to funeral

WASHINGTON -- The crowd of people targeted in a drive-by shooting that killed four and wounded five others had just returned from the funeral of a victim of another recent shooting nearby, a witness said Wednesday.

The shooting Tuesday was the worst shooting in D.C. in 16 years. Three people had been arrested and at least two people were being charged, authorities said.

New Orleans cop resigns amid cover-up

NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans police officer who is expected to plead guilty to helping cover up a deadly shooting of unarmed residents in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath has resigned from the police department.

Thirty-three-year-old Michael Hunter, of Slidell, was charged Tuesday with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of misprision of a felony. A person familiar with the case said Hunter is expected to plead guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors.

American Airlines, JetBlue form partnership

NEW YORK -- American Airlines and JetBlue Airways have formed a partnership to offer passengers connections to flights in and out of New York and Boston.

JetBlue customers will be able to connect on flights to 12 of American's international destinations from JFK and Boston. American customers can book nonstop JetBlue flights from JFK and Boston to 18 domestic spots that American doesn't serve from those cities.

Autopsy says SeaWorld trainer died of trauma

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A SeaWorld Orlando trainer attacked by a killer whale died of drowning and blunt-force trauma to her head, neck and torso, an autopsy released Wednesday showed.

The report by the Medical Examiner's Office ruled Dawn Brancheau's official cause of death as drowning and traumatic injuries.