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Napolitano says terror threat is still high

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Napolitano: terror threat is still high

The terrorist threat to the United States may be at its most "heightened state" since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and al-Qaida and its affiliates are placing increased emphasis on recruiting Americans and other Westerners to carry out attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said at a congressional hearing Wednesday. She spoke before the House Committee on Homeland Security, whose chairman, Peter King, R-N.Y., is planning hearings on the threat posed by domestic radicalization and a growing incidence of U.S. citizens or legal residents involved in terrorist plots.

NEW BERN, N.C

Man pleads guilty to terror charges

The man accused of being the ringleader of a North Carolina terrorism ring that threatened jihad overseas pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court. Daniel Patrick Boyd, 40, was accused of leading a Raleigh area group of young men. Six others, including Boyd's two oldest sons, were arrested in 2009. It was unclear whether his plea would affect the cases of the others.

GREENVILLE, S.C.

Mother says she can't recall birth

A South Carolina woman accused of giving birth in an arena toilet Friday night and leaving her baby didn't know she was pregnant and can't remember the birth, her mother told a judge Wednesday. Jessica Blackham, 24, "has not shown any signs of being pregnant," Anita McAuliffe said at a bond hearing. Blackham was charged Tuesday with one count of felony child abuse and one count of unlawful neglect toward a child. The baby is in good condition at a hospital.

ITALY

Prosecutors seek trial for Berlusconi

Prosecutors filed a request Wednesday for an immediate trial of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on criminal charges related to prostitution and abuse of office. Prosecutors say he paid for sex with a 17-year-old and abused his office by calling the police to intervene on her behalf after she was detained for petty theft in May. Berlusconi called the charges "groundless" and accused prosecutors of having "subversive aims." A judge is expected to decide as early as next week whether to begin a trial.

South Korea

N. Korea says no more military talks

North Korea said today that it would not hold further military talks with South Korea, accusing Seoul of lacking serious intent to improve relations. The announcement by the North's military, made in a statement carried by state media monitored in Seoul, came one day after its first military talks with South Korea in months ended with no agreement.

Times wires

Napolitano says terror threat is still high 02/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 11:23pm]

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