Obama officials to tour prison in Michigan
The Obama administration is sending representatives of the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security departments today to Michigan to tour a maximum-security state prison in Standish. The facility could be used to hold terrorism suspects now detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Standish prison and the military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are under consideration as possible locations to house the 229 suspected al-Qaida, Taliban and foreign fighters now at Guantanamo.
American is guilty of aiding terrorists
A 23-year-old Georgia man was convicted Wednesday of aiding terrorist groups by sending videotapes of U.S. landmarks overseas and plotting to support "violent jihad" after a federal jury rejected his arguments that it was empty talk. Ehsanul Sadequee, the U.S.-born son of Bangladeshi immigrants, faces up to 60 years in prison. The jury found he had discussed attacks with suspected militants in Toronto and Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Swine flu climbs among U.S. troops
There have been 67 confirmed cases of swine flu among American troops in Iraq with dozens more suspected, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, making U.S. soldiers the single largest group in Iraq to come down with the virus. The Iraqi Health Ministry reported 96 swine flu cases, including those affecting American soldiers. In addition, 23 Iraqis and six foreigners were diagnosed with the virus. There has been one fatality.
Reformists seize on prisoner abuses
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said Wednesday that the abuse and death of protesters detained at Kahrizak prison after the disputed presidential election shows the need for "deep change" in the country. The reformist Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organization weighed in and said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli were to blame for the "crimes committed at Abu Ghraib Kahrizak."
Philadelphia: A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 years in prison for making child pornography that shows him sexually assaulting a dozen children. The FBI found John Jackey Worman had more than a million graphic images.
Columbia, S.C.: Republican Gov. Mark Sanford told the Twin City Rotary Club in Batesburg-Leesville on Wednesday that his political career will end when his term ends in 1½ years.
Anchorage, Alaska: Superior Court Judge Jack W. Smith ruled Wednesday that the Alaska governor's office can use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Gov. Sarah Palin sometimes did.
New York: The remains of five Italian tourists killed in the collision over the Hudson River were taken to Kennedy Airport to be sent home Wednesday as divers recovered 30 pieces of the helicopter in which they had plunged to their deaths.
Philippines: Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino, regional commander, said 23 soldiers died in clashes that also left at least 20 al-Qaida-linked militants dead in the country's restive south.