Bin Laden named in terror plot

WASHINGTON

Bin Laden named in terror plot

U.S. counterterrorism officials say they believe that senior al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden, are involved in the latest terror plot against European cities. The multipronged scope of the emerging plan — which aimed to launch coordinated shooting sprees or attacks in Britain, France and Germany — is an al-Qaida hallmark. The Associated Press reported that one U.S. intelligence said details of how the plan was directed or coordinated by the group's core leaders is not yet clear. Several officials spoke to the AP about the plot on condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence information.

Nigeria

Car bombs kill 7 at national celebration

A police officer said Friday that two car bombings in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killed at least seven people during an event celebrating the country's 50th independence anniversary.

The officer said that at least one police officer died in the blast.

A witness said one car detonated, then another exploded five minutes later, killing those who had gathered around.

The independence celebration, attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, was continuing.

CHINA

China's rocket is part of lunar ambitions

China launched an unmanned lunar probe on Friday, the latest milestone for an ambitious space program that aims to put a man on the moon later this decade.

The Chang'e II was shot into space Friday evening aboard a Long March 3C rocket from the launch site in southwestern China's Sichuan province, according to footage aired by state broadcaster China Central Television.

The probe plans to test technology in preparation for an unmanned moon landing in 2012, with a possible manned lunar mission to follow in 2017.

ROSEVILLE, Mich.

Mother accused of faking son's cancer

An unemployed Detroit-area mother accused of drugging and shaving her healthy 12-year-old son so he appeared to have cancer, then accepting thousands of dollars in donations for his treatment, was arraigned Friday on charges of fraud and child abuse.

A Roseville district court judge ordered Carol Lynn Schnuphase, 47, of Warren held on $100,000 bail.

"A mother, no less, goes so far as to shave the head every other week, shave the eyebrows, and maybe the worst thing of all, to crushing up drugs to put in his applesauce to make him appear lethargic," said Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith.

FRANCE

Former president will face corruption trial

Former French President Jacques Chirac will go on trial early next year on corruption charges, according to French courts.

The 77-year-old will be the first French president to ever face trial.

Chirac stands accused of using his position as mayor of Paris, a job he held from 1977 to 1995, to secure jobs for supporters in his political party. At least 21 people reportedly were added to City Hall payrolls in the early 1990s, when in reality they worked for the Rally for the Republic political party.

MILWAUKEE

Court trying to serve papers on the pope

A federal U.S. judge is asking the Vatican to cooperate in serving the pope and two other top officials with court papers that stem from decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in Wisconsin.

The request is an incremental — and long shot — step in a lawsuit that accuses the officials of conspiring to keep the allegations against a Milwaukee priest quiet. The Vatican is not obliged to comply with the request.

OLYMPIA, Wash.

Gates among those backing tax on rich

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and his father are among other wealthy residents of Washington state who have joined labor unions and other traditional Democratic allies to support a tax-the-rich ballot measure that is dividing the state's business leaders. Executives at Microsoft, Amazon.com and other technology companies have come out against it.

The measure would institute a new state tax on the top 1 percent of incomes to pay for education and health programs while trimming state property and business taxes. The campaign follows January's decision by Oregon voters to increase taxes for corporations and wealthier households.

NEW ORLEANS

Broad area in gulf is opened to fishing

A 5,628-square-mile area just west of the Mississippi River delta and about 75 miles south of the BP well that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the gulf has been opened to fishing after seafood tests and surveys found no oil contamination threat, leaving about 11 percent of the gulf still off limits.

TAXES: The Interior Department on Friday created a new agency, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue — separate from the agency that oversees offshore drilling and regulates leasing — to collect billions of dollars in drilling royalties.

COMMAND: Coast Guard retired Adm. Thad Allen stepped aside Friday as "national incident commander" for the BP oil spill.

Elsewhere

WASHINGTON: Justice Elena Kagan took her seat Friday at the Supreme Court in front of a packed courtroom that included President Barack Obama.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in California is now a civil infraction, like a traffic ticket, under a law signed Friday.

AMSTERDAM: More than 100 people clashed Friday with police in a protest of a law outlawing squatting at unused buildings, a once-respected Dutch tradition that's now illegal.

Times wires

Bin Laden named in terror plot

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