Times Square car bomb suspect appears in New York court

new york

Times square bomb suspect has a hearing

The suspect in a botched car bombing in Times Square appeared in court Tuesday on terrorism and weapons charges for the first time since his arrest two weeks ago, muttering one word about an affidavit on his finances. Faisal Shahzad, 30, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, said "yes" when asked to confirm the affidavit. He did not enter a plea to five felony charges against him. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis read him his rights. Pakistani investigators arrested an army major they say met Shahzad and was in cell phone contact with him. And the White House confirmed that a new high-value detainee interrogation group of investigators from the FBI, CIA and Defense Department, known as the HIG, questioned Shahzad.

• Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, a Somali suspect who became the boyish face of 21st century piracy by staging a brazen high-seas attack on a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Africa last year, pleaded guilty to charges he hijacked the ship and kidnapped its captain.

washington

Spy agencies cited in Christmas threat

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concluded that the government had enough information to block 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspect in the Christmas Day bombing attempt, from boarding the Northwest Airlines jet bound for Detroit but was hobbled by breakdowns that included human error as well as computer glitches at agencies such as the State Department, the CIA and the National Counterterrorism Center. Overall, the Senate panel found "systemic failures across the intelligence community," despite widespread attempts to restructure it in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

california

Earthquake strikes along the border

A magnitude-4.5 earthquake struck the seismically active California-Mexico border region, shaking a wide area of Southern California. There were no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered 18 miles west-southwest of El Centro, the Imperial County seat in the state's southeastern corner.

washington

Smell reported hours before fire

A burning or heating odor was reported in the cockpit of a United Airlines plane less than 24 hours before an in-flight fire erupted, forcing an emergency landing. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into whether long-known problems with the cockpit window heating systems in Boeing 757s played a role in a fire that forced United Flight 27 to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport on Sunday night.

Elsewhere

Delaware: State Attorney General Beau Biden, 41, left the hospital, a week after suffering what doctors said was a mild stroke.

Pittsburgh: A federal immigration judge ordered Anton Geiser, 85, deported to Austria for serving as an armed Nazi death camp guard during World War II.

South Korea: The country has concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors.

Virginia: The Department of Education says Virginia Tech broke federal campus security laws by waiting too long to notify students during the April 16, 2007, shooting rampage that left 33 people, including the student gunman, dead.

Times wires

Times Square car bomb suspect appears in New York court 05/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:58pm]

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