The top suspect wanted in the Riyadh suicide bombing was killed along with three other militants in a gunbattle Thursday when police raided theirhideout in northern Saudi Arabia, officials said.
Al-Qaida member Turki Nasser al-Dandani had been the kingdom's most wanted man after the suspected mastermind of the Riyadh attacks turned himself in over the weekend.
The fall of the top two suspects was a key success in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on militants, sparked by the May 12 suicide bombings against Westerners' housing compounds in Riyadh, which killed 25 people as well as nine attackers.
Police swooped down early Thursday on al-Dandani and his associates, who were holed up in the house of a Muslim prayer leader in the town of Suweir, 560 miles northwest of the capital, Riyadh, an Interior Ministry official said.
Four suspects _ al-Dandani, another Saudi and two Kuwaiti nationals _ were killed, while two security officers were wounded, the ministry said.
Inmate charged in attack on "American Taliban'
An inmate at a federal prison in Victorville, Calif., has been charged with assaulting fellow prisoner John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.
Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for providing assistance to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, suffered only minor injuries during the March 3 attack in the prison chapel.
The inmate, Richard Dale Morrison, 29, was charged with one count of assault, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum punishment of six months in prison.
10 percent of screeners disqualified at L.A. airport
LOS ANGELES _ More than one of every 10 security screeners at Los Angeles International Airport were fired or had their badges revoked for security violations, mostly failure to submit to fingerprinting, officials said.
The disqualification of 285 of the 2,615 federal screeners will probably mean longer lines during the Fourth of July weekend, said Brian Sullivan, a retired FAA special agent specializing in risk management.
"Is it also a problem with security? Absolutely," Sullivan said.