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Bush admits "mixed signals' on energy lab

GOLDEN, Colo. - President Bush acknowledged on Tuesday that his administration had sent "mixed signals" to the Energy Department's primary renewable energy laboratory here, where government budget cuts forced the layoff of 32 employees who were then hastily reinstated just before Bush's visit.

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 31, Bush called for new research into alternative energy to help wean the nation from oil. But the next day the National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced that a $28-million budget cut was forcing it to lay off researchers in ethanol and wind technology, two of the areas that Bush cited in his the address.

This past weekend, with Bush's visit to the laboratory looming, the Energy Department announced that it had transferred $5-million back into the laboratory's budget and that the 32 employees would be reinstated.

Ohio men accused of plot to aid Iraqi insurgents

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department accused three Ohio men Tuesday of plotting to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq, allegedly by seeking to set up a Middle Eastern terrorism camp where insurgents would be trained and equipped.

One of the men also was charged with threatening to kill or hurt President Bush. The case appears to be the first time that suspects on U.S. soil, rather than in Europe or the Middle East, have been charged with attempting to directly aid the insurgency in Iraq.

The men are accused of spending more than a year downloading jihad videos, taking weapons training and attempting to acquire or build explosives. They face the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge against them, conspiracy to kill Americans abroad.