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FORMER PASTOR ACCUSED IN MURDER PLOT

A former pastor was arrested at the Mexican border and accused of deliberately crashing his pickup and killing an 85-year-old farmer in a scheme to get his hands on the man's multimillion-dollar trust fund.

Howard Douglas Porter, 55, of La Grange was held without bail Wednesday.

Porter headed the Hickman Community Church, when he befriended Frank Craig, who had about $4-million in stocks and real estate Eventually, Porter was named trustee of Craig's accounts, and the church was named his heir.

Investigators say that in 2004, Porter plunged his pickup into an irrigation canal and Craig drowned, while Porter walked away.

CAPE CANAVERAL

NASA on track for Dec. 7 shuttle launch

Preparations are on schedule for NASA's first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years as the space agency readies Discovery for a mission to the international space station, NASA said.

NASA plans to launch Discovery at 9:35 p.m. on Dec. 7 for the third flight of the year and fourth since the Columbia disaster.

The agency required the three launches after the Columbia accident to be in daylight so clear images could be taken of the shuttle's external fuel tank in case foam falls off.

PORTLAND, ORE.

Lawyer settles suit in false bomb plot arrest

A lawyer the FBI wrongly arrested after the 2004 Madrid terrorist bombings because of a misidentified fingerprint has settled part of his lawsuit against the U.S. government for $2-million.

Brandon Mayfield, who was detained for two weeks in 2004, said he was arrested because of his Muslim faith.

UPPER MARLBORO, MD.

Boy, 13, admits to killing mom, brother

A 13-year-old boy entered the juvenile form of a guilty plea Wednesday for killing his mother and 9-year-old brother with a knife and ax handle.

The boy will likely be sentenced to a detention and treatment center until he turns 21. Police found the boy's mother, Katrina Denise Powe, 31, and brother, Mystery Toma Hillian, dead in the family's Forestville apartment April 22.

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