The military judge overseeing the 9/11 mass murder case on Monday froze proceedings for two months to give the Obama administration time to decide whether to take the case to federal court. Army Col. Stephen Henley approved the delay in a three-page ruling that noted confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four fellow accused did not oppose delay. Neither did Pentagon prosecutors, who say Attorney General Eric Holder will decide by Nov. 16 whether to try the men before the military or a civilian jury. The five men could face execution if they are convicted of conspiracy in the deaths of the 2,973 victims of Sept. 11, 2001. They have collectively submitted a written admission to the military court that says they welcome martyrdom.
NATIONAL CITY, Calif.
ACORN employee reported incident
Police say a worker with the activist group ACORN who was caught on video giving advice about human smuggling to a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute had reported the incident to authorities. Police said Monday that Juan Carlos Vera contacted his cousin, a police detective, for advice on what to with information on possible human smuggling. Vera was secretly filmed as part of a young couple's high-profile expose. Police say he contacted law enforcement two days later. The detective consulted another police official who served on a federal human smuggling task force, who said he needed more details. The ACORN employee responded several days later and explained that the information he received was not true and he had been duped. Vera was fired on Thursday.
New York: Federal prosecutors charged Hassan Nemazee, a wealthy fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats, in an alleged $292 million Ponzi scheme that spanned more than a decade, saying he used some of the proceeds to support election campaigns.
Corvallis, Ore.: Five years after college student Brooke Wilberger disappeared, a man arrested in her abduction, Joel Courtney, 43, avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty to murder and revealing the location of her remains near the Oregon coast.
Seattle: A federal judge Monday restored protection for grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park, overturning a Bush administration finding that the animals had made an "amazing" and sustainable recovery.
New Haven, Conn.: Authorities have wrapped up their investigation of the slaying of Yale University graduate student Annie Le and are not expecting more arrests, the police chief said Monday.
Sudan: Gunmen attacked a village in southern Sudan and killed some 80 people and wounded 46, southern government Maj. Gen. Kuol Diem Kuol said Monday, adding that he believed the militia was organized by the central government.
Thailand: The country's 81-year-old king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-serving monarch, remained hospitalized for a third day Monday with low fever and loss of appetite, the palace said Monday.
Pakistan: Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the leader of the banned Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India has accused of carrying out attacks on its financial capital last year, was placed under house arrest Monday.