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TERROR SUSPECT PLEADS GUILTY TO LESSER CHARGES

NEW YORK

One of four men accused of plotting to kill thousands and cause an economic catastrophe by blowing up John F. Kennedy International Airport pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday, the day before his federal trial was to begin. In heavily accented English and sometimes through tears, Abdel Nur, of Guyana, admitted that he provided material support of terrorists, a charge that was not in the original indictment against him. The lesser charge spares him a possible life sentence. Instead, he now faces up to 15 years in prison. Nur admitted he told co-defendants Kareem Ibrahim, Abdul Kadir and Russell Defreitas that he would provide them with protection and guidance on a trip to Trinidad and Tobago in May 2007 to buy supplies. "I understand the destruction of the fuel and planes was to cause major economic loss in the U.S.," he said, reading from a statement. His plea did not include plotting to kill people.

DENVER

Bill Clinton backs Senate challenger

Former President Bill Clinton gave a challenger to Colorado's new Democratic senator a huge boost Tuesday when he parted ways with President Barack Obama and endorsed Andrew Romanoff for the job. Romanoff, a former state lawmaker, is challenging Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed to the seat last year. Obama backs Bennet, a former Denver schools superintendent who advised Obama on education during the presidential campaign. The primary is on Aug. 10.

Las Vegas

It's 'defeat' Reid, not 'take out'

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle says she doesn't want to "take out" Sen. Harry Reid after all. The Republican nominee earlier this year referred to the Second Amendment "remedies" and the need to "take Harry Reid out." Angle said Tuesday she should have said she wanted to "defeat" the Democratic leader in November. Her interview on Nevada's KVBC's news interview program Face to Face with Jon Ralston was her first since she won the primary in June 8.

Elsewhere

Washington: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education sent a letter to college and university presidents Tuesday instructing them to find alternatives for blind and vision-impaired students if Kindles and other electronic book readers are required in the classroom.

Washington: The American Civil Liberties Union said it plans to sue the U.S. government today on behalf of 10 citizens or legal permanent residents who have been placed on a no-fly list.

Michigan: Detroit officials overseeing the remodeling of a park found what are believed to be the remains of Stevens T. Mason, who was 24 when elected the first governor of Michigan territory in 1835. He was re-elected two years later when Michigan became a state.

Arizona: Department of Public Safety officials said Tuesday that 51 Guatemalan citizens - 44 males and seven females, including at least six children younger than 12 - were found in a drop house in southwest Phoenix on Tuesday.

Ohio: Attorneys for Anthony Sowell, 50, charged with killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his Cleveland home, are asking a judge to delay the trial until January. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 7.

Times wires

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