Saudi student in Texas convicted in bomb plot

Published June 28, 2012

Amarillo, Texas

Saudi student convicted in bomb plot

A Saudi man accused of buying chemicals online and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction was found guilty Wednesday in federal court. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, who was legally in the United States on a student visa, was arrested in February 2011 after federal agents secretly searched his apartment near Texas Tech in Lubbock and found bombmaking chemicals, wiring, a hazmat suit and clocks. Officials also found Aldawsari's journal, handwritten in Arabic, in which he wrote he had been planning a U.S. terror attack for years and that it was "time for jihad," or holy war, court documents show. Aldawsari faces up to life in prison.

Columbia, S.C.

Governor faces ethics hearing

Gov. Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina has drawn political fire from both major political parties since taking office in 2011. Today, she faces a state House ethics hearing over whether she blurred the lines between her work as a legislator and her work as a hospital fundraiser and a business development consultant with an engineering firm.

New York

Ending Saturday mail finds support

An overwhelming majority of Americans support the Postal Service's plan to end Saturday mail delivery, according to a poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News. The survey found that about 7 in 10 Americans say they would favor the change as a way to help the post office deal with billions of dollars in debt. The poll found that more than 8 in 10 Americans use the Postal Service at least sometimes, including 38 percent who use it all the time and 45 percent who use it mainly for bills.

Frankfort, Ky.

Web site targeting vets going to feds

A California company accused of preying on veterans for their education benefits agreed Wednesday to pay $2.5 million to 20 states, including Florida, and turn over its website to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. QuinStreet Inc. operated, which steered veterans to mostly for-profit colleges that were clients of QuinStreet, according to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office. The site led users to think it was sponsored by Veterans Affairs. The settlement was filed in Franklin Circuit Court.

Anchorage, Alaska

Glacier wreckage is '50s cargo plane

The wreckage of a military plane found this month on an Alaska glacier is that of an Air Force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, military officials said Wednesday. Army Capt. Jamie Dobson said evidence found at the crash site correlates with the missing C-124A Globemaster, but much investigation still needs to be done.


ACLU to help KKK in battle with Ga.

The American Civil Liberties Union will help the Ku Klux Klan in its bid to join Georgia's highway cleanup program as a legal fight looms. State officials said they would deny a KKK group's application to "Adopt-A-Highway" along part of Route 515 in the north Georgia mountains and be recognized with a sign. ACLU of Georgia executive director Debbie Seagraves says the civil rights group considers the klan's battle a First Amendment case.

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