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US searches offices of lawyers in spy case

Military authorities searched offices of lawyers who represent an Air Force interpreter charged with spying at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one of the man's lawyers said yesterday. The Air Force delayed until Jan. 13 a preliminary hearing for Senior Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi because of the search and other actions last week that defense lawyers say have interfered with preparations for his military trial. (AP)

Terror group head gets life term for hijacking

The leader of a group of Palestinian terrorists who took over a Pan Am jet in Pakistan in 1986 and killed 22 people avoided the death penalty yesterday under a plea bargain with the government. Zayd Hassan Abd Al-Latif Masud Al Safarini pleaded guilty to 95 charges, including murder, and agreed to a sentence of three consecutive life terms plus 25 years. Court papers say Safarini led the four-person group, all members of the Abu Nidal terror organization. (AP)

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Ky. man pleads guilty to assaults at stores

CHARLESTON -- A man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in a West Virginia Target store in July pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges in two states. Allen Dwayne Coates, 38, of Irvington, Ky., faces up to life in prison for crossing state lines with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a person under 12. He also tried to abduct a 9-year-old girl at a Wal-Mart in Ashland, Ky., a day earlier. The girl escaped unharmed. (AP)

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