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NORTHWEST NEWS

Off-Duty Guard Charged With Killing Seattle-Area Teen After Mistaking Toy for Gun, Authorities Say

Prosecutors charged 51-year-old Aaron Brown Myers on Monday in connection with the death of Hazrat Ali Rohani. Myers was also charged with assault after authorities say he held another teen at gunpoint. His attorney says Myers sincerely believed he was stopping a violent crime.

James Beard Finalists Include an East African Restaurant in Detroit and Seattle Pho Shops

The James Beards Awards are the culinary world's equivalent of the Oscars. For restaurants, even being named a finalist can bring wide recognition and boost business.

Ranked-Choice Voting Expert Grace Ramsey on What Portland Voters Can Expect in November

Ramsey has worked in several other states and cities to educate voters on new system of voting. 

Asylum-Seekers Looking for Shelter Set up Encampment in Seattle Suburb

Asylum-seekers mainly from Angola, Congo and Venezuela have set up an encampment in a Seattle suburb. Some of the camping asylum-seekers were told to leave their shelter at a church while others lost their short-term motel or rental housing when it expired June 1. A notice for the campers to leave by Tuesday afternoon expired with no law enforcement action.

NEWS BRIEFS

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PCCEP Forum on Brain Injuries, Policing and Public Safety

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Chaz Ebert Book Signing Event at Powell’s This Weekend

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Planned Parenthood Oregon leaders plan to dissolve political arm, sparking concerns about advocacy

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Bull that jumped the fence at Oregon rodeo forced to retire from competition, owner says

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Josh Sargent out for Colombia friendly, could miss Copa America

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Duke tops Missouri 4-3 in 9 innings to win first super regional, qualify for first WCWS

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OPINION

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

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New White House Plan Could Reduce or Eliminate Accumulated Interest for 30 Million Student Loan Borrowers

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Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Oklahoma Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit of last Tulsa Race Massacre survivors seeking reparations

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After years of delays, scaled-back plans underway for memorial to Florida nightclub massacre

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Survivors and the families of victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre had hoped by now to have a permanent memorial in place for Wednesday's eighth anniversary of the attack by a lone gunman who killed 49 people at the gay-friendly club in Orlando, Florida. ...

'Hotel Cocaine' on MGM+ gives viewers disco, drama and plenty of blow in Miami in the late '70s

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ENTERTAINMENT

Meet Will Butler, the singer-songwriter who makes Broadway's 'Stereophonic' rock

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Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who

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Book Review: Yume Kitasei explores space in a heist-driven action adventure novel

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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North Korea's Kim hails Russia ties as Putin reportedly plans a visit

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Russia, largely excluded from international sports, hosts athletes at BRICS Games

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Some Syrian refugees risk returning to opposition-held areas as hostility in host Lebanon grows

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By Barbara Starr Susan Candiotti and Josh Levs

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law pleaded not guilty Friday morning to charges of trying to kill Americans.  Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who served as an al Qaeda spokesman, was captured and taken to the United States, federal officials announced Thursday.

"No amount of distance or time will weaken our resolve to bring America's enemies to justice," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Thursday. "To violent extremists who threaten the American people and seek to undermine our way of life, this arrest sends an unmistakable message: There is no corner of the world where you can escape from justice because we will do everything in our power to hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

Abu Ghaith was captured within the past week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York.

He was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, the Department of Justice announced.



The decision to take Abu Ghaith to New York rather than to a detention facility at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba raised fresh questions about the treatment of those accused of making war or plotting against the United States.

The administration said President Barack Obama remains committed to closing the Guantanamo Bay facility, rather than adding to its population. The Justice Department said it examined the nature of Abu Ghaith's alleged conduct and whether charges would best be served in federal court or through a military commission.

"Our policy is that we will prosecute whenever feasible in the national security interests of the United States," department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in a statement. "In this case, the president's national security team examined this matter and unanimously agreed that prosecution of (Abu) Ghaith in federal court will best protect the national security interests of the United States."

Several Republicans said Abu Ghaith should have been taken to Guantanamo for interrogation as an enemy combatant.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, in a news conference, argued against civilian criminal proceedings.

"I think we (are) setting a new precedent that will come back to bite us," he told reporters. "It's clear to me they snuck him in ... under the nose of Congress."

The South Carolina senator was joined at the news conference by Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who said, "If you are that close to bin Laden, we want to develop all the information that person has."

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, reaffirmed his opposition to U.S. trials of suspected al Qaeda members detained at Guantanamo: "We should treat enemy combatants like the enemy -- the U.S. court system is not the appropriate venue."

But Eugene Fiddell, a prominent military legal expert, said the conspiracy charge is not a war crime and is outside the jurisdiction of a military commission.

The U.S. Treasury Department has described Abu Ghaith as "the official spokesman of al Qaeda since his appointment to that position after the attacks of September 11, 2001."

He appeared in videos as "the mouthpiece of bin Laden," the department said.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that Abu Ghaith was seized in Ankara "after a tipoff" from the CIA and was held for 33 days. A Turkish court decided to release him because he had not committed a crime in Turkey. He was considered "stateless" because Kuwait had stripped him of his citizenship after he appeared in videos supporting the 9/11 attacks, the report said.

Abu Ghaith entered Turkey illegally from Iran, so he could be deported to Iran or another country, the report said. After Iran did not accept him, Turkey decided to send him to Kuwait through Jordan. The CIA captured Abu Ghaith when he was passing from Jordan into Kuwait, the newspaper said.

The U.S. government did not immediately confirm that report.

Abu Ghaith was a high school teacher and preacher at a mosque in Kuwait, the U.S. Treasury says on its website. "He fought in Afghanistan, accused the U.S. government of killing children in Iraq through U.N. sanctions, and joined Muslim guerillas fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the summer of 1994."

He was later banned from his mosque for using his sermons to attack the government.

Before September 11, 2001, "his mission was to recruit elements for training in bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan."

The U.S. 9/11 Commission said Abu Ghaith "reportedly" supported the idea of a major operation directly against the United States in 2001.

Bin Laden, leader of the terrorist al Qaeda network that staged the 9/11 attacks on the United States, was killed in a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan in 2011.

According to the indictment unveiled Thursday, Abu Ghaith was engaged in planning and perpetrating a federal crime of terrorism against the United States and its citizens. He could face a life sentence if convicted.

In May 2001, Abu Ghaith urged people at a guest house in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to swear allegiance to bin Laden, according to the charges. A day after 9/11, the alleged spokesman warned the United States and its allies that a "great army is gathering against you" and called on "the nation of Islam" to battle "Jews, the Christians and Americans," the indictment states.

Abu Ghaith later warned that "the storms shall not stop, especially, the airplane storms" and that Muslims and foes of the United States should not to board aircraft or live in high-rise buildings, according to the indictment.

CNN's Joe Sterling, Mike Mount, Phil Gast and Terry Frieden contributed to this report.

 

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