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“At no time did I have any intention or believe in bringing any harm to the people of this country by the terrorist acts I happened to be identified with,” Abdul Kadir told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn.

U.S. District Judge Dora Irizarry responded that there was ample evidence Kadir was a key player in “a plan that would have caused devastation unimaginable.”

Kadir and Russell Defreitas, a former JFK cargo handler, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of conspiracy in 2007 after an informant infiltrated the plot and recorded them discussing it.

At a trial where Kadir and Defreitas were convicted earlier this year, prosecutors alleged the pair wanted to kill thousands of people and cripple the American economy by using explosives to blow up the fuel tanks and the underground pipelines that run through an adjacent Queens neighborhood. The said they sought the help of militant Muslims, including an al Qaeda operative, in Guyana.


Health group sues over toys

PORTLAND — A California mother of two and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are suing McDonald’s Corp. to get the fast-food chain to stop using toys to market meals to young children.

They say McDonald’s is violating several consumer protection laws by marketing its Happy Meals directly to young children because it exploits children’s vulnerability.

“What kids see as a fun toy, I now realize is a sophisticated, high-tech marketing scheme that’s designed to put McDonald’s between me and my daughters,” said Monet Parham of Sacramento, Calif. “For the sake of other parents and their children, I want McDonald’s to stop interfering with my family.”

Miss Parham’s lawyers, who filed the lawsuit in state court in San Francisco on Wednesday, have asked that it be certified as a class action. The lawsuit doesn’t seek damages; it asks the court to bar McDonald’s from advertising any meals that feature toys to California children.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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