- - Monday, November 15, 2010

ALABAMA

Ex-trooper pleads in civil rights-era slaying

MARION — A former state trooper took a plea deal Monday in the 1965 slaying of a black man that prompted the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma and helped galvanize America’s civil rights movement.

Indicted for murder more than four decades after the fatal shooting, James Bonard Fowler, 77, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to six months in jail.

It was a mixed victory for civil rights-era prosecutions. The prosecutor and Jackson family members did not get the murder conviction they sought, but the jail time and an apology from Fowler seemed to help close a painful chapter in U.S. history.

Bloody Sunday helped lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act, and the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson was an integral part of that story.

The shooting resulted in no charges for more than 40 years until a new prosecutor — the first black elected district attorney in Perry County — resurrected the case.

CALIFORNIA

Woman charged with terrorist aid

SAN DIEGO — A woman has been charged in San Diego with providing money and personnel to a terrorist group in Somalia.

A federal prosecutor said Monday that Nima Ali Yusuf supported al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked militia trying to create an Islamic state in Somalia. She is the fourth person charged in the past month in San Diego with helping al-Shabab.

Federal prosecutor Sabrina Feve says Miss Yusuf was arrested Friday in San Diego and appeared in federal court on Monday.

The indictment says Miss Yusuf has been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and lying to a government agency.

KANSAS

Safety of planned biodefense lab questioned

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