- - Thursday, December 8, 2011


Man pleads guilty in terrorism plot

SEATTLE | One of two men authorities say were inspired by the 2009 mass killing at a Texas military base pleaded guilty Thursday to planning an attack on a Seattle military-recruiting station with machine guns and grenades.

Walli Mujahidh faces up to 32 years in prison for the plea to federal charges of conspiracy to kill officers of the United States, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and unlawful possession of a firearm.

His attorney, Michele Shaw, said Mujahidh, 32, has a long history of “chronic, relentless” mental illness, including 12 stays at psychiatric hospitals. He has been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder with bipolar tendencies.

The Los Angeles man was arrested in June along with Khalid Abdul-Latif of Seattle in an FBI sting. Federal prosecutors say the men were taken into custody when they arrived at a warehouse garage to pick up machine guns to use in the attack. The purported target, the Military Entrance Processing Station on East Marginal Way in Seattle, was a recruiting station for all military branches.


Report: Reuse of closed auto plants on rise

DETROIT | About half of all U.S. automotive plants that have closed since 1979 are being reused, and much of that activity has come during the recent hard times for the industry and real estate market, according to a report released Thursday.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based nonprofit Center for Automotive Research’s report found that of the 267 assembly and parts plants closed during that period, 128 have found or are finding new life. Forty percent of the sites surveyed were bought for a new use between 2008 and 2010, during which the companies now known as General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC went through restructuring and bankruptcy reorganization.

The period of rejuvenation also came during the end of a decade in which more than 42 percent of the plants closed. The report noted that few sites found a new owner or use before 2000.


Small towns fear losing holiday postmarks

BETHLEHEM | Tiny post offices that come to life each year as people seek special holiday postmarks could soon find the tradition a ghost of Christmas past if the U.S. Postal Service proceeds with plans to close thousands of facilities.

More than half a dozen post offices in places like Bethlehem, Ind., and Snow, Okla., are on a list of about 3,700 post offices targeted for closure as the Postal Service seeks ways to save money.

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