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Father of bombing plotter convicted

NEW YORK — The father of an admitted terrorist was convicted Friday of charges he destroyed evidence and lied to investigators to cover up his son’s al Qaeda-sanctioned plot to attack New York City subways in 2009 as one of a trio of suicide bombers.

A Brooklyn jury found the father of Najibullah Zazi guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice at a trial detailing the disintegration of a working-class family of Afghan-Americans amid chilling allegations of domestic terror.

Mohammed Wali Zazi, 55, had no visible reaction when the verdict was read. He faces up to 40 years in prison at sentencing Dec. 2, although the term could be much lower under federal sentencing guidelines.

OHIO

Suspect in 11 killings is convicted of murder

CLEVELAND — An Ohio sex offender charged in the killing of 11 women and hiding their remains around his home was convicted Friday of aggravated murder.

Anthony Sowell, 51, was convicted in the killing of Tonia Carmichael, who disappeared in November 2008 and was strangled with an electrical charger for a cellphone or camera.

The jury deliberated for just more than 15 hours before announcing the verdict on one of the first of the 83 counts against Sowell. The verdicts to dozens of other counts were still being read Friday afternoon.

As soon as the first guilty count was read, Sowell turned around and was handcuffed by a court deputy. Carmichael’s mother and daughter hugged each other and cried.

The aggravated murder conviction means Sowell is eligible for the death penalty.

TEXAS

Man shot estranged wife, family, self at roller rink

GRAND PRAIRIE — A gunman shouted at the children to leave his son’s birthday party at a Texas roller rink before shooting his estranged wife and four of her relatives and then killing himself as others panicked and some fled screaming in their skates, police and witnesses say.

Police said the couple have been having ongoing marriage problems that investigators think led to the shootings at about 7 p.m. Saturday at Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie, about 20 miles west of Dallas. No young children or rink employees were killed. Some people at nearby businesses said they watched as adults and children spilled from the rink in horror.

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