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Federal agents raided their north Georgia homes Tuesday and arrested them on charges of conspiring to plan the attacks.

Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68, appeared in court Wednesday. Relatives of two of the men said the charges were baseless.

Court documents accused the men of trying to obtain an explosive device and a silencer to carry out targeted attacks on government buildings and employees. Two of the men are also accused of trying to seek out a formula to produce ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses.


Trick-or-treater, 12, killed crossing street

LAS VEGAS — The mother of a 12-year-old Las Vegas girl killed when she was struck by a car while trick-or-treating says she never got to say goodbye.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Faith Love was already dead by the time her mother, Rocquell Love, arrived at the hospital after the Halloween night car crash.

Driver Justin Caramanica, 41, was arrested on a felony drunken-driving charge and is being held at the Clark County jail.

Mrs. Love says she hadn’t planned on taking her daughter trick-or-treating that night. But she decided to let her daughter go out with her cousins and an aunt after the girl’s 6-year-old brother came down sick.

The girl was dressed as an American Indian princess when she was struck by Mr. Caramanica’s 2009 Mazda RX-8.


PTA official: Gay group never got approval

GARDEN CITY — A New York group calling itself the first Parent-Teacher Association unit in the country dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths is under fire from the president of the state PTA.

Maria Fletcher says the Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Association never got permission to use the organization’s name. Miss Fletcher did not take a position Wednesday on whether the group should be given permission, but expressed concern that the group was focused too specifically on one constituency.

She said the PTA is an organization for all children, regardless of race, creed, religion or sexual orientation.

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