American Scene: NYC subway plotter says making bombs ‘very simple’

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NEW YORK — The admitted mastermind of a foiled suicide attack on the New York City subways says he learned formulas for homemade bombs while at an al Qaeda training compound in Pakistan in 2008.

Najibullah Zazi testified for a second day Wednesday at the Brooklyn trial of Adis Medunjanin.

Zazi said al Qaeda instructors showed him how to mix chemicals found in nail polish remover and other common products found at beauty supply stores. He described the process as “very simple.”

Zazi and another man pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Mr. Medunjanin in a bid for leniency.

Mr. Medunjanin’s lawyer insists his client is not a terrorist.

SOUTH CAROLINA

McDonald’s worker arrested over spit-in-cup incident

SIMPSONVILLE — A South Carolina county’s deputies said a McDonald’s employee spit in two customers’ cups of iced tea after the drinks were returned because they weren’t sweet enough.

Authorities said 19-year-old Marvin Washington Jr. was arrested Wednesday and charged with malicious tampering with food.

Greenville County investigators said surveillance video caught Mr. Washington leaning over the cups before he filled them Saturday at the Simpsonville restaurant.

Authorities say the customers discovered phlegm when they removed the lids of the drinks to add more sugar because the iced tea still was not sweet enough.

OREGON

Air traveler strips naked to protest TSA screening

PORTLAND — A high-tech worker who stripped naked at Portland International Airport as a protest against airport security screeners said Wednesday he was being “nude but not lewd,” and characterized his act of defiance as protected political speech.

John E. Brennan, 49, of Portland was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after taking off far more than this belt and shoes during the screening process before a Tuesday evening flight to San Jose, Calif.

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