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An attorney for Shaker Masri, whose plea deal was announced at a Thursday status hearing, told reporters that the agreement hammered out with his counterparts at the U.S. Attorney’s Office was favorable to his client, though he declined to elaborate.

Mr. Masri, who was born in Alabama and lived abroad before returning to the U.S. at age 18, was arrested in 2010 before boarding a scheduled flight from Chicago to Los Angeles - allegedly the first leg of a trip to a training camp for Islamic jihadists in Somalia.

In court, lawyers left open the possibility the deal could unravel, but defense attorney Thomas Durkin told U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman he was confident enough to cancel the Sept. 12 trial date. Instead, Judge Coleman set July 20 as the day for Mr. Masri to change his plea.

None of the government lawyers spoke to reporters after the hearing.

Mr. Masri was charged with attempting to provide material support to a violent extremist and trying to offer material support by use of a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.S. Those charges could carry a sentence of several decades in prison.


Paramedics turn to expired drugs due to shortages

SALEM — Emergency responders in various jurisdictions have reported struggling to deal with a shortage of drug supplies created by manufacturing delays and industry changes.

Some paramedics are injecting expired medications, despite a risk they won’t work as intended. Others are scrambling to train paramedics to use alternative medications. In some cases, ambulance crews have simply gone without drugs they can’t buy.

One central Oregon fire department reported using expired supplies of 11 medications at the peak of the crisis earlier this year. Another in Arizona went three weeks without any drugs to treat seizures.

The University of Utah’s Drug Information Service reports a shortage of 275 medications.

The drug industry and the federal Food and Drug Administration say they’re working on solutions. Oregon has eased restrictions on the use of expired drugs.


Jewelers admit to illegal ivory sales

NEW YORK — Two jewelers peddled reams of ivory bangles, beads and statues made from the tusks of endangered and threatened elephants, prosecutors said Thursday as the men admitted to a wildlife crime.

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