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MASSACHUSETTS

FBI sets $50K reward for terrorism suspect

BOSTON — A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a Massachusetts man who is wanted on terrorism charges, the FBI said Wednesday.

The FBI said it is seeking the public’s help in locating Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen from Mansfield who authorities believe may be living in the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo with at least one child, a daughter, and extended family. He uses several aliases.

Now 31, he fled the United States in 2006, shortly after being interviewed by the FBI.

TEXAS

Court to hear Fort Hood suspect’s shaving appeal

FORT HOOD — A military appeals court will hear oral arguments next week before deciding if an Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting can be forcibly shaved before his murder trial.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals says it also will consider whether the trial judge exceeded his authority and should be removed from Maj. Nidal Hasan’s case.

The defendant says he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, despite the Army’s beard ban.

PENNSYLVANIA

Court halts Wednesday execution for killer

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s top court denied prosecutors’ emergency petition in a death penalty appeal, blocking Wednesday’s scheduled execution of an inmate who claims the church deacon he killed had molested him.

The state Supreme Court asked for more briefings in the case of Terrance “Terry” Williams, of Philadelphia.

A Philadelphia judge on Friday vacated Williams‘ death sentence, finding that prosecutors hid evidence of possible sexual abuse at his 1986 murder trial. A new sentencing hearing was granted.

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