- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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NEW YORK - The New York Police Department disbanded a unit that tracked the everyday lives of Muslims, but it has taken a tough stance in a heated legal battle over its continuing use of Muslim informants in terror threat investigations. Muslim groups filed a civil rights lawsuit last year asking a federal judge to declare the surveillance unconstitutional and halt it. SENT: 600 words.


NEW YORK - People in the courthouse sometimes shun them. Friends, and even family, sometimes question their principles. For the small band of lawyers who defend the most despised terrorism suspects - the ones accused of hatching al-Qaida plots to kill Americans around the world - this is the highly uncomfortable life they chose. They are the true believers in the legal principle that everybody deserves representation in court, even if it means they get the same scorn and sometimes the same scrutiny as the people they represent. SENT: 688 words, photos.

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NEW YORK - An Islamic cleric accused of supporting terrorist operations in Yemen and in the United States became combative Tuesday when confronted with his past statements by a U.S. prosecutor. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa repeatedly tried to deflect questions regarding the kidnapping of 16 tourists in Yemen in 1998 and about his love of Osama bin Laden. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

- AL-QAIDA SUSPECT-SHOOTING: Scientist who shot at US troops: Conviction unfair


He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites. That was the public persona of West Point, N.Y. native William Vahey, carefully crafted over four decades until a maid cleaning his home in Nicaragua stole a 16-gigabyte memory drive. There, in photograph after photograph, was evidence that the model teacher had molested scores of adolescent boys, possibly more, in a career spanning 10 schools on four continents. By Michael Weissenstein and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 2385 words, photos.


NEW YORK - Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested and issued two summonses after allegedly acting belligerently toward two officers who had stopped him for riding his bicycle the wrong way down a New York City street, police said Tuesday. By Jake Pearson. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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