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Judicial Watch sues bin Laden, al Qaeda
Judicial Watch, a public-service law firm, has sued Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda, the Taliban, Afghanistan and Iraq for about $210 million on behalf of the family of an unnamed woman who was killed in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
For security reasons, neither the victim nor the victim's family are named in the complaint, which was filed yesterday in a Washington, D.C., federal court.

Clouds force shuttle-launch delay
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Rain clouds over the launch pad forced NASA to call off yesterday's liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour on a flight to deliver a new crew to the International Space Station.
It was the latest delay for Endeavour and its seven astronauts, held up last week by space station trouble.

FBI searches O.J. Simpson's home
MIAMI Federal agents searched O.J. Simpson's home for more than six hours yesterday as part of an investigation into an Ecstasy drug ring also suspected of laundering money and stealing satellite-TV equipment.
Nine persons were arrested in Miami and two in Chicago as part of Operation X, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said. Simpson was not among those arrested, and the FBI refused to discuss why he was involved.
Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter, said no drugs or large amounts of money were found at the home and that his client had done nothing wrong.
"I can assure you Mr. Simpson does not have enough money in his pocket or in his bank account to be involved in a money-laundering ring," Mr. Galanter told reporters.

Graham says Muslims aren't 'evil people'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Rev. Franklin Graham, responding to criticism of his comments about Islam, said he doesn't believe Muslims are "evil people," but laments evil done in the religion's name.
Mr. Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, was criticized by several groups for saying earlier that Islam "is a very evil and wicked religion." In a column in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Graham said he had been "greatly misunderstood."

AMA nixes study of paying for organs
SAN FRANCISCO The American Medical Association yesterday shelved for at least six months its plan to study what effect commercialization would have on organ donations.
A slim majority of the 538 delegates attending the AMA's winter meeting in San Francisco voted to table the matter. Proponents of the study vowed to try again at the AMA's meeting in Chicago in June.
Congress in 1984 outlawed all payments for the organs of the dead. But doctors say there's a severe shortage of donated organs and an AMA committee estimates 15 persons die each day awaiting transplants.

Charges dropped in rape case
CHICAGO Prosecutors said yesterday they are dropping charges against four men convicted in the 1986 rape and murder of a medical student, after new DNA tests contradicted what a police crime analyst testified to at the trial.
State's Attorney Richard Devine said he will ask a judge today to release three of the men serving life sentences and to exonerate a fourth who already has been paroled but is jailed on unrelated burglary charges.
Calvin Ollins, 29; his cousin, Larry Ollins, 31; and Omar Saunders, 32, were convicted in the murder of Lori Roscetti in 1987. Marcellius Bradford pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping.

Registered sex offender charged with murder
EL PASO, Texas A registered sex offender was charged with capital murder in the slaying of a 5-year-old girl abducted from a Wal-Mart store while shopping with her mother Nov. 18.
David Renteria, 32, was arrested Monday

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