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September 11 videos used in al Qaeda training
Within weeks of the September 11 attacks, leaders of the al Qaeda terror network began showing their disciples videos of planes hitting the World Trade Center and urged them to stage more terror strikes, according to documents uncovered by MSNBC.com and made public yesterday.
The documents, found last week at an al Qaeda training camp in the Rod Para Mountains in southern Afghanistan, consisted of several filled notebooks apparently belonging to terrorism students which demonstrate that al Qaeda used the events of September 11 to inspire a future generation of fighters.
A teacher named Ali Hadif told the students to expect more activities like the attacks on U.S. soil from al Qaeda, according to the report.

Poll finds no mercy for 'U.S. Taliban'
SAN FRANCISCO A majority of Californians wants U.S. Taliban fighter and former California resident John Walker Lindh sentenced to death or to life in prison if he is convicted of conspiring to kill his fellow countrymen, according to a poll released yesterday.
The Field Poll found that 53 percent of Californians approved of the Justice Department's decision to try the 20-year-old in a civil, rather than a military, court.
But it found that a plurality of Californians believed that Lindh deserved harsh punishment if convicted, with 28 percent of those questioned favoring the death sentence and 39 percent saying he deserved life in prison.
Lindh, a Muslim convert, appeared in federal court in Virginia last week to face charges that he conspired to kill Americans abroad and to provide support to two terrorist groups, including Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

Ex-Enron CEO's wife says they are broke
The wife of ex-Enron CEO Kenneth L. Lay said yesterday that her family lost its fortune when the energy-trading giant collapsed, and that her husband had done "absolutely nothing wrong" in the biggest bankruptcy case in U.S. history.
In an interview with NBC's "Today" show, taped over the weekend at her home in Houston, Mrs. Lay defended her husband as a decent, moral person who, like many thousands of others linked to Enron Corp., was fighting against personal bankruptcy.
Asked what had happened to the reported $300 million in compensation and stocks her husband earned over the past four years, Mrs. Lay said the couple did not have a diverse portfolio and relied on now-worthless Enron stock.

Man acquitted in confidentiality case
WATERBURY, Conn. A former state mental health worker accused of alerting a neighborhood that a diagnosed pedophile was moving there was acquitted yesterday of charges he violated state confidentiality laws.
A jury found that Edward Smith, who worked at the Southbury Training School for mentally retarded adults, did not "willfully and corruptly" remove records from the Department of Mental Retardation.

Grand jury indicts 20 in bribery scheme
PHILADELPHIA Twenty persons, including 18 current or former city officials, were indicted yesterday in a purported bribery scheme that cost the city more than $2 million.
Prosecutors say city workers accepted bribes in the form of cash and merchandise including air conditioners, computer equipment, televisions, car alarms and microwave ovens in return for helping the now-defunct AAA Electric Motors Corp. overcharge the city for repairs.
AAA owner John Fafalios, 71, and his son, Nicholas Fafalios, 41, were named in the 35-count indictment. Also named were 18 former and current city supervisors authorized to sign invoices for repair work or equipment.

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