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WASHINGTON – The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The Obama administration is declassifying the report, a process that will involve the Pentagon as well as CIA officials. Two U.S. officials familiar with planning for the report's declassification said the Defense Department has already received copies of the still-secret summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report and expects to provide its own assessment of the material to the administration.

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NEW YORK – A New York jury has heard a broadcast interview in which an Egyptian cleric defended the Sept. 11 attacks, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy.

The tape was played Monday in the second week of the trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).

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Mustafa is charged with conspiring to support al-Qaida by trying to set up a terrorist training camp in 1999 in Oregon.

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NEW YORK – A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" attacked him, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police said Saturday.

Christian Morales, 20, was charged with aggravated harassment in connection with September's attack on Columbia University professor Prabhjot Singh, who suffered a broken jaw.

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Singh, 31, was walking home with a friend in upper Manhattan when he was approached by a group of 12 to 15 young men, he said days after his attack.

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|Reflecting on the Boston Marathon bombing, President Obama discusses the coordination between the FBI and local law enforcement.

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EL CAJON, Calif. – A California jury has reached a verdict in the trial of an Iraqi immigrant charged with beating his wife to death — a killing that police at first suspected was a hate crime.

The San Diego County Superior Court said Thursday that the verdict would be read at 1:30 p.m. PDT. Kassim Alhimidi faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of murdering his wife, Shaima Alawadi.

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LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Employees at a southern New Jersey deli say they feared for their lives when a man walked in and brandished a samurai sword.

It happened at American Deli in Lower Township.

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Worker Lee DeBiase tells WMGM-TV the man threatened to "slice us all up" if we didn't give him his cellphone back. The employees say none of them had seen or had the phone.

A co-worker ducked out back and called police as Mike Houseman said the man started swinging the sword around.

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NEW YORK – A New York judge says jurors at the trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher can hear his statements that "everybody was happy" when the World Trade Center was hit by airplanes.

Judge Katherine Forrest made the ruling Tuesday, a day after selecting a jury to hear the case against the preacher, Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh).

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Mustafa has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying to set up a terrorist training camp in 1999 in Oregon.

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Dr. Scott Porter says the suspect who allegedly tried to open a plane door never stopped fighting during the incident.FOX40.com

An orthopedic doctor from California was one of several passengers who helped restrain a man Sunday who authorities say rushed past flight attendants in an attempt to open the exit door of a plane flying from Chicago to Sacramento.

FOX40.com reported that Dr. Scott Porter, a married father of two, said the suspect never relented during the struggle on the Southwest Airlines flight.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado is apologizing for terrorist comments he made to organizers of the St. George movement.

"I regret that my choice of words has become an issue and distracted us from the real debate. It was not my intention to offend anyone," Delgado said in a statement. "I believe that the creation of the City of St. George would be catastrophic to East Baton Rouge Parish, and I'm very passionate about preventing that from happening.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Dustin Yates and other members of the St. George movement voiced outrage Wednesday, to a Facebook post made by Baton Rouge Metro Councilman John Delgado. In a thread on fellow Councilman Ryan Heck's page discussing the East Baton Rouge public school system, Delgado referred to members of the St. George movement along with Al Qaeda.

In the post Delgado says, "I don't thank people that try to destroy our community.

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