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Attorney General Eric Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee today that a decision on where to try the accused 9/11 plotters is "weeks" away, but he also hinted again that New York might be off the hook as the location of the trial.

Asked when Holder and the White House would decide how and where to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the other alleged plotters, Holder said, "I think that we are weeks away from making that determination. I don't think we're talking about months. I think we're probably weeks away."

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After Republicans took issue with Holder's decision to try the accused plotters in a civilian court -- in one testy exchange with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) Holder kept repeating "that's not true" -- Rep. Jose Serrano (D-Bronx) said he was one of the few New York politicians still in favor of a New York civilian trials of KSM and the others.

But he said opinion had shifted and he wouldn't spend more time on it, adding that the train may have left the station.

"You may be right, the train may have left the station," Holder said.