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ILLINOIS: Denial by terror suspect

Four months after the FBI raided homes of anti-war activists in the Midwest, a Palestinian-American named in the probe is calling it a "witch hunt" and insisting in interviews with The Associated Press that he has never given money to terrorist groups. Hatem Abudayyeh, 39, head of an activist network in Chicago that deals in immigration and discrimination issues, says the trips he helped coordinate to the Palestinian territories were educational visits hosted by a women's organization. The federal government has divulged almost nothing about the probe, which included subpoenas to 22 others.


OHIO: Tiff over girl led to shooting

While police worked to piece together what led to a deadly fraternity house party, witnesses said Monday that an argument over a girl prompted two men to open fire on the crowd, injuring 11 people. Police said a dispute broke out Sunday night at the Omega Psi Phi fraternity house; one man was thrown out and the other followed. They returned and began spraying bullets into the crowd, police said. Youngstown State University senior Jamail Johnson, 25, was killed. Braylon L. Rogers, 19, and Columbus E. Jones Jr., 22, were charged with aggravated murder and 11 counts of felonious assault.


CALIFORNIA: Bird kills man at cockfight

A man attending a cockfight died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb. The Kern County coroner said Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he suffered the injury in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30.


TEXAS: U.S. teens slain over border

A Texas high school principal said at least two of three teenage boys shot to death in the Mexican border city Ciudad Juárez were U.S. citizens. Chihuahua prosecutors' spokesman Arturo Sandoval said Monday that the boys were killed Saturday at a car dealership in the city across the border from El Paso, Texas.

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