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ILLINOIS: Mayor Emanuel takes oath

Rahm Emanuel was sworn in Monday as Chicago's first new mayor in more than two decades, a city where the retiring Richard M. Daley was the only leader a generation had ever known. The former White House chief of staff took the oath of office at Millennium Park, one of the signature accomplishments in Daley's efforts to transform a gritty industrial hub into a sparkling world destination. Later, Emanuel entered the fifth-floor office of City Hall that was Daley's lair for 22 years, longer than anyone, including his legendary father, ever occupied it. With Daley and his wife, Maggie, who is battling cancer, sitting nearby, Emanuel began by praising his predecessor. Vice President Joe Biden attended, as did Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and David Axelrod, who was in the White House with Emanuel.


Selection of terrorism jury

Nearly 100 potential jurors filed into a federal courtroom Monday for the first day of a trial involving a Chicago businessman in a case that could reveal links between Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency. Tahawwur Rana, 50, is accused of helping an ex-schoolmate serve as a scout for Pakistani militants blamed in the three-day Mumbai rampage. Testimony from David Coleman Headley, former friend of Rana who has pleaded guilty, could reveal alleged ties between Lashkar-e-Taiba and the intelligence agency, under scrutiny since Osama bin Laden was killed in a Pakistani army town.


FLORIDA: Cleric and son go to trial

Hafiz Muhammad Sher Ali Khan, 76, a cleric charged with supporting Pakistani terrorists, will plead not guilty, his defense attorney said Monday. Khan, imam at the Miami Mosque, and his son Izhar Khan, 24, appeared in federal court in Miami for the first time since their arrests on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists. They are among six people who allegedly worked to funnel $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.

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