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UTAH: 2 held in school bomb plot

A 16-year-old boy was charged Tuesday with a felony in what authorities say was a plot to detonate a bomb at a high school. The boy, along with Dallin Morgan, 18, had planned for months to bomb an assembly at Roy High School, 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, then steal a plane and flee the country, police said. Both were arrested last week. Morgan, charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, is to appear in Ogden's 2nd District Court on Wednesday and faces a possible life sentence if convicted on the first-degree felony charge. The 16-year-old was charged with the same count in juvenile court, but prosecutors filed a motion seeking to try him as an adult. Authorities say the plot was foiled when another student came forward after receiving ominous text messages hinting at their plan. Police don't have a motive, but a text message noted they sought "revenge on the world."

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WASHINGTON: A swap for Taliban talks?

U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged Tuesday that the United States may release five Afghan Taliban prisoners from the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, military prison as an incentive to bring the Taliban to peace talks. Afghan officials told The Associated Press, meanwhile, that a plan to give Afghanistan a form of legal custody over the men if they are released satisfied their earlier objection to sending the prisoners to a third country. Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper said no decision had been made on whether to trade the five Taliban prisoners as part of nascent peace talks with the Taliban. He and CIA Director David Petraeus did not dispute that the Obama administration is considering transferring the five to a third country.


OREGON: Special vote for House seat

Voters were deciding Tuesday in an all-mail election who should replace former Rep. David Wu, a seven-term Democrat who was the first Taiwanese-American to serve in the House of Representatives. Wu resigned last year following a string of bizarre news stories that ended with a young woman's accusation that he made an unwanted sexual advance. Republican Rob Cornilles has tried to extend the scandal that brought down Wu to the woman who wants to take his place, former state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici.

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