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COLORADO: Suspect's mom fears for grandson

A woman who said she is the mother of an American woman held and released later in Ireland over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist said Sunday she does not know where her daughter and grandson may be. Christine Mott, of Leadville, Colo., said she learned from federal law enforcement agencies last week that her daughter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31, had been arrested in Ireland. Irish police said Saturday they had released an American woman, whom they did not identify, and three others arrested in the alleged plot to kill cartoonist Lars Vilks. A 2007 sketch by Vilks depicted the head of the Prophet Muhammad on a dog's body. The drawing provoked terror group al-Qaida in Iraq to offer a $100,000 bounty for his slaying. Mott said she cares only about making sure her 6-year-old grandson is safe.

WASHINGTON: Dodd drops financial agency plan

The senator trying to rewrite the nation's financial industry rules is dropping plans to create a stand-alone consumer financial protection agency and to give a single regulator the power to oversee all banks, according to people familiar with the evolving proposal. Backing away from the proposal he offered four months ago, Sen. Christopher Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said the bill he intends to unveil Monday is an attempt at consensus that incorporates Democratic and GOP ideas, even though no Republicans have lent their support. "There has been some evolution," Dodd (D-Conn.) said Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press. He voiced irritation with Republicans in his committee who demanded Friday that he delay committee action on the bill. "Tell that to someone who just lost their job, their retirement, their health care and their home that we're moving too quickly," he said. "Tell that to the financial institutions that are looking for certainty." In the coming weeks, Dodd's skills will be tested as much as they ever have in his five terms in the Senate as he shepherds the bill through his committee and onto the Senate floor. The legislation, a priority for President Barack Obama, aims to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis that caused the Wall Street meltdown 18 months ago.

NEW JERSEY: Town house fire in Fort Lee kills 2

Two people who had moved into a town house in Fort Lee a day earlier have died in a fire that started in their kitchen and spread upstairs. Police said Eliot C. Nisenbaum, 52, and Ronald Sandberg, 55, were found Saturday night in the second-floor master bedroom of their home in the gated Kensington Park complex. Police said the fire probably started above a gas stove and was an accident.


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