WASHINGTON -- A Somali national indicted on federal terrorism charges pleaded guilty nearly a year and a half ago, Justice Department officials announced Monday, disclosing a previously secret agreement with prosecutors.
Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured in the Gulf of Aden by the U.S. military in April 2011 and held for questioning aboard a U.S. Navy ship for more than two months. He was charged with providing material support to the Islamist militant group al-Shabab and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, conspiring to provide explosives training and committing other offenses.
As part of the deal, Warsame agreed to cooperate with U.S. authorities and Justice Department officials agreed to take steps to try to ensure the safety of his family. Officials touted the case as a counterterrorism success that blended civilian and military options in an incident involving a foreign militant.
Also Monday, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, convicted Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 23, of three counts of making false statements after he flew to Pakistan allegedly to join the Taliban or al-Qaeda and lied to U.S. agents about the reasons for his trip. Jurors found terrorism was involved in two of the instances.
Girl, 9, climbs from canyon
LOS ANGELES -- Law enforcement officials praised the bravery and tenacity of Celia Renteria, a 9-year-old girl who crawled out of a mangled SUV at the bottom of a remote Southern California canyon and hiked nearly two miles to find help for her father, who was pinned in the driver's seat following a rollover crash.
When officers responded more than an hour and a half later, they found Alejandro Renteria, 35, was dead. The California Highway Patrol was investigating whether alcohol played a role in the crash.
Obama wants April debate
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama challenged Congress Monday to "finish the job" of finalizing legislation aimed at overhauling the nation's immigration system.
With members of the House and Senate away on spring break, Mr. Obama made his most substantive remarks on the difficult issue in more than a month. He spoke at a ceremony for 28 people from more than two dozen countries. Thirteen of the new citizens are active duty service members in the U.S. military.
5 monuments designated
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama defied congressional opposition to designate five new national monuments on Monday, using his executive authority to put historic sites and wild landscapes in a half-dozen states off limits to development.
The designations affect three areas managed by the National Park Service, including one honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland and a collection of sites commemorating Delaware as the nation's first state.
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