WASHINGTON — The FBI probe of two men arrested in Amsterdam after suspicious items turned up in one of the men's luggage is finding they were probably not on a test run for a future terrorist attack, a U.S. official said Tuesday, casting doubt on earlier suggestions even as Dutch authorities held the pair on suspicion of conspiring to commit a terrorist act.
The U.S. does not expect to charge the men, a law enforcement official said. The two men arrested in Amsterdam — both traveling to Yemen — did not know each other and were not traveling together, a U.S. government official said.
Murkowski gains in Alaska vote count
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sen. Lisa Murkowski narrowed the gap Tuesday on challenger Joe Miller in their razor-thin GOP primary but still needs to make a late charge in the vote count to avoid being ousted.
Alaska began counting thousands of absentee and other ballots Tuesday from last week's primary, and Murkowski trailed Miller by 1,469 votes by midafternoon. She began the day with a nearly 1,700-vote deficit.
Thousands more ballots still need to be counted by a Sept. 8 deadline.
The initial tally is a positive sign for Miller because he still maintains a decent lead. But Murkowski could still pick up enough votes to hold off Miller, who has never held elected office but enjoyed the backing of former Gov. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express.