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Four charged in terrorist plot

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —A federal grand jury indicted four suspected members of a Georgia militia who are charged with plotting attacks with toxins and explosives against unidentified government officials.

The grand jury indictment Thursday charges 73-year-old Frederick Thomas and 67-year-old Dan Roberts with conspiring to obtain an explosive and possessing an unregistered silencer. If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison.

It also charges 65-year-old Ray Adams and 68-year-old Samuel Crump with conspiring and attempting to make ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses. A Justice Department spokesman says if they are convicted, they could face up to life behind bars.

Texas gets $50 million for BP air violations

HOUSTON — BP will pay Texas $50 million after the sides reached an unprecedented settlement over air pollution violations at the beleaguered oil giant's Gulf Coast refinery, the site of a massive explosion in 2005 that killed 15 people.

The settlement announced Thursday coincides with BP PLC's attempts to restore its reputation and resolve lawsuits over the April 2010 rig explosion that killed 11 people and caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Border Patrol says agent killed motorist

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent shot and killed someone during a traffic stop in South Texas.

Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola said Thursday the shooting near Corpus Christi involved a vehicle that was suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants.

San Patricio Sheriff Leroy Moody told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that the agent shot the driver of the sport utility vehicle after the driver apparently tried to run the agent over.

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