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LAWYERS FOR SNIPER SUSPECT WANT STATE TO TURN OVER DATA

Lawyers for sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad want prosecutors to turn over details of any crimes linked to him that prosecutors plan to present at his capital murder trial.

Defense attorneys Peter D. Greenspun and Jonathan Shapiro are seeking the date, time, place and specific allegation "of any other criminal act" the prosecution may try to tie to Muhammad, according to a motion filed in Prince William County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors need to prove Muhammad was responsible for more than one murder in a three-year period as one way to qualify him for the death penalty.

But prosecutors could also present evidence Muhammad was involved in other crimes -- such as earlier shootings in Washington State, Georgia and Maryland -- to prove the October 2002 sniper shootings were an act of terrorism.

Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, 18, have been linked to 20 shootings, including 13 deaths, in Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Both face the death penalty.

Collision of 2 freight trains
leads to evacuation of 50

MATFIELD GREEN, Kan. (AP) -- Two freight trains collided early Saturday, derailing several cars and causing minor injuries to crew members, authorities said.

About 50 area residents were evacuated after the early morning accident, said Steve Forsberg, spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe. He said the residents were allowed back into their homes about five hours later.

The accident happened when a train loaded with truck trailers struck the back end of a westbound train that had been moving onto a side track. The eastbound train had been traveling from Los Angeles to New York City.

Forsberg said the westbound train, which was going from suburban Chicago to the Dallas area, had not pulled completely off the main track when it was struck.

Four engines and the lead car of the eastbound train derailed, and the last four cars of the westbound train were also forced off the tracks. Diesel fuel from the four engines spilled, causing a fire, Forsberg said.

Veil causes Muslim woman
to lose driving license

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Muslim woman fighting to get her driver's license back may argue the state infringed upon her freedom of religion and due process rights.

Judge Janet C. Thorpe already has rejected Sultaana Freeman's argument that Florida violated her rights to privacy and free speech when it took her driver's license last year.

Freeman, 34, is suing to get the license back. It has a photo that hides most of her face, except her eyes, behind a veil known as a niqab. She wears the veil for religious reasons.

Freeman got the license wearing the veil after she moved from Illinois. But after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles told her to replace the photo.

Her attorney, Howard Marks, argued driving is a right and not a privilege, as the state claims, and that Freeman has a constitutional right to wear a veil while driving.

Teacher who had sex
with student gets jail

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- A married teacher who kidnapped a 15-year-old student and had sex with him in a Las Vegas hotel has agreed to a two-year prison term.

Tanya Hadden, 34, pleaded guilty Friday to felony counts of lewd acts with a child and unlawful sexual intercourse, and to misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child-stealing, her lawyer Mark McDonald said.

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael Dest gave Tanya Hadden credit for the nearly seven months she will have served in jail by the time she is sent to prison.

Her formal sentencing was set for June 20. She was sentenced to five years' probation on charges in Nevada, and served five months in county jail in Las Vegas.

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