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Guilty plea planned in Internet threats

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man accused of using the Internet to promote violence against Americans has agreed to plead guilty, court documents released Tuesday reveal.

Last month, a federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Emerson Begolly, who remains incarcerated, on a charge of encouraging attacks on public buildings and military facilities, transportation systems, cellphone towers and water plants in the United States.

The charge stems from Begolly's posts as moderator of the Ansar al-Mujahideen English Forum, described as an Islamic extremist website.

The count to which he will plead guilty -- after the case is transferred to U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh -- carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Agents testified that Begolly, 22, posted pro-terrorist songs and poems, made homemade terrorist training videos in which he fired assault rifles and chatted online with at least two other Americans being prosecuted for terrorism.


'Extra sugar' leads to prostitution arrest

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Police said Tuesday that the menu during the late shift at a Dunkin' Donuts in northern New Jersey contained more than Munchkins and lattes.

Melissa Redmond, 29, of Mine Hill, faces prostitution charges after Rockaway Township police said she took breaks to provide sex in exchange for money.

A tip launched an investigation, known as "extra sugar," into activities at the outlet.

Detective Sgt. Kyle Schwarzmann told the Daily Record of Parsippany that he noticed that Redmond would go out to cars, where she would spend 10 to 15 minutes.

She was arrested after soliciting sex from an undercover officer, Schwarzmann said.

No one at the Dunkin' Donuts wanted to comment.


'Shawshank' tree gets ripped in windstorm

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- A storm has damaged a large oak tree that played a key role near the end of "The Shaw-

shank Redemption."

The tree was hit Friday by straight-line winds that split it down its rotted middle and took out one side, Louis Andres, manager of Malabar Farm State Park, told the News Journal of Mansfield.

In the 1994 movie, which was filmed in and around the former Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield in north-central Ohio, Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, played by Morgan Freeman, finds money and a note left in the tree by Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins.

The tree near the state park is part of the local convention and visitors bureau's "Shaw-

shank Trail," which also includes the former reformatory, a facility that closed in 1990 and is now a museum. The trail leads travelers to 12 sites where the movie was filmed.