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Jury to be anonymous in subway bomb trial

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered an anonymous jury for the upcoming trial of a New York City man accused of plotting to attack the city's subway system with homemade bombs.

The judge made the ruling Wednesday. Prospective jurors will be assigned a number, and their names will be kept secret from lawyers and the judge.

The New York Daily News said prosecutors requested the extra security, citing the "extraordinarily compelling facts" surrounding the case.

Adis Medunjanin is accused of plotting with two accomplices to bomb subway lines near the eighth anniversary of 9/1 1. He's also accused of trying to recruit a fourth person to travel to Pakistan "to wage violent jihad."

Authorities have called it one of the most serious terrorism threats since 9/1 1.

Medunjanin has pleaded not guilty.


Adults, children saved from ice slab in lake

BRIDGEPORT (AP) -- Authorities said Thursday that a group of adults and children had to be rescued from a drifting slab of ice that had broken off from the shoreline of a Central New York lake.

Officials in Madison County told the Oneida Daily Dispatch that several adults and five or six children were ice fishing on Oneida Lake's southern shore in Bridgeport early Wednesday afternoon when the ice cracked along the shoreline.

The crack widened, and the ice slab started drifting away from shore.

When emergency crews arrived, the group was about a half-mile from shore. A bystander took a rowboat out to the group and rescued everyone.

Officials said that no one required treatment for any injuries or exposure.


No one hurt as jet goes off runway on landing

ROCHESTER (AP) -- Authorities said Thursday that no one was injured when a passenger jet with 45 people on board ran off the runway at the airport shortly after landing here.

Officials at Greater Rochester International Airport told local media outlets that United Airlines Flight 3350 from Chicago landed during a snowstorm at about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday and ended up 50 to 75 feet off the runway.

Officials said that there didn't appear to be any damage to the plane.

Passengers were transported from the plane to the terminal.

The flight was operated for United by Trans States Airlines, a regional carrier.

The jet was being towed from its position Thursday morning, and there was no word on what caused the plane wind up off the runway.

Federal aviation investigators were on the scene.