Woman indicted on terror charges

LOS ANGELES - A woman was indicted Wednesday on charges that she sent money to Pakistan to help fund terrorist attacks against U.S. military personnel, authorities said.

Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 39, of La Palma, Calif., faces three counts of providing material support to terrorists and one count of making a false statement. If convicted of all counts, Mihalik could face up to 53 years in prison. Mihalik funneled about $2,000 to a person in Pakistan over a three-week period beginning late last year, knowing the money would be used to prepare for and carry out attacks against the U.S. military and others overseas, federal prosecutors said.

An e-mail message left with her attorney, Alan Eisner, was not immediately returned.

Mihalik, who worked as a pharmacist, has been in federal custody since she was arrested in August after she attempted to board a flight to Turkey, her native country. She previously pleaded not guilty to the false statement charge.

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Detroit closer to crisis management

LANSING, Mich. - State officials said Wednesday that they've found "probable financial stress" in Detroit, moving the state's largest city one step closer to the possible appointment of an emergency manager.

State Treasurer Andy Dillon sent a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday alerting him to the finding. Dillon recommended the appointment of a full financial review team, the next step in the process.

Detroit just last week delayed paying some of its vendors and contractors to fund payroll. Auditors have said the city may run out of money in April. Snyder has said he'd prefer that Detroit officials enter into an agreement to fix the financial problems on their own. But he may appoint an emergency manager if the review team recommends one. - AP

Source: Barbour back to lobbying

JACKSON, Miss. - When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office Jan. 10, he'll return to the lobbying firm he founded in 1991.

That's according to a person with direct knowledge of the plan who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Barbour's plans were not yet public. The person said Wednesday that Barbour would return next month to the BGR Group. It is a government affairs, strategic communications, and investment banking firm. The person said Barbour's new office is under construction in Washington, and newly hired people will work for him.

Barbour has recently worn BGR golf shirts at public events. He cannot seek a third term as governor. Barbour's spokeswoman said the governor had no comment.

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Elsewhere:

It will be mid-January before the Office of Special Counsel completes its investigation into whether supervisors at the Dover, Del., military mortuary retaliated against three whistle-blowers who reported that body parts were mishandled.