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Terror suspect seized in N.Y.

NEW YORK - A Tunisian man has been arrested in New York and accused of trying to stay in the U.S. illegally to build a terrorism cell.

Authorities say Ahmed Abassi came to the United States from Canada in mid-March, meeting regularly with an undercover FBI agent. They say he also met with another Tunisian who was later arrested in Canada in a terrorist plot to derail a train.

The federal indictment against Abassi was unsealed Thursday. Law enforcement authorities say he was arrested April 22 and arraigned a week ago on visa fraud charges. Authorities say he was seeking to remain in the U.S. to commit acts of terrorism and to develop a network of terrorists. - AP

Texan convicted in drug plot

AUSTIN, Texas - A brother of two top leaders for one of the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico was convicted Thursday of buying racehorses to hide illegal drug profits.

A federal jury found Jose Trevino Morales, 46, guilty of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Trevino faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say his older brothers, Miguel Angel and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales, are the leaders of the Zetas, a Nuevo Leon-based organization that has expanded beyond the drug trade to become the biggest criminal group in Mexico.

Jose Trevino Morales was one of five defendants in the trial, each charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Three others also were found guilty. A fifth was found not guilty. - AP

Arias jury's session on hold

PHOENIX - The next phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial was postponed Thursday and will continue next week.

Court officials didn't provide a reason for the delay. The trial will resume Wednesday.

Jurors were scheduled to return to the courtroom to decide whether Arias should be eligible for the death penalty. They convicted Arias on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of her onetime boyfriend Travis Alexander. Despite Arias' wish that she get death, the decision is only up to a jury at this point. - AP

Arrest made in Kan. deaths

OTTAWA, Kan. - Authorities said Thursday that they have arrested a 27-year-old man in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found on a farm, and that a missing 18-month-old girl is presumed dead.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards said at an afternoon news conference that the suspect was arrested early Thursday. Richards declined to discuss a possible motive for the killings, but said the investigation remains active.

Killed were Andrew Stout, Steven E. White, and Kaylie Bailey, whose daughter, Lana, is presumed dead. - AP