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Wesam al-Delaema, an Iraqi-born Dutch citizen, appeared in a federal court in Washington Monday to face terrorism conspiracy charges. The Justice Department says the trial is the first criminal prosecution of any individual involved in attacks targeting Americans in Iraq. The defendant, who was extradited from the Netherlands and flown to the US over the weekend, says he was forced by an insurgent group to make a videotape that shows how to prepare a roadside bomb.

Decades after a chemical company dumped tons of a pesticide into sewers feeding into the Pacific Ocean, fish caught off Los Angeles County's coast contain high levels of banned DDT, the Associated Press reported Monday. The AP cited federal survey data collected in 2002 but only recently released.

Two New York State lawmakers called Sunday for building a ground zero memorial for emergency workers who became ill and died during the recovery and cleanup of 9/11 debris at the former World Trade Center site.

US Army deserter Joe Dresnok, the last American defector still living in North Korea, broke 44 years of silence Sunday to say he has no intentions of leaving. "I really feel at home," he said in an interview aired on CBS's "60 Minutes" program.

Bowater Inc. of South Carolina said Monday it plans to merge with Canada's Abitibi-Consolidated in an all-stock deal that will create the third-largest publicly traded paper/forest products company in North America. It will have annual revenues of nearly $8 billion. Each company will have equal representation on the board, but headquarters will be in Montreal.

Michigan authorities closed down a five-mile stretch of I-69, 50 miles north of Detroit, on Sunday when whiteout conditions led to a 24-vehicle pileup. There were numerous injuries but no fatalities.

The Screen Actors Guild named "Little Miss Sunshine" the best motion picture of 2006 during the group's annual awards ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles. Forest Whitaker of "The Last King of Scotland" and Helen Mirren of "The Queen" took top acting honors, with Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, both of "Dreamgirls," selected for their supporting performances.

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