Psychiatric Tests Ordered for Man

Charged With Plotting to Bomb Mall

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A man charged with plotting to blow up a shopping mall slammed his face on a table and smiled vacantly Wednesday in a courtroom where a federal magistrate ordered tests to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

Authorities have accused Nuradin Abdi, 32, of plotting an attack with admitted al Qaeda member Iyman Faris, who is imprisoned for plans to sabotage the Brooklyn Bridge. Hundreds of Abdi's supporters gathered at the courthouse where Magistrate Mark Abel ordered the Somali national transferred to a federal psychiatric facility.

Abel found that Abdi's behavior in jail and his attorney's difficulties communicating with him necessitated an evaluation.

* TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in one of the nation's longest and most bitter right-to-die cases. The court voted 4 to 3 to hear the dispute over "Terri's Law," which forced doctors to reinsert the feeding tube that has kept Terri Schiavo alive for more than 14 years. The decision expedites the case, bypassing a review by a lower court.

* SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Timothy Lucie, 46, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for raping his 11-year-old daughter, Valerie, who hanged herself shortly afterward.

* SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A two-hour storm dumped nearly eight inches of rain on southwest Sioux Falls, flooding streets and basements and spilling the Big Sioux River into parks and bike trails.

-- From News Services