Hamdi Set to Be Flown Home

Yaser Esam Hamdi, the "enemy combatant" held in solitary confinement by the U.S. military for nearly three years, was scheduled to be flown home to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Hamdi's attorney said.

The lawyer, federal public defender Frank W. Dunham Jr., said Hamdi's flight had been scheduled to leave Charleston, S.C., on Sunday but was postponed because of Hurricane Jeanne.

The U.S. military captured Hamdi with pro-Taliban forces in Afghanistan in 2001, but the government agreed to free him after a long legal battle. The agreement, released Monday by the U.S. District Court in Richmond, said Hamdi will be under travel restrictions, has agreed not to sue the U.S. government, and "hereby renounces terrorism and violent jihad." It also says that U.S. officials are not requesting that Hamdi be detained by the Saudis.

* HOUSTON -- A South African woman whose July arrest raised concerns about whether terrorists could easily enter the country through Mexico pleaded guilty to immigration violations. Farida Goolam Mahomed Ahmed, 48, pleaded guilty to illegally entering the United States, using an altered passport and making a false statement to a federal agent. She could be sentenced to 10 years in prison, authorities said.

* RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pfc. Lynndie England, the soldier seen in photos with naked Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, will be court-martialed in January on charges of abusing detainees, the Army said. England, 21, will be tried on 13 counts of abuse and six counts of indecent acts, said Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. If convicted, the reservist could be sentenced to 38 years in the brig, be dishonorably discharged and be forced to forfeit all pay and allowances.

* FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The Army and Army Reserve expect to meet recruiting goals this year, largely because nearly half the recruits who signed up last year were not counted until they reported for duty, officials said. But military observers say the picture could be bleaker next year, when that delayed entry pool is depleted. The Army's goal was to recruit 77,000 new active Army troops and 21,200 Reserve troops. As of Aug. 31, the Army had 70,479 new recruits and the Army Reserve had 19,642.

* NEW YORK -- Penn Station was evacuated and train service was halted for about three hours after a fire broke out in a transformer under the East River, causing chaos for thousands of travelers. Five people were treated for smoke inhalation.

* EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's attorneys abruptly dropped a bid to seal evidence in the NBA star's dismissed rape case, saying the details would be leaked anyway and that releasing all the documents will reveal what it called the prosecution's unprofessionalism. In a court filing, defense attorney Pamela Mackey alleged "unlawful or improper conduct" by law enforcement officers and prosecutors, including leaking of information and suppression of evidence suggesting Bryant was innocent. Prosecutors did not immediately respond.

* FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Michelle Reeves, 20, of Roswell, Ga., died after an alligator bit off her arm as she apparently swam at night in a lake near her grandparents' house, authorities said.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports