Harvard receives $150 million donation

The billionaire founder of the Citadel hedge-fund management company has given Harvard College the largest gift in its history, $150 million.

Harvard University said Wednesday that Kenneth Griffin’s gift will mainly support its financial aid program.

Griffin graduated from Harvard in 1989 and founded Chicago-based Citadel the following year.

— Associated Press

Man pleads guilty in bombmaking plot

A man accused of building homemade bombs to wage holy war in New York City pleaded guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge less than a week before his scheduled trial in a rare state-
level terrorism case.

Jose Pimentel, 29, said he had tried to craft a pipe bomb in 2011 to “undermine public support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Pimentel, also known as Muhammad Yusuf, is a Dominican immigrant who converted to Islam around 2004.

Pimentel pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism. With the plea, he was promised a sentence of 16 years in prison.

— Associated Press

Key 9/11 plotter to be queried in terror trial

Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed can answer hundreds of written questions from lawyers preparing to defend Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law at a New York City terrorism trial next month, a judge said Wednesday.

The government agreed to let lawyers for defendant Sulaiman Abu Ghaith submit the questions to Mohammed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he is held at a detention facility, and U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan gave his approval in a written order.

The judge postponed the start of the trial until March 3 for Abu Ghaith, who is charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaeda’s spokesman after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

— Associated Press

Faith-healing parents sentenced in child’s death: A Philadelphia faith-healing father and mother were sentenced Wednesday to up to seven years in prison for the death of their infant, the second of their children to die after an ­illness. Brandon Schaible, 7 months, died April 18 of pneumonia and dehydration. Herbert and Catherine Schaible, who were found guilty of third-degree homicide, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, belong to the First Century Gospel Church in North Philadelphia, which believes in divine healing.

— From news services