NEW YORK
Authorities say man was plotting attacks

A business owner from Yemen plotted vengeance attacks against members of the U.S. military for American actions overseas and Shiite Muslims over the civil war in Syria, according to federal authorities.

Federal authorities said in court papers that Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, bought two handguns and two silencers as part of a plan to kill members of the U.S. armed forces returning from war, as well as Shiites in the Rochester area.

Elfgeeh was arrested Saturday and faces two counts of receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm silencer. No plea was entered during a court appearance Monday. Public defender Mark Hosken, who was appointed to handle the case, was not available for comment.

Elfgeeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen who operates Halal Mojo and Food Mart in Rochester, paid the informant $1,050 in the transaction completed Saturday afternoon and was immediately arrested for possession of the silencers that were not registered in his name.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul said Monday that Elfgeeh faces 10 years in prison for each silencer and the possibility of a $250,000 fine.

— Associated Press

WASHINGTON
Seattle wage increase to reach $15 an hour

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour, which would make it the highest in the nation.

The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months, and a boisterous crowd of mostly labor activists packed the Council chambers for the vote. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A newly-elected socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, had pushed the idea as well.

The measure will take effect on April 1, 2015.

— Associated Press

ARIZONA
Candidate changes name to Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez is running for Congress in 2014. Seriously, he is.

Okay, the Mexican American civil rights activist that most people think of when they hear that name is not making a bid. (He passed away in 1993, after all.) But a gadfly candidate who changed his name to Cesar Chavez is running in the state’s 7th District, a liberal area with a large Hispanic population.

Formerly Scott Fistler, who the Arizona Capitol Times notes has run unsuccessful bids for Congress and the Phoenix City Council before, Chavez legally got his name changed last year.

“It’s almost as simple as saying Elvis Presley is running for president,” Chavez, the candidate, said in a phone interview with the Arizona Republic. “You wouldn’t forget it, would you?”

— Sean Sullivan

WISCONSIN
Girls stab friend to please Web character

Prosecutors say two 12-year-old girls in the southeastern part of the state stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death to please a fictional character they learned about online.

The girls were charged with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per girl.

The criminal complaint says that one of the girls told a detective they had to kill someone to become proxies of a character called Slender Man they learned about on a horror-story Web site.

— Associated Press

Calif. transit workers call in sick: Bay Area commuters were left stranded or facing delays Monday when many San Francisco transit workers called in sick days after a vote on a new contract. The apparent job action also left only about a third of buses running during the morning commute. Officials with the transportation agency and local Transport Workers Union Local 250 could not be reached for comment.

— From wire services