WASHINGTON, D.C.

Officials: Syrian bomber was American

An American from Florida launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops earlier this week in what is believed to be the first time a U.S. citizen has been involved in such attacks since the start of the Syrian civil war, U.S. officials said Friday.

The man's name is Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement that provided no other details about him.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told reporters in Miami that the American suicide bomber was from Florida.

Opposition forces had identified the man who carried out a May 25 truck bombing outside a restaurant in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki and said he was a U.S. citizen. The name al-Amriki means "the American."

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Death threats made against Mandela in U.S.

The FBI investigated multiple death threats against former South Africa President Nelson Mandela during his 1990 visit to the United States and also used an informant to learn details about his trip, according to newly released documents.

The FBI released hundreds of pages of records tied to Mandela's visit, which came months after the anti-apartheid leader was released from a 27-year prison sentence.


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Many of the documents are redacted, but they do show the FBI investigated multiple threats to assassinate Mandela during his trip.

Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president after the end of apartheid in 1994, died in December at the age of 95.

Colorado

Judge rejects bids to bar execution for Holmes

The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case has rejected three more defense attempts to rule out the death penalty if defendant James Holmes is convicted.

The judge on Friday denied motions arguing that execution would violate the state and federal constitutions because there was no grand jury indictment.

Colorado law allows prosecutors to file charges themselves or through a grand jury. No grand jury was convened for Holmes.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 assault on a Denver-area movie theater. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

-- Associated Press

Pennsylvania

Man charged with stealing human skin from hospital

A medical company sales representative was charged with stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin over a period of several years.

Gary Dudek, 54, of Wallingford, was arrested Monday and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with records.

Authorities say he worked until September as a sales representative for a regenerative medicine firm, managing accounts for the bioscience department of Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. In that role, Dudek was allowed to order the skin grafts for the hospital whenever he wanted.

Authorities said the hospital only needed a few grafts at a time. Dudek, however, ordered more than 200 without authorization from November 2011 through July that the hospital never received, investigators said.