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3 Charged in al Qaeda Narco-Terrorism Conspiracy Case

A federal criminal complaint charges three African men (Oumar Issa, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abelrahman) -- alleged members of the terrorist groups al Qaeda and al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) -- with conspiring to commit acts of narco-terrorism and conspiracy to provide material support to FARC, another U.S. designated terrorist group located in Colombia.

The criminal complaint (see below) contends that several confidential sources of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) played a key role in the case, discovering that the three defendants openly held themselves out as member of al Qaeda or AQIM, and were willing to help transport cocaine through Africa for FARC to help facilitate narcotic trade to Europe.

FTC Charges Intel With Decade-Long Antitrust Monopoly

The FTC filed an administrative lawsuit againt Intel today, charging the computer chip giant with engaging in monopolistic behavior using "unfair methods of competition and unfair acts or practices" for more than a decade.

The antitrust agency charged that "Intel's conduct during this period was and is designed to maintain Intel's monopoly in the markets for Central Processing Units ('CPUs') and to create a monopoly for Intel in the markets for graphics processing units ('GPUs')."

The suit comes just one month after New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued Intel, charging the Silicon Valley giant with paying hardware makers billions in bribes to maintain a monopoly over competitors like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

It's official: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is headed to court now that S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford filed for divorce on grounds of adultery in family court. Disappearing off the radar for six days in June to see his Argentinian mistress, journalist Maria Belén Chapur (inset, left), the Governor may best be remembered by local constituents as a heartbreaker, instead of, ahem, a wise politician.

Jenny Sanford apparently first discovered that her husband was cheating on her when she found correspondence between him and Belén Chapur in January 2009. She is told Sanford to put his cheating to an end. Like many politicans, he was quick to make the promise, but this time it was perhaps to his most important constituent.

But what the South Carolina Governor do after promising his wife to stop the affair? Make sure you're sitting down before reading further.

A federal judge threw the book at the U.S. Department of Defense today by holding it in civil contempt over the Pentagon's failure to comply with a court order this summer requiring it to videotape Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Al-Adahi.

Judge Gladys Kessler explained that she wanted to send a message to "deter future non-compliance with court orders," and give the public access to detainee trials.

So what did she order the federal government to do?

Sotomayor Apparently Eager to Get Things Started

Sonia Sotomayor (remember her?) appears to be pretty excited about this whole Supreme Court thing.  The Court's newest justice issued the first Supreme Court opinion of her career yesterday, which also happened to be the first opinion the Court has issued this term.  Justice Sotomayor also chose to read the opinion aloud at the start of the Court's session yesterday.

As I said, it seems like she's pretty enthusiastic about her new gig.

Chicago Visa Agent Charged in '08 Mumbai Terror Attacks

A 49-year-old Chicago man was charged with conspiring with members of Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar e-Tayyiba to carry out the 2008 Mumbai, India terrorist attacks, killing six American citizens, and planning a terror attack against Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten for posting editorial cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

The 17-page criminal information alleges that David Coleman Headley, who operated 'First World Immigration Services' as a visa agent, made a number of trips from Chicago to India between 2006 and 2008 "to perform surveillance and other activity in Mumbai, India" for the Lashkar terror group.

Nokia's LCD Price-Fixing Case: Why The Wait?

Mobile phone maker Nokia filed price fixing lawsuits in the U.S. and U.K. today, alleging that LCD and CRT manufacturers engaged in price fixing for more than a decade.

The big question, though, is why would the company wait so long to sue, particularly when the price-fixing conspiracy, according to the complaint, occurred "[f]rom at least January 1, 1996 through at least December 11, 2006"?