The suburban ranch-style home in Ohio where humor writer Erma Bombeck launched her nationally syndicated column has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Suspect in alleged bomb plot ordered to psychiatric facility
A federal magistrate has ordered a Somali man charged in an alleged plot to blow up a shopping mall transferred to a psychiatric facility to determine whether he’s mentally competent.
The evidence US Magistrate Mark Abel based his decision on has been sealed.
Thirty-two-year-old Nuradin Abdi is charged with providing support to al-Qaida and document fraud.
Admitted al-Qaida operative Iyman Faris also has been implicated in the plan. Faris is serving a 20-year federal sentence after he pleaded guilty to scouting U-S targets for al-Qaida.
US Attorney Greg Lockhart says officials are watching a third person, although they haven’t arrested or charged him.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Somalis have gathered outside the courthouse in support of Abdi. Columbus has the second-largest Somali immigrant community in the country, after Minneapolis.