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Sign that could mean no jail time Evelyn Border holds a sign in front of the Bedford County Courthouse in Bedford, Pa. County District Attorney Bill Higgins says that in exchange for Border and her daughter, Tina Griekspoor, both of Bedford, agreeing to hold the signs, he’ll ask for probation instead of jail when they plead guilty. Higgins says they swiped a gift card that a girl set on a shelf while a Walmart employee helped her.

CLEVELAND Four more bodies removed

Authorities say more remains have been discovered at the Cleveland home of a convicted rapist, raising to 10 the number of bodies that have been found there.

Police say four more bodies and a skull were found Tuesday at the home, where the remains of six women were removed last week.

Police Lt. Thomas Stacho says the additional bodies were found Tuesday in the backyard of the home where 50-year-old Anthony Sowell lives. The skull was found in the basement.

Last week, investigators said they found one body in a shallow grave in the backyard. The rest were inside the house.

Sowell is in jail and was charged Tuesday with five counts of aggravated murder and with rape, felonious assault, kidnapping.

SEOUL, South Korea N. Korea makes threats

North Korea claimed Tuesday that it has successfully weaponized more plutonium for atomic bombs, a day after warning Washington to agree quickly to direct talks or face the prospect of a growing North Korean nuclear arsenal.

The announcement underlined Pyongyang’s impatience over securing one-on-one talks with Washington, as well as the difficulties in dealing with a regime that resorts to threats and provocations to get what it wants.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said North Korea had finished reprocessing 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods, which experts say would provide enough weapons-grade plutonium for at least one more nuclear bomb.

NEW YORK Detainees reach settlement

Five immigrant men who were detained in roundups in New York and eventually deported following the Sept. 11 attacks have reached a $1.26 million settlement with the U.S. government.

The men were part of a lawsuit against the government over the roundups that put them in federal detention and the abuse they say they suffered while they were there. Two other plaintiffs are still part of the lawsuit.

Rachel Meeropol, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents the detainees, said she hoped the settlement would serve as a deterrent to prevent similar government practices.

CAIRO Clinton stops in Egypt

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a hastily arranged stop in the Egyptian capital Tuesday to consult with a longtime Arab ally amid indications of a shifting U.S. strategy for getting Israel and the Palestinians back to peace negotiations.

Instead of returning to Washington, as scheduled, after attending an international conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Clinton flew to Cairo and held late-night talks with Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian intelligence chief. She was due to meet Wednesday with President Hosni Mubarak before returning to Washington to brief President Barack Obama.

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