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NATION IN BRIEF: Kraft, Cadbury agree to deal

The Associated Press . British protester Ray Egan protests against the sale of Cadbury outside the company's headquarters in Birmingham, England, on Tuesday.

The Associated Press . British protester Ray Egan protests against the sale of Cadbury outside the company's headquarters in Birmingham, England, on Tuesday.

LONDON -- After months of fierce resistance, Cadbury's about-face to accept a sweetened $19.5 billion takeover from Kraft Foods Inc. -- forming the world's biggest candy company -- has alarmed British unions, lawmakers and chocolate lovers.

With Cadbury shareholders expected to agree to the deal and a rival bid from The Hershey Co. looking less likely, opponents fear the U.S. multinational's impact on one of Britain's oldest and best-loved brands.

Just days after Cadbury declared its suitor a ''low growth'' company with a ''long history of underperformance,'' the British maker of Dairy Milk chocolates and Dentyne gum capitulated to a raised bid of $13.78 per share.

22 indicted in FBI bribery sting

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department says 22 employees of military and law enforcement suppliers have been indicted in an undercover sting operation aimed at schemes to bribe a foreign official.

Charged are executives and employees at companies in Arkansas, Virginia, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Executives at companies in the United Kingdom and Israel also were indicted.

The defendants allegedly agreed to pay a 20 percent commission to a sales agent they believed represented the defense minister for an African country. They were trying to win a multimillion-dollar deal to outfit the presidential guard.

Reputed al-Qaida supporter taken from courtroom

NEW YORK -- A U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist and reputed al-Qaida supporter punctuated the first day of her attempted murder trial Tuesday by shouting that the prosecution's first witness was lying, prompting her to be pulled from the courtroom.

Aafia Siddiqui is charged with trying to kill U.S. military officers and FBI agents in an Afghanistan police station after grabbing a U.S. soldier's rifle. Her outburst came less than two hours after her trial began in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

U.S. Army Capt. Robert Snyder had just testified that handwritten documents found in Siddiqui's purse included targets for a mass casualty attack, including the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Cribs recalled after child's death

WASHINGTON -- The death of a six-month old child has prompted the recall of about 635,000 cribs sold by Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and other stores.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Tuesday of 20 models of Dorel Asia cribs with both drop-sides and fixed front rails.

The cribs are being recalled because the drop side can detach from the crib, creating a space where a child can be trapped and suffocate or strangle, and because a child can be trapped if one of the slats is broken or damaged.

More charges due in terror cases

NEW YORK -- A man with ties to an alleged al-Qaida associate charged in a New York bomb plot conspired to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan after receiving military training from the terror network, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Loonam made the allegation against Adis Medunjanin during a brief hearing in federal court in Brooklyn. An indictment unsealed last week had charged Medunjanin with receiving terror training and murder conspiracy, but didn't specify the target.

Citigroup loses $7.8 billion in 4Q

NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. became the latest bank to take a cautious view of consumers' credit problems, reporting a $7.77 billion fourth-quarter loss due to failed loans and the costs of repaying $20 billion in government bailout money.

Even with the loss, Citigroup, the hardest hit of the big U.S. banks during the credit crisis and recession, plans to give big bonuses this month to its top employees.

Poe misses birthday visitor

BALTIMORE -- Is this tradition ''nevermore?''

A mysterious visitor who left roses and cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe each year on the writer's birthday failed to show early Tuesday, breaking with a ritual that began more than 60 years ago.

The tradition dates back to at least 1949, according to newspaper accounts from the era, said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum. Since then, an unidentified person has come every Jan. 19 to leave three roses and a half-bottle of cognac at Poe's grave in a church cemetery in downtown Baltimore.