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NATION IN BRIEF: Bomb suspect eyed other NYC targets

The Associated Press. A Greeley police officer examines a shirt that was found in a drainage ditch near where a body was found in Greeley, Colo., on Wednesday.  The body was found within a half mile of the home of Kayleah Wilson, 12, who has been missing since March.

The Associated Press. A Greeley police officer examines a shirt that was found in a drainage ditch near where a body was found in Greeley, Colo., on Wednesday. The body was found within a half mile of the home of Kayleah Wilson, 12, who has been missing since March.

Bomb suspect eyed other NYC targets

NEW YORK -- The Times Square car bomb suspect had considered bombing Grand Central Terminal or other New York City landmarks before settling on Times Square as his target, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Faisal Shahzad also considered Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, the World Financial Center near ground zero and Sikorsky Inc., a defense contractor with an office in his Connecticut hometown, before deciding to drive an SUV rigged with a homemade bomb into Times Square, the official told the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

Authorities say Shahzad's willingness to talk kept him out of court for two weeks, speeding up the progress of an investigation into his plot to set off the homemade car bomb on a spring Saturday evening amid hundreds of people enjoying the tourist haven.

Spacewalking 'superhero' untangles cable

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacewalking astronaut freed a snagged cable on the inspection boom for shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday, accomplishing the job in a matter of minutes and earning a ''superhero'' title.

With that behind him, Stephen Bowen whipped through a slew of space station battery replacements.

Octomom places pet birth control sign on door

LA HABRA, Calif. -- It's official. Octomom Nadya Suleman doesn't want your dog or cat following in her footsteps.

As a front yard full of paparazzi cheered her on, Suleman unveiled a 3-foot-by-4-foot plastic sign Wednesday that reads: ''Don't Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.''

PETA is paying Suleman $5,000 to keep the sign on her front door until June 9, the deadline when city officials say it must be removed.

The organization is also throwing in a month's supply of veggie hot dogs and burgers for her and her 14 children.

Hide-and-seek with Conn. monkey called off

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Connecticut officials have called off a game of hide-and-seek with a small monkey spotted in Greenwich earlier this month.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain says officials tried to coax the monkey out of hiding with food over the past two weeks. A cleaning crew saw it at a transfer station May 6, but no one has seen it since.

Schain says officials believe it's a harmless spider monkey because it was described as about 3 feet tall and dark in color. He says it probably has an owner because spider monkeys aren't native to the area.

The DEP searched for potential owners but didn't find any. Officials urge anyone who sees the monkey to leave it alone and call police or the DEP.

Body found in irrigation ditch by Colo. police

GREELEY, Colo. -- Police retrieved a decomposed body from an irrigation ditch in northern Colorado on Wednesday, about a half-mile from the home of a missing sixth-grader.

There was no immediate indication of whether it was the body of Kayleah Wilson, who was last seen walking March 28 to a friend's house for a birthday party.

Mo. auto dealer pleads guilty to aiding al-Qaida

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City auto parts dealer who had sworn allegiance to al-Qaida pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in a conspiracy to provide financial support to the terrorist group.

Khalid Ouazzani, 32, a Moroccan native who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006, admitted that he sent $23,500 to al-Qaida between August 2007 and mid-2008.

He pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of bank fraud from an original indictment charging him with 33 counts. He also pleaded guilty to an additional count of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Ouazzani became a permanent U.S. resident in July 2004.