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NATION IN BRIEF: Chicago officer, Iraq vet killed

The Associated Press. A police officer comforts the mother of a Chicago police officer who was slain outside their home in Chicago on Thursday. Thomas Wortham IV, a Chicago police officer who recently returned from Iraq was shot and killed when several people approached him outside his family's home and tried to steal his new motorcycle, authorities said Thursday. The officer's father a retired Chicago police officer came to his son's aid and shot two of the attackers, killing one of them late Wednesday, police said.

The Associated Press. A police officer comforts the mother of a Chicago police officer who was slain outside their home in Chicago on Thursday. Thomas Wortham IV, a Chicago police officer who recently returned from Iraq was shot and killed when several people approached him outside his family's home and tried to steal his new motorcycle, authorities said Thursday. The officer's father a retired Chicago police officer came to his son's aid and shot two of the attackers, killing one of them late Wednesday, police said.

Chicago officer, Iraq vet killed

CHICAGO -- A 30-year-old Chicago police officer who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq was shot and killed when several people approached him outside his family's home and tried to steal his new motorcycle, authorities said Thursday.Thomas Wortham IV's father -- a retired Chicago police officer -- came to his son's aid and shot two of the attackers, killing one of them late Wednesday, police said. Retired police officers are allowed to keep guns.

Wortham was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard.

Powder at Liberty Bell was flour

PHILADELPHIA -- A park official said a white powder found in a balloon near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia was flour.

The balloon was found Thursday inside the building that houses the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell Center and part of a street next to it were evacuated as a precaution.

Independence National Historical Park spokeswoman Jane Cowley said multiple tests determined the powder was flour. She says the area will reopen soon.

A guard found the balloon inside the visitors entrance to the Liberty Bell Center.

Mass. man had NYC suspect's contact info

BOSTON -- A government attorney says a Pakistani man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation into the failed Times Square bomb plot had the primary suspect's phone number.

Richard Neville, deputy chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told a judge in Boston that Aftab Khan had in his belongings an envelope with Faisal Shahzad's first name on it. He says the envelope also had a phone number that investigators have concluded is Shahzad's.

Neville says Khan also had a cell phone containing Shahzad's phone number and first name. He said the items were found in Khan's Watertown, Mass., apartment.

Neville also said at Thursday's immigration hearing that Khan had moved his June 6 flight to Pakistan to May 13, the day he was arrested.

'Prince of Pot' to plead guilty

SEATTLE -- After a yearslong battle to avoid extradition, Canada's so-called Prince of Pot was brought Thursday to Seattle, where he is expected to plead guilty to a charge that he sold millions of marijuana seeds to U.S. customers.

Canada's justice minister signed off on Marc Emery's extradition to the United States on May 10. Emery was scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday afternoon before pleading guilty on Monday.

Victim ID'd in MacDill shooting

TAMPA -- The FBI said the military veteran fatally shot by one of its agents at MacDill Air Force Base was a 61-year-old Massachusetts resident who was staying at the base campground.

But few other new details were released regarding the shooting Wednesday of Ronald J. Bullock of Hanson, Mass.

The FBI said Bullock was involved in an altercation at the campground that led to a pursuit by base police.

Replacement Cross placed in Mojave Desert

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE, Calif.-- A cross honoring America's war dead that was stolen from a federal park in the Mojave Desert has been mysteriously replaced or returned, officials said Thursday.

A maintenance worker spotted the cross on Sunrise Rock, the same place a 7-foot metal cross had stood for decades, said Linda Slater, spokeswoman for the Mojave National Preserve.

The cross apparently was put up during the night, but it was unclear whether it was the original or a replica, Slater said.

There was no immediate word on whether the cross will be covered, removed or allowed to stand.