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Egypt says it thwarted al-Qaida embassy attack plans

– Egypt’s interior minister said Saturday that security authorities have arrested three suspected al-Qaida-linked militants who were planning to carry out suicide attacks on vital installations and an unspecified foreign embassy.

Mohammed Ibrahim told a news conference that the men had been in contact with Dawood al-Assady, a leader of al-Qaida in southeast Asian countries such as Pakistan, and that the group was planning to attack government buildings and a foreign embassy.

Security officials with knowledge of the case said a Western embassy was the target but did not have further information.

Choppers, SWAT teams help manhunt

SWAT teams from three counties and a team from the state Department of Corrections, as well as federal law enforcement officials and local police have joined the hunt for a Northern California man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters.

The extra help – which includes two helicopters and an armored vehicle – comes as law enforcement officials continued to search through the rugged terrain of California’s remote North Coast for Shane Franklin Miller, said Humboldt County sheriff’s Lt. Wayne Hanson.

Dead Sea Scrolls translator dies

Geza Vermes, a translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and renowned for books exploring the Jewish background of Jesus, has died at 88.

He died on Tuesday, David Ariel, president of the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, said Saturday.

Vermes had an early interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a cache of documents written between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200 which were discovered in caves at Qumran, near Jericho, between 1947 and 1956. Vermes published the first English translation of the scrolls in 1962.