Shopping Mall Plot

The attorney for a man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida says Nuradin Abdi is much healthier mentally going into today's federal court appearance than he was last summer. The 32-year-old Abid is accused in a plot to blow up an unspecified Columbus-area mall. The plot was never acted on. When he was last in court, Abdi exhibited odd behavior. He slammed his forehead to the table, mumbled and refused to talk to his family or attorney. A court-appointed psychologist has declared Abdi competent. His attorney isn't saying whether Abdi was is being medicated or receiving other treatment. But Mahir Sherif of San Diego says Abdi is doing much better now.