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Saudi graduate student Sami Omar Al-Hussayen was acquitted Thursday of charges that he used his computer skills to help terrorists raise money and recruit followers; the case was seen as a test of a Patriot Act provision making it a crime to provide expert advice or assistance to terrorists. Attorneys for the University of Idaho Ph.D. candidate said Al-Hussayen didn’t create the inflammatory material posted on the Web sites in question, and that in any case the postings were protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of expression … There’s no crying (to the courts) in baseball: The Red Sox had no duty to warn fans about the possibility of getting struck by a foul ball, concluded a Massachusetts appeals court in the case of a woman who sued over serious injuries received when she was hit during a 1998 game. The danger is obvious, said the court — batters “forcefully hit balls that may go astray from their intended direction” … More Enron naughtiness is being investigated in Oregon, where a state judge has ordered a regulatory hearing to find out whether Portland General Electric, a unit of Enron, fraudulently collected more than $665 million from ratepayers to cover corporate income taxes Enron never paid. The order comes as a group of investors attempts to buy PGE under terms allowing it to collect $92 million a year in taxes that wouldn’t necessarily have to go to the government … An Australian Guantanamo Bay prisoner on Thursday became the third detainee to be charged with a crime. David Hicks, 28, who allegedly trained at a number of al-Qaida camps and returned to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to fight against coalition forces, faces charges of conspiracy to commit war crimes, attempted murder and aiding the enemy. – Lydia Markoff

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