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Closing arguments in terrorism trial to start this morning

The trial could soon be over for two Rochester women accused of funneling money to a known terrorist group in Somalia. The federal government says the two are part of a pipeline that sends cash and new recruits to Al-Shabab. The women say they were raising money for charity.
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The trial could soon be over for two Rochester women accused of funneling money to a known terrorist group in Somalia. The federal government says the two are part of a pipeline that sends cash and new recruits to Al-Shabab. The women say they were raising money for charity.

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