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Jordan teen to have hearing in Dallas bomb plot

DALLAS (AP) - A young man from Jordan accused of trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper returns to federal court today.

The hearing in Dallas will be to decide if there's enough evidence to move ahead with the prosecution of 19-year-old Hosam Maher Smadi. Prosecutors will lay out their case, and a judge will decide whether it can go to a grand jury.

Smadi is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Authorities say Smadi drove a truck he believed held a live bomb and parked it in a garage underneath the 60-story Fountain Place building on Sept. 24. Later, he allegedly dialed a phone he thought would ignite a blast.

Smadi's attorney, assistant federal public defender Peter Fleury, did not returns calls for comment.

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