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NATO activists to appear in court

CHICAGO (AP) - Three NATO summit activists will appear in a Chicago courtroom to face terrorism-related charges that accuse them of plotting to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters and other targets with Molotov cocktails.

Cook County prosecutors are expected to formally obtain indictment of the men around the time of their Tuesday hearing.

Defense attorneys say all three intend to enter not-guilty pleas. It's unclear if they'll do that Tuesday.

The case stands out because state, not federal prosecutors are leading the prosecution. U.S. attorneys have taken the lead in the majority of terrorism cases nationwide since Sept. 11, 2001.

This is the first time Illinois has invoked anti-terrorism laws adopted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

All three suspects have remained in jail since their arrests days before May's NATO summit.

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