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Trial date set for Christmas tree bomb plot suspect

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

A judge has set a trial date of January 15 for a man accused of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction at a Portland Christmas tree lighting.

Mohamed Mohamud, now 20, was arrested in November 2010. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office say he planned to detonate explosives he thought were packed into a van near the Christmas tree.

The bomb was a fake, and the men he thought were his co-conspirators were undercover FBI agents.

Mohamud's defense team has said the government entrapped their client.

A pretrial conference is set for Dec. 6.

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