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Federal officials to take second look at reward for Moussaoui

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Zacarias Moussaoui is serving a life sentence in prison for his role as a co-conspirator in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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(AP) - Federal officials have agreed to take another look at an anti-terrorism reward that excluded two Zacarias Moussaoui tipsters, according to Minnesota's two U.S. senators.

      Last month, the $5 million reward went to Clarence Prevost, a key witness in Moussaoui's trial and eventual conviction as a Sept. 11 conspirator. Prevost testified that he urged his bosses at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Minnesota to call the FBI in August 2001.

      But left out were two flight instructors at the school, Tim Nelson and Hugh Sims. They were honored by the Senate in 2005 for alerting the FBI to Moussaoui about a month before the attacks.

      Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar say the federal officials agreed at a meeting to look at additional nominations -- and review the facts of the case.

      The officials declined to comment as they left the meeting.

             (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)