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Immigration sweep nets 280 with criminal records

Los Angeles

Immigration sweep nets 280 with records

Immigration agents arrested 280 people in California in their biggest push yet to round up suspected illegal immigrants with criminal records in local communities, authorities said Friday. More than 400 agents and local law enforcement officers fanned out across the state in the three-day search led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The teams arrested twice as many immigrants with criminal records in the 2009 fiscal year than during the year-earlier period, according to agency statistics. There are 104 fugitive operations teams across the country. In 2006, each team was assigned to make 1,000 arrests a year.

Washington

Memo points to detainee prison

Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn released a joint statement Friday saying a draft memo leaked to a conservative Web site is an encouraging sign that the government intends to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois. They said no final decision has been made. The memo was posted on a conservative Web site known as Big Government. The Thomson Correctional Center is a nearly empty maximum-security prison in a town of 450 people near the Mississippi River.

Fort Hood, Texas

Prosecutor chosen in Army shootings

A senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity in Washington, said Col. Michael Mulligan will be the lead prosecutor in the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting case against Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Mulligan prosecuted a 2005 case in which Sgt. Hasan Akbar was sentenced to death for a 2003 attack on comrades in Iraq that left two dead and 14 wounded.

New Bedford, Mass.

Woman, 98, faces murder charges

A 98-year-old woman was indicted Friday on a second-degree murder charge that alleges she strangled her 100-year-old roommate in a nursing home. Laura Lundquist was sent to a state mental hospital for a competency evaluation. Her defense attorney, Carl Levin, said she has a "long-standing diagnosis of dementia, as well as issues of cognitive impairment." The body of Elizabeth Barrow, with a plastic bag tied around her head, was found in her bed at the Brandon Woods nursing home in Dartmouth on Sept. 24.

Elsewhere

Wild horses shot dead: Investigators are looking into the suspected shooting deaths of five wild horses in Nevada and the possibility that the case could be linked to debate over the future of mustangs in the West.

Times wires

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