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Arizona referendum drives targeting new law dropped

phoenix

Two immigration law challenges dropped

Two proposed referendum drives challenging Arizona's sweeping new law targeting illegal immigration are being abandoned. One cited not be able to time its petition filings in such a way as to put the law on hold pending a 2012 public vote and the other a belief the law would have been subject to legal protections under Arizona's Constitution if approved by voters. The law takes effect July 29 unless implementation is blocked by court injunctions requested under at least three of the four pending legal challenges already filed by a Hispanic clergy group, police officers and other individuals.

iran

Moms can visit three jailed Americans

The mothers of three Americans arrested along the Iraqi border in July will be allowed to visit them in a Tehran prison. Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal are accused of illegal border crossing, spying and having links to U.S. intelligence.

new york

Torture no grounds to dismiss indictment

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Guantanamo Bay detainee brought to the United States for trial on charges he helped in the August 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa while he was an aide to Osama bin Laden, cannot use allegations of torture by the CIA to dismiss the indictment, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled.

california

Woman pleads guilty in 8-year-old's murder

A Sunday school teacher accused of kidnapping, raping and killing Sandra Cantu, an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter, then stuffing the body in a suitcase, pleaded guilty to murder. Melissa Huckaby, 29, entered the plea in San Joaquin County Superior Court to a charge of first-degree murder with a special circumstance of kidnapping. As part of a deal with prosecutors, all other charges — including two involving rape and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14 — were dropped.

washington

Cancun's ex-mayor extradited to U.S.

Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, the former mayor and governor of the popular Mexican resort area of Cancun, was extradited to the United States to stand trial for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars in bribes to help a notorious drug cartel move more than 200 tons of cocaine across the border.

• President Barack Obama is open to the idea of reviewing Miranda warnings for terrorist suspects, senior White House adviser David Axelrod said.

Elsewhere

DETROIT: Nine Midwestern militia members accused of conspiring against the government must stay locked up while prosecutors challenge an order that would release them until trial, a federal appeals court ruled.

HAITI: Police fired tear gas outside the ruins of the national palace in Port-au-Prince to control 2,000 demonstrators calling for President Rene Preval's resignation in the largest political protest since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

RUSSIA: The death toll in a double explosion at a Siberian coal shaft reached 43, more than half rescuers trying to reach trapped comrades, and hope was fading for 47 others caught in a darkened subterranean maze of methane gas and floodwater.

thailand: Antigovernment demonstrators who paralyzed parts of Bangkok for two months will accept a proposal by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva for elections in November.

Times wires

Arizona referendum drives targeting new law dropped 05/11/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:51am]

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