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Hispanic group calls off Arizona boycott

PHOENIX

Group claims success, ends Ariz. boycott

One of the nation's most prominent Hispanic groups is calling off a boycott of Arizona it imposed in May 2010 over the enactment of a controversial immigration law. The National Council of La Raza said it was canceling the boycott because it successfully discouraged other states from enacting similar laws. Washington-based La Raza said the boycott spurred political results in Arizona that included an increase in registration of Latino voters and defeat of a measure that would have changed how U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are granted citizenship. The Arizona Republic said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's office sent La Raza letters last month asking it to end the boycott and work toward immigration reform.

NASHVILLE

Southwest Airlines flight is diverted

A Southwest Airlines flight headed for Baltimore was diverted to Nashville after "suspicious behavior" by a passenger, an airline official said. The flight originated in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday and landed in Nashville. Nashville International Airport spokeswoman Emily Richard told the Associated Press that no arrests were made. Police ordered all the passengers off the plane, sent them back through security and checked the plane before they were allowed back on. The plane took off again about two hours later. A Southwest spokesman could not say whether the passenger in question was allowed back on the flight.

Elsewhere

Guns recovered: Two more guns tied to a botched Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives weapons-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious have been recovered at an Arizona crime scene, the Arizona Republic reported Saturday. It said the guns were found last year in a stolen car that rammed two Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicles in Maricopa.

Earhart auction: A gallery in Oakland, Calif., will today auction goggles worn by famed aviator Amelia Earhart.

Times wires

Hispanic group calls off Arizona boycott 09/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 10, 2011 8:58pm]
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