Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July will no longer be accepted as a valid form of ID at state and federal agencies beginning Thursday, officials say.
The change coincides with a decision by the Puerto Rican government to issue new, more secure birth certificates because the old ones, they said, were frequently used unlawfully to obtain driver's licenses, passports, and Social Security benefits.
Several state and federal agencies have released announcements reminding those born in Puerto Rico about the Sept. 30 deadline, and warning that anyone from the U.S. commonwealth seeking a government-issued document that requires a birth certificate will not be able to get it with an old Puerto Rican birth certificate.
Liberal groups plan rally on National Mall
Hoping to overshadow last month's rally led by Glenn Beck that drew thousands of tea party advocates and other conservatives, a coalition of liberal groups plans to descend on Washington on Saturday to make the case that they, and not the right, speak for America's embattled middle class. Predicting a crowd of hundreds of thousands, some 300 liberal groups are sponsoring the rally, called "One Nation Working Together." George Gresham, president of 1199 SEIU, a New York-based health care union local, said his union has chartered 500 buses to carry 25,000 union members to the rally on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
EAST ORANGE, N.J: Authorities on Sunday pleaded for the public's help in finding a man who opened fire at an off-campus house party near Seton Hall University, killing honors student Jessica Moore, 19, and wounding four other people.
Philadelphia: Comcast Corp.'s second-in-command Steve Burke, 52, will become chief executive of NBC Universal when the merger of the entertainment assets of Comcast and General Electric Co. is complete, the two companies announced Sunday.
Philippines: The U.S. government said Sunday it made an "honest mistake" when it displayed an inverted Philippine flag — which wrongfully signified that the nation was at war — when President Barack Obama hosted Philippines President Benigno Aquino III and other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in New York on Friday.
India: Kashmiri separatist leaders on Sunday rejected India's offer to release hundreds of young detainees and review the massive deployment of security forces to defuse deadly civil unrest.
GERMANY: Thirteen Polish nationals were killed and 38 others injured Sunday when a bus carrying holidaymakers crashed into a motorway bridge on the outskirts of Berlin.