Police uncover suspected smuggling ring
A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said. The suspected stash house was found during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children that were reported missing by relatives late Tuesday. Many of the people in the 1,500-square-foot home that authorities said appeared to be part of a human smuggling operation were dressed only in undergarments, officials said.
New voter ID rules can be enforced
Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Both states require new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport or other documentation to prove their U.S. citizenship to election officials. The federal registration form requires only that prospective voters sign a statement declaring they are citizens.
New execution drug supply found
Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month. But correction officials will not say where they bought the drugs, arguing that information must be kept secret to protect the safety of its new supplier.
Defendant recalls bin Laden meeting
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law offered a rare glimpse of the al-Qaida leader in the hours after the Sept. 11 attacks, recounting Wednesday in a courtroom how the two met that night in a cave in Afghanistan. "Did you learn about what happened … the attacks on the United States?" the son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, recalled bin Laden asking him. "We are the ones who did it." The testimony came in Abu Ghaith's trial on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al-Qaida as a spokesman for the terrorist group.