Russia delivers advanced missile to Syria
Russia has delivered an advanced antiship cruise missile to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar Assad, the New York Times reported that U.S. officials said Thursday. Russia has previously provided Yakhont missiles, as the weapon is known, to Syria. But the new missiles are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them far more accurate, according to U.S. officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports, the Times reported. Also Thursday, President Barack Obama ruled out unilateral U.S. military action even if there is proof Syrian forces used lethal chemical weapons in the nation's civil war. "This is . . . an international problem," Obama said at a White House news conference. "It's not going to be something that the United States does by itself."
Uzbek man nabbed in bomb plot
Federal authorities arrested an Uzbek man Thursday on charges that he provided a foreign terrorist group with help in building an explosive device. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was also charged with possessing parts to create a bomb, federal officials said. Authorities said in a statement that Kurbanov's "activities were closely monitored by federal agents" and "any potential threat posed by Kurbanov was contained." Kurbanov is scheduled to appear today in U.S. District Court in Boise.
House group has immigration deal
A bipartisan group of House members announced a deal Thursday on sweeping immigration legislation, a breakthrough that could boost chances for one of President Barack Obama's top second-term priorities. It came after months of secretive talks among the four Republicans and four Democrats seemed to stall in recent days even as an immigration bill in the Senate moved forward. The House members met two hours Thursday evening, emerging to announce the deal. "We have an agreement in principle. We're now going to work on finishing up the drafting of the bill," said Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, a leader of the group.
Arias trial to resume Monday
Jurors deciding Jodi Arias' fate were sent home Thursday after proceedings were inexplicably delayed. The panel was brought to tears as they heard the victim's family members describe how the killing ripped their lives apart. During the trial's ongoing final penalty phase, the panel will decide whether to sentence Arias to death or life in prison for the 2008 murder of her onetime lover. Trial is to resume Monday, when Arias is expected to address jurors.