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Immigration Bill Authors Scramble To Find Border Alternatives

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate immigration reform “gang of eight” worked furiously behind the scenes on Wednesday to come up with an amendment that would assuage Republican concerns about border security without driving away Democrats, a difficult balance that will prove pivotal to the success of the bill. A potential vote on a contentious immigration reform amendment from Sen. ...

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Immigration bill could cut deficits by $175 billion – CBO

……A bipartisan Senate bill that would create a path to legal status for many of the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States could reduce deficits by $175 billion over the first 10 years and by at least $700 billion in the second decade. The CBO, working with the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, estimates that 8 million unauthorized ...

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A Spelling Bee Veteran Finally Wins With Knaidel

By Krishnadev Calamur May 30, 201311:00 PM Fourth time’s the charm: After finishing third two years in a row and ninth in 2010, Arvind Mahankali of New York won the Scripps National Spelling bee on Thursday night. His winning word: Knaidel (that’s a type of dumpling — in case you’re wondering). Mahankali’s victory in the 86th Spelling bee nets him ...

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Ethiopian Activist Recognized for Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

LONDON — An Ethiopian activist who has worked to support women’s rights and battle female genital mutilation has been awarded an international prize in Europe. Bogaletch Gebre founded Kembatti Mentti Gezzima-Tope in the 1990s. The organization’s name translates as Kembatti Women Stand Together. The group has a unique approach to tackling women’s rights in Bogaletch’s home country, Ethiopia. The principle, ...

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USA Senate Immigration Bill clears Judiciary Committee Huddle…heads to floor.

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan “gang of eight” immigration bill on Tuesday in a 13 to 5 vote after a marathon final day of markup that stretched into the evening. All Democrats on the committee, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and gang of eight Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), voted in ...

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Chicago:Student Shot Dead on His Way to Meet Friend at ‘L’

BRONZEVILLE — Even though it’s less than a 2-block walk from the 47th Street Green Line Station to his home, Kevin Ambrose offered to meet his friend at the “L” so he wouldn’t have to walk it by himself. “I had just talked to him on the phone when he told me he’d meet me at the station,” said Michael ...

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Girl, 2 shoot dead by five year old brother

A 2-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother while he was playing with a child-size rifle given to him as a gift, authorities in Kentucky say. Caroline Starks, a blonde, blue-eyed girl, was fatally shot in the chest by her brother’s .22-caliber rifle only minutes after her mother says she stepped outside their home in Burkesville ...

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Immigration Shapes US Political Parties as Much as Demographics

WASHINGTON — The debate in Congress over immigration reform has as much to do with the fate of America’s two main political parties as it does with the demographics of the United States. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are pushing immigration reform now in part to secure Hispanic votes later, but their parties’ future may be out of their ...

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