Nation digest: Sentence in killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry

Correction: This article has been updated to correct the start time of the health insurance marketplace outage this weekend. It starts at 3 p.m. Saturday.

ARIZONA
30 years for killing of Border Patrol agent

A man convicted in the death of a Border Patrol agent in a gunfight that revealed the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of El Fuerte, Mexico, is the only person to be convicted in the 2010 shooting death of agent Brian Terry.

U.S. District Judge David C. Bury handed down the sentence.

The shootout erupted just north of the Arizona border city of Nogales as Osorio-Arellanes and four other men who are accused of sneaking into the country to rob marijuana smugglers approached Terry and three other agents who were targeting such rip-off crews. Osorio-Arellanes was wounded in the shootout and was arrested at the scene. Four other alleged crew members fled to Mexico. Two of the four are now in Mexican custody, while the others remain fugitives.

Osorio-Arellanes maintains he did not kill Terry, and prosecutors agree that evidence supports his claim. Still, they say he is liable because he was part of the crew.

Authorities who conducted Fast and Furious lost track of most of the 2,000 firearms they let straw buyers for a smuggling ring buy from gun shops in Arizona. Some of the weapons were later found at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States.

— Associated Press

HEALTH CARE
Outage planned on online marketplaces

Some parts of the state and federal online health-insurance marketplaces will not be available for about three days starting Saturday afternoon, the Obama administration said Monday.

The outage, which will last from 3 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. the following Tuesday, will not affect people who have already learned whether they qualify for a federal subsidy. Nor will it have an impact on those who have already signed up for insurance.

But it could affect some people at the beginning stages of their application who are trying to meet a Feb. 15 deadline to get coverage that starts next month. People who run into difficulty this weekend may call the federal hotline, 800-318-2596, beginning on Feb. 18, to ensure that their insurance kicks in on time.

The outage is a result of scheduled maintenance at the Social Security Administration, which plays a critical role in verifying participants’ identities.

— Sandhya Somashekhar

NEVADA
State won’t support its gay-marriage ban

Nevada filed notice Monday that it is withdrawing its support of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, in a motion filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, said Nevada’s legal arguments in defense of the voter-approved prohibition are no longer viable in light of the court’s recent ruling that said potential jurors cannot be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation.

— Associated Press

Town reconsiders immigration law: Almost four years after Fremont, Neb., tried to crack down on illegal immigration, the town is having second thoughts about requiring all renters to swear that they have legal permission to be in the United States. In an election Tuesday, voters will have a chance to repeal the housing restrictions, which critics say are less effective and more costly than anyone expected.

Jury gets Nagin case: Jurors in the corruption case against C. Ray Nagin (D), who was the mayor of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, deliberated three hours Monday, and will resume their work Tuesday.

— From news services

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