N.J. bill gives some immigrants break on tuition; more charges for bin Laden son-in-law

December 20, 2013
NEW JERSEY
Christie signs bill for immigrants’ tuition

Some students at New Jersey public colleges who are in the United States illegally will get an immediate tuition break after Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed a bill Friday allowing them to pay in-state tuition rates.

As part of a deal reached Thursday, lawmakers agreed to drop a provision that would also have made the students eligible for state financial aid if they qualified under income guidelines. Christie, a possible presidential candidate in 2016, had resisted going that far, saying it would be costly for the state and also make New Jersey a magnet for students in the country illegally who are living in other states.

The Democratic-controlled legislature passed the bill Thursday.

— Associated Press

NATIONAL SECURITY
Bin Laden son-in-law facing more charges

U.S. prosecutors Friday added two charges to an indictment accusing Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who once served as a spokesman for al-Qaeda, of conspiring to kill Americans.

According to a superseding indictment filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Abu Ghaith now also faces charges of providing material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiracy to provide such support and resources.

The new indictment adds details of alleged “overt acts,” including participation in a propaganda video around Nov. 9, 2001, in which he, bin Laden and others are said to have discussed upcoming attacks. It also referred to a speech in which Abu Ghaith allegedly praised an April 11, 2002, suicide bombing of a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia.

— Reuters

ARIZONA
Suits against sheriff settled for $7 million

Arizona’s most populous county agreed Friday to pay more than $7 million to settle lawsuits by a former Maricopa County official and two newspaper executives accusing Sheriff Joe Arpaio of abuse of power.

The county is settling former supervisor Don Stapley’s suit against Arpaio, former county attorney Andrew Thomas and others for $3.5 million after they brought two unsuccessful criminal cases against him.

A $3.75 million settlement was reached with executives of the Phoenix New Times, who sued Arpaio’s office after they were arrested in 2007 for publishing information about a secret grand jury subpoena demanding information on its stories and online readers.

Arpaio wasn’t immediately available for comment. But Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre said, “It was an economic decision by the county Board of Supervisors” and it made “better economic sense” than going to court.

— Associated Press

Korean War veteran’s remains returned to widow: Sixty-three years after Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went missing in action during the Korean War, his remains were returned to his 94-year-old widow in a solemn ceremony Friday at Los Angeles International Airport. Clara Gantt wept as she stood before the flag-draped casket that was carried from a jetliner by a military honor guard. Joseph Gantt was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, while serving with Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, according to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office in Washington.

— From news services

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