Immigration Outpaces

Emergency Funds

TUCSON -- The cost of dealing with illegal immigration exceeds the emergency $1.5 million Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) agreed to send to Southern Arizona, county officials said.

Citing security shortcomings by the federal government, Napolitano and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) last month declared emergencies on their states' borders with Mexico. That freed up emergency funds -- more than $3 million for the two states -- for law enforcement overtime, for repairs of border and cattle fences and for costs related to illegal immigrants' deaths.

But officials of Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma counties said Friday that they probably will have to spend at least $5 million over the next six months to a year.

County officials said they hope Napolitano will ask the federal government to declare a national emergency.

Federal officials said a record 415 people have died trying to cross the border illegally from Mexico in the past 11 months.

Judge Allows Victims

Of Bombs to Sue Bank

NEW YORK -- A federal judge upheld three lawsuits Friday accusing Jordan-based Arab Bank of promoting Palestinian suicide attacks by funneling Saudi Arabian money to bombers' families.

U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon denied six of eight counts in Arab Bank's March motion to dismiss the litigation, allowing bombing survivors and victims' families to proceed with lawsuits claiming that Arab Bank aided terrorism by acting as the administrator of an "insurance plan" by the Saudi Committee in Support of the Intifada Al Quds, which paid $5,300 to the families of Palestinian bombers killed in attacks by the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.

Tropical Storm Maria

Is Gathering Steam

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Maria was gathering energy from warm ocean water in the Atlantic on Saturday but posed no immediate threat to land.

"Maria could be near hurricane strength by Sunday," said hurricane specialist Jack Beven. It was more than 800 miles southeast of Bermuda on a track that could take it east of Bermuda.

-- From News Services