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No immigration reform vote in the House this year

IMMIGRATION
House vote on reform won’t come this year

The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won’t vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed.

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, said in a meeting with immigration proponents on Thursday that there weren’t enough days left for the House to act and he was committed to addressing overhaul of the nation’s immigration system next year. The congressman’s office confirmed what he said.

“What he said was, there’s 13 days left, it’s very hard to do anything in 13 days,” Angelica Salas, the board chairwoman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said of McCarthy. The House returns next week after a weeklong break, but only has a few legislative days remaining.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bill in June that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally and tighten border security, but piecemeal bills in the House have languished since the summer.

— Associated Press

OHIO
Man who shot wife in hospital is convicted

An Ohio man who said he fatally shot his hospitalized wife out of love because of her debilitated condition that left her unable to speak was convicted by a jury on Friday and could face life in prison. Police say John Wise, 68, calmly walked into Barbara Wise’s hospital room Aug. 4, 2012, and shot her. She died the next day.

Barbara Wise, 65, was in the intensive care unit at Akron General Medical Center after suffering triple cerebral aneurysms that had left her unable to speak, a family friend has said. Wise told police that he intended to kill himself after shooting his wife of 45 years but that the gun jammed.

— Associated Press

Gay couples challenge Idaho ban: Four Idaho couples filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boise on Friday against state laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states, the first challenge to Idaho’s constitutional ban of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court made two key decisions bolstering the legal status of such marriages this year.

— From news services

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