National briefs: GOP maverick on immigration

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WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman from a heavily Hispanic district is breaking ranks from his party to join Democrats in an eleventh-hour push for a broad immigration overhaul before the end of the year.

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., plans to sign on as the lone GOP member with 185 Democrats to co-sponsor a plan that would give millions of illegal immigrants the chance to attain citizenship.

Mr. Denham is locking arms with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Calif., and other Democrats trying to neutralize opposition from House conservatives and shake up a polarized immigration debate.

United fined for delays

CHICAGO -- United Airlines will pay more than $1 million in fines for stranding passengers on 13 planes for more than three hours on the tarmac during a stormy day last year at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, federal officials announced Friday.

The $1.1 million fine is the largest levied against an airline since 2010, when new rules took effect that bar airlines from stranding passengers on the tarmac for longer than three hours without giving them the opportunity to leave the plane, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Standoff suspect surrenders

ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- Some residents of a suburban Sacramento city were still waiting to return to their homes Saturday after a Friday night shootout between law enforcement agents and a wanted parolee.

The suspect, Samuel Nathan Duran, 32, was taken to the Placer County jail Saturday after being treated for scrapes and cuts after surrendering just after midnight.

Middle school shooter

SPARKS, Nev. -- The Nevada middle school student who killed a teacher and wounded two classmates before turning the gun on himself appeared to be a typical 12-year-old who liked soccer, was good at video games and didn't have a lot of friends but "didn't seem to be a loner," a friend said Friday.

Jose Reyes was always smiling and never complained to his friend Diego Munoz, 11, that he was bullied, the Munoz boy told The Associated Press outside Sparks Middle School where the Reyes boy fatally shot Michael Landsberry before committing suicide Monday on the school's asphalt basketball court.

Gasoline reserve set

NEW YORK -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that New York is creating the nation's first state gasoline reserve to prevent shortages during emergencies.

Mr. Cuomo said a pilot program on Long Island will hold 3 million gallons of fuel for motorists and first responders. The project is a response to the gas shortages that created hourslong lines in the days after Superstorm Sandy. Mr. Cuomo said New Yorkers need to be able to get around after bad weather.

Rap mogul, racial profiling

NEW YORK -- Jay-Z -- under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers -- said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just waiting to hear all of the facts.

The rap mogul -- whose real name is Shawn Carter -- made his first statement about the controversy in a posting on his website. He has come under fire for remaining silent as news surfaced last week that two young black people said they were profiled by Barneys after they purchased expensive items from their Manhattan store.


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