National briefs: Singapore-based contractor held without bail in U.S.

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SAN DIEGO -- A Singapore-based contractor accused of bribing U.S. Navy commanders with cash and prostitutes must be held without bail because of the risk he might try to flee if released, a federal judge said.

"I don't think that the conditions proposed by the defense provide any real accountability," Judge Sammartino said at a hearing. "I believe the government has met its burden of proof and Mr. Francis will be retained as a flight risk."

Mr. Francis, a Malaysian citizen, was arrested in September in San Diego. He's charged with bribing two Navy commanders to help him win contracts for so-called husbanding services his company provides for Navy ships at ports in Southeast Asia.

Zimmerman's guns found

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Seminole County deputies found five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition in George Zimmerman's home last week soon after he was arrested for domestic violence.

A search warrant made public Tuesday shows that he had the weapon that his then-live-in girlfriend said he had used to threaten her: a KelTec 12-gauge shotgun.

He also had an AR15 rifle and three handguns.

Mr. Zimmerman, 30, was arrested Nov. 18, accused of aggravated assault, domestic violence battery and criminal mischief. His girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, accuses him of pointing a shotgun at her after she asked him to move out. Mr. Zimmerman is free on $9,000 bail, living -- once again -- in hiding.

N.J. allows online gambling

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. -- New Jersey began allowing Internet gambling on Tuesday in a much-watched bet that there are untapped sources of revenue on bedside iPads and cubicle desktops, and even among people checking their phones while they wait in line for coffee.

Gambling analysts say it is the most significant development since casinos opened in Atlantic City, N.J., more than three decades ago, ultimately setting off what became a furious competition among states for a share of the take.

Border Patrol pelted

SAN DIEGO -- More than 100 people pelted U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks and bottles during a rowdy confrontation Sunday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said.

Nobody was seriously injured and it's not clear whether the crowd was trying to enter the U.S. illegally or hold a demonstration, but the sight of a large crowd surging beyond the border rattled nerves.

More than one dozen agents deployed pepper spray, triggering the melee.

Recordings to be released

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- A Connecticut judge ruled Tuesday that the police must release recordings of the 911 calls made from Sandy Hook Elementary School during the shooting last year that left 20 children and six school employees dead.

Rejecting the state's attempt to keep the content of the tapes confidential, the judge, Eliot D. Prescott of the Superior Court in New Britain, ruled that there was no legal basis to keep the tapes secret and found that their release would help the public assess the response by law enforcement.

He ordered that the recordings be released Dec. 4, giving the state time to appeal the ruling.


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