National news briefs: 11/30/13

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Obama visits hunger strikers

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama told about 20 hunger strikers on the National Mall on Friday that he supported their effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws but was concerned about their health.

Three of the protesters, including 67-year-old labor leader Eilseo Medina, have not eaten for 18 days and are drinking only water.

Mr. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met with the group for about 30 minutes in a heated tent near the steps of the Capitol to discuss the immigration bill.

In June, the Senate passed an immigration bill that would increase spending by more than $30 billion for border security and would allow most of the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally to pay a fine, submit to a background check, and eventually become citizens. The bill has gone nowhere in the House.

Obama may remain in D.C.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has raised the possibility that he might remain a resident of the capital after his lease on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. expires in January 2017.

In an interview this week with Barbara Walters of ABC News, Mr. Obama and the first lady, Michelle, said they may live in Washington beyond their time in the White House to allow their younger daughter, Sasha, to graduate from Sidwell Friends School.

Driver charged in fatal crash

FREMONT, Ohio -- An Ohio motorist traveling at more than 125 mph was charged Friday with vehicular homicide after his car struck a minivan, killing a couple inside, the State Highway Patrol said.

Andrew D. Gans of Kent faces two counts of vehicular homicide with a reckless specification after Thursday night's crash on the Ohio Turnpike, where both vehicles burst into flames.

The victims, Wilbur and Margaret McCoy, both 77, of Toledo, were wearing seatbelts when they were hit.

Retrial set in police shooting

NEW ORLEANS -- Three years after his manslaughter conviction, a former New Orleans police officer is getting a second chance to persuade a jury that he was justified in fatally shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover outside a strip mall during Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath.

David Warren, whose retrial is scheduled to start Monday, was one of 20 officers charged in a series of federal investigations of alleged police misconduct in New Orleans. His December 2010 conviction was touted as a major milestone in the Justice Department's efforts to clean up the city's police department.

Ohio residents return home

WILLARD, Ohio -- Most of the 400 residents who were evacuated in this small northern Ohio town have been allowed to return to their homes after a train car leaked thousands of gallons of a highly flammable chemical earlier this week.

Officials lifted the evacuation for the bulk of the homes Thursday afternoon, allowing residents to return in time for Thanksgiving after 13,000 gallons of styrene monomer leaked from a train car.

No injuries were reported.


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