National briefs: Voter sign-up rule rejected

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The U.S. Election Assistance Commission found Friday that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements likely would hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections, handing down a ruling that denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the registration form for their residents.

The decision came just hours before a court-imposed deadline in a lawsuit filed in federal court by Kansas and Arizona that seeks to force the commission to modify state-specific requirements for registering to vote in those states. Georgia, which has a similar voter registration law, is not part of the litigation but was included in the commission's decision.

Madonna issues apology

LOS ANGELES -- Madonna on Saturday asked forgiveness for captioning a photograph of her teenage son boxing with a racial slur.

The comment, initially posted on Friday on social network Instagram, was soon deleted. The photograph shows the singer's 13-year-old son, Rocco, in the midst of what appears to be some boxing training.

School-shooting suspect

PHILADELPHIA -- Police charged a boy with aggravated assault and related crimes Saturday in connection with a shooting that wounded two students inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, but released a second boy from custody without charging him.

Police were not releasing the name of the 17-year-old suspect who was charged, because it wasn't immediately clear if he was to be tried as an adult. Police also didn't identify the boy who was released. He had surrendered Friday night, hours after the 3:30 p.m. shooting at the Delaware Valley Charter High School in north Philadelphia.

It remained unclear Saturday whether the shooting was accidental or intentional.

Poker tourney tainted

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Saying they have confirmed that one or more people used "a significant number of counterfeit chips" at an Atlantic City poker tournament, state casino regulators canceled the tainted match Saturday and ordered all prize money frozen until an investigation is complete.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement canceled the first event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open. It had suspended the game Friday after suspicions about the use of fake chips arose. No charges have been filed in the case.

Intel to cut 5,000 jobs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company confirmed the job cuts Friday, the day after Intel Corp. reported its profit and revenue had fallen for the second consecutive year.

The purge represents about 5 percent of the roughly 108,000 jobs that Intel had on its payroll at the end of December.

Calif. wildfire subsiding

GLENDORA, Calif. -- A wildfire in the suburbs of Los Angeles was a smoldering shadow of its former self, but hundreds of residents of a foothill neighborhood remained evacuated and extremely dangerous fire conditions were lasting well into Saturday.

Another wave of evacuees returned Friday evening to their homes, this time in Azusa, 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, a day after their neighbors in Glendora did the same.



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