National briefs: 'Black site' data could be bared

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military judge in the USS Cole bombing case has ordered the U.S. government to give defense lawyers details -- names, dates and places -- of the CIA's secret overseas detention and interrogation of the man accused of planning the bombing, two people who have read the still-secret order said Thursday.

Army Col. James Pohl issued the five-page order Monday. It was sealed as document 120C on the war court website Thursday morning and, according to those who have read it, orders the agency to provide a chronology of the overseas odyssey of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 49, from his capture in Dubai in 2002 to his arrival at Guantanamo four years later.

The judge's order instructs prosecutors to provide nine categories of closely guarded classified CIA information to the lawyers -- including the names of agents, interrogators and medical personnel who worked at the so-called black sites.

Death penalty stays intact

CONCORD, N.H. -- In a tie vote, the New Hampshire Senate deadlocked Thursday on whether to repeal the death penalty, leaving the current law intact and New Hampshire as the lone state in New England that allows the execution of anyone convicted of a capital crime.

Only one person in New Hampshire is on death row That inmate, Michael Addison, was convicted in 2008 in the shooting death of a Manchester police officer in 2006.

Proponents of the death penalty want him executed, but his case has been tied up in legal appeals. State senators opposed to the death penalty said that they understood the visceral feelings against Addison and that their measure would still allow his execution even as it abolished the law authorizing it. Death penalty supporters said Addison's life could end up being spared had the bill passed.

GM wins round on recall

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- General Motors won a significant round Thursday in the escalating legal battles over its handling of a defective ignition switch in millions of its small cars, avoiding an order that would have effectively taken the cars off the road.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Charles and Grace Silvas over compensation for the lost value of their 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, which was recalled along with 2.6 million other cars that have a faulty switch.

Also in the nation ...

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has hired a criminal defense lawyer to represent him in a prosecutor's probe of claims that he violated state law by vetoing funding for the state ethics office, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. ... Clergy of different faiths, joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, delivered messages of hope and unity Thursday at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., four days after three people were gunned down, allegedly by a man who authorities say is an avowed racist and anti-Semite. ... Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups.

-- Compiled from news services



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