Nation briefs: Arthur ruins trips to beach

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KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

The weather along the narrow barrier islands -- whose beaches draw hundreds of thousands of tourists every summer -- already had cleared by Friday afternoon as Arthur scooted north and its outer bands scraped the Delaware and New Jersey shores. Forecasters predicted the storm would weaken before its center moves over western Nova Scotia in Canada early Saturday.

Obama touts immigration

WASHINGTON -- At a precarious moment for his immigration policy, President Barack Obama took part in a naturalization ceremony Friday at the White House for 16 members of the armed forces, two veterans and seven military spouses, saying he will take action so that "hardworking" immigrants who come to the United States can "join the American family."

Meanwhile, rumors had swirled among anti-immigration activists near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California that the agency would try to bus in some of the immigrants who have flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Instead, they got dueling anti- and pro-immigration rallies Friday.

The crowd of 200 outside the station in Murrieta waved signs and sometimes shouted at each other. Law enforcement officers separated the two sides and contained them on one approach to the station, leaving open an approach from the opposite direction.

Clinton donates honoraria

Hillary Rodham Clinton told ABC News on Friday that she has donated all the money she was paid for speeches on college campuses during the past year and a half to her family's foundation.

The Washington Post reported this week that Ms. Clinton likely made more than $1 million for speaking at eight universities during the past year.

The University of Connecticut -- which just raised tuition by 6.5 percent -- paid $251,250 from a donor fund for her to speak on campus in April. Other examples include $300,000 to speak at the University of California at Los Angeles in March and $225,000 for a speech scheduled for October at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

New fighters grounded

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department has grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after one of them caught fire as it was preparing to take off at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

The grounding is the second in a month and the latest in a long string of delays that has plagued the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. It comes as the plane was to make its international flying debut during showings to prospective buyers at two air shows in Britain beginning next week.

The cause of the problem at Eglin two weeks ago remains under investigation, the Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, said in a statement Thursday night.

Convicted priest dies

A Toledo, Ohio, priest convicted of murder in 2006 for the 1980 slaying of a nun died early Friday in a prison hospital.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson, 76, was in hospice at Franklin Medical ‍Center, a Columbus hospital run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, when he died. Robinson had been in the facility for heart problems, but his attorney, Rick Kerger, said an official cause of death had not yet been disclosed.

The priest was serving 15 years to life in prison for the slaying of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, who was killed on April 5, 1980 -- a day before Easter and a day before she would have turned 72.

Sister Margaret Ann's body was found on the floor of the sacristy of the former Mercy Hospital in Toledo. Evidence showed that she had been choked to the edge of death and stabbed 32 times in the chest, neck and face. Robinson was arrested in 2004.

Compiled from news services

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