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USA today 14 nov 2007 by Editoweb


NY governor drops immigrant license plan - Polygamist leader wants verdict tossed - Edwards vows to reverse trade policies - WWII P-38 fighter discovered in Wales - New Orleans aquarium fights red tape.



NY governor drops immigrant license plan
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced Wednesday he was abandoning a plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, but said that the federal government had "lost control" of its borders and left states to deal with the consequences.
"I have concluded that New York state cannot successfully address this problem on its own," Spitzer said at a news conference after meeting with members of the state's congressional delegation.

Polygamist leader wants verdict tossed
Attorneys for a polygamous sect leader convicted of rape by accomplice are asking a judge to set aside the jury's verdict, saying the evidence was insufficient and circumstantial at best. "We think it's the wrong result," Wally Bugden told The Associated Press. "Performing a marriage ceremony, urging people to stay in the marriage relationship, should not constitute the crime of rape," he said Tuesday.

Edwards vows to reverse trade policies
Democrat John Edwards vowed Wednesday to labor leaders that if elected president he will reverse trade and tax policies — some of them dating from Bill Clinton's administration — that he said are designed to wipe out middle-class working families. He introduced his mother and father — Wallace and Bobbie Edwards — to underscore his argument that as the son of a mill worker he understands union issues best among the candidates.

WWII P-38 fighter discovered in Wales
Sixty-five years after an American P-38 fighter plane ran out of gas and crash-landed on a beach in Wales, the long-forgotten World War II relic has emerged from the surf and sand where it lay buried. Based on its serial number and other records, "the fighter is arguably the oldest P-38 in existence, and the oldest surviving 8th Air Force combat aircraft of any type," said Ric Gillespie, who heads a U.S.-based nonprofit group dedicated to preserving historic aircraft. "In that respect it's a major find, of exceptional interest to British and American aviation historians."

New Orleans aquarium fights red tape
In what some see as another bureaucratic absurdity after Hurricane Katrina, FEMA is refusing to pick up the cost of restocking New Orleans' aquarium because of how the new fish were obtained: straight from the sea. FEMA would have been willing to pay more than $600,000 for the fish if they had been bought from commercial suppliers.


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