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U.S. Flying Illegal Immigrants Back to Mexico

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For the sixth straight summer, the U.S. has been running these flights. And in all likelihood these flights don’t charge extra for checking in luggage.

By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press Writer
PHOENIX –– Immigration authorities are flying illegal immigrants deep into their native Mexico from Southern Arizona to discourage dangerous crossings in triple-digit desert heat.

The twice-daily flights from Tucson to Mexico City are intended to keep immigrants away from border towns where they would likely run into smugglers who want to sneak them back into the U.S.

“This is where the probability of losing their lives can really increase. We offer that opportunity for them to get out of that cycle,” John Torres, a special adviser to the assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Monday in Tucson.

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Ex-FBI Clerk Margaret “Marjorie” Cannon Who Married FBI Agent Dead at Age 94

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Margaret “Marjorie” Cannon, 94, a homemaker and a former FBI clerk who was married to an FBI agent, died in Burtonsville, Md., on Aug. 23, the Washington Post reported.

The long-time District resident died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, the paper reported.

In 1942, she joined the FBI as a clerk in the Washington Field Office and was eventually promoted to assistant chief clerk, the paper said. In 1951, she married FBI agent Joseph R. Canon, who later on became a Justice Department attorney.

A few years later, she became a homemaker, the paper reported. When he husband died in 1973, she took an she took an administrative job for two years with Riggs National Bank in Tenleytown neighborhood in Upper Northwest Washington before retiring, the Washington Post reported.

Gun Allegedly Used in Jimmy Hoffa Death Turned Over to FBI

hoffaThere have been so many promising leads and theories that have gone nowhere in one of the great mysteries of the 20th Century. This one looks pretty shaky.

By Paul Egan
The Detroit News
HARTLAND TOWNSHIP — A family member of a late Teamsters official has turned over to the FBI a handgun that an ex-convict claims was used to kill former union boss James R. Hoffa, an author of a book about Hoffa said Monday.

The ex-con, Ted Lee Stall, 60, also claims he witnessed the burial of Hoffa at a farm in Hartland Township in the weeks after the former Teamsters boss disappeared from outside the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township in July 1975.

But the Genesee County prosecutor describes Stall as “a serial flim-flam artist.”

And Dan Moldea of Washington, D.C., author of “The Hoffa Wars,” said: “The longer I dealt with this guy, it became clear that his credibility was completely suspect.”

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5 Men in One of the Largest Armored Car Heists in U.S. History Get Serious Time

The upside is they got to spend some of the moneyarmored-car. The downside is they’re off to the joint. Fair trade off? Hardly.

By KATRINA A. GOGGINS
Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Five young men who staged one of the largest armored car heists in U.S. history, then spent their loot on strippers, Mother’s Day gifts and other luxuries were denied pleas for mercy Monday and ordered to spend at least 25 years in prison.

Calling the $9.8 million robbery an unjustifiable crime, South Carolina judge Michelle Childs sentenced three of the men to at least 25 years each in prison for armed robbery, kidnapping, assault and battery, and conspiracy. A fourth man was sentenced to three years for conspiracy, and the judge refused to reduce 25-year sentences for two others convicted.

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Papers Report Madoff Dying of Cancer: Prison Says No

The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal report that scam artist Bernie Madoff is dying of cancer. The Bureau of Prisons says it ain’t so. Wishful thinking? Or not?  Would people be angry that he got off with serving so little time? Inquiring minds want to know.

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By Frank Ahrens
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Does convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard L. Madoff have cancer, as two newspapers are reporting, or not, as the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is stating?

Under the headline “Bernie’s Cancer Cell,” the New York Post reported Monday that Madoff, who was sentenced to 150 years in prison for swindling investors out of as much as $65 billion, wrote: “Bernie Madoff had little to lose by confessing to masterminding the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme — he’s dying of cancer, sources told The Post.”

The story goes on to say that Madoff, 71, has been telling fellow inmates that he doesn’t have long to live.

“He’s been taking about 20 pills a day for his cancer,” the Post quoted one inmate, anonymously. “He talks about it all the time. He’s not doing very well.”

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Atty. Gen. Holder Opens Up Prelim. Probe into Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects

Some people argue that the administration should move on and forget the past. Others say this nation can’t ignore the past. At this point, it can’t hurt to look into the matter and dig up the truth. No one should oppose the truth.

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By Josh Meyer
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. today opened a preliminary investigation into whether some CIA operatives broke the law in their coercive interrogations of suspected terrorists in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — prompting sharp criticism from both the right and the left.

Holder said that he decided to establish what he called a “preliminary review” after he conducted a thorough examination of past reviews of the interrogations, including an internal CIA investigation completed in 2004 by the agency’s inspector general and separate reviews by Justice Department internal affairs watchdogs and line prosecutors.

“As a result of my analysis of all of this material, I have concluded that the information known to me warrants opening a preliminary review into whether federal laws were violated in connection with the interrogation of specific detainees at overseas locations,” Holder said in a statement.

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BREAKING NEWS: Michael Jackson Death Ruled a Homicide (NY Daily News)

Ex-Congressman Jefferson’s Brother Convicted of Bribery in New Orleans

Just like his brother, Mose Jefferson finds himself headed to prison. It’s a shame a family that could have contributed so much to the public good, chose instead to stuff their pockets. Mose was convicted Friday.

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By Laura Maggi
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — Mose Jefferson, the older brother of the former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson who was convicted two weeks ago of abusing his congressional office to enrich himself and his family, has been, convicted by a federal jury on four charges that he bribed an Orleans Parish School Board member.

The jury considered a seven-count indictment against Jefferson: one count that he conspired to bribe Ellenese Brooks-Simms, three counts of bribery, two obstruction of justice counts and a count of conspiring to commit money laundering.

Jefferson was found guilty on two of the three counts of bribery, and both counts of obstruction of justice.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Using Women — and Even Grandmothers — to Smuggle Guns

Not surprising the Mexican drug cartels are trying every tactic in the book to bring guns in from America. Authorities say they’re using woman including grandmothers and expectant mothers to smuggle guns.

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By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY
HOUSTON – Ann Zarate may be one of the most unlikely players to be swept up in Mexico’s unrelenting drug war.

The 24-year-old native of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is described by her attorney Jodi Goodwin as a “quiet, super sweet” woman who ultimately could not resist the promise of easy money for precious little work.

Zarate was sentenced earlier this year to 10 months in federal prison as a buyer in a gun-trafficking ring that delivered 77 weapons to Mexico’s warring drug cartels.

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