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Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Hilarie Burton Welcome Baby


Grey's Anatomy alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan, 44, and his girlfriend, former One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton, 27, quietly welcomed a baby boy a few months ago, reports the new Us Weekly (on newsstands now).

The source tells Us Weekly the two began dating in 2009, and "their relationship moved really quickly."

The actress, who divorced One Tree Hill assistant director Ian Prange in 2008, was not photographed in public between May 6, 2009, and April 20, 2010. For his part, Morgan is already familiar with daddy duties: He learned just last March that he had a son, now 5, with actress Sherrie Ross.



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Bill Targets Citizenship of Terrorists’ Allies

WASHINGTON — Proposed legislation that would allow the government to revoke American citizenship from people suspected of allying themselves with terrorists set off a legal and political debate Thursday that scrambled some of the usual partisan lines on civil-liberties issues.

The Terrorist Expatriation Act, co-sponsored by Senators Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and Scott Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, would allow the State Department to revoke the citizenship of people who provide support to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda or who attack the United States or its allies.

Some Democrats expressed openness to the idea, while several Senate Republicans expressed concern. Mr. Brown, who endorsed aggressive tactics against terrorism suspects in his campaign for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s seat, said the bill was not about politics.

“It reflects the changing nature of war and recent events,” Mr. Brown said Thursday. “War has moved into a new dimension. Individuals who pick up arms — this is what I believe — have effectively denounced their citizenship, and this legislation simply memorializes that effort. So somebody who wants to burn their passport, well, let’s help them along.”

Identical legislation is also being introduced in the House by two Pennsylvania congressmen, Jason Altmire, a Democrat, and Charlie Dent, a Republican. The lawmakers said at a news conference that revoking citizenship would block terrorism suspects from using American passports to re-enter the United States and make them eligible for prosecution before a military commission instead of a civilian court.

Citing with approval news reports that President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing the targeted killing of a radical Yemeni-American cleric, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Mr. Lieberman argued that if that policy was legal — and he said he believed it was — then stripping people of citizenship for joining terrorist organizations should also be acceptable.

Several major Democratic officials spoke positively about the proposal, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Noting that the State Department already had the authority to rescind the citizenship of people who declare allegiance to a foreign state, she said the administration would take “a hard look” at extending those powers to cover terrorism suspects.

“United States citizenship is a privilege,” she said. “It is not a right. People who are serving foreign powers — or in this case, foreign terrorists — are clearly in violation, in my personal opinion, of that oath which they swore when they became citizens.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she supported the “spirit” of the measure, although she urged caution and said that the details of the proposal, like what would trigger a loss of citizenship, still needed to be fleshed out.

Several Republican officials, though, were skeptical of the idea. Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, questioned the constitutionality of the proposal.

“If they are a U.S. citizen, until they are convicted of some crime, I don’t see how you would attempt to take their citizenship away,” Mr. Boehner said. “That would be pretty difficult under the U.S. Constitution.”

The proposal would amend an existing, although rarely used, program run by the State Department. It dates to a law enacted by Congress in 1940 that allowed the stripping of citizenship for activities like voting in another country’s elections or joining the army of a nation that is at war with the United States. People who lose their citizenship can contest the decision in court.

The Supreme Court later narrowed the program’s scope, declaring that the Constitution did not allow the government to take away people’s citizenship against their will. The proposal does not alter the requirement of evidence of voluntariness.

That means that if the proposal passed, the State Department would have to cite evidence that a person not only joined Al Qaeda, but also intended to relinquish his citizenship, and the advantages it conveys, to rescind it.

Several legal scholars disagreed about the legality and effectiveness of the proposal.

Kevin R. Johnson, the dean of the law school at the University of California, Davis, argued that it was “of dubious constitutionality” because merely joining or donating to a terrorist group fell short of unequivocal evidence that someone intended to relinquish his citizenship.

Peter H. Schuck, a Yale University law professor, said the Supreme Court might allow Congress to declare that joining Al Qaeda created a presumption that an American intended to relinquish his citizenship, so long as the program allowed the person to rebut that view.

Mr. Lieberman portrayed the proposal as a reaction to increasing involvement in Islamic terrorism by United States citizens, including Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American man who was arrested in connection with the failed attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square last Saturday. Mr. Shahzad was granted American citizenship last year.

However, Mr. Lieberman emphasized, the measure would apply only to people who commit such acts in the future. Senate aides said that it would apply only to acts undertaken overseas.



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Oil fumes delaying lowering containment box


ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — The captain of a boat hauling a box that is designed to capture the oil spewing into the Gulf says the delay in lowering it into the ocean is being caused by oil fumes that could ignite.

Capt. Demi Shaffer tells The Associated Press Thursday night that the crews do not want to be fighting a fire while trying to unload the giant concrete-and-steel box over the blown-out oil well at the bottom of the sea. The AP is the only news organization on board the vessel 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

Shaffer says because of the lack of wind to circulate the air, the fumes from the thick oil surrounding the boat were rising to a level that any spark could start a fire. That includes metal on metal.

Crew members are wearing respirators. It was unclear when they would be able to proceed.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Workers gathered to begin lowering a giant concrete-and-steel box over the blown-out oil well at the bottom of the sea Thursday in a risky and untested bid to capture most of the gushing crude and avert a wider environmental disaster.

"We haven't done this before. It's very complex and we can't guarantee it," BP spokesman David Nicholas warned.

The 100-ton containment vessel is designed to collect as much as 85 percent of the oil spewing into the Gulf and funnel it up to a tanker. It could take several hours to lower it into place by crane, after which a steel pipe will be installed between the top of the box and the tanker. The whole structure could be operating by Sunday.

The mission took on added urgency as oil started washing up on delicate barrier islands.

The technology has been used a few times in shallow waters, but never at such extreme depths — 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) down, where the water pressure is enough to crush a submarine.

The box — which looks a lot like a peaked, 40-foot (12-meter)-high outhouse, especially on the inside, with its rough timber framing — must be accurately positioned over the well, or it could damage the leaking pipe and make the problem worse.

BP spokesman Doug Suttles said he is not concerned about that happening. Underwater robots have been clearing pieces of pipe and other debris near where the box will be placed to avoid complications.

"We do not believe it could make things worse," he said.

Other risks include ice clogs in the pipes — a problem that crews will try to prevent by continuously pumping in warm water and methanol — and the danger of explosion when separating the mix of oil, gas and water that is brought to the surface.

"I'm worried about every part, as you can imagine," said David Clarkson, BP vice president of engineering projects.

If the box works, a second one now being built may be used to deal with a second, smaller leak from the sea floor.

"Hopefully, it will work better than they expect," first mate Douglas Peake told The Associated Press aboard the ship that brought the box to the site. The AP is the only news organization on board the vessel.

The well blew open on April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded 50 miles (80 kilometers) out in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. It has been spewing an estimated 200,000 gallons (757,000 liters) a day in the nation's biggest oil spill since the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska in 1989.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday halted all new offshore drilling permits nationwide until at least the end of the month while the government investigates the Gulf spill.

Oil slicks stretched for miles off the Louisiana coast, where desperate efforts were under way to skim, corral and set the petroleum ablaze. People in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida watched in despair.

The dropping of the box is just one of many strategies being pursued to stave off a widespread environmental disaster. BP is drilling sideways into the blown-out well in hopes of plugging it from the bottom. Also, oil company engineers are examining whether the leak could be shut off by sealing it from the top instead.

The technique, called a "top kill," would use a tube to shoot mud and concrete directly into the well's blowout preventer, BP spokesman Bill Salvin said. The process would take two to three weeks, compared with the two to three months needed to drill a relief well.

On Thursday, oil reached several barrier islands off the Louisiana coast, many of them fragile animal habitats. Several birds were spotted diving into the oily, pinkish-brown water, and dead jellyfish washed up on the uninhabited islands.

"It's all over the place. We hope to get it cleaned up before it moves up the west side of the river," said Dustin Chauvin, a 20-year-old shrimp boat captain. "That's our whole fishing ground. That's our livelihood."

During a visit to Biloxi, Mississippi, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said of the containment vessel: "I hope it works. But we are still proceeding as if it won't. If it does, of course, that will be a major positive development."

"We are facing an evolving situation," she warned. "The possibility remains that the BP oil spill could turn into an unprecedented environmental disaster. The possibility remains that it will be somewhat less."

Meanwhile, a six-member board composed of representatives of the Coast Guard and the federal Minerals Management Service will begin investigating the accident next week.

And a federal judicial panel in Washington has been asked to consolidate at least 65 potential class-action lawsuits claiming economic damage from the spill. Commercial fishermen, business and resort owners, charter boat captains, even would-be vacationers have sued from Texas to Florida, seeking damages that could reach into the billions.

"It's just going to kill us. It's going to destroy us," said Dodie Vegas, who owns a motel and cabins in Grand Isle, Louisiana, and has seen 10 guests cancel.

Associated Press writers Ray Henry, Cain Burdeau, Holbrook Mohr and Vicki Smith in Louisiana, Brian Skoloff in Mississippi and Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this story.

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With a sheen of oil as far as the eye can see, the Joe Griffin arrives at the rig explosion site carrying the containment vessel which will be used to try to contain the Deepwater Horizon oil, Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)



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Arizona: Paraíso de armas ilegales

Posted: 2010-05-06 15:34:20

Redacción Aol Noticias y servicios combinados.- La zona fronteriza de Arizona no sólo es un gran corredor para el tráfico de drogas e inmigrantes, también para el contrabando de armas de fuego ilegales.

De acuerdo con el diario El Universal, en las ferias de armas del estado se realiza la compra-venta de pistolas, rifles y demás armamento entre particulares con los mínimos requisitos; no hay chequeo de documentos ni registro del nuevo propietario y su venta es avalada por las legislaciones federal y estatal estadounidenses.

Entre las armas que se venden de manera ilegal se encuentran las pistolas calibre .38, los rifles de asalto Colt Ar-15, así como los AK-47, mejor conocidas en las calles como "cuernos de chivo".

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Sin restricción alguna y sin esconderlas, en Arizona cualquier puede comprar un arsenal. La entidad se ha convertido en el centro de abastecimiento de armas de criminales.
Paraíso de las armas ilegales
Sin restricción alguna y sin esconderlas, en Arizona cualquier puede comprar un arsenal. La entidad se ha convertido en el centro de abastecimiento de armas de criminales.
Andrew Theodorakis , Getty Images

Paraíso de las armas ilegales

Sin restricción alguna y sin esconderlas, en Arizona cualquier puede comprar un arsenal. La entidad se ha convertido en el centro de abastecimiento de armas de criminales.

Paraíso de las armas ilegales

El AK-47 es el arma preferida de narcotraficantes e ingresa de manera ilegal por las fronteras. Es un fusil de asalto soviético diseñado en 1942 y actualmente es el arma de fuego más utilizada del mundo.

Paraíso de las armas ilegales

Las organizaciones de narcotraficantes utilizan con frecuencia rifles de asalto. Según la Oficina de Control de Armas de Fuego de EE.UU. (ATF por sus siglas en inglés), el 90 por ciento de las armas que han sido confiscadas a narcotraficantes en México fueron compradas en los estados fronterizos de Texas, California y Arizona.

Paraíso de las armas ilegales

Es el mayor vendedor del armamento sin registro que cae en manos de cárteles; las ferias del estado son el paraíso de los traficantes.

Paraíso de las armas ilegales

De los cuatro estados que comparten frontera con territorio mexicano, Arizona tiene la legislación más permisiva en materia de posesión y portación de armas de todo Estados Unidos.

Las leyes son más permisivas en EE.UU.

El pasado mes de abril, la gobernadora de Arizona, Jan Brewer firmó una legislación que favorece el derecho constitucional de poseer pistolas y rifles, convirtiendo a la entidad en la tercera en adoptar la denominada "portación constitucional" de arma escondida, luego de Alaska y Vermont.

La ley permitirá a partir del mes de julio a todas las personas mayores de 21 años el portar armas escondidas sin necesidad someterse a una revisión de historial o cursos de entrenamiento, que actualmente son requeridos.

Los traficantes buscan armas en Estados Unidos porque las leyes son más permisivas que las de México. En México, hay que conseguir un permiso de la secretaría de defensa y no se puede adquirir armas más poderosas que las de calibre 38, las cuales son consideradas aptas únicamente para los militares y no pueden ser vendidas al público en general.

Según la Oficina de Control de Armas de Fuego de EE.UU. (ATF por sus siglas en inglés), el 90 por ciento de las armas que han sido confiscadas a narcotraficantes en México fueron compradas en los estados fronterizos de Texas, California y Arizona.

Un informe sobre tráfico de armas en México, fechado en junio de 2009 y realizado por la Oficina de Responsabilidad Gubernamental de la Unión Americana (GAO, por sus siglas en inglés), advierte que los contrabandistas introducen por Arizona y Texas armas de fuego "cada vez más letales y poderosas".

Miles de locales venden armas

En EE.UU. la venta de armas es un negocio formal y supeditado a pocas restricciones. Tan sólo en la línea fronteriza existen más de 100.000 locales que venden legalmente armas. De esos 100.000 comercios, 12.000 son armerías en toda la regla, que expenden el doble de mercancía que en otras partes del país.

El negocio va tan bien que se han montado las ferias Gun Show (Pistola Show), en las que se vende toda clase de armamento. En esta compra-venta es donde aparecen los intermediarios, prestanombres que posibilitan que las armas crucen la frontera y lleguen a las redes criminales.

El procedimiento es simple: envían su gente a tianguis y comercios y las compran mediante un prestanombres, a quienes pagan entre 50 y 100 dólares. Los narcos prefieren los rifles de asalto Colt AR-15 y 7.62 (variante del AK-47) y la FN 5.57.

Estudios de Amnistía Internacional, Oxfam Internacional y el Colectivo por la Seguridad con Democracia y Derechos Humanos reportan que en México circulan, por lo menos, 15 millones de armas ilegales.



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