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  • AP101019018304State lawmakers from Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma, and South Carolina announced today their plan to pass laws to deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in their states.

    The legislators introduced two model bills as part of the new coordinated effort. One measure (pdf) says a person cannot be a citizen of the state unless he or she has at least one parent in the country legally; the other asks other states and Congress to agree to that definition of U.S. citizenship, the National Journal reports.

    The second bill, called a compact, would not take effect unless Congress passes it, which seems unlikely right now.

    But if Congress were to pass the states' compacts, U.S. citizenship could be defined differently in different states. "State citizenship" laws would likely have no effect on people, since the question of defining U.S. citizenship is up to the federal government, not the states.

    If it seems confusing, that's because the lawmakers admit they are mainly using the proposed bills as a kind of leverage -- hoping to provoke lawsuits so that the Supreme Court will be forced to hear their arguments that citizenship should be defined more narrowly. Specifically, the lawmakers say they're looking to get the Supreme Court to review the issue of whether the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to all children born on U.S. soil. (You can read more about that debate here.)

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  • Picture 10On a trip to the grocery store last month with his wife, Columbus Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth III ran across a bouffant-haired homeless man in a camouflage jacket holding a cardboard sign at an interstate offramp in Columbus, Ohio.

    "I have a God-given gift of voice," the handwritten sign read. "I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be greatfully appreciated."

    Chenoweth conducted an impromptu interview with the man, Ted Williams, through the driver's window. Williams displayed his pipes -- honed by professional voice classes when he was younger, he said -- and copped to having battled drug and alcohol addictions throughout his life, though he said he's been clean for two years.

    When Chenoweth returned to work Monday, he uploaded the video to the paper's website. Barely 48 hours later, the homeless man with the golden voice has gone from an anonymous panhandler, ignored by perhaps thousands of passers-by, to one of the most in-demand talents in the broadcast industry. The video has been viewed on YouTube millions of times, and job offers are rolling in from the NFL, the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, and various TV and radio stations.

    Watch the video that caused the stir below:

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  • AP071017188807The city of Newark, N.J., dropped $1 million on a survey asking residents how to spend Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to the city's schools. But the survey was unscientific and its answers are too simplistic to be of any use, university professors and city education leaders tell the Newark Star-Ledger.

    Now the city is going to pay an undisclosed amount for canvassers to give another survey, this time crafted with the help of academics.

    So why are Newark officials doling out such a chunk of the Facebook founder's gift on a survey when city funds are tight?

    Education writer Dana Goldstein of the liberal Nation magazine suggests that it may be a way for Mayor Cory Booker to avoid seeming high-handed in how the mega-gift is doled out and in how he treats the city's schools.

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  • What not to buy on Amazon
    What not to buy on Amazon

    Many of us assume Amazon has the best prices on everything, but there are some thing that can be found cheaper elsewhere.

  • Caterpillar shares rise premarket after $2.5 billion accelerated buyback pact announced

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Shares of Dow industrials component Caterpillar gained 0.8% in premarket trade after the heavy equipment and engine maker announced an accelerated $2.5 billion stock repurchase ...

  • Gaza toll soars as Israel 'days' from completing tunnel hunt

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet on Wednesday approved continuing the assault launched on July 8 in response to a surge of rocket attacks by Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists. Israel also sent a delegation to Egypt, which has been trying, with Washington's blessing, to broker a ceasefire. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza clashes and more than 400 wounded.

  • Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China
    Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday.

  • More mysterious craters found in Russia's remote Siberia region
    More mysterious craters found in Russia's remote Siberia region

    Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia's Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated northernmost area, a local paper reported. The Siberian Times, an English-language newspaper, published pictures of two new giant holes discovered by reindeer herders, one located in the Yamal and the other in the Taymyr peninsula, both above the Arctic circle. Russian state TV reported earlier this month that a giant hole had appeared in the gas-rich Yamal peninsula where temperatures plummet below -50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sun barely rises in winter. Yamal, inhabited by indigenous reindeer herders, is one of Russia's richest regions in natural gas.

  • Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly
    Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

    U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing ...

  • 2014 Winners of the “Fattest” Fast Food Chains
    2014 Winners of the “Fattest” Fast Food Chains

    Of the many fast food chains in this country, the Cheesecake Factory stands out for selling dishes with the most calories and the highest concentrations of sodium, saturated fat and sugar, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health-advocacy group. “The Cheesecake Factory may have reformulated a few dishes in response to being named a ‘winner’ of Xtreme Eating Awards in years past,” noted CSPI in a press release Wednesday. Keep in mind that the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion estimates a daily caloric need of 2,600 for a moderately active man between the ages of 26 and 45, while a moderately active woman between the ages of 26 and 50 needs roughly 2,000 calories a day to maintain a current weight. The chain’s Bruléed French Toast, which consists of a plate of custard-soaked bread topped with powdered sugar and served with maple-butter syrup and bacon, would require a person to swim laps for seven hours to burn off its head-spinning 2,780 calories, CSPI noted.

  • Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive
    Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive

    MIAMI (AP) — One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.

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