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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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  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Penn West Petroleum Ltd. fell 14.2 percent to $7.85. Genworth Financial Inc. fell 14.0 percent to $13.98. ...

  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX fell $.06 or .2 percent, to $30.46. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.10 or .1 percent, to $67.68. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids
    Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

    The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates say they're especially concerned about.

  • Convicted cop killer told to stop coaching youth baseball
    Convicted cop killer told to stop coaching youth baseball

    In 1988, John Matthews, an off-duty Chicago-area police officer, was beaten to death with a baseball bat by a group of young men. One of those men, Dean Chavez, served 11 years in prison for his role in the death.

  • Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast
    Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida's east coast. "It's priceless, unique, one of a kind," said Brent Brisben, operations manager for Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) deep Atlantic Ocean waters. Schmitt's parents have hunted for sunken treasure as a hobby for a decade.

  • Want to Colonize an Alien Planet? Send 40,000 People
    Want to Colonize an Alien Planet? Send 40,000 People

    The founding population of an interstellar colony should consist of 20,000 to 40,000 people, said Cameron Smith, an anthropologist at Portland State University in Oregon. "To do that, to carry that on, you have to have all of that extreme specialization" in skill sets and job descriptions, Smith said.

  • Russia warns sanctions will backfire on West
    Russia warns sanctions will backfire on West

    A defiant Russia said Wednesday that Western sanctions over Ukraine would backfire on the United States and lead to energy price hikes in Europe after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against Moscow since the Cold War. Russia's response came as the Ukrainian military pushed on with its offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east, retaking the town of Avdiyivka, only a dozen kilometres (eight miles) from the main rebel city of Donetsk. The Russian foreign ministry warned the United States it was shooting itself in the foot and said it was punishing the Kremlin for "independent policies that Washington finds inconvenient." Moscow also warned that European consumers would bear the brunt of sanctions targeting Russia's vital energy, arms and finance sectors.

  • Weight-Loss Supplement Linked to Liver Failure Case

    A healthy 35-year-old woman who took a weight-loss supplement developed liver failure, and needed a liver transplant, according to a new report of her case. The woman took three Saba Appetite Control and Energy (ACE) pills within two days, and two weeks later she developed jaundice, according to the report from researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, who treated the woman. Eight weeks after her jaundice set in, the woman experienced liver failure and needed a transplant. "In summary, this case of drug-induced fulminant liver failure was likely due to Saba ACE supplement," the investigators wrote.

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