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Police who carried out a weekend raid on a family home that left a 7-year-old girl shot dead were accompanied by a camera crew for a reality television show, and Geoffrey Fieger, attorney for the family of young Aiyana Jones, says video of the siege contradicts the police account of what happened. The A&E series "The First 48" has been shadowing Detroit homicide detectives for months. Police said officers threw a flash grenade through the first-floor window, and that an officer's gun discharged during a struggle or after colliding with the girl's grandmother in the home. But Fieger said the video shows an officer lobbing the grenade, then shooting into the home from the porch. The case has been handed over to the Michigan State Police. The girl's father said he wants to know what led to his daughter's death. "They killed my baby, and I want someone to tell the truth," he said.


ARIZONA: Civil rights groups challenge law

The battle over Arizona's new immigration law escalated Monday as some of the nation's leading civil rights groups filed the latest federal lawsuit over the legislation. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by a coalition of organizations, said the law violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal law trumps state statutes. "This is the most extreme and dangerous of all the recent state and local laws purporting to deal with immigration issues," said Lucas Guttentag of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, which filed the lawsuit along with the NAACP, the National Immigration Law Center and other groups.


MASSACHUSETTS: Obama's aunt wins asylum

A U.S. immigration court has granted asylum to President Barack Obama's African aunt, setting her on the road to citizenship after years of legal wrangling, her attorneys announced Monday. The decision was made by a judge in Boston. It comes three months after Kenya native Zeituni Onyango, half-sister of Obama's late father, testified in Boston. Her lawyer, Margaret Wong, said last year that she first applied for asylum "due to violence in Kenya." Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said Monday that the White House had no involvement in the case.


WASHINGTON: A state dinner for Mexico's leader

One goal of President Barack Obama's state dinner Wednesday will be to make Mexican President Felipe Calderón feel like the man of the hour. Another will be to keep uninvited guests from crashing the party. It will be the debut of new White House social secretary Julianna Smoot. Her predecessor, Desiree Rogers, left the job after criticism over the November dinner for the Indian prime minister.


ALASKA: Climber falls to death on McKinley

A French climber has died after falling 1,000 feet down Mount McKinley into a crevasse, the National Park Service said Monday. Pascal Frison, 51, died Sunday after trying to keep his sled from sliding off a ridge. He and a climbing partner of 28 years were about 12,000 feet up on the West Buttress route in Denali National Park.

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