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WASHINGTON: Scientist asks to return to Iran

An Iranian scientist sought refuge in the Pakistani Embassy compound and asked to go home, an apparent defection gone wrong that could embarrass the United States and its efforts to gather intelligence on Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program. Iran and at one point, scientist Shahram Amiri, claimed the CIA had kidnapped him; the United States said Tuesday nothing of the sort happened. Amiri, 32, disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. "Mr. Amiri has been in the United States of his own free will and he is free to go," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

12th alleged Russian spy deported

A Russian man, the 12th person taken into custody in the recent spy ring investigation, has been deported, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday. Alexey Karetnikov was ordered removed from the United States by an immigration judge. Karetnikov, who entered the United States last October, admitted violation of immigration law and agreed to deportation in lieu of further court proceedings, the department said. Law enforcement officials said the man had been staying in a different part of the United States from the Russian agents who were arrested on criminal charges June 27 and had no ties to them other than that his name came up as part of the same criminal investigation.

New director tabbed for OMB

Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew was nominated Tuesday to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lew served as budget director for almost three years at the end of the Clinton administration.

NEW YORK: Iroquois team barred from plane

Members of an Iroquois lacrosse team who refuse to travel on U.S. passports were barred from getting on a flight Tuesday to Europe. The 23 members of the New York-based squad were turned away at the check-in desk at Kennedy Airport. U.S. officials said new security rules for international travel meant that their passports, partly handwritten documents issued by the Iroquois confederacy of six Indian nations, wouldn't be honored. The team remains hopeful for a diplomatic intervention to allow them to attend the World Championship in England.

LOUISIANA: 4 more cops charged in killings

Four more New Orleans police officers have been charged in the deadly shootings of two people in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath and could face the death penalty for the killings that have brought down a string of other officers. Six current or former officers are charged in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday. Five former officers already have pleaded guilty to helping cover up the shootings on the Danziger Bridge that left two men dead and four wounded.

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