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WASHINGTON: Accord reported on immigration

A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to emerge within a week. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has taken the lead on negotiating a resolution to the agriculture issue, didn't provide details, and said growers had yet to sign off on the agreement. The farm workers union has been at odds with the agriculture industry over worker wages and how many visas should be offered in a new program to bring agriculture workers to the United States. Feinstein said she's hoping for resolution in the next day or two. Said Feinstein in a brief interview at the Capitol. "I'm very hopeful. The train is leaving the station. We need a bill."


NEW JERSEY: 4-year-old shoots 6-year-old

A 6-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate died of his wounds, Ocean County prosecutor's office spokesman Al Della Fave said Tuesday night. Toms River police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Brandon Holt was pronounced dead at 5 p.m., nearly 24 hours after the Monday evening shooting. The 4-year-old was not injured. Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said earlier that the 4-year-old got the .22-caliber rifle from his home. His mother called 911 to report the shooting.


MICHIGAN: 2 bodies found in shooting, fire

The bodies of a man and a woman were recovered from a Detroit medical facility where shots were fired Tuesday, shortly before the building was burned to the ground. Police have not identified the bodies. Antha Williams-Hill told The Associated Press earlier that police were searching for her daughter, Sharita Williams, 35. They also were searching through the collapsed structure for the man believed responsible for the shooting and for intentionally setting the blaze at Park Medical Centers. Workers in the building say the man police were seeking was the building's former maintenance man. Williams-Hill said the man and her daughter had been in a relationship but ended it recently, and Sharita Williams was granted a personal order of protection against the man last week.

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