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WASHINGTON: Immigration bill's provisions

Federal authorities would be required to establish vast new border fences and surveillance as part of a bipartisan Senate plan aimed at allowing 11 million immigrants to earn permanent residency and, potentially, citizenship, aides familiar with the proposal said Wednesday. The provisions would call on the Department of Homeland Security to increase surveillance to cover 100 percent of the Southwestern border and to apprehend 90 percent of the people who attempt to enter the United States illegally, said the aides. An eight-member Senate group is near agreement on a comprehensive proposal for the most sweeping overhaul of immigration laws in three decades.

ARIZONA: HIV fear his motive for slayings

A man charged with fatally stabbing his wife and adult son in their suburban Phoenix home told investigators he carried out the killings out of a fear he had given his wife HIV from prostitutes he used to frequent and out of concern about what would become of his jobless son. Investigators said in court records that Eugene Maraventano, 64, believed his wife, Janet, 63, was ill and feared she might test positive for cancer or a disease he had given her from prostitutes he slept with when he worked for a rail line in New York. Maraventano, who planned to kill himself after killing his wife, wondered what would become of his son, Bryan, 27, after his suicide, according to a court document filed by police. Police say they haven't confirmed whether Maraventano had HIV or whether his wife had any of the ailments her husband said he was worried about.

MISSISSIPPI: Elephant wounded in drive-by

An Asian elephant wounded in a drive-by shooting should be fully recovered in a few weeks, a circus veterinarian said. A reward for information leading to an arrest rose to $21,000. Dr. Dennis Schmitt, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus veterinarian, said the 39-year-old elephant, Carol, will be taken home to Springfield, Mo., to recuperate. He said the bullet hit Carol in the neck just above the shoulder, but missed any major blood vessels or nerves. Police Chief Tony Carleton said a vehicle drove past Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena about 2 a.m. and fired into the area.

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