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NEWSBRIEFS
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.
Teen shot at
Detroit dance club
A 16-year-old boy was shot
in the thigh outside a suburban
Detroit dance club for teens.
WDIV-TV and WXYZ-TV
report that the shooting took
place shortly after midnight Sun-
day in the parking lot of the Aft\er
Dark Teen Club in Canton Town-
ship, west of Detroit.
The victim was arguing with
a group of teenagers when some-
one pulled a gun and shot him.
He was taken to an area hospital.
His name and condition were not
released.
No arrests have been made.
WXYZ-TV reports that the
club holds parties for youth 19
years andyounger.
PHILADELPHIA
Power gradually
restored after
massive ice storms
The number of customers
without power in Pennsylvania
has fallen to about 65,000 after
peaking at 849,000 in the state
following a midweek snow and
ice storm.
Utility crews have been gradu-
ally restoring power since the
Wednesday storm knocked down
trees and snapped power lines
primarily in the Philadelphia
area.
The latest outages Sunday
morning include more than
29,000 customers in hard-hit
Chester County, or about 14 per-
cent of customers who get their
electricity from PECO, the domi-
nant power utility in the state. .
Montgomery County had about
14,000 customers without elec-
tricity, while Bucks County had
nearly 12,000.
Maryland officials reported
nearly 500 customers still with-
out power as of 9:30 a.m., up from
about 300 just a few hours earlier.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
Ambulance
hijacked with man
inside sleeping
Authorities say an Albuquerque
ambulance worker catching some
sleep in the back of his vehicle
woke up to find himself the victim
of a carjacking.
Police have arrested a man and
a woman accused of driving off in
the ambulance around 3 a.m. Sat-
urday while it was parked outside
Lovelace Medical Center in down-
town Albuquerque.
Police spokesman Elder Gue-
vara says the employee was asleep
in the vehicle's rear but was able
to jump out when the ambulance
slowed near an intersection.
Officers then pursued the
ambulance as it headed east-
bound, and then westbound, on
Interstate 40.
The ambulance finally came
to a rest on 1-40, over Tramway,
after authorities used spikes to

deflate the ambulance's tires.
BEIRUT
S.A. president's
son tied to fatal car
crash in early Feb.
A son of South Africa's presi-
dent is being investigated in a
case of culpable homicide, or
negligent killing, after his lux-
ury car collided with a minibus
taxi on Feb. 1, killingone woman,
South African media reported
Sunday.
President Jacob Zuma's
son, Duduzane, was driving a
Porsche when the accident hap-
pened in Sandton, an affluent
area of Johannesburg, South
Africa's Sunday Times newspa-
per reported. Duduzane Zuma, a
businessman, could face charges,
said The Sunday Independent.
.Brig. Neville Malila, a pro-
vincial police spokesman, said
one person died and two were
injured in a road accident on Feb.
1, but he declined to reveal the
names of the drivers, pending an
investigation.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Muslim Brotherhood
accused of staging
attacks, street rallies

WALTER BIRI/AP
Voters stand in line to vote in Zurich, Switzerland on Sunday. Swiss voters were being asked to decide on a proposal to cap
immigration to the Alpine republic, a long-standing demand of Switzerland's most powerful party SVP.
Voters narrowly approve
Swiss immigration limits

New policy may
have negative
implications for
Swiss-EU relations
GENEVA (AP) - Voters in
Switzerland narrowly backed
a proposal to limit immigra-
tion Sunday, in a blow for
the government after it had
warned that the measure could
harm the Swiss economy and
relations with the European
Union.
The decision follows a suc-
cessful last-minute campaign
by nationalist groups that
stoked fears of overpopulation
and rising numbers of Muslims
in the Alpine nation.
Opinion polls before the vote
put opponents of the plan in the
leadbut asballotdayneared the
gap began to close.
Swiss public television SRF
reported that some 50.3 percent
of voters eventually backed the

proposal to introduce quotas for
all types of immigrants. About
49.7 percent voted against it, a
difference of fewer than 30,000
votes. Support was particularly
strong in rural areas, while cit-
ies such as Basel, Geneva and
Zurich rejected the proposal.
"This has far-reaching con-
sequences for Switzerland...and
our relations with the European
Union," Justice Minister Sim-
onetta Sommaruga said after
the vote. "It's a shift away from
the current system of free move-
ment of people."
Although Switzerland isn't
a member of the EU it enjoys
close ties to the 28-nation bloc.
Bern has painstakingly negoti-
ated a series of bilateral agree-
ments with Brussels, including
one that allowed most of the
EU's 500 million citizens to live
and work in Switzerland with
little formality. Swiss citizens,
in turn, could do the same in the
European Union.
Under Swiss law the govern-
ment now has to renegotiate its

treaty on the free movement of
people, though it is still unclear
what kind of caps will be placed
on immigration, and when.
Switzerland already introduced
quotas for immigrants from
eight central and eastern Euro-
pean nations two years ago.
The latest decision is likely
to have much more far-reach-
ing consequences though, as
hundreds of thousands of well-
educated foreigners from Ger-
many, France, Italy and other
EU countries work in Switzer-
land.
Ahead of Sunday's referen-
dum business groups warned
that many of the 80,000 people
who moved to Switzerland last
year are vital for the country's
economy, and curtailing immi-
gration further could cost
Swiss citizens' jobs too.
The Swiss Bankers Associa-
tion expressed disappointment
at the vote. "We urgently need
to hold constructive talks with
the EU to explain our posi-
tion," it said.

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.Qaida-ins pired The alleged armed branch
evoked by the Interior Ministry
roup presently Sunday was described as being
based in the city of Beni Suef,
ms responsibility some 115 km (71 miles) south
of Cairo. Ministry spokesman
for attacks Hani Abdel-Latif named 12
people he said belonged to the
RO (AP) - Egyptian alleged Brotherhood-led unit.
'ities on Sunday accused Inatelevisedstatement,Abdel-
sted president's Muslim Latif said the group ran surveil-
rhood of forming a "mili- lance, hunted down security
'ing" to stage attacks on forces, and provided shelter for
ty forces in a southern militants. The ministry accused
ce, as months-long street the men of killing five policemen
by the group's support- and plottingmore attacks.
ne but low-level violence Abdel-Latif's statement was
.y rises. followed by footage of a man
h a development would who identified himself as part
t another shadow over an of a group that killed five police-
y wavering security situ- men in attacksufrom motorcycles
n the Arab world's most last month. He said he was the
us country, plagued by son of a Brotherhood leader and
es of bombings and sui- had received weapons training.
attacks since the army The smaller, previously
rew Islamist President unknown groups authorities
mmed Morsi in a popu- believe to be disgruntled Broth-
acked coup last July. erhood supporters are staging
Brotherhood has always acts of vandalism such as burn-
I violence and accuses ing police vehicles or attack-
ities of orchestrating ing troop barracks, claiming
s to justify a crackdown responsibility for the attacks
as only intensified since on social networking sites and
erim government labeled online Jihadi forums. These
rrorist organization. An groups reject the Brotherhood's
da-inspired group based official policy of staging only
eastern Sinai Peninsula peaceful demonstrations. Mean-
aimed responsibility for while, security forces have been
f the attacks over the past arresting the administrators
s. of Facebook pages accused of
wever, the government's inciting attacks against police.
y accusation comes amid "The people in these move-
analysts perceive as a ments are likely from among
ling insurgency by previ- those who refuse the coup," said
unknown, smaller groups, Magdy Qorqor, a spokesman for
se weapons like Molotov the main Brotherhood-led alli-
ils and home-made gre- ance, referringto Morsi's ouster.
to attack security forc- The escalation by security
ey say the groups were forces comes nearly two months
ed by pro-Morsi support- ahead of presidential elections
ho are frustrated by the following Morsi's July over-
t in demonstrations and a throw, after millions took to the
uous heavy-handed secu- streets demanding his resigna-
ackdown. tion.

Same-sex couples
to receive new legal
ights and protections

Federal decision will
allow spouses to not
testify against one
another in court
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an
assertion of same-sex marriage
rights, Attorney General Eric
Holder is applying a landmark
Supreme Court ruling to the Jus-
tice Department, announcing
Saturday that same-sex spouses
cannot be compelled to testify
against each other, should be eli-
gible to file for bankruptcy joint-
ly and are entitled to the same
rights and privileges as federal
prison inmates in opposite-sex
marriages.
The Justice Department runs
a number of benefits programs,
and Holder says same-sex cou-
ples will qualify for them. They
include the September 11th Vic-
tim Compensation Fund and
benefits to surviving spouses of
public safety officers who suffer
catastrophic or fatal injuries in
the line of duty.
"Ineverycourthouse, in every
proceeding and in every place
where a member of the Depart-
ment of Justice stands on behalf
of the United States, they will
strive to ensure that same-sex
marriages receive the same priv-
ileges, protections and rights as
opposite-sex marriages under
federal law," Holder said in pre-
pared remarks to the Human
Rights Campaign in New York.
The advocacy group works on
behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender equal rights.
Just as in the civil rights
struggles of the 1960s, the stakes
in the current generation over
same-sex marriage rights "could
not be higher," said Holder.
"The Justice Department's
role in confronting discrimina-
tion must be as aggressive today
as it was in Robert Kennedy's
time," Holder said of the attor-
ney general who played a lead-

ership role in advancing civil
rights.
Human Rights Campaign
President Chad Griffin said
Holder's "landmark announce-
ment will change the lives of
countless committed gay and
lesbian couples for the better.
While the immediate effect of
these policy decisions is that
all married gay couples will be
treated equally under the law,
the long-term effects are more
profound.
Today, our nation moves clos-
er toward its ideals of equality
and fairness for all."
Holder's speech was criticized
by the conservative National
Organization for Marriage.
"This is just the latest in a
series of moves by the Obama
administration, and in particu-
lar the Department of Justice,
to undermine the authority and
sovereignty of the states to make
their own determinations regu-
lating the institution of mar-
riage," said Brian Brown, the
group's president.

In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian Supreme Leader's Office, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei makes a speech to military members in Tehran, Iran on Thursday.
Iran to provide information on
its nuclear program to U.N.

Agreement indicates have worked on nuclear weap-

new sentiment in
political leadership

VIENNA (AP) - In a signifi-
cant move, Iran agreed Sunday
to provide additional informa-
tion sought by the U.N. nuclear
agency in its long-stalled probe
of suspicions that Tehran may

ons.
Iran insists it never worked
- or wanted - such arms, and
the U.N'.s International Atomic
Energy Agency was pushing
ahead with its investigation
with expectations that Tehran
would continue to assert that
all of its activities it is ready to
reveal were meant for peaceful
nuclear use.

Still, the IAEA's announce-
ment that Tehran was ready
to "provide information and
explanations" for experiments
in a type of detonator that the
agency says could be used to
trigger a nuclear explosion
appeared to be the latest indi-
cation that Iran's new political
leadership is seeking to ease
tensions over its nuclear pro-
gram.

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