November 26, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Drug agents find smugglers’ tunnel


SAN DIEGO – U.S. authorities on Thursday found a sophisticated tunnel used to smuggle drugs between Mexico and San Diego, the second such discovery in the region in less than a month.

The half-mile passage runs from a residence in Tijuana to a warehouse in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area, the San Diego Tunnel Task Force said.

Earlier this month, federal agents confiscated 20 tons of marijuana they said was smuggled through another tunnel connecting warehouses on either side of the border.

The secret passageway ran the length of six football fields and had lighting, ventilation and a rail system.

Breakaway Baha’i can still use name

CHICAGO – A federal court in Chicago has ruled that a group of self-proclaimed orthodox Baha’i believers can keep calling themselves Baha’i despite a 1966 court decision that said an earlier breakaway group could not.

On Tuesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 1966 decision, which barred a splinter Baha’i group from using the same Baha’i label and sharing the Greatest Name, a sacred and trademarked symbol, does not apply to a modern offshoot known as the Orthodox Baha’i Faith.

Adherents of the Orthodox Baha’i Faith – about 50 in the U.S. – believe the mainstream Baha’i Faith, with about 5 million members worldwide, has strayed from the religion’s original teachings.

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