In brief: Border Patrol halts flights to Mexico

TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. – The U.S. government has halted one-way flights home for Mexicans caught entering the country illegally.

It’s a money-saving move that ends a seven-year experiment that cost taxpayers nearly $100 million.

More than 125,000 passengers were flown deep into Mexico for free since 2004. The Border Patrol hailed it as a way to discourage people from trying their luck again, and it appears to have kept many away – at least for a short time.

But with Border Patrol arrests at 40-year lows, officials found the costs increasingly difficult to justify. Flights carrying up to 146 people were cut to once from twice daily last year. This summer, there haven’t been any.

Jury awards Wynn $20 million in suit

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded casino mogul Steve Wynn $20 million after it found that he had been defamed by “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis.

Wynn had sued Francis over the latter’s claims that Wynn had threatened to have him killed and buried in the desert. Testifying last week, Wynn called the accusation a “terrible lie” that could potentially hurt his reputation and that of his eponymous company.

Democrat exits Maryland race

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A Democratic congressional candidate from Maryland has dropped out of the race after the state party said she had voted in both Maryland and Florida in the 2006 general election and in the 2008 presidential primaries.

Wendy Rosen confirmed to the Associated Press that she was withdrawing from the 1st District congressional race. She did not elaborate beyond a statement citing “personal issues.”

The 57-year-old Miami native lives in Cockeysville, Md. She was running against first-term Republican congressman Andy Harris.

Churchill loses bid to get CU job back

DENVER – A former University of Colorado professor who compared some 9/11 victims with a Nazi has lost his appeal to get his job back.

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court decision against Ward Churchill.

The court said that the Denver District Court was right to direct a verdict in favor of the university and to find that the school was entitled to “quasi-judicial immunity.”

A CU spokesman said the ruling was a victory for faculty members who follow the rules.

A Churchill attorney said he’ll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Churchill’s 2007 termination came after an essay he wrote described some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as “little Eichmanns,” a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi leader who helped orchestrate the Holocaust.


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