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Legalizing youths could aid recruiting

The Pentagon’s manpower chief says a measure to legalize young immigrants who came to the county illegally is an obvious way to attract more high-quality recruits to the armed forces.

Clifford Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, says it would be unconscionable not to enact the so-called Dream Act. It would give hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the United States before the age of 16 a chance to gain legal status if they joined the military or attended college.

But it faces long odds in Congress, where most Republicans and a handful of Democrats regard it as backdoor amnesty for lawbreakers.

Democrats’ bid to advance it is likely to fail in a Senate test-vote scheduled for Wednesday.


Paul staffer’s hearing delayed

LEXINGTON | A court hearing for a former volunteer with Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s Senate campaign has been postponed.

Tim Profitt has pleaded not guilty to a charge of fourth-degree assault for a videotaped scuffle during which a liberal activist’s head was stepped on.

He was scheduled for a court appearance in Lexington on Tuesday. Assistant Fayette County Attorney Jennifer True told the Lexington Herald-Leader the hearing was put off to gather more evidence in the case. A pretrial hearing is now scheduled for Jan. 11.

The videotaped Oct. 25 incident showed the activist being pulled down, her face pinned to the concrete and then being stepped on outside the final debate between Mr. Paul and Democratic opponent Jack Conway.


Safety questioned in copter crash

Accident investigators say two government agencies missed repeated opportunities to catch miscalculations that set the stage for a firefighting helicopter crash two years ago that killed nine people.

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