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ARIZONA

Arpaio’s office accused of inappropriate spending

PHOENIX | The office of an Arizona sheriff known for efforts against illegal immigrants faces accusations that it inappropriately spent $99 million from two jail funds to pay for other law enforcement operations over the past eight years.

Maricopa County officials said Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office spent some of the money on immigration patrols and a public corruption squad that brought unsuccessful criminal cases against two county officials and a judge.

An initial estimate in September put the figure at $60 million to $80 million over four or five years.

Last year, officials asked federal prosecutors already investigating Sheriff Arpaio to determine whether the use of the money was a criminal violation.

Interim Chief Deputy Sheriff Jerry Sheridan said there was nothing criminal about the mistake. He blamed an outdated payroll system that failed to adequately track when jail officers were transferred to regular patrol.

CONNECTICUT

Yale student killed in hair-pulling lab accident

NEW HAVEN | A Yale University student nearing graduation was killed inside a school lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment, an official said Wednesday.

Michele Dufault, a senior majoring in astronomy, died Tuesday night “in what appears to have been a terrible accident involving a piece of equipment,” school officials said Wednesday. The school said the accident took place inside a chemistry lab machine shop but didn’t say what the equipment was.

The university told the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration that Miss Dufault was operating the machinery for a senior project when she was killed, said Kang Yi, an assistant area director for OSHA in Bridgeport, Conn.

OSHA was reviewing jurisdiction in the case and evaluating whether it would conduct an inspection, said Ted Fitzgerald, an agency spokesman in Boston.

MONTANA

Repeal of medical marijuana law vetoed

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