- - Monday, February 7, 2011

ARIZONA

Citizenship bill stalls in committee

PHOENIX | The Arizona lawmaker who proposed a challenge to automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants called off a scheduled vote on his measure Monday because he didn’t have enough votes to get it out of committee.

But Republican Sen. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu City said he doesn’t think his bill is dead. Calling off a vote in committee doesn’t prevent lawmakers from bringing up their proposals for a vote again.

Mr. Gould hopes the measure would prompt a court interpretation on an element of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. who are “subject to the jurisdiction” of this country. Supporters of the bill the amendment doesn’t apply to the children of illegal immigrants because such families don’t owe sole allegiance to the U.S.

The bill’s sponsors say the goal is to force a court to rule that a child born in the U.S. is a citizen only if either parent is a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Natural History Museum reopens after fire

A fire broke out Monday morning at a building near the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History on the Mall, emitting a plume of black smoke and closing area streets, officials said.

Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said a building detached from the museum that contains the facility’s cooling tower caught fire early Monday. She said it appeared the fire started while a contractor was working in the mechanical building.

No smoke entered the main building, where millions of artifacts and specimens are housed. The museum opened to visitors Monday shortly after its regular opening time of 10 a.m.

D.C. Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite said the fire did not pose a risk to the museum. No injuries were reported.

ILLINOIS

State sues to stop convicted ex-cop’s pension

CHICAGO | Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Monday to stop a former Chicago police official convicted of lying about the torture of suspects from getting his $3,000-a-month pension.

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