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ALABAMA

Justice Department seeks immigrant data on students

MONTGOMERY — The U.S. Justice Department is asking every school district in Alabama to hand over enrollment information about all their students as part of its lawsuit challenging that state’s tough immigration law.

The department sent letters to school superintendents Monday telling them to provide lists that include the students’ race, national origin and whether English is their primary language. Justice Department lawyers also sought the names of students who have withdrawn from school and the date they withdrew.

The Obama administration says it’s concerned that Alabama’s recently enacted immigration law may chill student participation, and it wants the information to determine if further action is warranted.

Federal courts have put on hold a portion of Alabama’s law that requires schools to report the number, but not the names, of students whose immigration status is in question.

CALIFORNIA

Hefty fines OK’d for barking dogs

LOS ANGELES — Barking dogs can lead to a hefty fine in Los Angeles.

The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that fines owners of excessively barking dogs $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second and $1,000 for a third if a Department of Animal Services hearing officer decides the pooch is barking too much.

City prosecutor Dov Lesel told the Los Angeles Times that a dog’s barking would be considered excessive if it continued for 10 minutes or more, or intermittently for a half-hour or more within a three-hour period.

The ordinance is expected to get Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s signature. It would go into effect before the end of the year.

GEORGIA

Four men accused of planning ricin attacks

GAINESVILLE — Four men in Georgia intended to use an online novel as a script for a real-life wave of terrorism and assassination using explosives and the lethal toxin ricin, according to court documents.

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