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Parolee in shootout with police

– A man who led Texas authorities on a 100 mph car chase that ended in a shootout Thursday – and who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado’s state prison chief – is a paroled prison inmate, officials said.

The Denver Post reported that the man is 28-year-old Evan Spencer Ebel. A federal law enforcement official confirmed that identity to The Associated Press.

Legal records show Ebel was convicted of several crimes in Colorado dating back to 2003.

Ebel was driving a Cadillac in Texas that matched the description of the vehicle seen leaving the home of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements around the time he was shot Tuesday night.

Authorities in Texas said Ebel fired on them when they tried to stop his car. He was shot by authorities, who say he is essentially dead but is hooked up to equipment for organ harvesting.

Senators nearing immigration deal

A bipartisan group of senators neared agreement on a comprehensive immigration bill that would put illegal immigrants on a 13-year path to citizenship, officials with outside groups following the talks said Thursday.

The legislation also would install new criteria for border security, allow more high- and low-skilled workers to come to the U.S. and hold businesses to tougher standards on verifying their workers are in the country legally, according to outside groups and lawmakers involved.

Adult film legend Harry Reems dies

Former porn star Harry Reems, who co-starred in the landmark 1972 movie “Deep Throat,” has died at age 65.

Reems, who was born Herbert Streicher, died Tuesday afternoon at the veterans’ hospital in Salt Lake City. He had been suffering from multiple medical issues, including pancreatic cancer.

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