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Immigration proposal adds border surveillance

– A bipartisan group of senators finalizing a landmark immigration bill has agreed to require greatly increased surveillance of the border and apprehensions of people trying to cross it, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.

The legislation, to be released within days, would call for surveillance of 100 percent of the U.S. border with Mexico and apprehension of 90 percent of people trying to cross in certain high-risk areas.

People living here illegally could begin to get green cards in 10 years but only if a new southern border security plan is in place, employers have adopted mandatory electronic verification of their workers’ legal status and a new electronic exit system is operating at airports and seaports.

Bird-scaring device disrupts Guard base

After a report of gunfire, Air National Guard officials locked down a Mississippi, base Wednesday, but the noise thought to be shots turned out to be a device used to scare birds away from a runway, authorities said.

The lockdown of the base in the Jackson suburb of Flowood prompted Gov. Phil Bryant to return from an event on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and officers and first responders to rush to the scene.

Adding to the confusion, the 172nd Airlift Wing had been preparing for a drill this week that would have simulated a gunman on the base.

Rockefeller fraud guilty of murder

A notorious Rockefeller impostor was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the death of a man whose bones were found buried beneath the backyard of a suburban Los Angeles home.

Christian Gerhartsreiter was tried 28 years after the disappearance of newlyweds John and Linda Sohus in a heavily circumstantial cold case. Much of the prosecution’s evidence focused on the strange behavior of the man who adopted many names, including Clark Rockefeller. He masqueraded as an heir to the fabled oil fortune for 20 years.

DNA-finder’s note sold for record price

A letter that scientist Francis Crick wrote to his son about his Nobel Prize-winning DNA discovery was sold to an anonymous buyer at a New York City auction on Wednesday for a record-breaking $5.3 million.

The price, which far exceeded the $1 million pre-sale estimate, topped $6 million when the commission is included, Christie’s said.

The price was a record for a letter sold at auction, Christie’s said.

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