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Feb. 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM   |   Comments

Graham, McCain, Obama meet on immigration

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain came away from their meeting with President Obama Tuesday saying they were more optimistic about U.S. immigration reform.

"It's one of the best meetings I've ever had with the president," Graham, R-S.C., told reporters. "Senator McCain made a strong point about the border, and the president understands the working components of it, so I was quite frankly encouraged.

"I think we'll have presidential leadership in a very productive way on immigration reform, and with that, we've got a very good chance of doing it this year."

Graham and McCain, R-Ariz., declined to give details of their discussion with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Roll Call reported.

But Graham said the Democratic president "committed himself and his office to be helpful, and I believe him."

"He wants to be a helpful entity here. ... I couldn't have been more pleased," Graham said.

McCain said Obama "understands the parameters of what we're dealing with." The Arizona senator wouldn't say whether an agreement the issue of border enforcement being linked to a pathway to citizenship.

"I believe that the president is very committed to comprehensive immigration reform," McCain said. "Now, does that mean he's committed to anything we do? No, he has his positions on the issue as well."


2 officers, suspect die in Calif. shootout

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A shootout in Santa Cruz, Calif., Tuesday afternoon left two police officers and a suspect dead, authorities said.

"Our department is in mourning. This is a horrific day. We lost two exceptionally fine officers today," Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said.

The city had never lost an officer in the line of duty, the Santa Cruz Sentinel said.

Santa Cruz Sheriff Phil Wowak said authorities did not believe there were any other suspects still at large but officers were going door to door in the city to make sure everyone was safe, the Sentinel said.

Wowak said his department would take over the city department's patrol duties temporarily in wake of the shootings.

"My heart goes out to those who were involved," Wowak said.

The shootings began about 3:30 p.m. when the Santa Cruz officers were investigating an incident at a house. A suspect opened fire on the two officers, killing them, then about a half hour later while other officers were pursuing at least one suspect, there was a barrage of gunfire that apparently left the suspect dead.

The names of the officers and suspect who died had not been released.


Train runs over 2 kids, sets off mob fury

BHOPAL, India, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A train ran over a boy and his young sister at a station in India, triggering mob fury that left the station on fire and an official dead, police said.

Two other railway employees were seriously injured in the incident Tuesday near Bhopal, capital of northern India's Madhya Pradesh state.

The Times of India reported police were holding at least 10 individuals for the violence at the Gulab Ganj station in Vidisha district. The report said the dead rail official was charred in the station fire, while the other two suffered serious burn injuries.

The two children, a 5-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister, were struck by an express passenger train as they were crossing the tracks accompanied by their parents, local officials told the newspaper. The two children died instantly, the report said.

Minutes later, a large mob attacked the station, authorities said.

Sources told the Times the three rail employees took cover inside a room at the station but the mob locked the room from outside before setting the facility on fire. The fire was later put out.

The Hindustan Times reported the fire had extensively damaged the Gulabganj train station and train service in the area remained disrupted for at least 4 hours.


Kelly wins Dem primary in Illinois 2nd

CHICAGO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Robin Kelly breezed to victory Tuesday in the special Democratic primary election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Illinois, results showed.

Former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson conceded after returns showed her lagging far behind, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"This is a big night for Robin, she did a great job," Halvorson said.

With nearly 69 percent of the 2nd District's precincts reporting, Kelly, a former state lawmaker, had 53.9 percent of the vote to 22.5 percent for Halvorson and 10.4 percent for Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale in the field of 14 candidates.

In the Republican primary, the Tribune said Paul McKinley held a slim lead over Eric Wallace 28.4 percent to 27.3 percent with Lenny McAllister in third place in the four-candidate field with 23.1 percent.

Tuesday's winners go on to the April 9 special general election. Kelly is widely expected to win the House seat.

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