National News: Senators Get Access to Libyan Suspect; More Watergate Records Unsealed

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two senators say the Tunisian government will allow the United States access to a suspect in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said Friday they have been asking the Tunisian government for U.S. access to Ali Ani al Harzi.
Earlier this week, Graham wrote the Tunisian government, saying that providing access to the suspect is of the highest importance to members of Congress. He said the Tunisian response could have profound impacts on relations between the two countries.
Chambliss met last week with the FBI to emphasize the need for direct access to the suspect and any other individuals related to the Sept. 11 attack that killed four Americans.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge in Washington has ordered the release of some court documents sealed in the 1970s as part of the court case against seven men involved in the Watergate burglary.
U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth said in a two-page order Friday that some materials being sought by a Texas history professor should be released. He gave the National Archives and Records Administration a month to review and release the materials.
Luke Nichter of Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen wrote the judge in 2009 to ask that potentially hundreds of pages of documents be unsealed.
Attorneys for the U.S. government said in court documents earlier this year that they would not oppose the release of some of the documents.

BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe's sovereign debt crisis will last at least five more years.
Merkel says the continent is on the right path to overcome the crisis but "whoever thinks this can be fixed in one or two years is wrong."
Two years ago some heavily indebted European countries were dragged into the turmoil that first gripped global financial markets in 2007.
Greece in particular has been struggling with the austerity conditions imposed on it by countries such as Germany.
But Merkel told a regional meeting of her Christian Democratic Party on Saturday that the time had come for "a bit of strictness."
Otherwise, she says, Europe won't be able to attract international investment.

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police say they've charged a nanny with murder in the stabbing deaths of two children last month.
Police finally could interview 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega as she continues to recover from self-inflicted stab wounds. They charged her in her hospital bed Saturday night with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder.
Police say Ortega fatally stabbed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, on Oct. 25 in the children's Upper West Side apartment. She then stabbed herself.
A third sibling was with their mother when the killings happened. The mother returned home to discover her children dead and Ortega bleeding.
Ortega remains hospitalized under police guard.

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