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US News: Senate to get Benghazi Douments; Budget Cuts vs. Economy; Giant Goldfish Threaten Lake Tahoe

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A congressional aide says the White House has agreed to give the Senate Intelligence Committee documents related to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Republicans had demanded the documents as a condition of voting on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director.
The congressional aide says the documents include emails between top national security officials showing the debate within the administration over how to describe the attack and other documents the committee had been asking for.
The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Exasperated governors say Washington's protracted budget stalemate could seriously undermine the economy and stall gains made since the recession.
At the annual National Governors Association meeting, the governors are expressing their frustration as they try to gauge the fallout from impending federal spending cuts.
Both Democrat and Republican chief executives are pessimistic that both sides can find a way to avoid the massive, automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1. They point to the latest impasse as another crisis between the White House and Congress that hampers their ability to construct state spending plans and spooks local businesses from hiring.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the federal spending cuts could lead to 19,000 workers being laid off at Pearl Harbor..
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin blames Republicans in Congress for playing game that put jobs and the recovery at risk.
Oklahoma's Republican chief executive, Mary Fallin, says the partisan gridlock between Congress and the president will have "real repercussions" for families and the states.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he sees no leadership and just politics as usual in Washington.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Current and former law enforcement officials say that when an explosion rocked the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993, terrorism didn't initially enter their minds.
The first report that day suggested a possible transformer mishap. But investigators learned over the next several days that Islamic extremists were behind the attack that killed six people and injured more than 1,000.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the bombing, the officials said at the time, it was difficult to know whether the attack was an aberration or the harbinger of a global anti-American movement.
The investigation eventually led to the arrest and conviction of the attack's mastermind, Ramzi Yousef.
Yousef is the nephew of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

DALLAS (AP) -- About 100 people have been rescued without injury by firefighters after a monorail at the Dallas Zoo stopped operating.
Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says as many as five extension ladders at a time were used to remove the passengers Saturday.
Local television stations reported the train was between 15 and 20 feet off the ground when it stopped.
Evans says firefighters responded to a 911 call about 3:30 p.m. after an unspecified malfunction caused the train to stop moving.
He says the 30-minute rescue was made easier because firefighters had easy access to the passengers.
The zoo's website says the monorail is the only one in the U.S. that can "climb and turn, taking guests on a one-mile tour through bush, desert, forest, woodland, river and mountain environments."

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police have found a black Range Rover SUV in Las Vegas and identified a suspect in a shooting that sent a Maserati into a taxi that exploded, killing three people.
Police Capt. Chris Jones tells The Associated Press the vehicle was found Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex east of the Las Vegas Strip. It has been impounded as evidence.
Jones says police are looking for 26-year-old Ammar Harris in connection with the shooting early Thursday on the Strip. His arrest history in Las Vegas includes charges of kidnapping and pandering.
Maserati driver and aspiring rapper Kenny Cherry was killed by gunfire.
Taxi driver Michael Boldon, of Las Vegas, and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash., died when the Maserati crashed into them.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a section of federal law that only recognizes male-female marriages.
In a filing with the court, the administration says Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act denies legally married same-sex couples many federal benefits that are available only to legally married heterosexual couples. Federal tax and Social Security survivor's benefits are among them.
In its brief, the administration said the provision "violates the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal protection."
The brief was filed as the justices prepare to hear arguments next month in a challenge to the 1996 law.
President Barack Obama last year said he personally supports gay marriage. He said in last month's inaugural address that the law should treat gay people like anyone else.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Giant goldfish could be threatening the ecology of Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border.
Biologists with the University of Nevada, Reno say they're finding a growing number of the fish in the crystal clear lake.
Researcher Sudeep Chandra told KCRA-TV (http://bit.ly/Yo0lIn ) the discovery is especially worrisome because the fish eats a lot and excretes "lots of nutrients" that stimulate algae growth.
Some of the goldfish have grown to 18 inches and could eat smaller fish and create new competition for native trout.
Chandra says that with no prior studies on goldfish for guidance, researchers are catching the giant fish and bringing them back to their lab to study.
It's not clear how the goldfish got into Lake Tahoe, but it's believed to be from people dumping aquariums into the lake.


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