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Arizona will defend its immigration law before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday against charges by the Obama administration. The case is expected to be a landmark decision, determining whether states have the right to enforce federal immigration laws as they see fit, news sources report.

Senate Bill 1070 made it a state crime to be in the country illegally, among other things. The bill allowed police "to check the immigration status of people they lawfully stop and suspect of being in the country illegally. If they were unable to show a driver's license or other 'proof of legal presence,' they would be arrested and held for federal immigration agents. Arizona also would make it a crime to lack immigration papers or for illegal immigrants to seek work," the Los Angeles Times reported.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration says mere "unlawful presence" in this country is not a federal crime, and it opposes state efforts to round up and arrest more illegal immigrants. Instead, the administration has gone after drug traffickers, smugglers, violent felons, security risks and repeat border crossers. Last year, nearly 400,000 people were deported, a record high, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Other states have begun to roll out copycat versions of the bill. The Supreme Court's decision will determine whether Arizona, and therefore, all states, have the right to enforce federal immigration laws the way they see fit. The U.S. Department of Justice in its lawsuit argued that immigration is an issue that only the federal government can address. The state argued that SB 1070 mirrors federal law and assists the federal government in enforcement, USA Today reported.

The debate is especially charged as the presidential election looms around the corner, and illegal immigration remains a key partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats. There is an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"This could be one of the most significant immigration decisions of the last 20 or 30 years," University of California-Davis School of Law Dean Kevin Johnson told the Los Angeles Times. "It raises all kinds of issues that make for great cases: Immigration is an issue of great public importance, it raises issues of state versus federal power and it comes at a time when there is a lot of attention being focused on what's going on on the border."

School bus driver accused of 'sexting' Wisconsin boy

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A 51-year-old school bus driver has been accused of texting nude pictures of himself to an 11-year-old passenger, news sources report.

Bobb Bergman of Schley, Wisconsin, has been charged with stalking and three other felonies. Bergman posted bond and was released from Lincoln County Jail, the Pioneer Press reported.

The criminal complaint does not identify the school district or bus company that employed Bergman, the Pioneer Press reported.

The boy's parents told authorities that the boy received 10 photos from Bergman's cellphone, including some of male genitalia, WCCO reported.

Bergman also allegedly asked the boy to collect other students' cell phone numbers, according to the Pioneer Press.

Gophers linebacker found dead at age 22

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Gary Tinsley, a Gophers linebacker set to graduate next month, was found dead early Friday morning in Roy Wilkins Hall, news sources report. He was 22.

Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to release Tinsley's cause of death. Tinsley had no known prior medical conditions and there was no evidence of drug and alcohol use, University police Chief Greg Hestness told the Associated Press.

Tinsley watched a movie with some teammates in his room on Thursday night and went to bed around 11 p.m., a team spokesman told the Associated Press.

The next morning, one of Tinsley's roommates went to check on the player when his alarm sounded without being turned off. The roommate found Tinsley wasn't breathing, the Associated Press reported.

University police received a 911 call at about 7:40 a.m. Friday, the Minnesota Daily reported. Tinsley was pronounced dead at the scene about 8:15 a.m.

Hestness said there were no immediate signs of foul play, but police are treating it as a suspicious death because "the death of a young athlete is out of the ordinary," The Associated Press reported.

Five Minnesotans killed in Kansas motor home crash

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Five members of a Minnesota family were killed Sunday when their motor home plunged into a ravine in Kansas, news sources report.

The Kerber family of Jordan, Minn., and a few of their friends were returning from a vacation in Texas racing motocycles. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the motor home held 18 people and was pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. on Interstate 35, the Associated Press reported.

Another 13 people, including several other members of the family, were critically injured in the crash, according to the Star Tribune.

The survivors were sent to several surrounding hospitals. Overland Park Regional Medical Center listed Pauline Kerber, a 46-year-old widowed mother of 12, as in critical but stable condition, according to the Associated Press.

Mary Mohn of Woodbury was the first person to reach the victims. "I couldn't believe what I saw," Mohn told the Star Tribune. "It looked like the RV exploded. The walls were on both sides of the creek. A couch was sitting in the creek. Toilets were on the embankment. Clothes and food and shoes were scattered all over. I could hear a woman screaming ... and kids whimpering, crying."

The crash is still under investigation, and authorities haven't officially released the identities of the victims. Friends have identified the dead as members of the extended Kerber family, including Tom Kerber, 25, and his wife, Melissa, 24, as well as three of Tom's younger siblings, Joy, 14; James, 12, and Jessica, 10, according to the Star Tribune.

James Cameron dives to the bottom of the sea

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By Alysha Bohanon

Hollywood director James Cameron plunged nearly seven miles down to the deepest point in the ocean Sunday in a submarine of his own design, news sources report.

Cameron is financing the multimillion dollar expedition himself, along with National Geographic and Rolex. He is the first person to venture that deep in 52 years, according to the New York Times.

Cameron spent seven years secretly planning the expedition with a team in Australia. His submarine is a sleek, 24-foot-long and 43 inch wide craft known as the Challenger Deep, the New York Times reported.

The National Geographic Society said he reached the bottom at 5:52 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, according to the New York Times.

Cameron said that this voyage was a "dream come true," according to BBC News. He said, "I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction at a time when people were living a science fiction reality," he was quoted.

Cameron's craft is equipped with cameras and recording devices. The filmmaker plans to make at least two movies: a 3-D production for wide-screen theaters, and a National Geographic TV special, according to the New York Times.

The craft also has robotic arms, allowing Cameron to collect samples of rocks and soils. A team of researchers will work to identify any new species he encounters, according to BBC News.

Twin sisters, 73, found dead in home together

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By Alysha Bohanon

A pair of identical twin sisters, age 73, were found dead in their California home Feb. 26. Authorities believe the deaths were of natural causes and occurred within a short time of each other, news sources report.

Police found Patricia and Joan Miller in the home they shared in South Lake Tahoe. One sister was in a downstairs bedroom and the other was in the hallway outside, according to ABC News.

"My perception is one died and the other couldn't handle it," Detective Matt Harwood with the El Dorado County sheriff's office told ABC News.

Police have ruled out foul play in the deaths. "It appears purely natural, but we are still trying to piece it all together." Harwood told ABC News.

The twins were former entertainers and appeared on "The Hoffman Hayride," a television show in the 1950s. The sisters also entertained troops at military bases, according to KARE 11.

But as they aged, the twins withdrew into their home and cut themselves off from the world, according to ABC News. They avoided interacting with friends and neighbors, and police were unable to locate the sisters' family members.

Wisconsin legislatures debate a controversial bill proposed by the GOP that would establish single parenthood as a factor contributing to child abuse and neglect, news sources report.

Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman, the Assistant Majority Leader, proposed the bill, which would require the sate to say that "nonmarital parenthood" contributes to child abuse and neglect, and distribute official literature saying as much, according to Think Progress.

Children living with two married, biological parents have the lowest rate of abuse and neglect, according to the United States Department of Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Children living with a parent and unmarried partner have more than eight times the incidence of maltreatment than those living with two married biological parents, the Badger Herald reported.

Jennifer Jones, associate director of Children's Trust Fund, the board that would be required to distribute the official information, told the Badger Herald that there are other issues that put children at risk for maltreatment, which aren't addressed in the bill. These include parental substance abuse, mental health concerns, domestic violence, teen parenthood, low maternal education, parental history of child maltreatment, poverty and unemployment, according to research complied by the Children's Trust Fund.

Lisa Subeck, program manager, family advocate and Hope House coordinator at Dane County Parent Council Head Start, said she feels the bill was written to dictate personal choices rather than to help prevent child abuse. She said the wording of the bill is "non-marital parenthood," which does not just encompass single parents, according to the Badger Herald.

The bill would also impact two parent families living together and same-sex couples that are not granted marital status, Subeck told the Badger Herald.

Subeck also told the Badger Herald that "Sen. Grothman is inserting government into what should be a very personal decision."

Santorum criticizes Obama for Quaran burning apology

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By Alysha Bohanon

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of showing "weakness" on Sunday in his apology to the Islamic world for the U.S. military's recent burning of Qurans in Afghanistan, news sources report.

Santorum also said Afghanistan should apologize to the U.S. for the deaths of four U.S. soldiers during six days of violence sparked by the incident, according to the Star Tribune.

Copies of the Muslim holy book and other religious materials had been thrown into a fire pit used to burn garbage at Bagram Air Field, a large U.S. base north of Kabul, according to the Star Tribune.

More than 30 people have been killed in clashes since the incident emerged Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.

"There was nothing deliberately done wrong here. This was something that happened as a mistake. Killing Americans in uniform is not a mistake ... when that is occurring, you should not be apologizing for something that was -- an unfortunate -- say it's unfortunate, say that this is something that should have been done," Santorum said on a Sunday appearance on ABC News, according to the Huffington Post. "To apologize for something that was not an intentional act is something that the president of the United States, in my opinion, should not have done."

"It suggests that there is somehow blame, this is somehow that we did something wrong in the sense of doing a deliberate act wrong," Santorum said, the Huffington Post reported. "I think it shows that we are -- that I think it shows weakness."

By Alysha Bohanon

A major supporter of GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's campaign made a remark about contraception Tuesday that has many women's advocacy groups firing back, news sources report.

Santorum's billionaire donor Foster Friess, a retired mutual fund executive from Wyoming, he suggested that in his days, birth control was less expensive because women just squeezed an aspirin between their knees to prevent them from having sex, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"You know, back in my days, they'd use Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly," Friess said in an interview with NBC, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards called his comment "insulting and irresponsible," according to CNN. "Birth control is basic health care and used almost universally by women," Richards said. "It is not something to belittle on national TV."

The National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill called on Friess to "immediately apologize" to women, CNN reported. "Mr. Freiss' comments today on MSNBC that women use aspirin between their knees for contraception were not only offensive, but demeaning and disrespectful to women," O'Neill said in a statement to CNN. "Santorum should also use this time to renounce his anti-birth control stance."

Friess gave $330,000 to a Santorum super PAC last year, which made up half of the super PAC's total proceeds. Friess has said he contributed at least $250,000 more in the last month, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Santorum told reporters Thursday night that Friess was a "well-known jokester" and said he was not responsible for claims made by his supporters, according to CNN.

"Obviously I don't agree with the basic premise," he said, according to CNN. "It was a joke. It was a stupid joke. It was bad taste."

Obama's contraception requirement draws fire from all sides

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By Alysha Bohanon

The recent Obama administration rule requiring all employers, including religious-affiliated organizations, to provide health insurance plans that offer free birth control to women has many legislatures up in arms, news sources report.

The requirement was issued last month as part of Obama's health care overhaul. Church-affiliated organizations were given an extra year to comply with the mandate, but the White House has still been facing intense pressure, the Washington Post reports.

After growing outcry from religious leaders, the Obama administration sought a compromise by promising to "explore ways to make it more palatable to religious-affiliated institutions," such as allowing such institutions to make these insurance plans available to employees but not directly paying for the contraception aspect of the plan, according to the New York Times.

Congressional Republicans seized the opportunity to act on the kind of social issue that motivates unifies their base, another article by the New York Times reported. "The fight over the contraception rule offered a possible way to regain their political footing . . . It is potentially a powerful wedge issue that could unite what has been a fractured conference."

But Republicans have not been the only legislatures to voice their disagreement with the measure. Many Democrats are deeply divided about the issue as well.

"This is not only unacceptable, it is un-American," the Washington Post quoted Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as saying.

The Washington Post also suggests that certain Democrat's break from their party could have to do with the upcoming election season. Manchin is a Catholic up for re-election this November, and West Virginia is a very religious state. According to the Washington Post, the political upside for Manchin and other critics of the mandate is a fresh opportunity to show their independence from the president.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida introduced a new bill Thursday to expand the religious exemption and undo the Obama policy by allowing religious organizations to opt out of providing health care benefits to which they had a conscientious objection, according to the New York Times.

But not all Democrats are opposed to the mandate.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday promised a "fierce debate on women's rights if Republicans tried to repeal the policy," the Washington Post reported.

"We're here to stand up for the women of America who deserve to have access to free preventive care through their health insurance," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said, according to the Washington Post.

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