(CNN) – The scope of the damage to the Gulf Coast shores could be widening. East of Louisiana's prized wetlands, on the beaches of Mississippi, there's been a disturbing find. Tar balls are washing up and that's making a lot of people nervous. Our Rob Marciano has the report.
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By Carol Costello and Ronni Berke, CNN
(CNN) – Politicians and some police say Arizona's tough, new immigration law is desperately needed to stop a wave of violent crime committed by illegal immigrants "pouring over the border." Critics say this kind of talk is an excuse to use racial profiling to lock up people who are less likely to commit crimes than American citizens.
In Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is all about finding and arresting illegal immigrants. According to his Web site, his deputies have questioned, arrested or detained more than 38,000 of them to date. Three weeks ago, Arpaio said, “Right now and in this area, we have 100 people in jail right now charged with murder that are here illegally.”
It's a scary number for those living in a state bordering Mexico, a country with a violent drug cartel problem. But, critics say, while some illegal immigrants do commit violent crime, Arpaio's assertion that they are terrorizing Arizona en masse is simply false.
“When we look at the data, when we look at the real numbers, we find that those claims are wildly exaggerated, if not outright untrue,” says Professor David Harris of the University of Pittsburgh Law School.
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N. Korea slams report that it torpedoed S. Korean ship
(CNN) – North Korea denied Thursday that it fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship in March, killing 46 sailors.
South Korean military officials on Thursday announced the results of an official investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan, prompting North Korea to accuse them of fabricating evidence.
"We had already warned the South Korean group of traitors not to make reckless remarks concerning the sinking of warship Cheonan of the puppet navy," North Korea's national defense commission said in a statement, according to the Korean Central News Agency. "Nevertheless, the group of traitors had far-fetchedly tried to link the case with us without offering any material evidence."
The 1,200 ton corvette sank after a mysterious explosion tore it into half near disputed waters off North Korea on March 26. Read more
Gut Check: City issues ID's to illegal immigrants
Politicians, and some police, say Arizona's tough, new immigration law is deserately needed to stop a wave of violent crime committed by illegal immigrants "pouring over the border."
Critics say this kind of talk is "wildly exaggerated" and an excuse to use racial profiling to lock up people who are five times LESS likely to commit crimes than American citizens.
Who's right? Our Carol Costello has a Gut Check report for us this morning.
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