PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer's lawyers on Thursday filed the first brief in their appeal of a ruling that put the most controversial elements of Arizona's new immigration law on hold.
Brewer asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to reverse the ruling U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton made last month.
The governor's lawyers say the federal government hasn't effectively enforced immigration law at the border and in the state's interior and that the state's intent in passing the law was to assist federal authorities, as Congress has encouraged.
They also said the judge erred by accepting speculation by the federal government that the law might burden legal immigrants and by concluding that the federal government would likely prevail.
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15 hurt as jet's tires catch fire on landing
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The tires of a JetBlue airplane caught fire Thursday during a hard landing in Sacramento that left 15 people with minor injuries and sent passengers down emergency slides to escape the aircraft.
Passenger Michelle McDuffie said people onboard felt a thud when the plane touched down about 12:50 p.m. after a flight from Long Beach, but nobody thought there was an emergency until the crew shouted for everyone to exit on the inflatable slides.
The plane appeared to experience trouble with its brakes, and four tires blew out during the landing, airline spokeswoman Sharon Jones said.
Alaska candidates wait for final count
WASHINGTON — If Sen. Lisa Murkowski is to overcome a 1,668-vote deficit in her bid for a second full term, she needs substantial support from the thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted in Alaska's surprisingly tight Republican Senate primary.
With all of the state's precincts having reported, attorney Joe Miller appears in a strong position to maintain his narrow victory, with 51 percent of the vote out of roughly 92,000 total ballots cast. But both he and Murkowski's campaign were preparing for a lengthy fight ahead.