Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Another victim of shooting rampage dies

A woman who was critically wounded in last week's Santa Monica, Calif., shooting rampage died Sunday, bringing the total number of victims killed by the gunman to five.

Marcela Franco, 26, died of her injuries at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to Santa Monica College spokeswoman Tricia Ramos.

Franco had been a passenger in a Ford Explorer driven by her father, campus groundskeeper Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who also was killed in Friday's attack.

Investigators trying to determine why the gunman, whom police on Sunday identified as John Zawahri, 23, planned the shooting spree were focusing on a deadly act of domestic violence that touched off the mayhem.

Ayotte backs immigration plan * Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said Sunday that she would support the bipartisan immigration overhaul under debate in the Senate and criticized "the broken immigration system we have now" as "unworthy of a great nation."

In a television interview and in a longer statement on her website, Ayotte became one of the first Republicans who didn't write the bill to line up behind the proposal that would offer a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Ayotte's support helps the bill's advocates move closer to the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster.

TSA stops 'Star Wars' actor * Not even Chewbacca and his light saber get a free pass with airport security before being cleared to travel.

Transportation Security Administration agents in Denver briefly stopped "Star Wars" franchise actor Peter Mayhew recently as he was boarding a flight with a cane shaped like one of science-fiction's most iconic weapons.

Airport officials say they wanted to inspect the huge walking stick before allowing Mayhew, who is more than 7 feet tall, on the plane. …

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