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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment:

Mar 27, 2013 7:52am

US-CONGRESSWOMAN-SHOT-REACTION

Giffords says Loughner should never had gun access

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says the release of police reports in the Tucson rampage that seriously wounded her shows that the "mentally disturbed" shooter should have never had access to a gun.

Giffords says not a day goes by without her thinking of the meet-and-greet event outside a Tucson supermarket and all those affected by the shooting in January 2011 that left six dead.

Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced last November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after he pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges.

In a statement released Wednesday by the gun control advocacy group she started with her husband, Giffords says "no one piece of legislation will end all gun violence." But she hopes "commonsense policies like universal background checks" are enacted.

US-COLORADO-SHOOTING

Colo. theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea

DENVER (AP) — Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered to have him plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.

Lawyers made the offer in a motion filed Wednesday but said prosecutors haven't accepted the offer because they may want to pursue the death penalty.

Prosecutors are set to announce Monday whether they'll seek capital punishment.

Prosecutors declined comment. They would likely consult with victims and their families before deciding whether to accept the offer.

Holmes faces murder and attempted murder charges. The judge entered a not guilty plea for him, but he still has the option of changing that to not guilty by reason of insanity.

Holmes' lawyers say the case could end Monday if prosecutors accept the offer.

OBAMA-IMMIGRATION

Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's confident a comprehensive immigration bill can pass Congress by the end of the summer.

The president says his prediction is contingent on a bipartisan Senate group unveiling draft legislation next month. He says he's optimistic that will happen, saying the remaining issues that must be worked out are "resolvable."

Obama has long said that if the Senate process fails, he'll put forward his own bill. But he says given the progress he's seeing on Capitol Hill, he doesn't think that step will be necessary.

The president spoke in interviews with the Spanish-language television networks Telemundo and Univision.

BUDGET BATTLE-PENTAGON FURLOUGHS

APNewsBreak: Pentagon cuts number of furlough days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials say the Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will have to take in the next several months from 22 to 14, reducing the financial impact of the budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

Officials say Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the decision Wednesday. Military and defense leaders continue to work through the details, trying to decide how to allocate the more than $10 billion Congress shifted to operations accounts. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Initially, civilians would have had to take one day off each week for 22 weeks.

US-CORRECTIONS-DIRECTOR-KILLED

UPDATE: Woman tied to gun used to kill Colo. prisons chief

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has arrested a woman accused of illegally transferring the gun authorities say was used to kill Colorado's prisons chief.

The agency said late Wednesday that the 22-year-old woman is suspected of buying the firearm from a licensed dealer in suburban Denver and transferring it to Evan Ebel (EE'-bull).

He died after a shootout in Texas last week.

Investigators say the gun Ebel used in the shootout was the same one used to kill prisons chief Tom Clements on March 19.

Ebel was a felon who had been paroled in January, so it wasn't legal for him to possess a firearm.

WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE

UPDATE: Washington island landslide affects 34 homes

SEATTLE (AP) — Some residents evacuated from hillside homes on Washington state's Whidbey Island after a large landslide are being told they can return, now that geologists have taken a preliminary look at the area.

One house was knocked off its foundation and 33 others were evacuated after the slide hit early Wednesday. Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin says residents of 15 homes were told Wednesday evening they could return if they wished.

No injuries have been reported.

Hartin says emergency personnel evacuated a resident from the damaged home by all-terrain vehicle, reaching him by cutting across property owned by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The chief says Ballmer's home and property are not threatened.

US-KENTUCKY-SENATE-ASHLEY-JUDD

Actress Ashley Judd won't run for US Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd says she won't run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Judd made the announcement in a Twitter message late Wednesday afternoon.

Judd had hinted last week that she was nearing a decision about the race.

The former Kentucky resident now living in suburban Nashville, Tenn., has said little publicly about her intentions.

However, she has been meeting with several Democratic leaders, including Gov. Steve Beshear, to discuss a possible run.

Defeating McConnell would be the Democrats' biggest prize of the 2014 election.

His seat is one of 14 that Republicans are defending while Democrats try to hold onto 21. Democrats hope to retain or add to their 55-45 edge.

Judd has starred in several movies including "Kiss the Girls" and "Dolphin Tale."

JOHN EDWARDS-DAUGHTER

John Edwards' daughter speaks on father's affair

NEW YORK (AP) — The eldest daughter of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says it was difficult to watch the experience her parents went through after he revealed that he'd had an affair.

Cate Edwards spoke in an interview scheduled to be aired on NBC's Today show Friday morning and on "Rock Center with Brian Williams" that evening. She said her father told her of the affair and that she was devastated by the news, adding that it was hard to see them go through the ordeal. The 31-year-old attorney's comments were reported on the Today website.

John Edwards' campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial last May when jurors acquitted him on one of six charges but were unable to decide whether he misused money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president.

NBA-BULLS SNAP HEAT WIN STREAK

Heat win streak ends at 27, second longest

CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates fell short.

The Heat finished six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

PEOPLE-KORDELL STEWART-DIVORCE

NEW: Lawyer: reality star learned of divorce from media

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawyer for reality television star Porsha Williams says she learned from the media that her former NFL player husband had filed for divorce.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart filed for divorce in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta Friday. The filing says his marriage to Williams is "irretrievably broken." The pair appears on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."

Lawyer Randy Kessler said Wednesday that Williams would have liked to have heard the news of the divorce filing from her husband and is disappointed that he misled her.

Stewart's filing says the two married on May 21, 2011, and have no children together.

Stewart asks the court to find there are no marital assets to divide. He asks that neither side be ordered to pay alimony.


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