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Total Lunar Eclipse Expected Saturday


LONDON (AP) – The moon will turn shades of amber and crimson Saturday night as it passes behind the Earth’s shadow in the first total lunar eclipse in three years.

The eclipse will be at least partly visible from Asia to the Americas, although those in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will have the best view.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth passes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s light. The event is rare because the moon spends most of its time either above or below the plane of Earth’s orbit.

Although it will pass completely under Earth’s shadow, light from the sun will still reach the moon after being refracted through Earth’s atmosphere, giving the moon an eerie dark reddish tinge.

“It’s not an event that has any scientific value, but it’s something everybody can enjoy,” said Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Troops on Mexican Border Get Citizenship

The six members of the Texas National Guard were among those sent to aid the Border Patrol after President Bush called for 6,000 troops on the southwest border in May.

Pfc. Fabiola Jimenez, who came to the U.S. legally with her family when she was a teenager, said she had joined the National Guard in part because she knew it would expedite her citizenship application.

Citizenship will allow Jimenez to get a government job and enable her to sponsor relatives seeking citizenship, she said.

“I’ve been waiting for this forever,” said the 23-year-old, clutching her bound citizenship certificate after the ceremony in U.S. District Court.

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The White House approved the firings of seven U.S. attorneys late last year after senior Justice Department officials identified the prosecutors they believed were not doing enough to carry out President Bush’s policies on immigration, firearms and other issues, White House and Justice Department officials said yesterday.

The list of prosecutors was assembled last fall, based largely on complaints from members of Congress, law enforcement officials and career Justice Department lawyers, administration officials said.

One of the complaints came from Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), who specifically raised concerns with the Justice Department last fall about the performance of then-U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias of New Mexico, according to administration officials and Domenici’s office.

Iglesias has alleged that two unnamed New Mexico lawmakers pressured him in October to speed up the indictments of Democrats before the elections. Domenici has declined to comment on that allegation.

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