Nation Briefs

Senators: Immigration deal not yet final

WASHINGTON – Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers on Sunday cautioned they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country to fill jobs in construction, restaurants and hotels. Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties conceded that the negotiations were not finished.

But the agreement hasn’t taken the form of a bill, and the eight senators searching for a compromise haven’t met about the potential breakthrough.

3 killed in 75-vehicle Virginia-N.C. pileup

GALAX, Va. – About 75 vehicles crashed Sunday along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate near the Virginia-North Carolina border, killing three people and injuring more than 20 others, police said.

Traffic backed up for about 8 miles in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 in southwest Virginia. Authorities closed the northbound lanes so fire trucks, ambulances and police could get to the wreck.

A series of crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday in the area of Fancy Gap Mountain. There was heavy fog at the time and photos of the scene after the accident showed poor visibility.

Seattle-area bar brawl leaves 3 men dead

SEATTLE – Three men were killed and another man was wounded early Sunday when a brawl led to gunfire outside a tavern, police said.

Auburn Police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said dozens of people were leaving the Sports Page Tavern in Auburn, which is about 30 miles south of Seattle, at closing time around 2 a.m. when a fight broke out in the parking lot.

He said several people pulled handguns and fired shots, and three men in their 20s were found dead. A fourth man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was in critical condition when he was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His condition was not available Sunday afternoon.

Alaska helicopter crashes during rescue

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Alaska State Trooper helicopter with three people on board has crashed during a mission to rescue a stranded snowmobiler.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says the crash site was spotted Sunday and no survivors have been found, but she could not immediately confirm that the three on board were killed.

Peters says the trooper helicopter was on a mission Saturday night to pick up a snowmobiler stranded near Larson Lake east of Talkeetna in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Associated Press