LOS ANGELES – Immigrants would get access to banking services in Los Angeles under a proposal by the mayor that would create an official city photo identification card that could also be used as a prepaid ATM card for their private bank account.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says his plan is similar to programs in San Francisco and Oakland, where ID cards are issued to anyone who can prove residency, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Supporters say the cards could reduce crime, because fewer people would have to carry cash, and make it easier for many residents to obtain city services and identify themselves to law enforcement, they argue.
But critics say the plan is an accommodation to immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Passengers safe in wine boat mishap
Nearly two dozen people enjoying a bachelor party on what’s billed as San Francisco Bay’s only floating wine tasting room are OK after their boat hit a shoal near Alcatraz Island and began sinking Friday night, officials said.
The 45-foot Neptune hit the shoal at 8:42 p.m. and started taking on water after the impact left a 1-foot gash in the side of the boat, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. j.g. Josh Dykman said. Three Coast Guard boats took all 22 passengers and crewmembers off the vessel and brought them to the pier, Dykman said.
Obama’s Denver office hit by bullet
Denver police are reviewing video footage from city surveillance cameras after a shot was fired through the window of President Obama’s campaign office.
Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says cameras are in the area of the campaign office near Denver’s downtown, and investigators are poring over the tapes for any leads.
Lopez says people were inside the office when the shooting happened Friday afternoon, but no one was injured. A large panel of glass was left shattered at the office.
Woman’s family sues border agent
The family of a 32-year-old mother of five shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent as he rode on her car’s hood in suburban San Diego has filed a wrongful-death claim against the agency.
On Sept. 28, authorities say Munique Alvarado left an apartment in Chula Vista, Calif., where border agents were serving a warrant against someone else, and deliberately ran into officer Justin Tackett, who shot her in fear for his life after being forced to ride on the hood for several hundred yards as he asked her to stop.
But the court documents filed Friday say Tackett, 34, was suspended four times for misconduct including crashing a patrol car and violating suspects’ rights in the nearly four years that he worked as an Imperial County sheriff’s deputy.
Supersonic skydive on for this morning
The weekend weather in New Mexico appears to be cooperating this time for a daredevil trying to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.
Austrian paratrooper Felix Baumgartner will be prepared at sunrise today near Roswell, N.M., to launch his 30 million-cubic-foot helium balloon to hoist a 3,000-pound capsule that will carry the jumper 23 miles up in the sky. The jump has already been canceled twice because of high wind.
Afghan biker kills 6 in suicide attack
A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a local intelligence office in southern Afghanistan in the deadliest of three attacks that left at least nine people dead Saturday.
Six people – four Afghan intelligence officers, a coalition service member and a civilian employee working for the coalition – died in the bombing, which took place in the Maruf district of Kandahar province.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the group was targeting international forces in Afghanistan.
Ruckus raised over austerity in Spain
Several thousand anti-austerity protesters in Spain marched down a major street in Madrid banging pots and pans Saturday.
Many protesters also blew whistles as they carried placards saying We don’t owe, we won’t pay.
Spain has introduced biting austerity measures and other reforms to lower its deficit and assuage investors’ misgivings.