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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency officials say the U.S. is falling short of its goals to cut Mississippi River pollution and shrink the dead zone it creates in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking in Minneapolis Tuesday, the federal officials said states in the river's watershed need to accelerate efforts to cut pollution from farm field runoff and sewage treatment plant discharges.

The area of depleted oxygen was the size of Connecticut this summer. Nancy Stoner, the EPA's acting assistant administrator for water, says that's about three times larger than the agency's goal.

Minnesota Public Radio reports each state has its own plan to help reach the overall goal. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will issue a draft of its updated plan next month and take public comments on it.

 

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CHICAGO (AP) - A judge denied bail for four men charged in connection with a shooting at a Chicago park that injured a 3-year-old boy and 12 others.

All four appeared before a Cook County judge Tuesday wearing street clothes.

Authorities say last Thursday's attack on the city's southwest side was gang related and in retaliation for another shooting that occurred earlier in the day, injuring one of the defendants.

Tabari Young, Bryon Champ, Brad Jett and Kewane Gatewood are all charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery. Prosecutors say the four are members of the Blackstone street gang. The park where they opened fire was inside territory frequented by members of the Gangster Disciples.

Investigators say Young and Champ were alleged gunmen.

Police say they don't believe they were targeting specific people

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials wrongly denied U.S. citizenship to a man who spent more than two decades trying to prove he was an American.

The case revealed a 1978 legal error that has resulted in an untold number of people being turned down for citizenship they were entitled to receive.

Sigifredo Saldana Iracheta was born to an unmarried American father and a Mexican mother in 1964 just south of the Texas border. He was deported at least four times. At one point, he was detained for nearly two years as he sought permission to join his family in the U.S.

For decades, the government has cited Article 314 of the Mexican Constitution, which supposedly deals with out-of-wedlock births. But the constitution has no such article.

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