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In the news, this afternoon: Immigration and the Senate agenda, no new fast food in South L.A., Fred Korematsu Day, race relations poll, mor

A mixed bag of p.m. reads for those just catching up:

Reid: Taxes, spending and immigration reform top Senate agenda - The Hill Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested yesterday that he could find common ground with Republicans on taxes, spending, and perhaps on immigration reform this session.

New Fast-Food Restaurants Are Banned From South L.A. - New York Times The city is making permanent what began as a temporary ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles, where poverty and obesity rates are high in relation to other parts of town.

Fred Korematsu Day Celebration Set for Jan. 30 - AsianWeek The state holiday is the first in the nation named after an Asian American. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill last fall approving the holiday honoring Korematsu, a civil rights hero who resisted the rounding up of Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II.

Blacks, Whites Continue to Differ In Opinions About Race Relations - ColorLines Dissecting a Washintgon Post poll on race relations post-Obama: As they were two years ago, white Americans are far more likely than black Americans to think that the country has achieved racial equality. But why weren't other ethnic groups included in the polling?

Mississippi Senate passes immigration status bill -The Clarion-Ledger A state bill that would charge Mississippi law enforcement officers with verifying the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country illegally passed 34-15 in the state Senate yesterday; it now goes to the House for approval.

Twitter ???! - KoreAm Twitter gets a Korean-language interface.