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In the news this morning: Westminster elects first Vietnamese American mayor, a settlement on Ruben Salazar lawsuit, the GOP and immigration reform, more

Businesses in Westminster, California's Little Saigon.
Businesses in Westminster, California's Little Saigon.
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Westminster's Tri Ta first elected Vietnamese American Mayor - Southern California Public Radio - Westminster's new mayor is the son of a Vietnamese political refugee, a magazine editor and a black belt. His election "represents another step in the maturation of Vietnamese Americans in the US."

Blacks, Latinos join White House in 'fiscal cliff' PR war - NPR  From the story: "The White House is warning African-Americans and Hispanics that they face disproportionate harm from tax hikes, spending cuts and an end to extended unemployment benefits if a deal isn't struck to avoid the fiscal cliff."

Latino group settles suit over journalist's death - San Jose Mercury News The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund has reached a settlement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that the department will disclose autopsy and other documents related to the 1970 death of Ruben Salazar. The Los Angeles Times journalist was struck and killed by a tear gas canister fired by a deputy during a protest. 

Partisan gridlock over immigration reform may be easing - Los Angeles Times An opinion piece on the "growing chorus of influential Republican voices, including evangelical leaders and, most recently, former President George W. Bush" who are calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigration board hears appeal from former Nazi guard, 88, living in Pa. - Washington Post The federal Board of Immigration Appeals has heard an appeal from 88-year-old Anton Geiser of Sharon, Pa. Geiser has admitted to serving as a Nazi SS guard in two concentration camps during World War II; he was ordered deported in 2010.

Deportation looms for tech guru McAfee after heard drama - Reuters U.S. computer software pioneer John McAfee, 67, is in Guatemala fighting deportation to Belize, where he is wanted for questioning regarding a neighbor's murder. He was reportedly rushed to a hospital on Thursday after suffering a suspected heart attack, after his asylum request was declined.