Chertoff: No immigration changes anytime soon

SAN FRANCISCO - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says he feels the pain of employers pinched by intensified efforts to control illegal immigration, but adds that until Congress enacts broad immigration reforms they shouldn't expect any changes in enforcement.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Chertoff said this week that the rising complaints from businesses offer some evidence the Bush administration's approach is working.

'This is harsh but accurate proof positive that, for the first time in decades, we've succeeded in changing the dynamic and (are) actually beginning to reduce illegal immigration,' Chertoff said. 'Unfortunately, unless you counterbalance that with a robust system to allow people to come in temporarily and legally, you're going to wind up with an economic problem.'

Chertoff defended the actions of his agency, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

NYC hospital worker charged with selling info

NEW YORK - A man who worked in the admissions department at a prestigious Manhattan hospital has been charged with stealing and selling information on nearly 50,000 patients.

Dwight McPherson, 38, a former worker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was arrested Friday night, shortly after the hospital announced the security breach.

McPherson was arraigned Saturday in federal court in Manhattan. He is charged with computer fraud, identity document fraud, transmission of stolen property and sale of stolen property. U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV ordered McPherson not to leave the New York area.

Shootout at Los Angeles theater leaves cops hurt

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - A man being searched by police after getting into a dispute at a movie theater shot and wounded two officers before police returned fire and killed him, authorities said Saturday.

A man later identified as Jonathan Taylor, 24, got into a dispute with employees at the Pacific Beach Cities Stadium 16 theater Friday night, and police were called, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Officers were searching the man inside the theater complex when he pulled a handgun and began shooting, the statement said.

'The officers were both struck by gunfire but were able to return fire, striking the suspect,' it said.

Nesting geese attack shoppers, but show helps

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Buyer beware: A pair of Canada geese guarding their nest outside an Illinois furniture store are attacking unwary shoppers, even drawing blood from a few people.

However, the aggressive birds are still good for business at the P.M. Bedroom Gallery store. That's because the nest is right outside the front window and customers love the show.

The company's Illinois sales manager, Jeff Cleasby, says the location of the nest lets customers watch the birds safely from inside the store.

Cleasby says he has no plan to do anything to disturb the birds in the Chicago suburb.

'At this point they're almost like a mascot,' he said.

The eggs are expected to hatch in May and the store has started a contest to name the goslings.

Federal jury to determine fate of convicted child killer

BOISE, Idaho - His guilt is beyond question, his crime beyond comprehension. The issue for the jury will be whether Joseph Edward Duncan III deserves to die for kidnapping two young siblings in a bloodbath at their home and whisking them away to the remote wilderness of western Montana, where he tortured and raped them, and then killed the 9-year-old boy.

Some 350 jury candidates are expected to show up at a convention center downtown on Monday, when attorneys will begin to winnow the pool down to the 12 jurors plus three alternates who will decide Duncan's fate.

Duncan pleaded guilty in December to 10 federal charges, three of which could bring the death penalty: kidnapping resulting in death, sexual exploitation of a child resulting in death, and using a firearm in a crime of violence resulting in death.

He had earlier pleaded guilty in state court to kidnapping and murdering three other members of the Groene family in May 2005. Brenda Groene, her fiance, Mark McKenzie, and her 13-year-old son, Slade Groene, were bound and bludgeoned to death with a hammer.

Head of IMF: High prices will hurt poor countries

WASHINGTON - The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Saturday that if food prices remain high, there will be dire consequences for people in many developing countries, especially in Africa.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn added that the problem could also create trade imbalances that would affect major advanced economies, 'so it is not only a humanitarian question.'