The Associated Press . A 2005 Toyota Prius, which was in an accident, is seen at a police station in Harrison, New York, on Wednesday. The driver of the Toyota Prius told police that the car accelerated on its own, then lurched down a driveway, across a road and into a stone wall.
McALLEN, Texas -- Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies along the southwest border and those charged with weeding them out say they don't have the money to catch all the corrupt agents, homeland security officials told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday.
James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs, told a Senate homeland security subcommittee in Washington that only about one in 10 of the new hires for agency jobs are given polygraph tests, and of those, 60 percent are deemed unsuitable for employment.
That means that many who joined the agency during the recent hiring boom and did not take polygraphs could have joined with corruption already in mind, Tomsheck said.
Police: Agency looking into NY Prius crash
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Police said a national traffic safety agency is sending inspectors to suburban New York City to look at a wrecked Toyota Prius that its driver said accelerated on its own into a stone wall.
Harrison police Capt. Anthony Marraccini said Thursday the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told him it would visit the town to look over the car.
The 2005 Prius was being driven Monday by a woman who told police it sped up on its own as she was easing out of her employer's driveway.
ACORN gives up Ohio license, won't return
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The community organizing group ACORN has agreed to give up its Ohio business license and not return under another name, as it has in other states, under a settlement struck with a libertarian center that sued it.
U.S. District Judge Herman Weber, in Cincinnati, signed off on the deal, which settles claims brought by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law against ACORN's voter registration practices. Other terms of the deal are confidential.
The center alleged in a lawsuit filed in 2008 that ACORN's voter registration drives amounted to organized crime because the group turned in a pattern of fraudulent forms.
Center attorney Maurice Thompson said restricting ACORN's ability to support or enable other groups to ''do what they do'' was crucial to the deal, especially in a state he characterized as ''ground zero'' to their voter advocacy efforts.
Blagojevich asks judge to delay corruption trial
CHICAGO -- Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorneys are asking a federal judge to postpone his corruption trial, saying they can't be ready by the scheduled June 3 start date.
The attorneys said in a six-page brief filed Thursday with U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel that it would be physically impossible to wade through the massive amount of paperwork necessary to be ready for trial on time.
They also cited the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court might find some of the charges in the indictment unconstitutional. The high course is considering related cases now.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office had no comment.
Woman beaten in NY bar after rejecting advance
NEW YORK -- A stranger followed a woman into a New York City bar restroom after she rejected his advances early Thursday, savagely beat her in a toilet stall and perhaps even sexually assaulted her, police said.
The attack occurred around 2 a.m. at Social, a three-story bar and lounge on Eighth Avenue in midtown Manhattan where the victim, a nurse, had gone with a friend, authorities said.
The woman told police that she had rebuffed attempts by an unidentified man to dance with her, said police spokesman Paul Browne. When she went to the women's restroom on the second floor, he followed her and burst into a stall.
The man beat the victim until she was unconscious. She was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, broken jaw and other injuries.
Shooter left note, tells woman he let her down
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio State janitor who shot two supervisors in a campus maintenance shop before killing himself left behind a brief handwritten note directed to a woman named Donna that said ''sorry I let you down,'' according to documents released Thursday.
Nathaniel Brown, 50, who had recently received a bad job evaluation and was upset over his pending dismissal, scribbled out another note that appears to be a will.