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Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona was set to pick up the endorsement of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Thursday in the race for the GOP presidential nod. California has 173 Republican delegates at stake on Super Tuesday (Feb. 5), or 15 percent of the total needed to secure the GOP nomination.

New rules aimed at tightening border security went into effect Thursday for US and Canadian citizens. People 19 and older must now show proof of citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate, or other ID rather than simply declare their citizenship. Border agents have the latitude to provide a grace period.

Rep. Thomas Davis (R) of Virginia, who presided over the hearings examining baseball's steroid problem, said Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in November in order to "take a sabbatical from public life." The announcement gives Democrats a strong opportunity to pick up a congressional seat.

A federal judge threw out a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the US Army Corps of Engineers over levee breaches that led to massive flooding in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina in 2005. Judge Stanwood Duval said that while the agency failed to protect the city, a 1928 law makes the federal government immune when flood-control projects like levees break.

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