Residents of El Paso, Texas, may soon find themselves living in New Mexico.
That's if two New Mexico state senators have their way, the Carlsbad (N.M.) Current-Argus and WOAI-TV of San Antonio reported.
Last Wednesday the New Mexico state Senate, citing a long-dead surveyor's error, passed a bill urging the state to sue Texas for the return of 603,000 acres, mostly vacant, where the Panhandle meets northeastern New Mexico.
But Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (search), D-Albuquerque, saw no reason to stop there and focused his efforts to the south.
"I think we should broaden our effort to reacquire El Paso, which was equally maliciously taken from us," Ortiz y Pino said on the Senate floor.
His colleague Sen. Shannon Robinson (search), also an Albuquerque Democrat, explained that the state line around El Paso is based on the course of the Rio Grande, which shifts with time.
As the boundary was being determined in 1850, Robinson explained, Texas had several engineers reinforce its claim, while New Mexico could only put forward some local shepherds as witnesses.
"The water master relied only on the data of the Texas engineers," he told the newspaper, "and his statement in the report to the U.S. Supreme Court said, 'The only evidence supplied by New Mexico was from some illiterate Mexicans who testified as to what they remember when they were 11 years old.'"
Robinson didn't address the likelihood that placing El Paso on the other side of the Rio Grande would put it not in New Mexico, but in Mexico proper.
New Mexico's claim to El Paso was not included in the final version of the bill.
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NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island, N.Y., man was ticketed in Brooklyn, N.Y., for selling Girl Scout cookies with his 13-year-old daughter.
The man, Hoi Louis, was in the Williamsburg (search) neighborhood delivering the cookies with his daughter last weekend.
The man told the New York Post it was his old neighborhood, before he moved, and that he and his daughter had been selling Girl Scout cookies there since his daughter was in first grade.
At 4:50 p.m. on March 5, a police captain and a uniformed officer pulled up to their van as they were unloading cookies. Louis told the Post that the captain from the 94th Precinct ticketed the man for selling cookies without a license.
The NYPD says the man and his daughter were not delivering the cookies, but instead were selling the cookies from a table they had set up on the street.
The child's grandmother, who was in the van, said her granddaughter was frightened by the police and the girl's father was flabbergasted.
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UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) - Dreaming of ways to break out of jail is pretty normal.
But for the second time in less than a month, police have arrested a man for trying to break into the Bullock County Jail (search).
Police said Ellis Hudson, 40, of Union Springs was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing after he was caught inside the fence of the jail on Feb. 21.
Union Springs Police Chief Jake Wheeler said he suspects Hudson was trying to smuggle tobacco to an inmate, since Hudson had pipe tobacco, three packs of cigarettes and rolling papers in his possession.
"There's no smoking in the jail," Wheeler said. "Someone could probably get $2 for a cigarette in there."
In early February, police arrested another man for allegedly attempting to break into the jail. Officers suspected he was trying to smuggle marijuana into the jail.
Hudson was released on $500 bail after spending the night in the jail.
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police arrested a man who was driving a stolen vehicle that was "hot" in more ways than one — the pickup owned by Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services (search) contained radioactive material.
The pickup was reportedly stolen while it was parked in Seekonk last Tuesday. It was later spotted by two police officers about 10 miles away in Fall River.
Fall River Sgt. Roger LaFleur said he and the other officer followed the truck cautiously because of its reportedly radioactive contents and slick road conditions. They took the driver into custody after the pickup stopped.
A city hazardous materials team that inspected the truck and its fiberglass-capped pickup bed determined the five containers carrying suspected radioactive material had not been opened. The truck and containers were then returned to a Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services employee.
LaFleur said he was unsure what material was in the containers or where the truck had been taking the containers when the vehicle was stolen.
John B. Germano, the 40-year-old Fall River man stopped by police, was charged with receiving a stolen vehicle.
MIAMI (AP) — A cafeteria worker discovered a live grenade last Tuesday morning on a counter where people typically order coffee and doughnuts.
The Opportunity Cafeteria (search) had just opened about 6:30 a.m. when the unidentified worker found the grenade on one corner of the counter. Police officers were summoned and determined that the grenade was active, with its pin still in place.
The department's bomb squad took the grenade to a secure location and detonated it. No one was injured and there was no damage to any structures.
Investigators were trying Tuesday to determine how the grenade got there. No other devices were found in the cafeteria.
Detective Delrish Moss said there were two customers in the cafeteria, located in a busy strip mall. Had the device exploded, he said, "it would have caused a significant amount of damage" and possibly killed or wounded the people.
The cafeteria's owner and the worker "were smart because they didn't touch it and they kept everyone away," Moss said.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Blood may be thicker than water, but that's no consolation to a man who contends that his father cheated him out of two Pittsburgh Steelers (search) season tickets.
Daniel Lemke of Cranberry, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing his father, Herbert Lemke of Murrysville, of backing out of a deal to sell his son the tickets.
Daniel Lemke contends that he paid his father $1,920 in 2003 for two "seat licenses," which give fans the right to purchase season tickets.
But the younger Lemke said his father never handed over the ducats because he intends to sell them to somebody else for more money, according to the suit filed in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court.
Daniel Lemke said he doesn't want his money back, he just wants the seats — on Heinz Field's lower level in the corner of one end zone — which the lawsuit said "are unique and have a special value to the plaintiff for which he cannot obtain a duplicate on the open market."
Daniel Lemke declined comment on the lawsuit, calling it a private family matter. His father didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.
Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.
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