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FBI Releases Confession of Serial Killer:  An AP story Rachel D'Oro reveals evidence that Israel Keyes, arrested earlier this year for the kidnap and murder 18-year-old Anchorage woman Samantha Koenig, may have killed at least seven other people.  Keyes, who committed suicide in his cell on December  2, told the FBI the gruesome details of Koenig's murder, and also confessed to killing a couple in Vermont in 2011, four people in Washington state, and another victim, possibly in New York.  Keyes, a 34-year-old loner who traveled extensively, was arrested in Texas last March after using Koenig's debit card.  While in  custody he also confessed to raping his first victim years ago, a teen-aged girl in Oregon whom he intended to kill, but let go.  

Turning Over Illegals Optional in CA:  In a press conference  reported by Chronicle writer Bob Egelko, California Attorney Kamala Harris announced that local police departments are not required to comply with federal requests to hold illegal immigrants, who have been arrested for crimes, for deportation.  Under current federal policy, the fingerprints of arrestees are routinely sent to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.  If they are determined to be illegals the local police are notified to hold that person.  Attorney General Harris has determined that too many illegals arrested for minor offenses are being held, although the Obama administration recently announced last summer that it has refocused on deportations of only serious offenders.  The Attorney General's response is, just let them go.   

Judge Ousted in Fort Hood Case:  The Associated Press reports that the judge presiding over the trial of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has been replaced by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the military's highest legal authority.   The decision appears to be based on the previous judge's order that Hasan shave his beard, which the Court of Appeals concluded was biased.  Hasan is being tried for the unprovoked 2009 shootings that killed 13 and wounded more than two-dozen on the Texas army post.  The Court's order replaces Col. Gregory Gross, with Col. Tara Osborn. 

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