A.M. Links: Las Cruces Shuts Off the Gas For Unpaid Speeding Tickets, Egypt's Sinai "a kind of Wild West," Kazakhstan Thanks Borat


  • Mitt Romney got a clean sweep in yesterday's Republican primary contests. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, coal executive Tom Smith won the race to challenge Democratic Senator Bob Casey in November.

  • The city of Las Cruces, New Mexico wants to shut off your gas and water if you don't pay your speeding tickets. "The city is notifying offenders by mail that they have until the due date stated in the letter to pay the fines or make satisfactory payment arrangements," a Las Cruces press release warned. "Failure to comply will result in termination of utilities services."
  • News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch testifies before a British inquiry a day after his son James' testimony resulted in calls for the resignation of the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
  • Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has turned into a "kind of Wild West," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel Radio. "We are taking action to deal with this reality, and we are taking action – by the way – in cooperation and continuous discussion with the Egyptian government, which is also concerned about this," he said.
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees criticized the Hungarian government for its policy of long-term detention of asylum-seekers. "No other country (in Central Europe) is taking such extreme and harsh measures as Hungary does, and in no other country do we hear so many similar reports of abuse in detention," said Gottfried Koefner, the Commissioner's representative for the region.
  • Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov credits the Sacha Baron Cohen character Borat for the country's recent tourist boom. "It was a great triumph for us and I am grateful to Borat for helping to attract tourists to Kazakhstan," he told lawmakers Monday.

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