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Justices refuse to order anti-carp measures

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to order emergency measures that might prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite a warning that the exotic fish pose a "dire threat" to the region's environment and economy.

Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania wanted the Army Corps of Engineers to install nets in two Chicago-area rivers and to expedite a study of permanent steps to head off an invasion by bighead and silver carp, which have advanced up the Mississippi River and its tributaries to within 55 miles of Lake Michigan. Scientists say if the large, prolific carp spread widely in the lakes, they could starve out native species and devastate the $7 billion fishing industry.

The justices' ruling was their fourth rejection of pleas by the states for interim steps -- including closure of navigational locks in the Chicago waterways -- while their lawsuit against the corps is pending.

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Senator rejects request by Kennedy to pull ad

BOSTON (AP) -- Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., said Monday he won't be pressured by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's son to stop running a radio ad claiming the elder Kennedy's position is similar to Brown's in the fight over whether religious employers should provide birth control coverage.

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., had asked Brown to pull the ad that claimed Sen. Kennedy also supported religious exemptions for employers and health insurers.

Brown told reporters he wouldn't pull the ad. He said he was "confused" by Patrick Kennedy's letter because he appeared to share the same position as his father on the issue and co-sponsored a similar bill when he was in Congress.

Brown's chief Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, called his decision to continue running the radio ad "shameful."

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Girl's death after fight is ruled a homicide

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A 10-year-old girl who died following an after-school fight with an 11-year-old girl suffered head trauma in a case the coroner's office said Monday was a homicide.

Joanna Ramos, who would have turned 11 on March 12, underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot on her brain late Friday after she began vomiting and complained of a headache, said her sister, 17-year-old Vanessa Urbina.

Joanna was unconscious by the time she arrived at the emergency room, but hospital staff revived her three times before she went into surgery for the blood clot, her sister told the Associated Press.

"They did surgery on her brain because she had a blood clot, and after surgery the doctor said she was still alive, and then a few minutes later he comes back and tells us that her heart stopped and they couldn't bring her back," she said.

Police were continuing their investigation.