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Times Square figure deported

BOSTON - Federal immigration officials said Sunday that a Pakistani man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation into last year's failed New York Times Square car bombing has been deported to Pakistan.

Aftab Ali Khan was accompanied by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on a flight from Logan International Airport to Islamabad.

Khan, his uncle, and a man in Maine were arrested on immigration violations two weeks after the failed bombing attempt May 1, 2010. Khan pleaded guilty to immigration and illegal money-transfer charges. He did not face terrorism-related charges.

Federal authorities say Khan unwittingly supplied $4,900 to Faisal Shahzad, of Bridgeport, Conn., who was convicted in the attempted bombing. - AP

Fierce tornadoes whip the Midwest

JOPLIN, Mo. - Tornadoes ripped through parts of the Midwest on Sunday killing at least one person in Reading, Kan., and an unknown number of others in a Missouri town where a hospital was damaged.

The storm was part of a series that battered the Midwest on Sunday night. Tornado warnings and watches were posted from Texas to Michigan.

Damage was widespread across Joplin, Mo., said emergency coordinator John Campbell. He confirmed fatalities had been reported, but he did not yet have details. Phone communications were largely cut off.

A Kansas emergency management spokeswoman said the 53-year-old male died when his mobile home flipped over. In Minneapolis, a spokeswoman said one death there was confirmed by the medical examiner. - AP

Minn. seeks ban on gay marriage

ST. PAUL, Minn. - After nearly six hours of emotional debate, a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman was approved in the Minnesota House late Saturday night.

It was the last legislative step needed to put the question on the statewide ballot in November 2012.

State law already prohibits gay marriage, but supporters of the proposed amendment said it was necessary to prevent judges or lawmakers from legalizing it in the future.

Opponents said the constitution should be used to expand rights, not limit them, and predicted a long, divisive debate over the next 18 months.

- AP

N.Y.C. library is 100 years old

NEW YORK - At 100, the New York Public Library's landmark Fifth Avenue building has nurtured generations of scholars and boasts treasures such as a Gutenberg Bible and an early copy of the Declaration of Independence.

But while its stacks house millions of physical books, the library's push to embrace 21st-century technology includes a new digital publication available as an iPad app.

The library opened May 23, 1911. The system now encompasses about 90 research libraries and branches. Its collections total more than 50 million items. - AP