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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 7:45 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge issued a split ruling on Wednesday on Utah's controversial immigration law.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups upheld a key provision requiring authorities to check the immigration status of people arrested for felonies or certain misdemeanors such as theft. But he set limits on how it can be implemented.

Waddoups's ruling struck down a provision that allows warrantless arrests based solely on suspicion of immigration status. He tossed a part of the law that made it a state crime to harbor a person in the country illegally and one that requires local officers to investigate immigration offenses.

The law, which was passed more than three years ago, has been shelved pending a court review.

Utah was one of several states to pass nearly identical immigration-enforcement laws after Arizona's well-known measure.

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