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U.S. wants judge to close Indian casinos in California

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In a showdown in a years-long legal battle, federal prosecutors will ask a judge Monday to order slot machines and blackjack tables shut down at nine American Indian casinos in Southern California.

Officials for the U.S. Attorney's Office contend that the tribes are breaking the law by operating the casinos in Riverside, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara counties without first reaching an agreement with the state.Tribal officials will fight the motion in court. They blame Gov. Pete Wilson for refusing until recently to negotiate gaming compacts with the tribes - and they want more time to strike a deal.