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PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has approved an agreement to dismiss the most contentious parts of the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

The deal between the U.S. Justice Department and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ends the federal challenge to the law's requirement that police, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

In exchange, the state agreed to permanently shelve the law's prohibition on harboring immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Both sides tentatively agreed to the deal more than a week ago. It was approved Monday by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.

All that remains of the Obama administration's case is its challenge of a minor revision to a 2005 smuggling law that was contained in the 2010 statute.

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