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Pinal sheriff's Stonegarden-funded copter carries BP agents near Ajo

A helicopter crew with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, on a mission funded by Operation Stonegarden, carried Border Patrol agents and their dog to an area southeast of Ajo to arrest eight Guatemalan men Wednesday morning.... Read more»

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Japanese politics: Dance, Dance, Dance

When Naoto Kan was elected Japan's fifth prime minister in four years, he was by far the most excited person in the country.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Is Sarah Palin America's Baghdad Bob?

New Smart v. Stupid column: I’ve never written or cared much about Sarah Palin. But her recent Twitter offensive blaming “Greenies” for the Gulf oil spill – to defend her signature line “Drill Baby, Drill!” – got me thinking about how much she reminded me of Baghdad Bob.... Read more»

Rio Nuevo

Council OKs downtown hotel timeline

The Tucson City Council gave the nod to a tentative timeline that lays out the process for negotiating agreements necessary for a new downtown hotel. Developer Humberto Lopez asked the city to fund a rehab of his Hotel Arizona, and to assist with another new hotel.... Read more»

Immigration & SB 1070

Sunnyside district joins lawsuit challenging state's immigration law

The Sunnyside School District is the state's first to join a lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law.... Read more»1

Militia founder Simcox ordered to turn over his guns

Chris Simcox, co-founder of the Minutemen border militia and former adviser to J.D. Hayworth, has been ordered to surrender his guns after his wife accused him of threatening to kill his family and himself.... Read more»

Can Britain put cork in binge-drinking crisis?

Britain has a blithely accepted culture of accelerated alcohol consumption, sometimes to the point of oblivion, that is unmatched by few other counties in Europe. As the country prepares for the obligatory drinking marathon that accompanies the World Cup, new measures are being urged amid warnings that alcohol consumption is reaching crisis levels.... Read more»

Life on Saturn moon? Well . . . maybe

Could Saturn’s cold, cloud-covered moon Titan host an exotic form of primitive life based on methane, in sharp contrast to the water-based life of Earth?... Read more»

City Council proposes land swap for Painted Hills

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to reconsider annexing the Painted Hills area, but will ask the county to pursue a land swap for the parcel.... Read more»

Victims of the Gulf oil spill

Hundreds of oil-covered animals have been rescued from the Gulf of Mexico so far. As Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, the volume of casualties is steadily increasing.... Read more»

Brain injuries undiagnosed in thousands of soldiers

The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found.... Read more»

The music capital you've never heard of

You probably think of London as Britain’s musical capital: It is where musicians get discovered, where music moguls sit in skyscrapers and decide on the next big thing, and where artists land the elusive record deal. But a smaller city has knocked off London’s crown.... Read more»

Free 'Bodies' for teachers on Tuesdays

Beginning today, teachers will be offered free admission on Tuesdays to "Bodies...The Exhibition."... Read more»

Supreme Court blocks Clean Elections matching funds

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an emergency halt to matching-funds payouts from Arizona's publicly funded Clean Elections program on Tuesday.... Read more»

Polish plane crash mystery deepens

Dramatic recordings from the black box of the doomed Polish government airliner that crashed April 10, killing Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, indicate that the main cause of the catastrophe was pilot error.... Read more»2

South African soccer comes a long way

When the World Cup kicks off on June 11, South African soccer will have completed an incredible journey: from international pariah to host of the world’s greatest football tournament.... Read more»

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