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Enviros sue to stop fracking near Petrified Forest National Park

Three environmental groups sued the Bureau of Land Management Monday to prevent fracking for natural gas and oil in more than 4,000 acres of public land near a national forest in Arizona and the state’s most important aquifer.... Read more»

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Pastor claims government targeted her for ministering to immigrants

A Christian pastor claims in a suit filed in federal court in California Monday that the federal government illegally targeted her for administering her faith to refugees and immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»1

Tribal advocates urge passage of anti-violence bills

Native American advocates told lawmakers on a Senate panel Wednesday that tribal police should have jurisdiction over violent cases committed by non-Natives on tribal land and the federal government should improve databases tracking such crimes.... Read more»

Feds tell 9th Circuit: Detained kids ‘safe and sanitary’ without soap

The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, despite a settlement agreement that requires detainees be kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities. ... Read more»

Judge tosses House challenge to border wall funding

A federal judge denied a House request Monday to freeze funds taken for construction of a wall at the southern border.... Read more»

Ninth Circuit puts kibosh on Libertarian fight of Arizona election rules

While Arizona’s election requirements may force Libertarians to work harder to put candidates on the primary ballot, the rules passed constitutional muster Friday with a Ninth Circuit panel. ... Read more»

Arizona justices find cannabis extracts legal for medical pot patients

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state law protects the manufacture and use of cannabis concentrates, not just the plant itself. ... Read more»

Arizona DA accused of stonewalling records request

In more than six months since receiving a request for thousands of documents, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has provided just a single list of employees – a clear violation of the Arizona Public Records Law, the American Civil Liberties Union and a freelance journalist say in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.... Read more»

Mueller charges 13 Russians in election probe

Bringing the first indictment directly related to Russian election meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three organizations with illegally plotting to sow political discord and sway the election for then-candidate Donald Trump.... Read more»

Feds sue Az over rushed absentee voting in CD 8 special election

The federal government sued Arizona on Wednesday, claiming the state failed to give absentee voters enough time to consider the finalized and official ballot ahead of a Democratic special primary election. ... Read more»

Flynn pleads guilty of lying to FBI in Russia probe

President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. courtroom Friday morning to willfully and knowingly making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador.... Read more»

Swimmer calls UA swim coach needlessly cruel in lawsuit

A former swim team member has sued the University of Arizona, claiming that after he was beaten by a teammate his coach berated, ridiculed and ostracized him until he was forced to give up his scholarship and leave the university.... Read more»

Az Supreme Court orders Tucson to stop destroying guns

Tucson cannot destroy confiscated guns, because it violates a state law against local governments regulating the weapons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Johnny Depp's ex-wife drops defamation suit vs. Doug Stanhope

Johnny Depp's ex-wife, Amber Heard, has dropped her lawsuit against an Arizona comedian she accused of defaming her. The complaint against Doug Stanhope, Depp's friend, was dismissed without prejudice.... Read more»

Supreme Court sends contraception case back to lower courts, demands compromise

The Supreme Court unraveled an appeal Monday by religious nonprofits that do not want to complete insurance forms about their objections to covering contraception for employees. ... Read more»

Apple win in NY case spells trouble for feds pushing to unlock killer's iPhone

Far away from a similar fight over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, a federal magistrate refused Monday to make Apple unlock a suspected drug trafficker's phone in an unrelated narcotics case.... Read more»

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