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Global trade in human body parts hard to trace

The paper trail following human remains is not foolproof — in some cases, infected tissue can be impossible to track down. Experts fear tissue taken from the dead will spread disease to the living, due to lack of safeguards and accountability in the human tissue industry.... Read more»

Deadly patrols

Prosecutions rare in Border Patrol shootings

Cochise County Attorney Edward Rheinheimer, who's practiced here for 20 years, has seen more than half a dozen cases involving Border Patrol agents fatally shooting people. He's taken only one of them to trial. Twice it ended in a hung jury.... Read more»

Body brokers leave trail of questions, corruption

In April 2003, Robert Ambrosino murdered his ex-fiancée — a 22-year-old aspiring actress — by shooting her in the face with a .45-caliber pistol. Then he turned the gun around and killed himself. Soon after, Ambrosino's corpse entered the vast U.S. tissue-donation system, his skin, bones and other body parts destined for use in the manufacture of cutting-edge medical products.... Read more»

House committee approves Franks bill to limit abortions in Washington

The House Judiciary Committee Wednesday approved a bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, to ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy.... Read more»

Human corpses are prize in global drive for profits

The human tissue industry is fueled by powerful appetites for bottom-line profits and fresh human bodies. ... Read more»

Deadly border patrols: One who lived to tell

"They call me the soap opera guy." Ever since a Border Patrol agent shot him and the bullet damaged his spine, Jesus Castro Romo has adjusted to a sedentary life. He used to drive a dump truck and do landscaping work. Now he walks with a cane. (with videos)... Read more»1

Rains mean caution on some county roads

More than a dozen Pima County roadways remain affected by recent rainstorms, and one is closed. Here's the list:... Read more»

Guest opinion

Napier: Time for a new sheriff

Mark Napier, a Republican candidate for Pima County's top law enforcement post, lays out his case for replacing Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.... Read more»3

Seasonal wildfire crews now eligible for federal health benefits

Seasonal hotshot firefighters will be able to buy into the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, the same program that offers health insurance to federal full-time employees, the White House announced Tuesday.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Mayor Rothschild shares his '360 Plan'

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, plus Republican candidate for Pima County sheriff Chester Manning, GOP Board of Supervisors candidate Mike Hellon, and Habistore manager Terry Dee.... Read more»

Investigating leading GOP money man Sheldon Adelson

In just a few years, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands created a gambling empire in Macau, China, that made him one of the world's richest men. Now, top Republican donor's business methods are under scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators.... Read more»

Feds lift forest, park fire restrictions

Following monsoon rains, campfires are allowed again in the Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park.... Read more»

How many millions of cellphones are police watching?

Cellphone companies finally disclosed that they responded to 1.3 million demands for subscribers' information last year from law enforcement, in response to a congressional inquiry last week. ... Read more»

Police take wait-and-see stance after immigration pact ends

Arizona police agencies said the loss of 287(g) state-federal partnerships might not be the critical blow to immigration law enforcement that some had feared.... Read more»

‘Prosecutorial discretion’ barely dents immigration case backlog

A year after federal officials announced a program of “prosecutorial discretion” aimed at reducing nearly 300,000 pending immigration cases, only 1.5 percent of the backlogged cases have been closed.... Read more»

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