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Study: Voice-activated tech doesn’t always make driving safer

Vehicles equipped with voice-activated technology are designed to allow drivers to multitask hands-free and increase their safety behind the wheel, but a recent AAA study suggests that this may not always be the case.... Read more»

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500 killed in Venezuelan jails in 2011

With inmates wielding machine guns, rifles and grenades and guards often unwilling to enter the overcrowded buildings for fear of their own death, jails in Venezuela have become a lawless territory that magnify the violence outside their walls.... Read more»

Downed lines close Grant near Country Club overnight

Grant Road is closed overnight after power lines were downed in a motor vehicle accident, Tucson police said.... Read more»

Man wanted in Peterson killing surrenders

The man wanted for first-degree murder in the killing of 21-year-old Jordan “JP” Peterson surrendered in Texas on Saturday.... Read more»3

Midtown bank robber sought

Tucson police are seeking information about a man who robbed the Tucson Federal Credit Union at 3801 E. Speedway on Friday. Has the same robber hit the Midtown credit union twice within weeks?... Read more»

Opinion

Reproductive rights on the brink as Roe turns 39

We approach the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, on Sunday after a year that saw unprecedented assaults on access to abortion care and family planning services.... Read more»

Perfume vendor with Az ties gets 20 years for aiding cartel

A federal judge Friday sentenced a Texas perfume vendor with Arizona connections to nearly 20 years in prison for his involvement in a money-laundering scheme that prosecutors said aided the Sinaloa cartel.... Read more»

Mexico: A drug war survival guide

While Mexico’s merciless drug war has scared off tourists and investment dollars, it has fed one niche industry: private-security services.... Read more»

Report: State sees drop in number of homeless

Arizona posted the nation’s second-biggest percentage drop in its homeless population over the last three years, falling 29 percent in the state compared to 1 percent nationally during the same period.... Read more»

Border Patrol wrapup

7 suspected smugglers arrested, $1.8M worth of pot seized

Border Patrol agents arrested seven suspected drug smugglers and seized more than $1.8 million worth of marijuana in separate incidents Thursday.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent confesses to spying for drug traffickers

A Yuma-based Border Patrol agent and a state corrections officer confessed to drug trafficking after they were arrested Thursday in a case that includes an alleged plot to kill a confidential informant.... Read more»1

Supreme Court throws out Tx redistricting maps

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out court-drawn Texas redistricting maps on Friday morning, saying a panel of federal judges should have used the Legislature’s maps as their starting point.... Read more»

Bill would require sex offenders to give addresses of all residences

Under current law, sex offenders must register the address of one residence, but if the offender has more than one home, there’s little authorities can do to alert neighbors. A bill introduced Thursday in the state House aims to change that.... Read more»

Napolitano tells sheriffs border security is priority

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the government’s decision to funnel most of a federal border-security grant program to the southern border, telling a national sheriffs group Thursday that the government is “very serious” about stopping illegal traffic.... Read more»2

Dillinger Days celebrate capture of Public Enemy No. 1

In 1934, John Dillinger was captured by Tucson police after fleeing a fire at Hotel Congress. The hotel will celebrate the anniversary with a speakeasy soirée Friday and re-enactments Saturday.... Read more»

25 arrested in bad-check crackdown

Rubber checks came bouncing back Thursday, to the chagrin of 25 people who had written over $11,000 in bad checks to local businesses, the Pima County Attorney’s Office said. They were arrested as part of a countywide crackdown.... Read more»

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