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Tucson teen 'jihadist' agrees to plead guilty to terrorism charges

An Arizona teenager who the FBI said professed himself to be an "American jihadist" will plead guilty to terrorism charges stemming from a suspected plot to bomb a state motor vehicle office. Mahin Khan, 18, suffers from autism and developmental delays that have left him with the mental age of a 12-year-old, his parents said.... Read more»

Gang wars, poverty drive Central Americans over U.S. border

The challenge of securing the southern U.S. border is changing dramatically as fewer Mexicans cross illegally, but more Central Americans arrive seeking refuge from the terror and chaos of their home countries.... Read more»

Factchecking the second presidential debate

In a sometimes nasty second presidential debate, there were again several calls by the candidates for fact-checkers to referee competing statements, which we are happy to oblige. But even when Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton weren’t calling out each other on the facts, we found many of their uncontested claims to be misleading or false.... Read more»

Carmona blasts Sheriff Nanos, who denies claims as 'political'

Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General and veteran of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, accused the current sheriff of "unacceptable" behavior and said that deputies "lived in fear" for their jobs. Sheriff Chris Nanos hit back, saying the attack was "politically motivated." ... Read more»

Report: Border Patrol overtime, pension plan could backfire long term

Border Patrol agents nearing retirement are being locked into a set number of overtime hours under a policy aimed at controlling pension costs that could end up driving scheduling decisions, a recent report said.... Read more»2

Settlement against Yavapai hospital called win for whistleblowers

A national expert on whistleblowers Wednesday welcomed the multimillion-dollar settlement of charges against the Yavapai Regional Medical Center as “a great example” of how the system should work.... Read more»

2 Border Patrol agents assaulted in 24 hours

Two Border Patrol agents were assaulted by Mexican men in two separate incidents last week, authorities said. ... Read more»

Blue water barrel's trip to NY museum honors work to end deadly Az treks

Rev. Robin Hoover and others from Humane Borders were at a tony event at NYC's Cooper Hewitt design museum last week because a simple blue plastic water barrel, designed by activists to save migrants crossing the desert southwest of Tucson, is part of a new exhibit at the branch of the Smithsonian.... Read more»

Supreme Court begins term with relatively few Arizona cases – so far

The high court began its new term this week with one judgeship empty for the first time in a generation, and just one Arizona case on the docket for the first time in several years.... Read more»

How the nation’s opioid epidemic is morphing — and growing

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What are crafters of anti-pot ads smoking?

I'm not going to get in the business of fact-checking every claim made between now and Election Day but I've rarely seen or heard of an ad as factually challenged as the first 30-second spot aired by the group out to beat back Prop. 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for personal use in Arizona.... Read more»1

First Amendment lawsuit over Arivaca checkpoint dismissed

On Friday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that said U.S. Border Patrol agents violated the First Amendment rights of some Arivaca residents by blocking their effort to observe a checkpoint maintained by the agency. ... Read more»

Is stop-and-frisk unconstitutional?

People had a lot of questions about the police practice known as “stop-and-frisk” after the first presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. ... Read more»

Smuggler who held Salvadoran teen for ransom sentenced to 30 months

A Mexican man was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Tuesday in federal court for holding a teenage boy for ransom, following an investigation by federal agents in Los Phoenix and Los Angeles. ... Read more»

CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that middle-aged parents are more likely to smoke marijuana than their teenage children.... Read more»

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