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Attempts to dupe immigration agents rise

Instead of trusting human smugglers or risking clandestine border crossings, an increasing number of people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are taking a more brazen approach. They try to slip through legal entry points using fake papers, or documents that belong to someone else... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Je suis Charlie

Wednesday, three masked gunmen walked into the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 10 staffers and two police officers. Ideas can not be shot, cut, stabbed, blown up or beaten. Neither Zeus, Thor, Jesus, Allah nor any other deity can kill an idea, let alone ignorant fundamentalists with AKs. Je suis Charlie.... Read more»

French president calls for unity as Charlie Hebdo attack stokes fears

Wednesday’s attack is the deadliest suspected Islamist attack on French territory and is sure to crank up fear in a country already tense after a series of recent incidents.... Read more»

States find you can't take legal marijuana money to the bank

Banks have shunned doing business with the legal marijuana industry, creating a cash-only marketplace that compromises public safety and financial transparency.... Read more»

Analysis

How to stop Islamic extremism in Europe

Some experts worry increased security and surveillance in Europe could lead to a backlash, and a more radicalized public.... Read more»

Uruguay’s year in weed: 3 big successes, 3 burning questions

Wasn’t Uruguay supposed to become a marijuana mecca of the south? Here’s why that hasn’t happened, just yet.... Read more»

Gun rights advocates to build weapons at Texas Capitol demonstration

Second Amendment advocates plan to manufacture guns at the Texas Capitol during an armed rally set next week. Come and Take it Texas announced late Monday that it had purchased “the Ghost Gunner,” a machine that uses 3-D technology to build firearms, for use at the Jan. 13 event, where participants had already planned to carry rifles and shotguns to protest the state’s gun laws.... Read more»1

Audit: Border drones costly, infrequently flown

The drone program operated by Customs and Border Protection costs far more than the agency estimates, flies far fewer hours than it should, and helps in a fraction of apprehensions along the U.S-Mexico border, according to an audit of the program. In a report released on Christmas Eve, the DHS Inspector General found that after eight years, the program has not achieved results, flying for only about 20 percent of the time expected.... Read more»2

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's 5 mountainous challenges for 2015

There is no doubt that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a crappy end to 2014. Amid violence, scandals, and a sinking peso, his popularity rating tumbled 20 points. Peña Nieto meets with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday. The leaders will discuss security, migration and human rights issues, Mexican officials said.

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Cochise County Sheriff's helicopter crashes near Benson

Two people were killed when a Cochise County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crashed during a flight from Phoenix to the county late Wednesday afternoon.... Read more»

Free rides home for tipsy drivers - and cars

If you are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve and have a few too many, AAA will give you and your car a free ride home.... Read more»

Brrr-ring in the new year: Freeze warning for Tucson

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures will fall well below freezing around Tucson overnight Thursday and Friday nights, with the mercury dipping into the 20s until things warm up around 9 a.m. Saturday. Check your plants, pipes and pets.... Read more»

Weather Service warns of mountain snow for New Year's Eve

While much of Southern Arizona will be cold and rainy as the calendar flips to 2015, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning covering areas above 5,000 feet, including the Catalina and Rincon mountains.... Read more»

NWS: More mountain snow for Catalinas & Rincons

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains, including Mount Lemmon and Oracle, which will be in effect Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.... Read more»

Baby, it's cold outside: Another hard freeze warning for Tucson

Bundle up, folks: the National Weather Service is predicting temperatures will fall well below freezing around Tucson overnight Saturday, with the mercury dipping into the 20s until things warm up around 9 a.m. Sunday. Check your plants, pipes and pets.... Read more»

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