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More stuffed peppers: More than $1.5M in marijuana seized in Nogales

Officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested three U.S. citizens in separate smuggling incidents, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

7,800 assault rifle rounds found in dog food at Douglas border crossing

Officers at the Douglas Port of Entry arrested a Tucson woman Wednesday after they discovered she was trying to smuggle more than 7,800 rounds of ammunition into Mexico, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»1

Analysis

Fomenting fear as crime rates fall

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And get armed. This message is being heeded by more and more Americans. It’s noteworthy for its own sake, but also because it mixes old beliefs with new ones – all as questionable as they are influential. Violent crime rates across the nation sank by more than half in the 1990s, according to official figures, and remain near 20-year lows. For most citizens, the U.S. hasn’t been this safe since the 1960s.... Read more»

Key expert in Supreme Court lethal injection case did research on Drugs.com

How the Supreme Court case over lethal injection shows it’s becoming nearly impossible to find experts to defend the practice. ... Read more»

Border security still big biz despite financial problems, legislative flameouts

In Phoenix last week, 115 companies rubbed shoulders with border officials, showing off new surveillance gear, weapons, sensors, and vehicles intended for use along U.S. borders. The industry is expected to grow to $32.5 billion by 2021, according to one analysis. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arpaio's Shakespearean troubles should surprise no one

That the man who bills himself as America's Toughest Sheriff would be facing the prospect of starting his retirement in prison seems less ironic than inevitable. The Sheriff Joe Arpaio action figure has always come with a free Shakespearean starter kit.... Read more»2

SciCheck

Factcheck: Is marijuana really a 'gateway drug'?

Chris Christie said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled.... Read more»2

Experts press case for forest management to head off catastrophic wildfires

The science is in and the time to act on forest management is now if the government wants to avoid more catastrophic wildfires, a panel of wildfire experts told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

Factchecking Clinton on domestic violence laws

Hillary Clinton repeatedly has said “more than half the nations in the world” have no laws on domestic violence. That’s wrong. The United Nations reports that 125 countries — two-thirds of all nations — had such laws on the books as of April 2011.... Read more»

Another startling verdict for forensic science

A recent study on the reliability of hair analysis is only latest to shake public confidence. The Washington Post reported the first results from a sweeping study of the FBI forensic hair comparison unit, finding that 26 of 28 examiners in the unit gave flawed testimony in more than 200 cases during the 1980s and 1990s... Read more»

Johnson: Border more secure, but not 'mission accomplished time yet

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that the number of people apprehended at the border is “down considerably” from 2014, a sign that investments in border security are paying off. But Johnson said he is “not declaring mission accomplished” yet and pointed to the fiscal 2016 budget request for Customs and Border Protection, which includes funding for personnel and surveillance technology.... Read more»

Audit: ICE could save millions by filling seats on detainee flights

Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have saved up to $41.1 million on flights carrying immigrants across the U.S. and back to their home countries simply by filling up more seats on those planes, a recent audit said.... Read more»1

Hospital IDs man who had seizure in park

UMC is thanking the community for providing leads that helped identify a man who had a seizure Monday. The man, a Tucsonan who remains in serious condition,was taken to the hospital after a bystander called 911. His mother "is very grateful" for the help in IDing her son, a hospital spokeswoman said.... Read more»

Lawmakers balk at Obama program reuniting Central American families

The program aims to stop a repeat of last summer, when unaccompanied minors showed up at the Southwest border after dangerous treks from Central American homes to rejoin parents in the U.S. But senators worried it could further weaken immigration standards. ... Read more»

Firms showcase products aimed at boosting border security

Products on display at the Border Security Expo held in Phoenix ranged from body cameras to retinal scanners for customs checkpoints to an amphibious ball carrying video equipment. Makers hope to capitalize on calls for more secure borders. ... Read more»

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