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Analysis

Why counting mass shootings is a bad way to understand gun violence in America

According to articles this week across the Internet, there has been an average of one mass shooting every day in the U.S.: 355 so far this year. It’s a jarring statistic, and one that has gone viral. But there are two problems with the number: It doesn’t actually provide a clear estimate of the frequency of shooting rampages. And it obscures the broader reality of gun violence in America. ... Read more»

Wounded vets hunt for peace of mind

The mountain air bites at Sgt. Jose Valdenegro’s extremities as he and his hunting guide scout for elk not far from the New Mexico border. It’s 25 degrees, his 10 fingers and five toes stinging in protest at the cold. He is one of about 150 disabled troops that Wounded Warrior Outdoors has taken on a hunting expedition this year.... Read more»

Trent Franks leads GOP's latest legal attack on Obamacare

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, led 45 other House Republicans Wednesday who filed a legal brief in support of the latest challenge to Obamacare, which the lawmakers claim is unconstitutional.... Read more»

FactCheck: Fiorina on defunding Planned Parenthood

Carly Fiorina claims “the vast majority of Americans” support defunding Planned Parenthood.... Read more»

Looking to space technology to save firefighters here on earth

Spurred on by firefighter deaths in the 2013 Yarnell Hill blaze, a team at NASA is working to use spacecraft heat-shield technology for fire shelters. ... Read more»

Death by lethal injection: A reading guide

Is lethal injection the most humane method of execution? Is there another way? Should we eliminate the death penalty altogether? Here’s some of the best reporting on the practice. ... Read more»

Reminder: Consumers should be cautious when holiday toy shopping

With Black Friday coming and Christmas in one month, buying toys will be at the top of the list for many parents. Toys can be fun for children, but they can also be dangerous. Experts warn of choking hazards, toxic metals, magnets and hearing damage from loud noises.... Read more»

A very vegetarian Thanksgiving: Local businesses adjust to new customers

In addition to the president, millions of others will pardon turkeys from the imminent threat of Thanksgiving this year. The vegetarian market for Thanksgiving has grown in both popularity and profit – a trend that’s beginning to take off in the Valley.... Read more»

Az has high youth drug deaths, few policies to curb them

Arizona had among the highest rates of teen and young adult overdose deaths, and ranked poorly for programs and policies to curb drug use and encourage healthy living among those age groups, a new report says.... Read more»

Colombia to legalize medical marijuana

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is expected this week to issue a decree legalizing the cultivation, commercialization and research of medical marijuana.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Don’t thank me anymore... Just care for vets who return, and work to end war

Many years ago I became fed up with the hollow thank yous and stopped celebrating Veterans Day. Today I join with Veterans For Peace in a call to Reclaim November 11th as Armistice Day—a day to think about peace and thank those who served by working to end war.... Read more»

Veterans rally at VA medical center to protest pace of improvements

Veterans rallied Monday outside the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix to protest what they say is a lack of progress in improving care at the hospital despite a visit from President Barack Obama in March.... Read more»

FactCheck: DEA chief wrong on medical marijuana

The acting head of the DEA claimed that smoking marijuana has “never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”... Read more»

Coalition kicks off health insurance information program in Az

The Cover Arizona Coalition, composed of more than 900 community and statewide organizations, began its informational campaign on Monday for those seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Through the coalition, there are free in-person “enrollment assisters” across the state willing to help anyone searching for an insurance plan on the online marketplace.... Read more»

Regulators pull plug on Meritus as Obamacare enrollment begins

Just as open enrollment for the third round of Obamacare was beginning this weekend, federal officials removed from the marketplace an insurance cooperative that had been providing coverage to about 59,000 Arizona residents.... Read more»

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