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Report: Az schools saw some of nation’s steepest spending cuts

The state’s per-pupil spending fell 17.5 percent since 2008, a decline that trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts show up in the form of larger classes, fewer teachers and more.... Read more»

Pima County issuing licenses after judge OKs gay marriage in Az

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can “issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately.” Pima County began doing so Friday morning.... Read more»3

Dallas hospital apologizes for 'mistakes' in Ebola care

A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.... Read more»

Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

An independent arms monitoring group has collected evidence that fighters in the Middle Eastern extremist group known as the Islamic State, labeled a “network of death” by President Obama, are using weapons and ammunition manufactured in at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States.... Read more»1

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A modest suggestion for the next AG: Fix presidential pardons

More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.... Read more»

Turning 65? 9 tips on signing up for Medicare

Even for me, a consumer reporter who has written about health-insurance issues, enrolling in Medicare is a daunting task. The terminology is confusing and the options are seemingly infinite, based on the amount of promotional material that’s begun arriving in my mailbox. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned since I embarked on my Medicare sign-up mission.... Read more»

Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don't fall for these 5 myths

Switch off the television and read this instead.... Read more»

Poor Obama. Venezuela just joined the UN Security Council

Spare a thought for Barack Obama. Just when it already seemed a near-impossible challenge, managing United States foreign policy is poised to become a tad more horrendously complicated.... Read more»

Are Central American kids 'refugees'?

A 35-year-old resettlement program could help some of the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children entering the U.S. Their future hinges on how they are designated.... Read more»

Court overturns law denying bail to immigrant felony suspects

The divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the voter-approved ban on bail violates suspects’ due-process rights. But one of the dissenting judges said that throwing out a law overwhelmingly approved by state voters “leaves Arizona nowhere to turn.”... Read more»

Effort to preserve Mount Graham red squirrel features annual census

Each fall, groups including the Arizona Game and Fish Department scan the slopes of a southeastern Arizona mountain for signs of the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel.... Read more»

Gun groups locked and loaded for Nov. 4

Less than a month until the election? Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Both the National Rifle Association and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have said they will unleash a fusillade of ads supporting and attacking candidates in some of the tightest contests in the country.... Read more»1

Q&A: What are states doing to prepare for an Ebola outbreak?

State and local public health departments are the nation’s first line of defense against Ebola outbreaks. What is their role?... Read more»

BP agents find 9 people hidden in rental truck

Border Patrol agents found nine people hidden in a the back of rental truck at the I-19 checkpoint last week.... Read more»

Rolls-Royce testing new aircraft engine over Tucson

A new composite carbon/titanium fan blade powered an aircraft for the first time Tuesday, taking to the skies in a 747 engine over Tucson. Rolls-Royce will continue to test the lightweight CTi component here over the next several weeks.... Read more»2

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