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Streetcar sees 3,500 paying riders Monday

In the first day of paid ridership, 3,500 jumped aboard Tucson’s new Sun Link streetcar system. Over the weekend, some 60,000 took advantage of three days of free rides on the four-mile route.... Read more»

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Border Patrol

Man gets 6 years for illegal entry

A Nogales, Sonora, man was sentenced to six years in prison for illegal entry of a felon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday.

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Holiday closings

Although Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, many services will be affected through Monday.... Read more»2

Just how good are the TSA's body scanners?

How effective the machines are at thwarting terrorism is critical for evaluating whether the TSA is making airline passengers more secure or wasting taxpayers’ money—and possibly jeopardizing their safety.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Interfaith service to remember Jan. 8 victims

Today on Buckmaster - It’s the Friday Focus interview featuring Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson. Then, it’s the Friday Reporters’ Roundtable with Sarah Garrecht Gassen of the Arizona Daily Star and Dan Shearer of The Green Valley News. Plus, Matt Russell, Tucson’s Culinary Cruiser, has the Weekend Watch.... Read more»

Santa makes special furry delivery to Tucson family

Santa came a little early for one Tucson family to make a special delivery of a shelter dog they’d adopted earlier in the week.... Read more»

Occupy Wall Street: Where did all the money go?

In between facing off with riot police over tent cities and disrupting port traffic along the West Coast, Occupy protesters have managed to rake in some serious cash. But as protesters nationwide are evicted and cold weather sets in, recently released data from Occupy Wall Street in New York shows donations there have begun to dwindle.... Read more»1

Islamic vigilantes defend Christmas

“Let the Christians believe that their religion is the absolute truth and let Muslims believe that Islam is the absolute truth.” So says the leader of Indonesia’s Defenders Front, which is is offering to help protect the sanctity of upcoming Christmas celebrations in the Muslim-majority nation.... Read more»

Travelers warned of snowy conditions on I-10

Motorists traveling on Interstate 10 can expect snowy conditions near Willcox on Friday and part of the interstate is closed east of the state line to Las Cruces while crews in New Mexico work to clear snow from the road.... Read more»

Furlough to close city offices Friday

Tucson city workers will get an early Christmas present Friday: a day off. But it comes with a price: they won’t be paid. As part of a year-long budget cutting plan, most city workers will be furloughed Friday, giving them a longer holiday weekend but less money in their pockets.... Read more»

Snow flurries possible for Tucson

Tucson is expected to have a wintry lead up to the holiday, with the potential of snow flurries in the city Friday when snow levels dip down to 2,000 feet.... Read more»3

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: TUSD waits for decision on ethnic studies program

Today on Buckmaster - We’ve got a newsmaker interview with Lea Marquez Peterson, head of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Also, Ben Korn of Tucson Young Professionals. Then, Dr. Mark Stegeman of the TUSD Governing Board weighs in on the tough year for the area’s largest school district. Plus, Dr. Robert Hendricks, Buckmaster Show Education Contributor, talks about how to make schools more accountable.... Read more»

Fight over recess appointments puts stranglehold on key nominees

It’s no secret that Republicans don’t like the idea of President Obama exercising his power to make recess appointments. As we noted earlier this year, they’ve repeatedly used a procedural move to block the president from making this sort of temporary appointment, even though it’s a presidential power laid out in the Constitution.... Read more»

Border Patrol wrapup

American faces human smuggling charges

Agents arrested an American after two Mexican nationals were found hidden in the person’s trunk at the S.R. 86 checkpoint Wednesday.... Read more»

Alan Bersin

Customs & Border Protection chief's term expiring

CBP head Alan Bersin is leaving office before the end of the year, the agency said Thursday. Bersin was given a recess appointment in 2010 after the Senate didn’t act on his nomination for seven months. He will step down Dec. 30, one day before his term is set to expire.... Read more»

Gingrich heckled by OWS protesters

Newt Gingrich was heckled at an endorsement event in Iowa on Wednesday and reportedly chased out of the Iowa Capitol building. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate had been in Des Moines to receive endorsement of one of Iowa’s top political leaders,... Read more»

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