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Freeport-McMoRan to cut 430 jobs in GV, shut down Miami mine

Mining giant Freeport-McMoRan will lay off about 430 workers from the Sierrita open pit mine in Green Valley, and will explore the possibility of completely shutting down the mine. The company will also close down its copper mine in Miami, north of Tucson, officials said.... Read more»

Az slips to 17th in energy efficiency despite bright spots

Arizona slipped two spots to 17th place in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Wednesday, even though experts say the state still does very well in some areas.... Read more»

FAA: 22 reports of drones near other aircraft in Az

Spurred by rising reports of encounters between drones and other aircraft, the FAA wants to require drone registration.... Read more»

Your smart home may know a little too much about you

As the trend toward networked “smart homes” and “connected cars” continues, security precautions are more important than ever.... Read more»

Monsoon’s seeming intensity has more to do with location

This year’s monsoon season has made headlines for downpours, damage and even tragedy, with the deadly flash flooding around Colorado City. But is its intensity worse than other years?... Read more»

Simulation lab allows firefighters to prepare for unthinkable

Kneeling on the floor with only a sheet covering it, firefighter Nathan Phillips stretches a rubber tourniquet as tight as he can around the severed leg of his patient. The patient’s eyes are wide, his face seemingly contorted in fear, but he remains motionless and silent as Phillips manages to stop the flow of blood.... Read more»

Az health panel raising awareness of pediatric autoimmune disorder

Too many children suffering from neurological autoimmune disorders lack access to resources to correctly diagnose them, a state lawmaker says.... Read more»

Discovery of liquid water on Mars links back to UA lab, student

This week’s landmark announcement that the surface of Mars has liquid water links back to a University of Arizona laboratory where students and faculty monitor images from an orbiting camera.... Read more»

Maricopa effort aims to resolve cases of unidentified remains

There are roughly 300 sets of remains awaiting identification in Maricopa County. In total, the state has 1,300 open cases, accounting for 13 percent of all unidentified remains in the nation — second only to California.... Read more»

Health expert: Innovations mean no excuses for not getting flu shot

With the new flu season beginning Oct. 3, health experts are urging people to overcome whatever concerns they may have and get vaccinated. The benefits, they say, include greater overall immunity to curtail the flu’s spread and protecting those most vulnerable to the disease’s potentially fatal effects.... Read more»

Az lawmakers give blessing to Pope Francis’ speech to Congress

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation gave generally high marks to Pope Francis’ Thursday speech to Congress that touched on immigration, climate change and the death penalty. Rep. Martha McSally focused on the tone as much as the topics. Washington could use “a lot of compassion, and love, and peace and cooperation,” which is exactly what she said the pope brought to the city.... Read more»

Arizona continues push to open new uranium mines near Grand Canyon

Arizona officials continue to support a federal court battle to allow new uranium mining operations on a million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Hong Kong commissioner: Az entrepreneurs need to branch out

There are many similarities between Arizona and Hong Kong, said Clement Leung, the Chinese city's commissioner to the U.S. He wants local entrepreneurs to meet face-to-face with their Asian counterparts more often.... Read more»

Az Rep. Gosar to skip pope's address in protest

When Pope Francis delivers a history-making address to a joint session of Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar won’t be there. Gosar, a Catholic, said he decided to stay away because he is “ashamed” of the pope’s position on the “false science” of climate change and what Gosar sees as a failure to speak out against radical Islam and Planned Parenthood.... Read more»

New ‘Chip-and-PIN’ credit cards to change way consumers pay, businesses operate

By 2016, the estimated 167 million U.S. residents who have a credit card will receive new “EMV” or “chip-and-PIN” cards, which include embedded microchips, in the mail to beef up security.... Read more»

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