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Judge tosses defamation suit over report on Az terrorism info center

A federal district judge in Phoenix threw out a lawsuit over a report that allegedly defamed a government contractor who helped a Chinese national gain access to a counterterrorism center. The lawsuit stemmed from an August 2014 story that revealed an apparent security breach at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.... Read more»

Texas bullet train opponents hope to derail project

The Texas Legislature could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project connecting Houston and Dallas now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.... Read more»

UA study: North American forests won't nip climate change in the bud

New research from the University of Arizona is challenging conventional wisdom about forests and climate change: forests in North America are predicted to be harmed by warming climates, despite earlier predictions that longer growing seasons would mean healthier trees.... Read more»

County Attorney hands Miller email case to AG for investigation

Declaring a conflict of interest, the Pima County Attorney's Office has referred the case of Supervisor Ally Miller's apparent attempts to evade public records laws to the Attorney General's Office, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

Health gadgets and apps outpace privacy protections

In 2009, Congress asked for recommendations on what to do about information that falls outside the privacy law known as HIPAA. Tuesday, health officials released their report, but offered no suggestions. ... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

Great moments in politics: Miller & Nixon

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller continues to deny having used personal email accounts to conduct government business, although copies of emails proving otherwise have been turned over to the Pima County Attorney's Office. ... Read more»9

Ally Miller may have broken law in ordering staff to use personal email 'to be more secretive'

Two months after public records were requested, Supervisor Ally Miller has doubled and tripled down on false claims that she does not use her personal email for public business. Documents just disclosed show that she instructed staffers to use private emails and encrypted drives to evade "prying eyes." Miller may face a criminal probe into her activities.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Johnson: Assessor needs to modernize systems to better serve taxpayers

Brian Johnson: "The Pima County Assessor's Office, in cooperation with other county departments, needs to upgrade its computer systems and software so they can produce more accurate market valuations and become transparent in the process."... Read more»

'No field test is failsafe': The chemist behind police drug kits

Decades after L.J. Scott developed a test for cocaine, his invention played a role in hundreds of wrongful convictions in Houston. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Rainwater harvesting incentives need to flow to low-income residents

Tucson Water offers a rebate program for customers who install rainwater harvesting systems, but these rebates have not been taken advantage of by many of our lower-income neighbors. 400 residents of the Foothills, who don't even live in the city, have taken advantage of the rebates. In Ward 5, which encompasses many of our city's more stressed neighborhoods, only 43 residents have used the rebates.... Read more»

Police use of robot to kill Dallas suspect unprecedented, experts say

The death of a suspect in the Dallas police shootings marks the first time U.S. police officers have used a robot to kill someone, according to Texas and national experts.... Read more»

Artificial heart maker SynCardia files BK after debt bought by private equity firm

Tucson company SynCardia, the world's leading manufacturer of artificial hearts, has filed Chapter 11 after a large chunk of its debts was purchased by Versa Capital Management, a private-equity firm that specializes in buying out distressed companies.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton’s handling of classified information

An FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information resulted in no criminal charges, but it revealed that Clinton and her campaign made statements in the past about her email use that have turned out to be false or misleading.... Read more»

ASU team finds meteorites in remote Arizona desert

The remnants of a roughly 4.5 billion-year-old meteor that streaked across the Phoenix sky in early June have been located by scientists from ASU.... Read more»

Kids' online safety risks climb in summer

School books may be closed for the summer but laptops are open. As children spend more time on the internet, police and parents are working harder to protect them from online predators.... Read more»

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