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Public, private groups unite to fight hackers

State officials said hundreds of thousands of web attacks batter Arizona agencies every day, not to mention attacks on private businesses, adding up to millions of attempted hacks in a given month.... Read more»0

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Arizonans report thousands of cyber crimes, $25.4M in losses in 2014

The “2014 Internet Crime Report” said Arizonans submitted 6,040 of Internet crime complaints last year, reporting losses of nearly $25.4 million.... Read more»0

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»0

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»0

Tribal conference with Obama highlights gains, needs in Indian Country

The seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington included presentation of administrative programs to help Native Americans, and some frank discussion of what still needs to be done.... Read more»0

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»0

As Obamacare enrollment opens, Az insurers continue to tweak plans

As open enrollment began this weekend for the third year of Obamacare, insurance carriers in Arizona were “still trying to figure … out” which types of plans work best for them and for their customers. An estimated 100,000 Arizonans who could have received discounts on marketplace health coverage did not enroll this year.... Read more»1

McCain demands apology from Clinton for her comments on VA problems

Sen. John McCain demanded Wednesday that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton apologize to veterans for saying that Department of Veterans Affairs problems are “not as widespread” as they appear but have been inflated by Republicans’ “ideological agenda.”... Read more»1

Feds propose recovery plan for endangered Southwestern fish

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a recovery plan Tuesday for the endangered Gila chub that seeks to reduce threats from nonnative species and protect the fish’s degraded habitat in Arizona and New Mexico.... Read more»0

‘Disillusioned’ Flake tripped up a second time in charity spelling bee

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was eliminated after the first two rounds of a charity “Politicians vs. the Press” spelling bee Wednesday night.... Read more»0

Report: Gains in Hispanic education, business aren’t closing income gap

Increasing college enrollment rates among U.S.-born Hispanics and a surge in Latina entrepreneurship aren’t enough to eliminate wage disparities that prevent Latino families from improving their economic well-being, a new report said.... Read more»0

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»0

Phoenix lawyer urges Congress to block NLRB’s new ‘joint employer’ rule

Supporters said the new definition of “joint employer” is needed to protect workers in the modern economy, where contracted-out work often gives employees no recourse when labor laws are violated.... Read more»0

Report: Native Americans in Az had nation’s highest obesity rates

Four of five adult Native Americans in Arizona were obese or overweight in 2013, the highest rate in the nation among states studied in a new report.... Read more»0

Hopefuls Babeu & Gowan enter crowded GOP field for open CD1

The Republican primary field in the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District got more crowded Monday, setting the stage for a competitive GOP primary reminiscent of the bruising 2012 campaign for the same seat. State House Speaker David Gowan and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threw their hats in the ring.... Read more»0

Congress passes stopgap budget with a day to spare; Arizona vote split

It took until the last minute to do it, but Congress on Wednesday passed a short-term budget that avoided a shutdown and will keep the government operating through mid-December.... Read more»0

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