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McCain touts report that pins wildfires on border crossers

A new Government Accountability Office report says that 30 wildfires near the Arizona-Mexico border between 2006 and 2010 could be traced back to illegal border crossers. The report was seized on by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who came under fire this summer for saying that immigrants caused some of the state’s wildfires.... Read more»2

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to Az restraining-order law

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a Tempe man who said a long–standing restraining order violated his First Amendment rights and should be dissolved.... Read more»2

Lawmakers want Holder to resign over Fast & Furious

A group of House members Tuesday demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder step down for his handling of the controversial Operation Fast and Furious.... Read more»1

Holder: Fast and Furious ‘should never have happened’

Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate committee Tuesday that a gun–trafficking investigation that let thousands of guns “walk” into the hands of criminals should have “never happened.”... Read more»1

High court won't hear appeal of Az boy's murderer

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider the appeal of a Phoenix man sentenced to death for the murder of a 4–year–old boy more than 20 years ago.... Read more»0

BLM wants 20-year ban on uranium mining in N. Az

The Bureau of Land Management is recommending a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims for more than 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon.... Read more»0

Phoenix soldier killed in Aghanistan

A Phoenix soldier died in Afghanistan on Friday from wounds he suffered in an insurgent attack on his unit while on patrol in the eastern Khowst Province.... Read more»0

Arizonans recall fight for state MLK holiday

From 2011: It would be two years after memorial planning began before an Arizona governor would declare a state holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. That sparked another six years of fights – in the State Capitol and at the ballot box – before the state would adopt a King holiday. Only New Hampshire took longer to do so.... Read more»0

Holder subpoened in Fast & Furious probe

A House committee subpoenaed Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday, demanding to know what he knew about the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-trafficking investigation and when he knew it.... Read more»0

Feds deny endangered status for cactus pygmy-owl

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service refused to grant threatened- or endangered-species status Wednesday to the cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl, even though there may be fewer than 50 of the birds left in the state.... Read more»1

GAO questions Guard's border presence, locals welcome it

The National Guard began a second 90-day extension of its work along the border this weekend, a move welcomed by border officials and questioned in a recent Government Accountability Office report.... Read more»1