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El Paso still safe despite murders, lawmakers say

After four years running as the safest city of its size in the nation, El Paso will close out 2014 with an 80 percent increase in murders.... Read more»1

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Judge: Tucson cops may keep cellphone surveillance docs secret

Arguing that the release of records relating to the use of cellphone tracking equipment could compromise its use as a law enforcement tool, a Pima County judge ruled that Tucson police may keep some documents about the Stingray device secret since release could “compromise sensitive law enforcement techniques.”... Read more»2

Border agents catch sex offenders

Four men arrested in the past week by Border Patrol agents were previously convicted of sex crimes, and a fifth man had an outstanding warrant for a sex offense, the agency said in a release. All five men, who were detained in three separate incidents, were in the country illegally.... Read more»1

BP arrests 7 serious criminals IDed by digital fingerprint system

Digital fingerprint system turns up seven men with serious criminal histories, including sex crimes, robbery, and homicide in Border Patrol custody.... Read more»1

Update: Man fatally shot by Border Patrol identified

A man killed last week in shooting southwest of Tucson by a Border Patrol agent has been identified. Edgar Amaro López, 23, died of a single gunshot wound to the head. A truck he was in was pulled over Friday morning. Those riding in it “were smugglers and were armed,” said an attorney representing one of the agents.... Read more»2

FactCheck

Obama's numbers, October update

Jobs, profits, guns and health insurance. FactCheck.org’s regular update of the statistics.... Read more»

New Az law addresses danger of laser pointers to aircraft

Arizona has a new law making it a crime to point laser pointers at aircraft. But some in law enforcement say the law doesn’t go far enough because the charge is a misdemeanor rather than a felony.... Read more»

Gun Wars

At least 28k children killed by guns over 11 years

A News21 investigation of child and youth deaths in America between 2002 and 2012 found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.... Read more»1

Woman stripped of citizenship for role in Az terror center breach

A Chinese immigrant and businesswoman, Xunmei Li, who played a role in a large-scale security lapse inside the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, lost her U.S. citizenship last week and likely faces exile from the country.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Domestic violence: Efforts focus on getting guns away from abusers

Advocates for domestic violence prevention and victims repeatedly asked Congress and state legislatures for a more streamlined process to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. However, the NRA cites the necessity to arm oneself for protection against acts of violence.... Read more»

Texas gov claims terror threat on border

Here‘s a look at four major claims of Middle East terrorism stirring on America’s southern frontier. In some of those cases, at least, officials actually attempted to provide evidence, with varying success.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun deaths: Twice as many suicides as homicides

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one.... Read more»

Background checks fail on dangerous mentally ill

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.... Read more»

Analysis

How scared should Americans be of the Islamic State?

The United States is grappling with the risk level of the extremist militants retaliating as Obama inserts military might into Iraq.... Read more»

FactCheck

Texas gov misuses 'criminal alien' data

In discussing his decision to send the National Guard to the Mexico border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry repeatedly has misused data on “criminal aliens” arrested in Texas.... Read more»

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Andrew Thomas: A campaign fueled by hate

Only in Arizona can people run a TV ad using bigotry and homophobia as possible gubernatorial virtues.... Read more»1

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