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Hate crimes on rise — but gov't isn't keeping good track

There is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence after a bitter national election. The data kept on hate crimes won’t reassure anyone. ... Read more»

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U.S. bolsters cyber defense for election, few new steps on violence

Federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against potential electronic attacks on voting systems ahead of U.S. elections on Nov. 8, but few are taking new steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Spinning the FBI letter

FBI Director Comey’s letter to Congress regarding an unexpected development in his agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server was brief and vague, creating a vacuum that has been filled by distorted claims — mostly from the campaign of Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump... Read more»

Az Dems sue Trump, GOP, to stop what they call voter intimidation

The Arizona Democratic Party has filed suit against presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, the Arizona Republican Party and others for what it calls a coordinated effort to “depress voter turnout,” particularly among minority voters.... Read more»

Radtke pleads not guilty to misusing RICO funds

A former high-ranking member of the Pima County Sheriff's Department entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court Friday. Chris Radtke, the ex-chief deputy, is charged with seven counts related to alleged misuse of civil forfeiture funds, including purchases to benefit an employee cafe run by his niece.... Read more»

Az woman accused of helping inmate husband plot prison bombing

An Arizona woman accused of smuggling publications distributed by Islamist militant groups into a prison as part of a plot to help her inmate husband build a bomb, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism and conspiracy, court documents showed on Thursday. ... Read more»

Rights groups: More U.S. arrests for pot than violent crime

U.S. police make over 1.25 million arrests a year for drug possession, more than twice the number for violent crimes, and about half of the arrests are for marijuana, two human rights groups said on Wednesday in a call for sweeping drug decriminalization. ... Read more»

Radtke indictment unsealed: Pima's chief deputy accused of $500k in laundering, theft

In an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday, the former chief deputy of the Pima County Sheriff's Department is accused of conspiring to launder money and six counts of theft of public funds, totaling more than a half-million dollars over five years. Chris Radtke resigned Monday following the federal charges.... Read more»2

Nanos attacks critics, calls Carmona a 'blatant liar'

Beset by accusations that he is responsible for a "broken leadership culture" at the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Chris Nanos defended himself during a press conference Wednesday and called Dr. Richard Carmona, a 30-year veteran of the agency, a "blatant liar" with "anger issues" and "barely anything more than a wannabe deputy."... Read more»

Following indictment of chief deputy, Carmona again hits at Sheriff Nanos

Following the indictment of Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, a group of deputies reiterated their claims Tuesday that the Pima County Sheriff's Department is suffering from a "broken leadership culture" created by Sheriff Chris Nanos. ... Read more»

PCSD's Chief Deputy Radtke indicted for RICO funds misuse

The second in command of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, has resigned his post after being indicted for misusing RICO funds forfeited by alleged criminal organizations. ... Read more»3

Tucson teen 'jihadist' agrees to plead guilty to terrorism charges

An Arizona teenager who the FBI said professed himself to be an "American jihadist" will plead guilty to terrorism charges stemming from a suspected plot to bomb a state motor vehicle office. Mahin Khan, 18, suffers from autism and developmental delays that have left him with the mental age of a 12-year-old, his parents said.... Read more»

Carmona blasts Sheriff Nanos, who denies claims as 'political'

Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General and veteran of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, accused the current sheriff of "unacceptable" behavior and said that deputies "lived in fear" for their jobs. Sheriff Chris Nanos hit back, saying the attack was "politically motivated." ... Read more»

Texas to revisit issue of ID'ing migrants' remains near border

The state’s forensic science oversight panel will convene in Austin on Wednesday to give the public a progress report on an emotional and macabre issue that is tied directly to the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.... Read more»

State election officials confident voter rolls secure after hack attempt

Arizona election officials said that “at no point” was voter registration information “accessed or manipulated” after an attempted hack into the state’s database over the summer.... Read more»

FBI detects breaches of Arizona, Illinois state voting systems

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Arizona and Illinois voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the November presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe. ... Read more»

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