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A public health insurance program that primarily serves illegal immigrants in the District of Columbia avoided the chopping block Tuesday under a budget compromise approved by the D.C. Council. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry, who bitterly clashed with Mitt Romney on the Republican presidential primary campaign trail, voted for the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday and predicted he would prevail in November. Read more»

The poster for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The Cannes Film Festival has been accused of sexism, after the jury picked 22 movies made by men for its official selection. Read more»

Chicago police kept demonstrators away from President Obama's campaign headquarters during an anti-NATO demonstration Monday.

Cities’ use of “spatial tactics” such as exclusion zones at upcoming political conventions and this weekend's NATO summit risks muffling dissent, critics say. Read more» 5

Vice President Joe Biden, with son Hunter Biden, and granddaughters Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy Biden, tour the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on July 27, 2010.

Beginning Saturday, active-duty military can receive a free annual pass that gives service members and their dependents access to more than 2,000 public land sites, including America's national parks. Read more»

When policymakers say they have enacted "historic" legislation, they are usually accused of hyperbole. But in the case of Gov. Brewer's signing of HB 2815, it isn't a big stretch to say that the action did make one historic move in regard to tax policy. Read more»

When digging gets underway, the substandard coal will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas.

In what the leader of an environmental group said was a surprising and stunning blow to an effort to stop a Mexican company from mining coal on the Texas-Mexico border, an American Indian tribe has backed out of the fight. Read more»

Clarence Aaron was sentenced to three life terms in federal prison without parole for abetting a drug conspiracy. In 2001, he applied for a presidential commutation, an act of clemency he came closer to receiving than he or his advocates knew.

The case of rejected presidential pardon applicant Clarence Aaron illuminates the extraordinary, secretive powers wielded by the Office of the Pardon Attorney, the branch of the Justice Department that reviews commutation requests. Read more»

An F-22 fighter jet with its weapons bay open flies over Minnesota on June 27, 2010.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the Air Force on Tuesday to investigate safety problems with the F-22 fighter jet and restrict missions to regions where pilots can quickly land if they experience oxygen problems. Read more»

Army Capt. Ashley Towns distributes pens to a crowd of children in Bamyan, Afghanistan, on April 7.

Female soldiers serving in the U.S. Army will now be able to take up new positions in traditionally all-male units, as the Army formally opens combat-related roles to women. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working Sunday at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales found 7.2 pounds of cocaine stuffed into the seat cushion of a wheelchair.

A 43-year-old Mexican national was arrested Sunday for trying to smuggle more than 7 pounds of cocaine into the United States using a wheelchair. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster- Conversations with state Rep. Steve Farley, certified financial planner Shelly Fishman, Green Party CD 8 candidate Charlie Manolakis and Tucson Weekly arts calendar editor Linda Ray. Read more»

I’m wondering if there’s a lesson for U.S. politicians and voters in the recently completed French presidential election? My head says “Non!” but my heart screams “Oui! Oui!” Read more»

A Tucson man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Monday for stalking a woman across the country for more than 20 years. Read more»

A 26-year-old man from Chiapas, Mexico, was sentenced Monday in a Tucson federal court to five years in prison for human smuggling. Read more»

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