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It is difficult for law enforcement to identify and apprehend violent predators, as Lyft will only turn over information to victims or police if forced to do so by a subpoena or court order.

A law firm filed an unprecedented raft of lawsuits across the country that claim the ride-hail giant Lyft refuses to adequately monitor rides or require in-car cameras and dash cams to mitigate attacks, and ignores complaints from victims of violence. Read more»

The Canyon Mine, about 15 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

A new poll of likely voters in Arizona signals strong, bipartisan support for a permanent ban on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon – and hope for the passage of the Grand Canyon Protection Act, a bill that would permanently ban the practice. Read more»

Where you’ve been and who you’ve interacted with are not difficult for governments and corporations to find out.

The FTC filed suit against Kochava Inc., accusing the data broker of selling geolocation data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices - an issue as numerous state laws criminalizing abortion have thrust the perilous state of personal privacy into the spotlight. Read more»

Saguaro National Park can utilize photographs to match Gila monsters spotted by the public years apart like the lizard named 'Kara' pictured above.

Saguaro National Park is relying on the public's help in photographing one of its more mysterious inhabitants: the Gila monster. The park is continuing research that has been going for more than 15 years, with an increased focus on pictures of the lizard submitted by park visitors. Read more»

The March for Our Lives rally in June, 2022, drew thousands to Washington, one of several cities across the U.S. - including Phoenix and Tucson - where protesters gathered to demand action on gun reform laws.

Ghost guns have been used in shootings by teenagers too young to legally buy firearms in New Mexico, Arizona, Maryland and California - but state-level efforts to close loopholes on unserialized weapons produced with Polymer80 parts continue to fall short. Read more»

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.

A federal judge in Arizona dismissed a suit Friday seeking to ban electronic voting machines ahead of the November midterm election, brought by Republican candidates who claim the machines may have security flaws. Read more»

The designation of the chemicals hazardous substances under Superfund law means that federal, state or tribal officials must be informed when certain levels of PFOA and PFOS are released into the environment.

Based on significant evidence that PFOA and PFOS may present a substantial danger to human health or the environment, the two chemical compounds used for decades earned the hazardous substances designation under federal Superfund law. Read more»

More electric Sun Tran vehicles (above) are headed to Tucson as the city's transit system is set to receive millions from a federal grant.

Sun Tran will purchase 19 electric vehicles and ten charging stations as part of the company’s plan to have all electric and compressed natural gas buses by 2028. Read more»

Poll workers count ballots at the Pima County Recorder's Office in 2021. Arizona-led right-wing groups that boast over 350 sheriffs as members have joined with Texas-based True the Vote to monitor elections for fraud.

Election officials nationwide are worried about an onslaught of disruptive election observers as unfounded claims of fraud are attracting a surge of new poll watchers with unfounded concerns and misconceptions about election integrity. Read more»

A cache of weapons found in the car of a Phoenix-area man during outgoing inspections at the Lukeville Port of Entry in 2016. One of the rifles included a 3-D printed receiver.

Companies that sell firearm frames, known in the industry as “receiver blanks” and “lower receivers,” that can be readily converted to shoot bullets must comply with a new ATF rule after a bid to block the new regulations was rejected by a federal judge. Read more»

Motivated by their findings and regard for the art form, the researchers crafted a website, What’s in My Ink?

Unregulated by the FDA, the contents of tattoo ink and their potential health risks have been a mystery for years - but now, researchers have crafted a website, What’s in My Ink?, to keep artists and consumers informed on the contents and risks of different inks. Read more»

The Sky Islands stretch from Southern Arizona and New Mexico into northern Mexico. But this unique set of mountains is not safe from the effects of climate change.

Drought and fires exacerbated by climate change are expected to permanently alter the ecosystems of Southern Arizona's mountain "sky islands," with parts of the high-elevation ecosystems at risk of disappearing. Read more»

Fauci will not just leave behind his role as NIAID director, but his position as chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation and Biden’s chief medical adviser.

Anthony Fauci, one of the federal government’s leading public health figures, announced he’ll be leaving his post as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in December, though he made clear he’s not retiring. Read more»

Arizona Rep. Neal Carter speaks beside state Sen. Kelly Townsend at an Aug. 3 news conference about Pinal County’s election problems. Townsend, who lost her primary race, is suing the county.

Across the country, elections are underfunded, understaffed, and under intense scrutiny - leading to turnover of experienced workers - and Pinal County's election debacle shows what voters across the country may face if the public doesn’t invest in elections. Read more»

Not all trans people are dysphoric, and the 4th Circuit found that the APA’s decision to remove the obsolete disorder confirms that the diagnoses are distinct.

A federal appeals court has held that the Americans with Disabilities Act covers individuals with “gender dysphoria” - a ruling expanding the legal consensus on the discrimination protections available to some transgender people. Read more»

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