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After a sharp increase, prosecutions for first-time illegal immigrants fell below the number of prosecutions of people charged with illegal re-entry — being caught back in the country after being deported at least once before — according to a review by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

Illegal re-entry became the most-frequent federal criminal charge in the United States during the first six months of fiscal 2011, a pattern that was mirrored in Arizona during that period. Read more» 2

U.S. Magistrate Jennifer Guerin Zipps is sworn in before her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to replace slain U.S. District Judge John Roll in the federal court in Tucson.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps faced a friendly Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday on her nomination to fill the seat of U.S. District Judge John Roll, who was killed in the Jan. 8 attack that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Read more»

ATF supervisors William Newell, left, and William McMahon told a congressional committee Tuesday that mistakes were made in Operation Fast and Furious, but they defended the overall goals of the program.

Arizona-area supervisors for the ATF acknowledged in a sometimes emotional five-hour congressional hearing Tuesday that “we made mistakes” in Operation Fast and Furious, but defended the intent of allowing some illicit gun buyers to go unmolested in an effort to uncover larger networks that armed Mexican cartels. Read more»

A federal appeals court late Friday denied an emergency request to block the forced medication of Jared Loughner. In a detailed response filed late Friday afternoon, government lawyers painted a picture of a depressed and hopeless Loughner saying "give me the injection, kill me now." Read more»

Jared Lee Loughner was forcibly given psychotropic drugs by prison officials this week, just six days after a federal court ordered such medication stopped, his attorneys claimed in court filings Thursday. Read more»

Michelle Bolton, vice president of public affairs for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, told a New America Foundation forum that the 'patchwork' of state immigration laws hurts businesses.

A Phoenix business leader warned Tuesday that businesses will continue to suffer from the jumbled approach to immigration issues by states, unless the federal government steps in. (with video) Read more»

Kirkpatrick in 2010.

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick outpaced GOP Rep. Paul Gosar in fundraising through the first half of the year as the two face a potential 2012 rematch in Arizona’s CD 1. A third candidate, Democrat Wenona Benally Baldenegro, trailed in raising money. Read more»

Defying stereotypes, the Tucson areas with the most medical marijuana applications are on the far East Side.

More than 7,500 Arizonans had been approved for personal medical marijuana licenses as of Wednesday, despite a well-publicized court battle that has delayed implementation of other parts of the law. Read more»

Former Arizona State University student Angelica Hernandez, left, stands with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a news conference after a hearing on the DREAM Act.

A group of Arizona students went door-to-door asking friends and businesses for funds to help them take a message to Congress: They want to continue their education here in the country they have always known as home. (with video) Read more» 2

A divided U.S. Supreme Court Monday invalidated the matching-funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections Act, saying it violates the free-speech rights of those not participating in the fund. Read more»

From left, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., Peter Thomas of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Task Force, and Dr. Gerard Francisco appeared in support of funding for medical rehabilitation.

Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's attending physician called the Arizona congresswoman's recovery "ideal" and "typical for those who have the ability and access to the right resources" to recuperate from a debilitating injury. Read more»

Maj. Gen. Peter Aylward, special assistant to the chief of the National Guard Bureau speaks with Arizona Army National Guard Soldiers near Nogales in September while visiting troops supporting U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents.

National Guard troops will remain on the border and continue to “be the eyes and ears of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection” until Sept. 30, under a move announced Friday by the Department of Homeland Security. Read more»

Josephine Terry, right, speaks of her son, slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, along with Brian’s sister Michelle Terry, and cousin Robert Heyer, left. Guns from 'Operation Fast and Furious' were recovered at the scene of Terry’s slaying in December.

Agents from the Phoenix office of the ATF and the family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry testified Wednesday that the risky Operation Fast and Furious program was a “disaster.” Read more» 1

The Salt River and Arizona Canal in 1905.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider an appeal in a 26-year battle over who holds title to the Lower Salt River, the state or private landowners. Read more»

People wait to cross the border at the Nogales Port of Entry in fall 2010.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce laid out a coordinated border plan Wednesday that calls for combined improvements in infrastructure, security, immigration policies and trade, instead of the current piecemeal approach. Read more»