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Cybersecurity experts warn that hackers are not just after big targets: Individuals reported 246,000 cyber crimes to the FBI in 2014 that cost them $672 million, with 6,000 reports and losses of $25.4 million in Arizona alone.

The “2014 Internet Crime Report” said Arizonans submitted 6,040 of Internet crime complaints last year, reporting losses of nearly $25.4 million. Read more»

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, joined by other House Republicans to announce they had filed a legal brief in support of the latest challenge to Obamacare, which claims that the way the health care law was passed violated the Constitution.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, led 45 other House Republicans Wednesday who filed a legal brief in support of the latest challenge to Obamacare, which the lawmakers claim is unconstitutional. Read more»

Deaths measured in the Trust for America’s Health report included all types of drug-related deaths, including accidents and violence. Arizona officials say their numbers, which measure only overdoses, are more accurate – and lower.

Arizona had among the highest rates of teen and young adult overdose deaths, and ranked poorly for programs and policies to curb drug use and encourage healthy living among those age groups, a new report says. Read more»

President Barack Obama speaks with a panel of tribal youth that  included Blossom Johnson, in the white blouse, a Navajo woman who pressed the president on several issues facing Native youth.

The seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington included presentation of administrative programs to help Native Americans, and some frank discussion of what still needs to be done. Read more»

Just as open enrollment for the third round of Obamacare was beginning this weekend, federal officials removed from the marketplace an insurance cooperative that had been providing coverage to about 59,000 Arizona residents. Read more»

Despite gains under Obamacare, roughly 800,000 Arizonans do not have health care coverage. Insurance companies are tweaking policies in an effort to get those people to enroll.

As open enrollment began this weekend for the third year of Obamacare, insurance carriers in Arizona were “still trying to figure … out” which types of plans work best for them and for their customers. An estimated 100,000 Arizonans who could have received discounts on marketplace health coverage did not enroll this year. Read more» 1

Sen. John McCain, shown here in a September hearing, joined the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman to demand an apology from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for comments downplaying the severity of problems with the Veterans Administration.

Sen. John McCain demanded Wednesday that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton apologize to veterans for saying that Department of Veterans Affairs problems are “not as widespread” as they appear but have been inflated by Republicans’ “ideological agenda.” Read more» 1

The minnowlike Gila Chub, found in Arizona and New Mexico, is threatened by loss of habitat and has been listed as an endangered species since 2005.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a recovery plan Tuesday for the endangered Gila chub that seeks to reduce threats from nonnative species and protect the fish’s degraded habitat in Arizona and New Mexico. Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake, right, with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., at the National Press Club’s politicians vs. the press spelling Bee. Kaine was the defending champion from 2013; Flake was, once again, eliminated in an early round.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was eliminated after the first two rounds of a charity “Politicians vs. the Press” spelling bee Wednesday night. Read more»

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and other members of the Hispanic Caucus, release a Joint Economic Committee report Wednesday showing Latinos still struggling to close the wage gap with other racial groups.

Increasing college enrollment rates among U.S.-born Hispanics and a surge in Latina entrepreneurship aren’t enough to eliminate wage disparities that prevent Latino families from improving their economic well-being, a new report said. Read more»

The Federal Aviation Administration got 764 reports of encounters between drones and other aircraft from November to August, with 23 of those in Arizona.

Spurred by rising reports of encounters between drones and other aircraft, the FAA wants to require drone registration. Read more»

Phoenix lawyer Mark Kisicki urged a Senate Committee to 'restore stability in labor relations' by reversing the National Labor Relations Board’s new definition of who qualifies as a 'joint employer.'

Supporters said the new definition of “joint employer” is needed to protect workers in the modern economy, where contracted-out work often gives employees no recourse when labor laws are violated. Read more»

Of the 25 states with sizable enough Indian populations to study, Arizona posted the highest rate of obese or overweight Native American adults in 2013, a recent report says.

Four of five adult Native Americans in Arizona were obese or overweight in 2013, the highest rate in the nation among states studied in a new report. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, here testifying before a House committee this spring. Babeu is the latest Republican to announce a bid for the open 1st District congressional seat, which has drawn five GOP hopefuls with more than a year before the election.

The Republican primary field in the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District got more crowded Monday, setting the stage for a competitive GOP primary reminiscent of the bruising 2012 campaign for the same seat. State House Speaker David Gowan and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threw their hats in the ring. Read more»

Congressional lawmakers avoided a government shutdown by extending the budget through Dec. 11 when, as one said, they will have to endure the 'infuriating exercise' of budgeting all over again.

It took until the last minute to do it, but Congress on Wednesday passed a short-term budget that avoided a shutdown and will keep the government operating through mid-December. Read more»

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