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McCain in 2014.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July but will be “working and campaigning throughout Arizona,” a campaign official confirmed. Read more»

Members of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots were called on to fly planes from factory to military fields, tow targets in flight and event train male pilots.

In the serene rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery lie the remains of those who served their country in the armed forces. But after several years during which those who served during World War II with the Women Airforce Service Pilots were inurned at Arlington, the secretary of the Army said last year that the policy was a mistake. Read more»

While they welcomed Tuesday’s guilty plea by a former Phoenix VA official, lawmakers expressed concern over the pace of reforms at the agency, where problems were first discovered more than two years ago.

Arizona lawmakers welcomed Tuesday’s announcement that the former director of the Phoenix VA hospital pleaded guilty to failing to disclose gifts from a lobbyist, but said it was too little and too late for veterans waiting for justice. Read more»

The Coronado Generating Station was one of three coal-fired power plants in eastern Arizona that had emissions restrictions imposed by the EPA. A federal court upheld the EPA action.

A federal appeals court Wednesday said the Environmental Protection Agency acted properly when it rejected Arizona’s pollution-control plan for the Coronado Generating Station and imposed its own strict emission limits instead. Read more»

Scrap copper at Potomac Metals in Beltsville, Maryland, fetched about $1 a pound, down from $3 a pound as recently as three years ago as global demand for the metal has softened.

Copper is one of the pillars of Arizona’s economy, but falling demand has depressed prices. More than 1,000 workers were recently let go at mines here and in New Mexico, but the company planning the large open-pit Rosemont Mine in the mountains southeast of Tucson is forging ahead. Read more»

Airbnb is valued at $25.5 billion, and users can access spots in more than 190 countries, according to the company’s website.

Arizona has built a reputation for its multi-billion dollar travel industry with sprawling resorts and luxury offerings for tourists. While Airbnb has received praise for offering an alternative form of travel, it also faces criticism from officials and affordable housing advocates who claim its business model damages communities by providing unsafe, unregulated hotels. Read more»

Cooks at Glendale's Loving Hut restaurant cut potatoes and tofu in preparation for vegan meals.

In addition to the president, millions of others will pardon turkeys from the imminent threat of Thanksgiving this year. The vegetarian market for Thanksgiving has grown in both popularity and profit – a trend that’s beginning to take off in the Valley. Read more»

A glimpse of the Arizona State Fair during an evening of this fall 2015 season.

Officials with this year’s Arizona State Fair called it a success, despite a 4-percent drop in attendance from last year. Read more»

The same attractions that once lured generations into gaming no longer work for a younger crowd. Slot machines – even casinos as a whole – aren’t enticing enough for the 18- to 34-year-old age group known as millennials. Some casinos have changed their game plan: They treat their businesses as entertainment hubs instead of gaming centers. Read more»

William Scot Grey spent nearly 36 hours in panic nearly a year ago. His father, Ray, had not returned home from walking his dog. Minutes turned into hours, which turned into more than a day. Doctors had diagnosed Ray Grey with dementia, and his son predicted the wandering episode would likely occur again. The experience led him to develop a new app: Bloodhound. Read more»