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Despite rhetoric, border counties’ violent crime about average for U.S.

An analysis of four years of violent crime data for the border counties as a whole showed they were usually slightly above the national average, following no obvious trend.... Read more»0

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Uber, Lyft surge ahead of cabs in campaign expense reports

The initial public offering of Uber shares this month fell short of expectations, but there’s at least one audience where the ride-sharing service dominates: members of Congress.... Read more»0

Supreme Court turns down Arpaio, who vows fight to vacate conviction

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Monday to continue the fight to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling.... Read more»0

Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

A border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened to send armed soldiers to the border in response. ... Read more»0

Report: Tucson, Phoenix among fastest-warming cities in nation since 1970

Phoenix and Tucson were two of the fastest-warming cities in the nation over the last five decades, according to a Climate Central report based on government data.... Read more»0

Census: Maricopa County – again – saw country’s biggest population gains

Maricopa County saw the largest population increase of any county in the nation last year, adding 81,244 residents to make eight straight years of gains. Pima and Pinal counties also had substantial increases in the number of residents.... Read more»0

Court overturns death sentence in 1987 execution-style Yuma murder

A federal appeals court Wednesday overturned the death sentence for Theodore Washington, the last of three defendants still on death row in the 1987 execution-style murder of Sterleen Hill during a “disastrously violent home invasion” in Yuma.... Read more»0

Twins peek: Scott & Mark Kelly help NASA study effects of long-term space travel

Scott and Mark Kelly were identical twins when Scott went into space, but would they be identical when he came back to Earth 340 days later? NASA says yes – eventually.... Read more»0

University of Arizona researchers revel as first photo of black hole unveiled

UA astrophysicists went to great lengths (i.e., the South Pole) as part of the team out to prove Einstein's "beautiful equation" that predicted black holes.... Read more»0

Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts.... Read more»0

CBP: Southern border apprehensions topped 360,000 in first half of year

Customs and Border protection leaders warn lenient laws are encouraging families to flee central American violence and seek asylum in the U.S.... Read more»0

House, Senate OK Colorado River drought plan, capping years of debate

Two weeks after water officials told Congress there was urgent need to approve the Colorado River drought contingency plan, the House and Senate both passed a plan Monday and sent it to the president’s desk.... Read more»0

Paws on the ground: Mexican gray wolf numbers rise, but long-term viability still a concern

The Mexican gray wolf population grew by 14 last year, which conservationists are happy about but not so happy they think the animal's long-term prospects are secure.... Read more»0

Arizonans join critics of Trump call to weaken unaccompanied minors law

The Trump administration wants to weaken protections for unaccompanied kids without legal documentation, the U.S. Mexico border.... Read more»0

Drawing on her history, McSally calls on colleges to stop sexual assaults

In a different year, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally might not have been on a stage at the U.S. Naval Academy telling college officials that they need to step up and do their part to end sexual assaults on their campuses.... Read more»0

Ducey supports plan to close border, but Trump announces year delay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave conditional support Wednesday to a “short as possible” border shutdown, then shifted the blame to Congress. But President Trump announced Thursday that he'll put off closing crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»0

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