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American Red Cross volunteer Marty Martindale provides some encouragement to Yarnell resident Gene Criner, one of scores who lost homes in the wildfire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters on June 30.

Residents of Yarnell said Monday that they were never really depending on help from the federal government, and vowed to continue rebuilding their community after a request for disaster aid was rejected Friday. Read more»

Bureau of Indian Affairs forester technician Butch Gregg, in 2011 file photo, lights wood piles as part of forest-management on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Such thinning efforts helped stop the Wallow fire at the reservation’s boundary.

Arizona lawmakers invoked the memory of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters at a congressional hearing Thursday where they urged bureaucrats to improve forest management to prevent such fires in the future. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, leans off of first base on a rainy Washington evening during an annual charity softball game between congressional women and women journalists.

It’s one thing to claim that you can work across the congressional aisle in the spirit of bipartisanship. It’s quite another to sweat with members of the other party. But that’s what congressional women were doing on Wednesday as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to play women journalists in a charity softball game on a steamy Washington night. (with video) Read more»

A protester makes her opinion known at an NAACP rally after the Supreme Court held that part of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional.

Arizona will no longer have to get prior federal government approval for state voting changes, after the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key component of the Voting Rights Act. A sharply divided court said the part of the law that required nine states, including Arizona, to get advance permission for voting changes had outlived its need and that it unconstitutionally singled out some states for harsher treatment than others. Read more» 1

US Airways Group Chairman and CEO Douglas Parker, left, and American Airlines Senior Vice President Gary Kennedy testify on the proposed merger of their airlines and the benefits they say it will bring consumers.

Executives from American Airlines and US Airways appeared Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee, at least the third time this year they have been called to testify on the proposed merger of their two airlines. Read more»

National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia at the release of a council study of banking practices of California Latinos, that found a higher rate of participation among naturalized citizens – more proof of the need for immigrartion reform, supporters said.

Immigration advocates released a study of Latino banking habits Tuesday that they said supports the case for a pathway to citizenship, which they said in turn opens the door to greater economic prosperity for all. Read more» 1

Christopher O’Connor, 13, of Tucson takes the stage for the semifinals of the National Spelling Bee in Washington. O’Connor was the first to compete Thursday and the first one out, but he’s already planning a return next year.

Christopher O’Connor made it further than he ever thought he would in the National Spelling Bee, but the Tucson seventh-grader knew it was all over the minute he heard his first word Thursday. Pultaceous. Read more»

Arizona teens Christopher O’Connor and Samuel Yeager, contestants 5 and 6 of 281 students from every state and several foreign countries competing in the National Spelling Bee in the Washington suburbs.

Tucson seventh-grader Christopher O’Connor did not think he would make it past the state competition, much less hear his name called as a semifinalist in the National Spelling Bee. “It felt surreal,” Christopher, 13, said Wednesday after advancing past the preliminary rounds of the competition in the Washington suburbs. Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, said 'The State of the Border Report' shows possible border benefits, not just the negatives that are often highlighted. He is with Andrew Selee of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute at the release of the report.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D- Tucson, knows there are benefits to be had from a U.S.-Mexico relationship, but fears the possibilities have been endangered by the hostility that has become part of the immigration debate. “The border lines went from a unique American landscape of people, history, and land itself, to a threat … to something to be feared,” he said. “Making that transition has affected the border tremendously.” Read more» 1