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Gyill Holyan, 16, rides a horse while visiting family in Bird Springs, Ariz. The San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Ariz. serve as one of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo.

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States. Read more»

Pablo collects bottles on an October afternoon. Pablo says he enjoys the quiet of the desert, and the time the trips give him to think.

A research project to make iron-based cement is ridding the desert of glass in the Tohono O'odham Nation. Read more»

Arizona was tied for the fourth-highest rate of alcohol-related deaths among its working-age population from 2006 to 2010, the CDC said, at 13.4 percent compared to a national rate of 9.8 percent for the period. The state was fifth for the alcohol-related death per 100,000 residents.

Experts said there are several possible factors behind Arizona's relatively high numbers, including the fact that medical responses can be a challenge in a rural state. One treatment counselor noted that there’s no one cause, but “a hundred ways” the problem affects the state. Read more» 1

Commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom, plus substance abuse counselor Carole Bennett talking about one of Pima County's top medical issues, and archaeologist Gayle Hartmann on the book "Last Water on the Devil's Highway." Read more»

Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, along with Sean Collins, a Republican candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 4, and Richard Studwell. UA-area developer and City Hall commentator. Read more»

Titanic at the docks of Southampton, April, 1912.

A month-long festival commemorating Titanic's link to a small Irish village has drawn visitors from around the world, but sad memories remind Cobh, Ireland, of its present economic woes. Read more»

Binge drinking rates in the United States is "a bigger problem than previously thought," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Tuesday. Read more»

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Alcoholism is so rampant among soldiers that the Army needs to double its number of counselors, said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's No. 2 officer. Read more»