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2-year-old boy found alive next to his migrant mother’s dead body near Yuma

A Colombian man living in Florida is trying to reunite with his toddler son after his wife and daughter died in the desert west of Yuma, an ordeal that the two-year-old boy survived as the family crossed into the United States from Mexico.... Read more»

One year in: how COVID’s toll compares with other causes of death

Now that the coronavirus has been in the United States for roughly a year, new numbers are revealing the scale of covid-19’s impact on American health: COVID has become the country’s third-leading cause of death, and could be on its way to outpacing cancer. ... Read more»

Migrant deaths in Arizona deserts reach 7-year high

Remains of 181 migrants were found in the Arizona desert through the end of September, 37 more than in all of last year and the most since 2013, according to the group Humane Borders.... Read more»

After 890 consecutive Thursdays, El Tiradito vigil for immigrants may end

For 890 consecutive Thursdays, members of La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have held a Tucson vigil to honor, and pray for, immigrants who have died or disappeared while crossing the southwestern deserts of the United States from Mexico. And, now the 17-year tradition may come to a close. ... Read more»1

Blue water barrel's trip to NY museum honors work to end deadly Az treks

Rev. Robin Hoover and others from Humane Borders were at a tony event at NYC's Cooper Hewitt design museum last week because a simple blue plastic water barrel, designed by activists to save migrants crossing the desert southwest of Tucson, is part of a new exhibit at the branch of the Smithsonian.... Read more»

15-year-old Humane Borders water barrel headed to Smithsonian

A beat-up blue plastic water barrel, designed by Humane Borders to save migrants crossing the Arizona desert, will become part of an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt museum, part of the Smithsonian. It has been 15 years since the group built two barrels, placing them in the desert in an effort to lower the number of deaths of illegal border crossers.... Read more»

Border agents: Harsh desert claims lives of 4 men

In separate incidents over the weekend, Border Patrol agents found four dead men in the desert. A pregnant woman was located near Sells, sitting near her dead husband's body, while bodies were also found near Lukeville and Queens Well.... Read more»

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Celebrated sci-fi pioneer Ray Bradbury dies

Ray Bradbury, the author of "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," among many other works, died Wednesday morning at 91. Born in Waukegan, Ill., Bradbury lived in Tucson for two short periods as a boy.... Read more»

Swine flu claims 166 lives in Mexico this year

A total of 166 people have died in Mexico so far this year from swine flu, with a 23 percent increase in deaths in one week alone, according to health authorities.... Read more»