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Looking to get an earlier start on his retirement and on a proposed recall effort against his rivals on the Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora announced he would resign on New Year's Eve. Read more»

Union officials and lawmakers are questioning the usefulness of polygraphs – lie-detector tests – for Border Patrol applicants. But others say the tests are needed more than ever as Customs and Border Patrol prepares for a hiring binge.

Customs and Border Protection officials are considering ways to waive polygraphs for some applicants as the agency works to meet President Trump’s push to hire thousands more border agents. But it would also relax a policy meant to curb a wave of corruption that CBP faced in its last hiring boom, a change critics called “alarming.” Read more»

The Kajaki Dam project, shown here, has become a symbol of unsuccessful U.S. development efforts in Afghanistan, having consumed hundreds of millions of dollars without operation. 'I think building the pyramids in Giza were (sic) faster,' says John F. Sopko, the chief auditor of U.S. spending in that country. Washington has been subsidizing a supply of diesel fuel to replace the electricity the dam was supposed to provide.

A report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that both military and civilian officials failed to tackle corrosive corruption in Afghanistan. Read more»

Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale, has introduced a bill that would allow graduates of online law schools to take the bar exam and become attorneys. Read more»

Ron Carsten, former chief engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, told lawmakers that Arizona businesses need more job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills.

While executives said the standards will boost the number of job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills, they also urged lawmakers to provide funding to train teachers on implementation. All schools are required to use the standards by next school year. Read more»

The penis mightier than the sword. If you'll pardon the pun. Read more»

Soldiers cordon off the town square of a small village near Combat Outpost Yosef Khel in Afghanistan's Paktika province on March 10.

More than two-thirds of Americans want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, the latest poll finds. Read more»