Tag: Arizona

Arizona Official Placed 29 Babies in Adoption Fraud Scheme, Prosecutors Say

He offered each of the expecting mothers $10,000 to put their newborns up for adoption, siphoning off money for housing and health care after arranging for them to travel more than 5,000 miles from the Marshall Islands to the United States, prosecutors said. Then, after falsifying their residency records to enroll them in state health […]

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How the Arizona Senate Race Could Be a Test for the Gun Control Debate

PHOENIX — Mark Kelly, a former astronaut turned Democratic Senate candidate, checked off the policy issues he expects to focus on as he campaigns to unseat the Republican Senator Martha McSally here: energy, health care, education and a strong national defense, in that order. Conspicuously missing from that list: gun control, an issue that has […]

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Arizona Man Accused of Killing 6-Year-Old Son During Attempted Exorcism

An Arizona man has been charged with first-degree murder after the authorities said he killed his 6-year-old son by forcing hot running water into his mouth for several minutes as part of an attempted exorcism. The man, Pablo Martinez, 31, told responding police officers that the child had a demon inside of him and needed […]

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Black College Student Pummeled in Alleged Racist Attack, Called the N-Word, Hundreds Protest in His Honor…and He Doesn’t Want to Press Charges

The Black Student Union of the University of Arizona says an African American student was brutalized in “racially-motivated attack” and criticized authorities for their response.Photo: LightFieldStudios Full disclaimer: I’ve heard of some n-word nonsense in my time but this has me scratching my head. On Friday, two white students—identified as Matthew Frazier and Matthew Rawlings—at […]

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Fugitive Couple Wanted on Murder Charges Are Captured in Arizona After Hiding for 16 Days

What Blane and Susan Barksdale had been doing since Aug. 26 is still somewhat of a mystery. But law enforcement officials said that a tip this week finally led them on Wednesday night to the Arizona couple, murder suspects who had hunkered down in a remote outpost in the Tonto National Forest called Punkin Center. […]

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Arizona G.O.P. Leader Said Party Would Stop Mark Kelly ‘Dead in His Tracks’

The chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona defended an email on Friday in which she had said the party would stop Mark Kelly, a Democrat running for United States Senate, “dead in his tracks.” Mr. Kelly is the husband of the former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whom a gunman shot in the head in 2011 […]

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G.O.P. Plans to Drop Presidential Primaries in 4 States to Impede Trump Challengers

WASHINGTON — The Republican Parties in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina intend to cancel the 2020 presidential primaries in their states, according to three people familiar with their plans, a move aimed at depriving President Trump’s long-shot challengers of chances to build support. The state parties have yet to formalize their decisions, but Mr. […]

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Are Democrats Throwing Away the Senate?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Could Democrats actually retake the Senate next year? Or are they already blowing their best chance? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk the state of the other 2020 race(s) worth paying attention […]

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Husband and Wife Escape During Cross-Country Extradition on Murder Charges

They were wanted in Arizona on murder and arson charges, and they had been held at a jail in upstate New York for three months. But the extradition of Blane and Susan Barksdale didn’t go as planned. As they were being taken more than 2,000 miles back to Tucson, the couple overpowered and kidnapped the […]

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Greenland Aside, Buying Foreign Land Used to Be Common

The last time the United States bought a foreign territory — through a monetary transaction and not just a signed treaty — was in 1917, when the Virgin Islands were acquired from Denmark. More than 100 years later, President Trump said he wanted to buy Greenland, the largest island in the world, from Denmark. Denmark […]

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Heat Deaths Jump in Southwest United States, Puzzling Officials

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Heat-related deaths have increased sharply since 2014 in Nevada and Arizona, raising concerns that the hottest parts of the country are struggling to protect their most vulnerable residents from global warming. In Arizona, the annual number of deaths […]

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Phoenix Police Now Required to Self-Report Every Time They Point a Gun at Someone: ‘That’s a Traumatic Event’

Image: iStock Phoenix is well known for its oppressive heat and obnoxious Republicans. But with police misconduct rapidly working its way up the power rankings, city officials have announced that Phoenix officers will now be required to document every instance in which they point their gun at someone. CNN reports that a supervisor will review […]

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U.S. Can Block Migrants Seeking Asylum, but Only in Some States, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court said Friday that President Trump can begin blocking some Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the United States, but only along parts of the border with Mexico. Migrants who seek asylum in New Mexico and Texas can be subjected to the administration’s new rules, which effectively prohibit them from […]

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The New Threat to Endangered Species? The Trump Administration

Endangered species come on lists. But lists obscure relationships. What can it mean that a few mussels, some snails we’ve never heard of, obscure crayfish in marginal headwaters and some island-confined songbirds are vanishing? Some 1,650 species of animals and plants in the United States are listed under federal law as endangered or threatened. But […]

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Border Patrol Agent Who Hit Migrant With Truck Pleads Guilty

A Border Patrol agent who intentionally hit a Guatemalan migrant with his truck in Arizona in 2017 — and who had referred to immigrants in a text message as “subhuman” and “mindless murdering savages” — has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, according to a document filed in federal court on Monday. The agent, Matthew […]

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Arizona Files Novel Lawsuit in Supreme Court Over Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON — Saying the opioid crisis requires bold measures, the state of Arizona filed an audacious lawsuit in the Supreme Court on Wednesday asking the justices to order members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, to return what the state said were billions of dollars looted from the company. “We want the Supreme […]

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