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Dec 18, 2013

Gunman kills one, then himself at Nevada medical building

Dec 17 (Reuters) – A man opened fire on Tuesday in a Reno,
Nevada, medical building, killing one person and injuring two
others before he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot
wound, police said.

The shooting, the latest in a rash of deadly U.S. gun
violence at public venues in the United States this year,
occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at the building adjacent to the
Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom
Robinson said.

Nov 21, 2013

Republican governors seek distance from Washington gridlock

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) – Republican governors gathering for an annual conference in Arizona on Thursday sought to portray state leaders as the can-do wing of the party as they face midterm elections, distancing themselves from colleagues unable to break the gridlock in Washington.

“While D.C. talks, governors act. That’s really the takeaway,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley told reporters on the second day of the Republican Governors Association meeting in Scottsdale. “We are looking at the chaos that is Washington D.C., yet we’re looking at the states that are more stable than they’ve ever been.”

Nov 19, 2013

Judge dismisses lawsuit by family of slain border agent

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has been dismissed by a federal judge on the grounds that a court settlement would interfere with the powers of the U.S. government, which has a compensation scheme of its own.

Terry died in a shoot-out with Mexican drug cartel gunmen in southern Arizona in December 2010 in a case tied to a flawed bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, gun-running operation that embarrassed the Obama administration and strained relations with Mexico.

Nov 1, 2013

U.S. judge tosses lawsuit seeking to block horse slaughter

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Friday tossed out a lawsuit seeking to block inspections of horses destined for slaughter, potentially clearing the way for the resumption of equine killing for human consumption.

A U.S. District Judge in New Mexico threw out a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups lodged in July that sought to permanently halt the slaughter of horses.

Oct 22, 2013

For first time, most Americans favor legalizing marijuana: poll

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – For the first time, a clear majority of Americans say they favor legalizing marijuana, as recreational and medical use of the drug gains acceptance across the nation, a poll released on Tuesday showed.

The Gallup poll found that 58 percent of those surveyed favored marijuana legalization, up from 50 percent two years ago. By contrast, when Gallup first asked the question in 1969, only 12 percent favored allowing the drug.

Oct 15, 2013

Deals struck to reopen Grand Canyon and other iconic U.S. sites

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Three of the most famous U.S. National Parks – the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty – will reopen in the coming days after state governors reached deals despite an ongoing government shutdown.

The governors of Arizona, New York and South Dakota said in separate statements on Friday that they had reached agreements with the federal government to reopen their respective parks between Saturday and Monday.

Oct 15, 2013

Snorkeler finds rare giant oarfish off California coast

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – A California marine instructor’s leisurely weekend snorkel turned into the discovery of a lifetime when she found the carcass of a massive, eel-like creature of a species thought to have inspired legends of giant sea serpents.

Catalina Island Marine Institute instructor Jasmine Santana spotted the 18-foot (5.5-meter) oarfish, which is as thick as a man’s torso, while snorkeling in clear waters off the island’s coast on Sunday afternoon, the institute said.

Oct 12, 2013

Deals struck to reopen Grand Canyon and other U.S. national parks

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Three of the most renowned U.S. National Parks, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty, are to reopen in coming days after state governors reached deals despite an ongoing government shutdown.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and South Dakota’s Governor Dennis Daugaard, said in separate statements on Friday that they had reached agreements with the federal government to reopen their respective parks between Saturday and Monday.

Oct 8, 2013

Arizona plans to require citizenship proof for state elections

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona, long at odds with Washington over immigration policy, plans to require voters to show proof of citizenship to vote in state polls, even after it lost a high court battle to demand such documentation for federal elections.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 in June to strike down a voter-registration law designed to stop illegal immigrants from casting ballots in the state, which borders Mexico and has been at the heart of the U.S. national battle over immigration.

Sep 30, 2013

‘Breaking Bad’ may be over, but Albuquerque businesses hope their high lasts

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – As fans readied to see how chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White would meet his end in the tense finale of “Breaking Bad” on Sunday night, one Albuquerque donut maker had a rush of customers on her hands.

“It was insane,” said Carrie Mettling, the co-owner of the city’s Rebel Donut chain, which sold $10,000 worth of its blue frosted and crystal rock candy-slathered “blue sky” donuts in the hours before showtime. “Our sales were probably quadruple what they are on a normal Sunday.”

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      "I cover immigration and southwest border issues for Reuters. I am based in Phoenix and have been in my current role since 2006. I previously covered northern Mexico and worked as a general news reporter in Central America."
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