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Nov 14, 2012

U.S. immigration U-turn has Hispanics seeing ‘light at end of tunnel’

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Ricardo, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, sets off each day before dawn looking for casual work in construction not knowing if he will return home to his wife and three children or get snared in an immigration sweep. Lately, he feels the pervasive fear slowly lifting.

Ricardo, 46, is among millions of Latino immigrants who, regardless of their immigration status, feel fresh optimism this week over newfound Republican willingness to consider immigration reform to avoid further alienating Hispanic voters who proved key to re-electing President Barack Obama.

Nov 13, 2012

Democrat gaining as Arizona Senate race vote count drags on

PHOENIX (Reuters) – With several hundred thousand ballots still to be counted in the race for an Arizona Senate seat, a Democrat who earlier conceded the race to his Republican rival was gaining and appeared to have a distant shot at the seat after all.

Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona conceded on election night last Tuesday to six-term U.S. Congressman Jeff Flake after about three quarters of precincts had reported, showing Flake with a lead of about six percentage points.

Nov 8, 2012

Gabby Giffords faces Tucson assailant as he is sentenced to life

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stood in federal court to face her would-be assassin on Thursday moments before he was sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Giffords, last year.

Jared Loughner, 24, a college dropout with a history of psychiatric disorders, received seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in prison, without the possibility of parole, under a plea deal with prosecutors that spares him the death penalty.

Nov 8, 2012

Loughner likely to get life term for Arizona shooting rampage

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – The man responsible for a shooting rampage in Arizona last year that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, is likely to be sentenced to life in prison on Thursday in a Tucson court.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns is expected to sentence Jared Loughner, 24, to seven consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole as part of a deal with federal prosecutors that will spare Loughner the death penalty.

Nov 7, 2012

Controversial Arizona sheriff Arpaio wins sixth term

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for targeting illegal immigrants, fended off a strong challenge from a Phoenix police veteran on Tuesday to win a sixth four-year term.

Republican Arpaio, the 80-year-old lawman who styles himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” claimed victory over Democratic challenger Paul Penzone to hold on to office as sheriff of Maricopa County. An unofficial county tally showed Arpaio nearly 11 points ahead with 596 of 724 precincts reporting.

Nov 7, 2012

Republican Flake defeats Latino for Arizona Senate seat

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Six-term Republican congressman Jeff Flake beat back a Latino Democrat and former U.S. Surgeon General to claim victory on Tuesday in a hard-fought race for a vacant U.S. Senate seat from Arizona.

Flake, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2003, led Democrat Richard Carmona by 6 percentage points with around three quarters of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

Nov 4, 2012

U.S. Navy skipper fired over drunken misconduct in Russia

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – The skipper of a U.S. Navy frigate and three officers were fired on Saturday after an investigation found they had engaged in drunken behavior and misconduct during a recent port visit in Russia, the Navy said.

Commander Joseph R. Darlak was relieved of command of the USS Vandegrift in Guam after an investigation determined that several of the ship’s officers had been drunk and disorderly during a visit to the Russian port of Vladivostok in September, a spokeswoman said.

Nov 1, 2012

Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio’s re-election bid divides county

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s hardline stance on illegal immigrants has given him a national profile. But a backlash from angry Latinos is turning his bid for re-election into the toughest of his long career.

Republican Arpaio, who turned 80 this year, is seeking a sixth term in the state’s most populous county, where a bitter national fight over illegal immigration has helped drive what has become the most costly sheriff’s race in U.S. history.

Oct 31, 2012

Ghosts said to mingle with guests at haunted Arizona hotel

DOUGLAS, Arizona (Reuters) – Manager Robin Brekhus was skeptical about her Arizona hotel’s supernatural history until the day she went to the basement in search of candles during a power outage and glimpsed a figure in a long duster coat and cowboy hat in the beam of her flashlight.

“It was like he wanted me to make eye contact with him and acknowledge that I saw him,” she said, recalling how she then sprinted up the steps to the spacious lobby with its Italianate columns and Tiffany & Co. stained glass mural – a new believer.

Oct 23, 2012

Latino Democrat narrows race for Senate in Arizona

GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY, Arizona (Reuters) – A Latino Democrat who rose from a hardscrabble childhood to become U.S. surgeon general has tightened the race for an open Senate seat in Arizona, a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic senator in almost 25 years.

With just two weeks before the November 6 election, Democrat Richard Carmona is in a statistical dead heat with six-term Republican congressman Jeff Flake, the early favorite.

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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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