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Sep 26, 2013

Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver commits suicide in Georgia

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver, 29, has shot and killed himself at his home in an Atlanta suburb, police said on Wednesday.

Oliver was found dead on Tuesday night in Marietta, Georgia, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, a spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department said.

Sep 26, 2013

U.S. border agency to amend use-of-force practices after killings

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, under fire for being too quick to use lethal force, will train officers to defuse threats following the deaths of at least 19 people since 2010 in incidents on the northern and southern borders.

The changes announced on Wednesday came in response to a letter signed by 16 members of Congress in May 2012, calling for a review of use-of-force incidents and policy, prompted by the death of a Mexican man struck with a baton and shocked by officers as he resisted deportation in San Diego, California, three years ago.

Sep 19, 2013

Former heavyweight boxing champ Ken Norton dies at 70

PHOENIX, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Ken Norton, the former heavyweight boxing champion who broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw in a 1973 bout, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Arizona, according to his manager.

Norton, 70, who died in Bullhead City, Arizona, had been suffering from congestive heart failure, said Patrick Tenore, the boxer’s corporate manager and friend.

Sep 19, 2013

Arizona expands ban denying driver’s licenses to immigrants

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona, long at odds with President Barack Obama’s administration over immigration reform, is expanding a ban on giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants to include all those who have been granted relief from deportation, in a move that rights advocates criticized as “vindictive.”

The state’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, announced a year ago that Arizona would deny licenses to young illegal immigrants granted a deportation reprieve under a federal program approved as Obama pushed for a broader immigration overhaul.

Sep 8, 2013

Remote U.S. Border Patrol bases plug gaps on Mexico frontier

SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY, Arizona (Reuters) – For U.S. Border Patrol agent Frank Dixon, getting to work on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift is simple: He drives out of Hedglen Forward Operating Base and is already in the heart of the cactus-studded wilderness he is tasked with securing.

Modeled on the remote fire bases used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, the 10-acre (four-hectare) fence-ringed facility in Arizona’s high desert is the U.S. government’s latest bid to plug the remaining gaps on the porous border with Mexico.

Aug 10, 2013

For mixed-status families, U.S. immigration reform would end anxiety

PHOENIX (Reuters) – U.S.-born Junnyor Diaz studies at a Phoenix high school. His Mexico-born older brother, Edder, has applied for a program to avoid deportation, while their undocumented mother, Angelica, cleans houses to keep the family fed and, above all, together.

They are among millions of families across the United States made up of citizens, so-called Dreamers and immigrants without legal status who are hopeful that a comprehensive immigration overhaul might finally simplify their lives.

Aug 10, 2013

U.S. says no charges for border agent who shot Mexican teen

PHOENIX (Reuters) – U.S. authorities will not bring charges against a Border Patrol agent in Arizona who shot dead a rock-throwing Mexican teenager two years ago because the fatal injury did not occur in the United States, the Justice Department said on Friday.

An unidentified Border Patrol agent shot Ramses Barron, a 17-year-old Mexican citizen, through the border fence in Nogales, Arizona, in the early hours of January 5, 2011.

Aug 8, 2013

Row simmers over death benefits for Arizona ‘Hotshot’ firefighters

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Nineteen members of an Arizona hotshot firefighting crew killed by a fickle wildfire all shared the same risks, but the widow of one is complaining that a two-tier compensation system meant her young family would be denied full survivor benefits.

The elite firefighters died in June in the worst U.S. wildland fire tragedy in 80 years. They were engulfed by wind-whipped flames in seconds as they tried to extinguish a blaze that forced evacuations and destroyed scores of homes in and around the tiny town of Yarnell.

Aug 5, 2013

NHL sells Phoenix Coyotes, team to stay in Arizona

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The National Hockey League sold the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday to a group of investors headed by Canadian businessmen George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc, successfully ending a four-year search for a new owner who would keep the team in Arizona.

The transaction, which closed on Monday, was approved by the NHL’s board of governors – terminating the League’s ownership of the Glendale-based team they bought out of bankruptcy in 2009 for $140 million.

Aug 1, 2013

Bus strike to snarl commute for some workers in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Transit officials warned thousands of Phoenix area commuters to make alternative rush-hour travel plans because of a bus strike that will start on Thursday after contract talks between union drivers and management collapsed.

Some 40 bus lines serving the Arizona cities of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe will be idled by the walkout, along with some routes through Phoenix itself and Scottsdale.

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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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