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Apr 5, 2012

Man pleads guilty in botched ‘Fast and Furious’ US gun-running sting

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A man pleaded guilty on Thursday to two felony counts of purchasing and running high-powered rifles to Mexico from Arizona under the botched “Fast and Furious” federal sting operation tied to the murder of a U.S. federal agent.

Jaime Avila Jr. was among a ring of 20 defendants charged with buying high-powered firearms including Kalashnikov type assault rifles and Barrett sniper rifles to run to the Mexican cartels.

Apr 4, 2012

French militant attack underscores need for U.S. vigilance: U.S. official

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Recent attacks by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman in France highlight the need for enhanced cooperation between U.S. federal and local police to thwart domestic attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Wednesday.

“We just need to look, unfortunately, overseas to what happened in France with the murders there,” Napolitano told a training event in Phoenix for federal, state and local law enforcement.

Mar 28, 2012

Rights group accuses U.S. of abuses on Mexican border

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – U.S. policing along the Mexican border discriminates against Hispanics and Native Americans and contributes to the deaths of illegal immigrants, according to a study by the human rights group Amnesty International USA.

The report, titled “In Hostile Terrain: Human Rights Violations in Immigration Enforcement in the U.S. Southwest,” identifies what it says are systemic failures of federal, state and local authorities to enforce immigration laws without discrimination.

Mar 28, 2012

Human rights group accuses U.S. of abuses along Mexico border

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – U.S. policing along the Mexico border discriminates against Hispanics and Native Americans and contributes to the deaths of illegal immigrants, according to a study by the human rights group Amnesty International USA.

The report, titled “In Hostile Terrain: Human Rights Violations in Immigration Enforcement in the U.S. Southwest,” identifies what it says are systemic failures of federal, state and local authorities to enforce immigration laws without discrimination.

Mar 4, 2012

One arrested, 2 sought in AZ club shooting

TEMPE, Arizona (Reuters) – One man is under arrest and two more are being sought in what police said on Saturday appeared to be gang-related shootings that left 14 people wounded at a Tempe, Arizona, nightclub.

The suspect faces 13 counts of aggravated assault and one count of assisting a criminal street gang, said Tempe police Lieutenant Mike Horn.

Mar 3, 2012

13 wounded at Arizona rap concert shooting

TEMPE (Reuters) – Thirteen people were wounded in a shooting at a Tempe, Arizona, nightclub during a rap concert, police said on Saturday.

Tempe Police spokesman Sergeant Steve Carbajal said officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Clubhouse Music Venue at 11:30 p.m. Friday local time.

Mar 2, 2012

Arizona sheriff says Obama’s birth certificate a “forgery”

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A tough-talking Arizona sheriff, already embroiled in a Justice Department bias investigation and other woes, waded deeper into controversy on Thursday with an attention-grabbing assertion that a probe by his office found President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery.

Most Republican critics of Obama have given up pursuing such widely discredited “birther” allegations. But the investigation by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, carried out by what he described as five-member volunteer “posse,” was prompted by a request last August from a group of conservative Tea Party activists in the Phoenix valley.

Mar 1, 2012

Judge blocks Arizona immigration law’s day labor rules

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge blocked Arizona on Wednesday from enforcing a part of the state’s immigration law that prohibits vehicle occupants from stopping traffic to pick up day laborers waiting for work.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, in issuing a preliminary injunction, ruled that plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law were “likely to succeed on the merits of their claim” that the rules violate the First Amendment.

Feb 29, 2012

Navajo file trademark suit against Urban Outfitters

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Navajo, the largest Native American tribe in the United States, is suing clothing chain Urban Outfitters Inc., accusing it of trademark violations for using the tribe’s name on products including pullovers, feather earrings and underwear.

The tribe filed suit late on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, alleging trademark infringement and violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act by the retailer which it said sells more than 20 products under the names “Navajo” or “Navaho.”

Feb 28, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Santorum, Paul voters turn out at one Phoenix poll

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Mitt Romney may be leading in the polls in Arizona, but a clutch of voters who turned out early on a blustery morning at a school in central Phoenix favored Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

“Some of the other candidates might be too much of a Slick Rick. Santorum plays the game the way I like it,” said Sarah Moran, who works in business development. “He comes across as a little bit more real and in touch than Romney.”

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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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