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Feb 23, 2012

Seven US Marines killed in copter training collision

PHOENIX, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Two U.S. military
helicopters collided during a training exercise over the desert
along the Arizona-California border, killing all seven Marines
aboard, the Marine Corps said on Thursday.

The two aircraft, an AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey, both
attached to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, were conducting
nighttime training operations when the accident occurred about 8
p.m. local time on Wednesday.

Feb 23, 2012

Seven Marines killed in U.S. copter collision

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Two U.S. military helicopters collided during a training exercise along the Arizona-California border, killing seven Marines, the Marine Corps said on Thursday.

The aircraft, an AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey, were conducting night-time training operations when the accident occurred about 8 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Feb 23, 2012

Republican candidates back arming Syria rebels

MESA, Arizona (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on Wednesday lent their support to the idea of arming the Syrian opposition in its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking at a CNN debate in Mesa, Arizona, Romney said the United States needed to team up with allies to help the rebels.

Feb 23, 2012

Santorum takes heavy fire in Arizona Republican debate

MESA, Arizona (Reuters) – Rivals piled criticism on presidential candidate Rick Santorum at a testy debate on Wednesday, attempting to blunt his surprise surge at a pivotal period in the Republican race.

Santorum went though an uncomfortable two hours fending off criticism of his Senate record, in his first turn at center stage after rising in polls in recent weeks.

Feb 23, 2012
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Hispanic activists protest Romney on Dream Act ahead of debate

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Campaigning in Iowa late last year, Mitt Romney said he would veto a proposal granting U.S. citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children.

While turning his back on the so-called Dream Act won him support from grassroots conservatives in the Midwest, it brought out Hispanic activists in protest against him ahead of the debate on Wednesday.

Feb 10, 2012

Obama signs Giffords’ final bill into law

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed into law on Friday the last legislation written by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded in a Tucson shooting rampage last year, and the U.S. Navy piled on the honors by naming a ship for her.

Giffords, who joined Obama at a signing ceremony at the White House, stepped down from Congress last month to focus on her recovery from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Feb 2, 2012

Family of agent slain in botched sting seeks damages

By Tim Gaynor

(Reuters) – The family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a $25 million wrongful-death claim against the U.S. government, saying he was killed because federal investigators allowed guns to fall into the hands of violent criminals.

Terry was shot dead in southern Arizona in December 2010 by suspected border bandits.

Jan 29, 2012

Migrant trash piles up at remote U.S.-Mexico border areas

RIO RICO, Ariz (Reuters) – Picking her way into the desert brush, Raquel Martinez gathered scores of plastic water bottles tossed in an Arizona desert valley near the Mexico border, often by migrants making a risky trek into the United States across increasingly remote terrain.

“We need more bags … there’s so much trash,” said Martinez, one of scores of volunteers helping clean up the dry bed of the Santa Cruz River about 10 miles north of the Mexico border on Saturday.

Jan 25, 2012

Wounded Giffords resigns from Congress

TUCSON, Ariz (Reuters) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords, gravely wounded a year ago in a deadly Tucson shooting spree, submitted her resignation from Congress on Wednesday to focus on her recovery.

“The only way I ever served my district in Congress was by giving 100 percent. This past year that’s what I have given to my recovery,” Giffords said in letters to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Jan 25, 2012

Wounded Representative Giffords resigns from Congress

TUCSON, Ariz (Reuters) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords, gravely wounded a year ago in a deadly Tucson shooting spree, submitted her resignation from Congress on Wednesday to focus on her recovery.

“The only way I ever served my district in Congress was by giving 100 percent. This past year that’s what I have given to my recovery,” Giffords said in letters to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

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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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