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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – When voters in Arizona go to the polls next month, they will be asked to decide a landownership tug of war: Should the Grand Canyon belong to all Americans, or just the residents of Arizona?
A controversial ballot measure backed by Republicans in the state legislature is seeking sovereign control over millions of acres of federal land in the state, including the Grand Canyon.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge blocked Arizona on Friday from applying a new law that bars Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving money through the state for providing medical care because the women’s health organization also performs abortions.
District Court Judge Neil Wake issued a temporary injunction after Planned Parenthood sued over the law, which would have cut off Medicaid funding for family planning and health services delivered by organizations offering abortions. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health care coverage for low-income people.
(Reuters) – The daughter of Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin was being held in the United States after her arrest at the border last week, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, while the woman’s lawyer declined to confirm her parentage and said she was not cooperating with authorities.
Court documents showed that Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman-Salazar was detained on Friday after authorities said she attempted to cross from Tijuana, Mexico, into California on foot using a counterfeit visa and a false name.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico says it has killed Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of the brutal Zetas drug gang and the most powerful kingpin to fall in a six-year battle against cartels, but in a surreal twist his body was snatched from a funeral home by armed men.
Mexico’s navy said on Tuesday fingerprint tests had confirmed Lazcano was killed in a firefight in a small village in the northern state of Coahuila on Sunday afternoon.