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Arizona, other states, get temporary waiver for ‘No Child Left Behind’

WASHINGTON - Arizona was one of seven states granted a temporary waiver Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.


Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess.


Fighting fire with fire: Prescribed burns take aim at wildfire threats

WASHINGTON - As bureaucrats in Washington were complaining about growing costs of wildfires Wednesday, forest officials in Arizona were lighting a forest fire - but the two groups are working toward the same goal.


Forest Service says wildfire growth threatens to consume agency budget

WASHINGTON - Costs to battle wildfires will consume almost all of the U.S. Forest Service budget in 10 years unless Congress changes the way firefighting efforts are funded, the agency warned Wednesday.


Arizona’s repeat ranking as No. 1 for gun owners draws praise, concern

WASHINGTON - For the third straight year, Arizona was ranked best state in the nation for gun owners by Guns and Ammo magazine, which praised the state's self-defense and carry laws, its shooting sports and strong gun culture.


Driving while single can cost more in Phoenix, insurance study shows

WASHINGTON - Single, widowed and divorced drivers in Phoenix are likely to pay higher insurance rates than married drivers with identical driving records, according to a recent report from the Consumer Federation of America.