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Advocates blast Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona election laws

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court Thursday rejected claims that Arizona's ballot-harvesting and out-of-precinct election rules discriminate against minority voters, a ruling that one critic said "takes a sledgehammer" to equal voting protections.


Kiowa actor ‘stood a little straighter’ after landing role as a chief of his tribe

After nearly 30 years of playing indigenous characters, Kiowa tribal member Gary Tsoodle finally played a Kiowa.

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Kiowa elder bonds with 10-year-old actress on ‘News of the World’ movie set

On the New Mexico set of the Tom Hanks film “News of the World,” a Kiowa elder bonded with a 10-year-old German actress over tribal language and customs.


Apache make emotional appeal to court to halt proposed copper mine

WASHINGTON - Members of Apache Stronghold told a federal district judge, in sometimes tearful testimony Wednesday, that a proposed copper mine at Oak Flat would destroy a "holy place" for Native Americans and needs to be stopped.


The fight at home: Suicide rate is highest among younger military veterans

Younger veterans ages 18 to 34 commit suicide more often than all other age brackets, and most of them had not experienced combat, recent reports say. Veterans Affairs is trying to address the issue.


Census: Not sure it can exclude migrants, but wants to be left to try

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration said it does not know how many immigrants might be excluded from the Census under a 2019 presidential order, but it still urged the Supreme Court on Monday to overturn lower courts that blocked the proposal.


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California high school athletes travel to Arizona to keep playing through COVID-19

SAN CLEMENTE, California – California high school athletes can only play competitively out of state and must travel to Arizona with their families to stay in game-shape.


No average Guy: Apache Junction football player remembered for drive, compassion

PHOENIX – Stage 4 melanoma took the life of Apache Junction football player Alex Guy but his legacy lives on.


Blue wave in the Grand Canyon State: Biden, Kelly projected winners as Arizona takes center stage in 2020

PHOENIX – Amid a pandemic that changed the way Americans live and vote, Joe Biden was called the winner over Donald Trump in Arizona, leading a blue wave that flipped the longtime Republic stronghold to a Democratic presidential candidate for only the second time since 1952.


Fire damage, ‘smoke taint’ add to challenges for Napa wineries during peak of harvest

LOS ANGELES – Napa Valley wineries have combated smoke taint, coronavirus restrictions and wildfire destruction in 2020, requiring experts to look at the future of wine and the impacts of climate change.


Patchwork education system in juvenile centers often falls short

The lack of consistent and uniform policies, along with a lack of data, conceal how – or if – young people learn in detention facilities.