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Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

WASHINGTON - Backed by a field of flowers that represent the thousands killed by gun violence each year, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democrats who said Congress can act on gun reform or "can let the shooting continue."


Despite push to schedule executions, attorneys plan to continue fight

WASHINGTON - While Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is pushing to schedule executions for two death-row inmates who he said have exhausted their appeals, advocates for the men said they still intend to fight.


Judge: Tape shows Chansley’s ‘detachment from reality’ in riot defense

WASHINGTON - An attorney for Arizona native Jacob Chansley, the face-painted "Q-Anon Shaman" charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, downplayed government video showing his client as part of the mob that broke into the building and confronted police.


Court rejects death-row inmate’s appeal in 1991 Tucson rapes, murder

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Friday upheld the convictions of an Arizona death-row inmate for the rapes of three Tucson women, one of whom was murdered, over the course of several weeks in 1991.


Judge tells lawmakers Arizona federal courts are overloaded, overworked

WASHINGTON - The federal district court in Arizona has been struggling to keep pace with a staggering civil and criminal caseload in the growing state, and it needs more judges to keep up, a judge from the court told lawmakers Wednesday.


Court: Holiday did not give Arizona voter an extra day to register

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Thursday rejected a Maricopa County man's claim that he was denied the right to vote in 2016 because the last day to register fell on a holiday, and he registered a day later.


Supreme Court halts hearings on Trump border cases after Biden reversals

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court postponed upcoming hearings on two Trump administration immigration policies Wednesday, after both had been reversed on the first day of President Joe Biden’s term.


Ban on new private prison contracts will not reach ICE detainees

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's order that the Justice Department stop contracting with private prisons could affect thousands of inmates.


Trump pardons former Rep. Rick Renzi for fraud, extortion convictions

WASHINGTON - In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump pardoned two Arizonans, including former Rep. Rick Renzi, who was convicted of extortion, racketeering and other charges, and a one-time bank robber who supporters say turned his life around.


Washington in unprecedented lockdown days before Biden’s inauguration

WASHINGTON - When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday, it will be in front of a National Mall fenced off to crowds, just one in a series of extraordinary security measures put in place the face of threats of armed protests by right-wing and pro-Trump groups.


Officials prep for possible inauguration protests at Arizona Capitol

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Capitol is surrounded by two rows of chain-link fence and police presence has been increased, as authorities brace for possible violence in response to the inauguration next week of President-elect Joe Biden.


Arizona hate crimes bounced back in 2019, experts fear a surge in 2020

WASHINGTON - Hate crimes in Arizona bounced back in 2019 after a sharp drop the year before, and advocates say they fear the numbers are only going to continue to rise when the tumult of 2020 is reported.

Anti-Semetic hate vandalism