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‘It could be me’: Native American teen teaches self-defense to keep indigenous kids safe

MESA - Kylie Hunts-in-Winter, 16, teaches self-defense classes, part of a community effort to lower the risk of missing and murdered indigenous women.


Challenge to Phoenix’s gay anti-discrimination law heading to Arizona high court

PHOENIX – Arizona’s highest court is set to decide whether a Phoenix law aimed at prohibiting businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people violates the state’s constitution.


Ugly legacy of the ‘lynching era’ continues to resonate in America

The lynching era’s legacy can still be seen today. Senators introduced legislation in June to make lynchings a federal crime, saying it is long past due.


Court sides with baker who refused same-sex couple’s wedding cake

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying it would violate deeply held religious opposition to same-sex marriage. The court said Colorado officials showed “clear and impermissible hostility” to the baker's religious claims.


FanDuel? DraftKings? Not in Arizona, where participation in DFS sites remains illegal

Participation in daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites such as FanDuel or DraftKings is illegal in Arizona, and experts don’t anticipate change anytime soon, despite the efforts of many.


Supreme Court rejects challenge to Arizona’s death penalty law

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the way Arizona decides which criminals can be sentenced to death, a process critics say is so broad that virtually every convicted murderer is eligible for execution.

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On eve of student walkouts, advocates send silent message of lives lost

WASHINGTON - Thousands of shoes lined the lawn in front of the Capitol to represent all the children killed by firearms in the past six years, a diaplay meant to prod lawmakers to action on gun legislation and to bring attention to a planned student walkout against gun violence.


Arizona’s Miller to remain coach, calls report ‘inaccurate, false and defamatory’

Sean Miller will remain coach of the Arizona men's basketball team. He said Thursday that reports he discussed payment to a player were false.


Court reverses death sentence in brutal Mohave County triple murder

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court overturned the death sentence in a brutal 1996 triple murder near Kingman, saying Arizona courts did not give enough weight to the killer's troubled childhood and mental health issues.


Venezuelan teens came to Arizona for basketball, but were left homeless

BUCKEYE - They were teenagers from Venezuela, drawn to Arizona’s Elite 1 Academy with hopes of playing college basketball or making it to the NBA.

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Fentanyl seizures increase at Arizona border

PHOENIX - Agents have seized 140 pounds of fentanyl at Arizona's ports of entry in 2017, a 600 percent increase from 2016, according to a report from United States Customs and Border Protection.

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Supreme Court lets stand lower court rulings in Scottsdale police shooting

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that a Scottsdale police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man who threatened two people with a knife and advanced toward officers with two halves of a pool cue in his hands.