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Lawmakers trade ‘hate,’ ‘censorship’ barbs in ‘illegal alien’ debate

WASHINGTON - The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term "illegal alien" in its catalog instead of the library's preferred "noncitizen."


House balks at Library of Congress plan to drop term ‘illegal alien’

WASHINGTON - House Republicans are trying to block a Library of Congress proposal to replace the term "illegal aliens" with "noncitizens" in its subject listings, a move the GOP called an attempt to "unilaterally censor these terms."


TSA redeploys 27 officers from Sky Harbor to other airports

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration has pulled 27 officers from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and reassigned them to airports around the country to help handle peak travel as their summer travel seasons are heating up.


U.S. Supreme Court reverses Arizona high court in death-row case

WASHINGTON - An Arizona death row inmate could get another chance to challenge his sentence in a 2001 murder, after the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday overturned a ruling by Arizona's high court.

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French authorities’ delay of Acoma Pueblo shield sale ‘a small victory’

WASHINGTON - French authorities halted the sale this week of a shield that the Acoma Pueblo tribe believes was stolen from them in the 1970s, according to tribal leaders.


Tucson official says airports need more input on TSA security staffing

WASHINGTON - Wait times at Tucson International Airport security checkpoints have grown steadily even as the number of passengers has fallen, an executive of the airport told a House panel Thursday.


Federal appeals court upholds death sentences in 1977 Maricopa murders

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the death sentences against Joseph Clarence Smith for the 1976 murders of two teenage girls while he was on probation for a previous rape.


TSA chief promises wait times will improve after June hiring boom

WASHINGTON - The head of the Transportation Security Administration promised lawmakers Wednesday that the planned hiring of 768 workers by June 15 will ease long wait times at airports nationwide.


Tribal leaders call for return of remains, sacred items before auction

WASHINGTON - Tribal and federal officials called Monday's planned sale of Indian remains and sacred objects at a French auction "disrespectful and fundamentally wrong" and called for the return of the items.


NFL promises to return some Defense Department marketing funds

WASHINGTON - Arizona's senators welcomed the announcement this week by NFL officials that the league would return more than $723,000 of Defense Department recruitment funds that had been used to fund events at games honoring troops.


West Valley cities saw some of nation’s fastest growth last year

WASHINGTON - Two West Valley cities were among the fastest growing in the nation in 2015, according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.


Arizona official urges Senate to close gaps in tribal criminal law

WASHINGTON - A Pascua Yaqui official said Wednesday that changes to federal law allowing tribes to prosecute nonmembers for domestic violence represented "a new dawn" for Native Americans, but there are gaps in the law that need to be addressed.