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Report: Arizona kids more fit than U.S. kids, but U.S. is pretty sorry

WASHINGTON - Arizona's schoolkids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a national report card.But that's nothing to brag about: The report card said kids nationwide are not even close to being active enough.

In rural Pennsylvania, family detention a world away from the border

WASHINGTON – A former nursing home in eastern Pennsylvania has been converted to a family detention center immigrants, one of three such facilities in the country. Protesters want the facility shut down, but federal officials are eyeing ways to expand the number of such facilities.

First in Congress? Get in line, as more women, minorities head to Hill

WASHINGTON - When Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema is sworn in next week, she will be the first woman to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate - a distinction that barely stands out in a Congress filled with firsts, as more women and minority lawmakers head to Capitol Hill than ever before.

Partnership unveils program to identify, head off youth sports injuries

WASHINGTON - A Mayo Clinic official was in Washington recently to join other youth sports leaders launching a national collaborative project aimed at preventing youth sports injuries through greater awareness, better data collection and tools like a quick field test for concussions.

Kirkpatrick, Stanton join freshmen in strong Democratic House class

WASHINGTON - Former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and two-time former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick joined more than 80 other newly elected House members for freshmen orientation in Washington, where Democrats prepare to seize control of the lower chamber for the first time in eight years.

Supreme Court sides with Arizona firefighters in age-bias lawsuit

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said two Arizona firefighters can sue the Mount Lemmon Fire District for age bias after being laid off when they were the oldest employees there, rejecting the department's claim that it is not subject to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

ACA open enrollment begins with lower prices, more choices in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Open enrollment began Thursday for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, with most Arizonans seeing more choices and better prices, a sharp change from recent years when the state was the poster child for Obamacare problems. Open enrollment runs through Dec. 15.

Arizona flu season off to a fast start; health officials push flu shots

WASHINGTON - Three weeks into this flu season, the Arizona Department of Health Services had already confirmed 96 cases, slightly above last year's numbers but close to three times the number of confirmed cases at this point in a typical year.

Administration plans to send 5,200 active-duty military to assist at border

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration confirmed plans to send 5,200 active military troops to help "harden" the Southwest border to deter a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants headed north through Mexico, with the first 800 troops already on their way.

Immigrant apprehensions up in 2018 in Arizona, all of Southwest border

WASHINGTON - The number of people apprehended at the Arizona border jumped more than 50 percent in fiscal 2018 from the year before, U.S Customs and Border Protection said, with increases in the Tucson and Yuma sectors outpacing the rate of growth along the rest of the Southwest border.

Arizona has had at least eight cases of mysterious, polio-like disease

WASHINGTON - Arizona health officials have confirmed at least eight cases of acute flaccid myelitis since 2014, an extremely rare polio-like "mystery disease" that leaves its mostly young victims with weakness and paralysis in limbs or other muscles. They are among 386 confirmed cases nationwide.