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U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list

The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times.


Ariz. sheriff releases records from Giffords' shooting

The Pima County Sheriff's Office released an estimated 2,700 pages of investigative records Wednesday from a shooting rampage here two years ago — documents that are expected to shed new light on a massacre that left six dead and 14 wounded. Jared Loughner, now 24, pleaded guilty last year to the Jan. 8, 2011, outburst that critically wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and killed U.S. District Judge John Roll. Loughner is serving multiple life prison sentences.


Food poisoning linked to ground beef

Ground Beef

Federal health officials say at least 16 people in five states have been sickened by salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef. No one has died, but half were hospitalized. Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.


West 30˚ below normal, East 30˚ above

Residents of large swaths of central and Southern California and Arizona shivered Saturday as plummeting temperatures prompted freeze warnings.


Teens hang on to tree when frozen lake ice cracks

Frozen Lake

It was a daring mistake that two Arizona teens might never forget. They ventured out onto a frozen lake in Show Low, Ariz. "Luckily, they were right by a standing dead tree," Lakeside Fire District Capt. Dennis Stern told NBC News on Thursday.


Sheriff orders heat-packing 'posse' to patrol schools


Arizona sheriffs and the state’s attorney generals are pushing controversial programs to allow school officials and volunteers to carry guns in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut school that left 20 children dead.


Arizona, Missouri claim Powerball winners

Powerball Jackpot

Powerball jackpot winners, whoever you are, take your time stepping up to claim your share of $587.5 million, lottery officials in Arizona and Missouri say. A winning ticket was sold in each state and executives in both sent out the same advice to whoever has one: Sign it, secure it, and consult legal and financial advisers before all the publicity fireworks begin. Arizona even set up special phone line for the person or group that bought a $10 Quick Pick ticket to call.


1 dead, 6 seriously injured in Arizona tour bus crash

A tour bus careened off the road and crashed in northwest Arizona late Friday night, killing the driver and leaving six passengers with serious injuries, authorities said.


FBI: Strong signs border death was friendly fire

Border Control

Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political debate over border security....


Border Patrol agent shot, killed on patrol in Ariz

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting early Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, according to the Border Patrol....


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