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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 3:30 AM

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PHOENIX — Opponents of Arizona's landmark immigration law took note of the measure's third anniversary Tuesday by urging lawmakers to repeal the legislation that sparked a national debate over border security and immigrants' rights. The hard-line plan was signed into law in 2010 after years of complaints that the federal government hadn't done enough to address Arizona's role as the nation's busiest point of illegal entry. By Cristina Silva.


PHOENIX — A new poll released Tuesday shows support among Arizonans for Sen. John McCain has dropped to its lowest level in 21 years, and the number of people questioned about his job performance who rated it as "poor" is the highest ever. In addition, 67 percent of the 700 heads of household surveyed in a telephone poll this month believe it is time for a new senator. The drop in public support for McCain has been ongoing since 2006, when he had a 63 percent favorable rating, said Earl de Berge, polling director for the Phoenix-based Behavioral Research Institute. By Bob Christie.

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WASHINGTON — Sweeping immigration legislation would help authorities to know who is in the country, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday, as supporters of a system overhaul marshaled arguments against opponents trying to slow it down in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. By Erica Werner.


PHOENIX — An ex-girlfriend of the man Jodi Arias says she killed in self-defense testified Tuesday that with her, the victim was never physically or verbally abusive. Deanna Reid said she dated Travis Alexander for several months before she went to Costa Rica in 2000 to serve a Mormon mission. The couple broke up while she was away. By Brian Skoloff.

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KINGMAN, Ariz.— Kingman's history as the site of a World War II base for training gunners on B-17 bombers isn't just part of the Mohave County community's distant past. The Army Corps of Engineers has returned to Kingman because of soil contamination by residue from the wartime training conducted seven decades ago.


UNDATED — Full planes were good to US Airways in the first quarter. The nation's fifth-largest airline on Tuesday posted a bigger adjusted profit as it carried more passengers, and collected more from them. Automatic government spending cuts hurt demand from government travelers, who account for about 3 percent of US Airways revenue. Revenue from government travelers dropped 37 percent in March, when the spending cuts kicked in. The airline has a hub at Reagan National Airport in Washington. By Joshua Freed.

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WASHINGTON — Washington's fight over firearms restrictions isn't limited to Congress. It's also taking place in the halls of science — literally — where gun control advocates and the National Rifle Association differ over the direction federal research on gun violence should take. John Frazer, research director of the NRA's legislative arm, told a committee of experts on guns and public health Tuesday that better data is needed on the benefits of gun ownership, such as peoples' use of firearms to defend themselves. By Alam Fram.


WASHINGTON — Investigators say Eric Justin Toth's five-year run as a fugitive began when he was fired from his teaching job at a prestigious private school after a fellow employee found images of child pornography taken with a school camera the man had been using.

It ended over the weekend when Nicaraguan authorities acting on a tip found him living in that country illegally, with phony passports, driver's licenses and credit cards. Toth was believed to have been sighted in Phoenix in 2009, apparently working as a quasi-counselor at a shelter under an assumed name, the FBI has said. By Eric Tucker.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — What started with the volunteer efforts of two women has transformed Pima County's once-neglected, trash-strewn cemetery for the indigent into a peaceful resting place. Friends Vickie Berg and Marilyn Reed first learned about Pauper's Field in late 2011 when they attended a service for illegal immigrants there. By Carmen Duarte, Arizona Daily Star.

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— GIRL KILLED BOATING — An 8-year-old Cottonwood girl was killed while boating on Lake Havasu when she fell off a pontoon boat rented by her family and was struck by a propeller.

— FOSTER FAMILIES-VACCINATIONS — A bill to allow Arizona foster families to not have their own children immunized is one step away from being sent to the governor.

— SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT — A collision between a school bus and a car in Casa Grande killed the unidentified woman driving the car and left kids on the bus with bumps and bruises.

— NICARAGUA-AMERICAN ARRESTED — The FBI says a tip led investigators to Nicaragua in the search for a former U.S. school teacher who was among the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation.

— EARNS-US AIRWAYS — Full planes were good to US Airways in the first quarter. The nation's fifth-largest airline posted a bigger adjusted profit as it carried more passengers, and collected more from them.

— FOREST RESTORATION — Officials with the U.S. Forest Service are making a stop in Show Low on Tuesday to gather comment on a massive forest thinning project.

— ARIZONA SHERIFF-RECALL EFFORT — Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has asked to be dismissed from a lawsuit by a group that's trying to halt a recall effort against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

— STORM RUNOFF-ADOT — The Arizona Department of Transportation will map flows of runoff from its storm water system and roadside water filters under an agreement with federal environmental regulators.

— SHOW LOW CHIEF DEPARTING — The police chief in the Arizona mountain town of Show Low is leaving to take the top police job in Burlington, N.C.

— MINE CHALLENGE — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's decision to award a ground-water protection permit to Curis Resources for its planned copper mine in Florence.

— ABDUCTED MAN — Phoenix police are trying to sort out how and why a man came to be handcuffed and with a bag over his head in the bed of a stolen pickup truck.



TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer, hoping he would be the answer for a quandary that goes back to Kurt Warner's retirement. The Cardinals get their first look at him on the field since the trade during voluntary workouts this week. By John Marshall.

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PHOENIX — Lance Blanks' run as a first-time NBA general manager was unsuccessful, three years of losing that ended with him losing his job with the Phoenix Suns. The failed stint won't prevent the Suns from hiring another first-time GM or even someone without front office experience. What they're looking for is someone who can find the right players, no matter who it is. By John Marshall.


SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain tries again for his first win of the season as the San Francisco Giants go for their eighth straight home victory in the middle game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and starter Patrick Corbin.

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers have signed former Denver Broncos fullback Chris Gronkowski. He is the younger brother of New England's Rob Gronkowski and Cleveland's Dan Gronkowski. Chris Gronkowski has played in 35 games, including 14 for Denver in 2012 when he caught one pass for 11 yards and had four tackles on special teams. He originally signed with Dallas as an undrafted rookie out of Arizona in 2010 and played in 14 games for the Cowboys, with seven starts.


PHOENIX — Arizona State will play its home baseball games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning with the 2015 season. Phoenix and ASU officials announced the move Tuesday. The state Board of Regents approved a 25-year lease with the city in February. The Sun Devils have played their home games at 4,000-seat Packard Stadium on the Tempe campus since late in the 1974 season. School officials say it will cost up to $25 million to renovate or rebuild Packard. ASU played selected home games at 8,000-seat Phoenix Muni in the 1960s and early 1970s.


CHANDLER, Ariz. — Montana State's Paige Crawford ran away with the Big Sky Conference individual women's golf title Tuesday, and Northern Arizona won its record seventh team championship. Crawford, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., matched the tournament record with her closing 5-under 67 — also a career best — at Ocotillo Golf Resort. She finished at 8-under 208 to break the conference record, and won by seven strokes to tie the tournament mark for margin of victory.