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Border Patrol rejects curbs on force

FILE - In this July 28, 2010, file photo, a U.S. border patrol vehicle drives along the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Yuma, Ariz., as seen from the outskirts of San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. The Border Patrol’s parent agency decided to continue allowing agents to use deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles, despite recommendations of a government commissioned review to end the practice. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Border Patrol agents will be allowed to continue using deadly force against rock-throwers, the chief of the agency said, despite the recommendation of a government-commissioned review to end the practice.

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Too big? (access required)

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Huge Arizona legislative districts spur debate about costs, meeting constituents’ needs

As lawmakers and hopeful candidates embark on their 2014 campaigns, many would probably be surprised to learn that they are running for some of the most populous legislative districts in the United States.

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California commission also goes after recipients of “dark money” (access required)

While the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights and the Americans for Responsible Leadership successfully settled to pay only a combined $1 million for failing to adhere to California’s campaign disclosure laws, the political committees that received millions of dollars from the Koch-associated groups still could face heftier enforcement actions.

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Contribution limits vs. free speech (access required)

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Supreme Court campaign finance case could change Arizona elections

While Arizona’s higher campaign contribution limits hang in the balance, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court might achieve what the state law’s supporters seek – give people the ability to contribute more to their favorite politicians and allow candidates to raise bigger amounts from backers.

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