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Border agents in fatal shooting had radio contact

This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Border Patrol agent Nicolas Ivie. Ivie was shot to death Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Three U.S. Border Patrol agents responding to an alarm from a motion sensor were apparently in radio contact as they approached from opposite directions before opening fire on each other in the Arizona desert, leaving one agent dead, according to a sheriff's report released Friday.

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Few see increase in civility following Giffords’ shooting (access required)

The January shooting in Tucson, which occurred just two days before the 2011 legislative session began, inspired soul searching among rattled and emotional lawmakers, who pledged a new era of civility across the partisan divide. Others vowed drastic changes to Arizona’s laws on guns and mental health in response to a mass shooting carried out by a man with documented-but-untreated mental health problems.

But while some lawmakers say the lessons of Jan. 8 stayed with them through sine die, most have seen few changes.

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Doctor: Goal for Giffords to see husband’s launch

The doctor for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Tuesday he hopes the wounded congresswoman can make enough progress to attend her husband's space launch in two months, describing it as a goal to work toward as many in Arizona paused to mark one month since she was shot at a political event.

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White House: No comment on Palin’s remark

With her video accusing critics of "blood libel," Sarah Palin again showed an unprecedented and daring political command of social networking to maintain a high profile in speculation about the Republican Party and the 2012 presidential race.

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