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Arizona pols take aim at EPA rules (access required)

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith faces reporters while formally filing paperwork to run for Arizona Governor. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

A week full of new Environmental Protection Agency rules and environmental hearings in Arizona provided a campaign talking point for conservative candidates and a golden opportunity for others to appeal to the base of Arizona’s dominant political party.

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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) ai??i?? 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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