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Flake: Someone in GOP Will Challenge Trump in Primary, If Not Me

President Donald Trump is likely to face a challenge from an independent candidate, and possibly a fellow Republican, if he runs for a second term, as voters thirst for a more centrist alternative, said Senator Jeff Flake. “If the president is running for re-election, if he continues on the path that he’s on, that’s gonna leave a huge swath of voters looking for something else,” said the Arizona Republican, who plans to leave the Senate at the end of 2018. Flake, who’s emerged as one of the president’s most vocal…

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Arizona congressman to resign after discussing child surrogacy with female staffers

Republican Trent Franks says he deeply regrets that workplace discussion caused distress as Congress grapples with sexual misconduct allegations The Arizona congressman Trent Franks has announced he will resign from Congress at the end of January after discussing child surrogacy with female staff members. I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable, Franks said in a statement on Thursday. I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the…

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Billionaire Founder Charged in Opioid Bribery Case

More than a decade after opioid painkillers first exploded across the U.S., John Kapoor found an aggressive way to sell even more, according to prosecutors: He began bribing doctors to prescribe them. Speakers’ fees, dinners, entertainment, cash — federal charges unsealed Thursday claim Kapoor’s striving company, Purdue Pharmaceutical Inc.’s marketing of OxyContin. Scores of states, cities and counties have sued companies including Purdue, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, alleging they triggered the opioid epidemic by minimizing the addiction and overdose risks of painkillers such as Percocet. But so far, no…

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Former Phoenix bus driver charged with nine counts of murder

String of night time shootings of people outside their homes or sitting in cars kept Maryvale residents on edge for a year A former city bus driver accused in a string of deadly night time shootings of people outside their homes or sitting in cars that kept residents of a Phoenix neighborhood inside after dark has been formally charged with nine counts of murder. The indictment of Aaron Juan Saucedo, 23, came nearly two months after police said he was responsible for fatally shooting nine people and wounding two others…

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Dozens of F-35 fighter jets grounded in US due to oxygen deprivation

US air force cancels flying from Arizona base after pilots experience symptoms resembling hypoxia a shortage of oxygen to the brain About a quarter of the F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin have stopped flying until further notice because of irregularities in pilots oxygen supplies, the US air force has announced. Training flights at Arizonas Luke air force base, where the 55 jets are based, have been grounded indefinitely. There are more than 220 F-35s flying worldwide. Luke air force base, located north-west of Phoenix, is home to the…

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Trump’s border wall plan hits snag as congressman backs environmental suit

Ral Grijalva of Arizona joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay any construction for several years A US congressman and environmental group have filed the executive order calling for homeland security to begin immediate construction of the wall. Homeland Security has since begun a border wall beauty pageant expected to take place in San Diego this summer. American environmental laws are some of the oldest and strongest in the world, and they should apply to the borderlands just as they do everywhere else, Grijalva,…

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