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  • The groundbreaking celebration in south Tucson included Sen. Doug Ducey and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. The new road will be called Aerospace Parkway and is part of a larger project known as the Sonoran Corridor which will link Interstates 10 and 19 in Tucson for what officials hope will foster the planned high-tech corridor.

  • PHOENIX— Arizona taxi companies that also operate ride-hailing services won a major concession Tuesday on insurance in a bill overhauling regulations for firms such as Uber and Lyft. A Senate amendment to the bill by Republican Rep. House Bill 2135 received initial Senate approval on Tuesday but the effect of the amendment remained unclear.

  • North American public companies could give up more than $25 billion in revenues and 7 cents per share in earnings in the first quarter alone because of currency-related volatility, said Wolfgang Koester, chief executive of FiREapps, a foreign exchange data analytics firm in Phoenix, Arizona. An early example to watch is Monsanto Co, which reports results on...

  • Southwest diverts flight to Idaho over burning smell Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:07 PM ET

    BOISE, Idaho— A Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Spokane, Washington, was diverted to Idaho after a burning electrical or smoke smell was reported in the passenger cabin. Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins says the captain in command of the flight heard reports of an odor and decided to divert the plane so mechanics could make safety checks.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- A Spider-Man toy that shoots out webs of foam was at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday, with the justices appearing little inclined to overturn a half-century-old legal precedent to allow more royalty fees to go to its inventor. The nine justices heard more than an hour of oral arguments in the case pitting the inventor,...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A proposal by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise its rates is running into opposition. The water utility that serves Albuquerque and parts of Bernalillo County, and an environmental group have accused Public Service Co. of New Mexico of failing to provide state regulators with enough information to justify a proposed 12...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • New Arizona governor avoids major GOP political fights Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 3:31 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Less than three months into his tenure, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has largely managed to avoid having to make the tough political decisions that could have alienated him with the two wings of the Republican Party he has courted. Jan Brewer vetoed that proposal three times in the last four years.

  • WASHINGTON— Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The State Department released a total of four emails...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a "death panel" because it was designed to cut Medicare costs. The high court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw...

  • Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Newby is chief executive of Allied Fiber, a New York firm that is nearing completion of a broadband route from Miami to Atlanta. One of those weak points was exposed last month when vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert between Phoenix and...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. "Our first responsibility is to make sure that people actually have service," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's...

  • MONTABAUR, Germany, March 27- The German pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps killing 150 people broke off his training six years ago due to depression and spent over a year in psychiatric treatment, a German newspaper reported on Friday. The story in German tabloid Bild came a day after French prosecutors said they believed...

  • A church service in honor of the victims has been held in Duesseldorf, where the Germanwings plane was headed when it crashed into a French mountain, killing all 150 people aboard Tuesday. Detlev Toonen, a Lutheran priest based at Duesseldorf airport who has been counseling relatives of the crash victims, says "the church... wants to show solidarity with the...

  • March 26- Personal information gathered by RadioShack Corp from shoppers is not included in its sale, the consumer privacy ombudsman in the electronics retailer's bankruptcy case said in response to concerns shared by several states that the data could be sold. Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The Navajo Nation has turned to an international human rights commission that has dealt with death penalty cases and foreign killings in its effort to draw attention to a northern Arizona mountain that tribes consider sacred. Getting the case considered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights could be a long shot.

  • Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The lawmakers' complaints were aired Thursday during a House subcommittee hearing called...

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The Pentagon's notoriously slow, bureaucratic and wasteful acquisition system is eroding America's military technological edge and must be reformed, Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday. The Arizona Republican, a former presidential candidate and prisoner of war during the Vietnam...

  • Co-pilot was 'very happy' with Germanwings job Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    MONTABAUR, Germany— Andreas Lubitz never appeared anything but thrilled to have landed a pilot's job with Germanwings, according to those who helped him learn to fly as a teenager in this town in the forested hills of western Germany. Members of his hometown flight club in Montabaur, where he renewed his glider license last fall, told The Associated Press that the...

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...