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Arizona high court rules pot users must be impaired for DUI charge

(Reuters) - Arizona prosecutors cannot charge pot users for driving under the influence of marijuana simply because traces of the drug remain in their bloodstream, without evidence of actual impairment, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 4-1 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court comes as states are increasingly moving toward liberalizing marijuana rules following voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational purposes.

Supreme Court won't let Arizona criminalize "harboring" migrants

Washington, Apr 21 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to restore a provision of an Arizona law that would criminalize the "harboring and transportation" of undocumented immigrants. The justices' decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact the ruling adopted in October 2013 by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which established that federal immigration law takes precedence over this provision.

Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that found in part that the provision was trumped by federal immigration law.

Bill allowing snap inspections of Arizona abortion clinics signed

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which gained final legislative approval from the state Senate last week, removes a provision from state law requiring a judge to sign off on any spot inspections conducted at the nine clinics in Arizona licensed to perform abortions.

Appeals court halts enforcement of Arizona abortion drug curbs

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - A federal appeals court sided with abortion rights advocates on Tuesday in temporarily blocking Arizona from enforcing regulations that restrict access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute while opponents, including Planned Parenthood, sought to overturn it in court.

222 skydivers to try for world record in Arizona

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A team of 222 veteran skydivers from around the world will step off a small squadron of airplanes in the Arizona skies this week and float down in formation to try to shatter a world record, organizers said on Wednesday. Skydivers must execute two formations before deploying their parachutes to qualify for the largest double-formation record set last year by 110 skydivers in Florida, a spokeswoman said.

Federal judge will not block Arizona rules on use of abortion drugs

By Paul Ingram TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by Planned Parenthood and a private women's health clinic to block new Arizona regulations that would limit the use of abortion-inducing drugs. The regulations, which go into effect on Tuesday, would require any medicine used to induce an abortion to be administered strictly according to protocols issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and instructions on the label.

Kansas, Arizona laws requiring voters to prove citizenship upheld

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Efforts by Kansas and Arizona to require people who register to vote by mail to prove they are U.S. citizens were upheld by a federal judge on Wednesday, potentially opening the door for more states to enact such measures.

Preview: Colorado vs. Arizona

Colorado heads into Friday’s semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament against top-seeded Arizona eager to erase the memory of the last meeting, when the Wildcats rolled to an 88-61 win in Boulder on Feb. 22. Of course, fifth-seeded Colorado isn’t the first team to suffer a humiliating loss at the hands of Arizona. Just ask No. 8 seed Utah, which set Pac-12 tournament lows in points scored, field goals (12) and field-goal percentage (25.5) in a 71-39 loss to the Wildcats on Thursday.

Same-sex couples in Arizona file suit over state gay marriage ban

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A group of same-sex couples in Arizona filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge the state's ban on gay marriage, arguing that it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, court documents showed. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by seven same-sex couples and two people whose same-sex partners had died, was the latest of a series of legal actions across the nation challenging such state bans.
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