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The gambling industry's national trade group predicts that 1 in 5 American adults will make a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. The American Gaming Association says over 50 million U.S. adults plan to bet on the game, wagering a total of $16 billion. But most of that will happen off the books — whether it's people placing a bet with an illegal bookie, or filling out squares in an office. Sports betting is legal in 33 states plus Washington, D.C., this year, up from 30 states last year. Experts in addiction say aggressive advertising is contributing to a rise in problem gambling.

Rob Gronkowski might be retired from the NFL, but the former all-pro football player is still in the game during the league’s championship week. The four-time Super Bowl winner will host a music festival called “Gronk Beach” in Phoenix on Saturday, a day ahead of the big game. The beach-themed day party features performances by 21 Savage, Lil Jon and Diplo. In the days leading up to the Super Bowl matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, Shaquille O'Neal will host the carnival-themed “Shaq's Funhouse.” There will be concerts from the biggest music stars in the world including Drake, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Patti LaBelle and Machine Gun Kelly.

A rancher who lives near Arizona’s border with Mexico is being held on a charge of first-degree murder in last week’s fatal shooting of a man tentatively identified as a Mexican citizen. His bail was set at $1 million.  The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office in Nogales, Arizona, confirmed Monday that George Alan Kelly was arrested last week in the killing of a man they believe is Gabriel Cuen-Butimea, who lived just south of the border in Nogales, Mexico. The county sheriff's Chief Deputy Gerardo Castillo says the killing occurred Jan. 30 in the Kino Springs area just outside Nogales, Arizona. The address is the same listed in public records for Kelly’s ranch.

One state lawmaker promises that his suite of pregnancy-related bills are solely aimed at protecting pregnant mothers. But some skeptics say that his proposals are a backdoor attempt to codify fetal personhood into Arizona law.  Republican Rep. Matt Gress has proposed new laws that would allow women to collect child support back to the date […]

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