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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 million. That's more than twice the amount that was expected to be wagered on last year's Super Bowl. Sports betting is legal in 33 states plus Washington, D.C., this year, up from 30 states last year. The group's survey finds bettors evenly split, with 44% backing the Eagles and an identical 44% putting their money on the Chiefs.

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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Private jet-setters are the reason every Super Bowl comes with super-size air traffic. Officials expect more than 1,000 additional planes to descend on metropolitan Phoenix’s eight airports and beyond this week for the matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the Phoenix Open. Many of them will be carrying entertainers, sports figures and corporate VIPs who don’t have to deal with long security lines or cramped coach seats. Instead they’ll be sitting back eating filet mignon and imbibing. Even with the expected long line of airplane departures after the game and high airport fees, some say nothing beats the convenience.

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