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PHOENIX — In a state notorious for controversial, outsized political personalities, a buttoned-down former ice cream executive turned Arizona governor is trying to put his stamp on the U.S. Senate in his choice to replace John McCain and win re-election by playing it conservative. By Melissa Daniels. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, AP Photos by 3 p.m.


PHOENIX — Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it's too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed. The results announced Wednesday are from the first human test of gene editing in the body, an attempt to permanently change someone's DNA to cure a disease — in this case, a genetic disorder called Hunter syndrome that often kills people in their teens. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives — even amid a wave of efforts aimed at reducing such crimes. The statistics reinforce arguments that the criminal justice system still fails to protect these women, and its shortcomings again are being exposed as another crisis gains attention: the disappearances of hundreds of Native American and Alaska Native women and girls from across the United States. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 1,200 words, AP Photos.

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The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It's blistering hot and a bear unleashes a menacing growl. But they can't stop. Not when a loved one is still missing. The disappearance last year of Ashley HeavyRunner Loring of the Blackfeet Nation is one small chapter in the unsettling story of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. By National Writer Sharon Cohen. SENT IN ADVANCE FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 A.M. EDT SEPT. 5: 3,129 words, with an abridged version of 900 words, photos and a video story by David Goldman. Text and photos moved in advance on Aug. 30 and again on Sept. 3. The abridged version was sent on Aug. 31.


—BORDER SECURITY GRANT— The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to withdraw from a controversial $1.4 million border security grant.

—PHOENIX LIGHT RAIL — Much-debated plans to stretch Phoenix's light rail system into the city's south will be scrutinized by residents over the next two weeks.

—CHILD DROWNS IN BATH— Authorities say a 5-year-old boy has drowned while being given a bath.

—HUMAN SMUGGLING ARREST— Border Patrol agents say a Rio Rico woman tried to smuggle a Mexican citizen in a car also carrying her children.



After easing his way through training camp and the preseason, Sam Bradford is ready for the real thing as he returns from yet another injury, leading the Arizona Cardinals into their season opener against Washington. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m., ET. AP Photos.


ASHBURN, Va. — Not much terrifies Washington Redskins star left tackle Trent Williams, except the prospect of major surgery on his right knee. Now eight months removed, Williams is ready to get back on the field when the Redskins open the season at the Arizona Cardinals and already looks like the player he was before the debilitating injury. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 625 words, file photos by 3 p.m. EDT.


The NFL season starts Thursday, and the good news for fans is that it's going to be much easier to watch pro games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in via a cable or satellite subscription, a bid to greatly expand its online audience at a time when TV ratings are are forecast to keep declining. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 a.m., photos.


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