New statistics released by the American Cancer Society show that nationally there's been a 20 percent decrease in risk of death from all cancers. For breast and colon cancer, that rate of decline is closer to 35 percent. However, in the Southwest, there's a slightly different picture.
Phoenix's 500-plus square miles are dotted with vacant lots and empty buildings. Some of that property is owned by the city, and it presents opportunities to generate revenue, redevelop neighborhoods or make city land use more efficient.
United States Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a letter Wednesday asking the Homeland Security Department to answer questions about border security and efficient use of agents along the U.S.-Mexico border. The letter comes as the push for immigration reform continues in Congress.
The housing data company RealtyTrac is releasing its fourth quarter report on residential properties that are deeply underwater, meaning they are worth at least 25 percent less than the properties are worth.