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GOP group pulls out of tough Ari­zona House race

The main Repub­li­can cam­paign com­mit­tee is pulling out of a hard-fought race in a south­ern Ari­zona swing dis­trict.

The Na­tional Repub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee has can­celed its re­main­ing ad­ver­tis­ing buys in Ari­zona’s 2nd dis­trict. That’s ac­cord­ing to a Repub­li­can fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion who was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the mat­ter pub­licly.

The seat rep­re­sents the Tuc­son area and was va­cated by Repub­li­can Rep. Martha McSally so she could run for the state’s open Se­nate seat. The NRCC’s exit is a sign of a lack of con­fi­dence in the GOP’s prospects there.

For­mer Demo­cratic Rep. Anne Kirkpatrick is run­ning against Repub­li­can busi­ness­woman Lea Mar­quez Peter­son for the seat. The dis­trict nar­rowly sup­ported Hil­lary Clin­ton in 2016 and was con­sid­ered one of the most likely to flip in Novem­ber.

FBI: Ari­zona man fa­tally shot by ranger was armed with knife

CHINLE — The FBI says an Ari­zona man was armed with a knife when he was fa­tally shot by a Na­tional Park Ser­vice ranger at a na­tional mon­u­ment.

Au­thor­i­ties say 43-yearold Ven­son Yazzie was killed in an area over­look­ing ru­ins at Canyon de Chelly in Chinle.

It’s still un­clear what led to the shoot­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The FBI said Wed­nes­day it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing an as­sault on a fed­eral of­fi­cer but won’t elab­o­rate.

Park Ser­vice spokes­woman Vanessa La­cayo says the ranger is on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave and won’t be iden­ti­fied un­less he’s found guilty of a crime.

A lo­cal tour guide, Adam Teller, says Yazzie was a ven­dor who sold rock art to tourists at the mon­u­ment.

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