Livability.com Rates Tempe as Fifth-Best College Town of 2014

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List-centric website Livability.com has rated Tempe as one of the top 10 college towns in the country for 2014 based on employment and recreational opportunities.

No one would mistake the site for a peer-reviewed scientific journal -- it's owned by moving-van companies, and it began its survey by breaking college towns down by their Football Bowl Subdivision. The site looked at housing affordability, "high walkability," whether college grads would be inclined to stick around after obtaining their degrees, entertainment and other factors.

Tempe came out No. 5.

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Tempe Rising: The Landlocked College Town Explodes with New Development -- as Planned

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Illustration: Chris Gash
Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, is surrounded by a few academics and fans at a wine-and-cheese reception on the north patio of Tempe Center for the Arts.

It's November 5, the weather's gorgeous, and the dark blue of twilight reflects off the shimmering surface of Tempe Town Lake, which dominates the view.

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Obama "Greatest President" Billboard in Rural Arizona Advertises Conspiracy-Theory Website

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If you've traveled through rural areas of Arizona, chances are you've seen an anti-Obama, anti-government, or generally conspiracy-theory-based billboard on someone's property.

What you may never see, however, is a pro-Obama billboard, which is what appears to have been erected along Interstate 40 in northeastern Arizona.

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Critical Habitat for Jaguars Unnecessary, Arizona Game and Fish Department Says

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After years of litigation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services designated over 700,000 acres in Arizona and New Mexico as "critical habitat" for jaguars.

Jaguars have been on the endangered species list since 1972, but only as a foreign species, meaning the U.S. government did not need to come up with a conservation plan. However, FWS was sued for 13 years straight by the Center for Biological Diversity to come up with a plan to save them and lost in 2009. As a result, the critical-habitat ruling has come into place.

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Pima County Medical Examiner Finds a Way to Identify More Missing Border Crossers

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Pima County has one of the largest collection of missing-persons reports in the nation.

Of the Mexican border crossers that die in Arizona each year, mostly due to heat exhaustion and dehydration, most are unidentified. But because heat causes their bodies to dry out and mummify, it makes identifying them by fingerprinting almost impossible.

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Loop 101 in Scottsdale Getting More Lanes as Part of Several Highway Changes in 2014

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The Arizona Department of Transportation plans to move forward on several long-anticipated projects this year, particularly on the Loop 101 and 202 highways.

All the projects will be funded through federal and state highway funds, which are collected through gas taxes, vehicle license fees, and auto registration fees, according to ADOT.

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10 Arizona Towns With the Best Names

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Not every town in Arizona has a name its townspeople ought to be ashamed of, as we explored in our list of the 10 Arizona towns with the worst names.

Now, we'll give you the list of the 10 best-named towns in Arizona:

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10 Arizona Towns With the Worst Names

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You know who sucks at naming towns? A lot of people who have set up shop in Arizona.

Check out the 10 worst names for Arizona towns -- including towns like Santa Claus, Arizona, and Nothing, Arizona -- below:

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Phoenix Man Crushed by 30-Ton Boulder Near Flagstaff

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A man from the Phoenix area was hit and pinned by a 30-ton boulder while he was trying to remove a different boulder from a dirt road near Flagstaff.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says the man, whose name hasn't been released, was part of a crew that was going to work on a radio tower on Mount Elden, which is northeast of Flagstaff.

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Don't Tread On Me, I'm DON SHOOTER!: Senator Allegedly Assaults Teacher

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One Arizona school may need to hire guards to protect itself -- not from gang violence or fear of school shootings, but from Yuma Republican State Senator and advocate of guns in schools, Don Shooter. 

Yuma PD says that Shooter burst into a charter school for troubled teens that his grandson attends, where he yelled at and intimidated a teacher. A police report notes that the teacher, Danielle Munoz, would like to press charges. Shooter could be charged with assault, trespassing and interference or disruption of an educational institution.

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