Associated Press

Pete Souza

Gov. Jan Brewer says part of pending Arizona legislation on insurance coverage for birth control drugs could make it uncomfortable for women using contraception for reasons over than avoiding pregnancy.

The bill would allow all employers with religious and moral objections to birth control to refuse to provide coverage for that purpose through their health plans. Those employers still would have to provide coverage for contraception for other medical reasons but could make women seeking reimbursements explain why they need it.

The president of the union representing striking Phoenix bus drivers says major progress has been made in negotiations with their employer.

Union president Bob Bean told The Associated Press that he is hoping a final deal can be reached Wednesday to end the strike that began Saturday.

If a deal is reached, about 640 drivers for Veolia Transportation Services could vote on the contract Thursday.

Bean says the two sides have yet to discuss the contract with 310 striking Tempe drivers.

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

     PHOENIX (AP) _ Arizona is moving toward making online merchants
collect sales tax on residents' purchases, a departure from the
state's previous hands-office stance.
     The state Revenue Department has billed Amazon.com for $53
million in uncollected sales taxes for nearly five years.
     Amazon says it's contesting the state's assessment, which the
company disclosed in its latest annual report.
     At the Legislature, Arizona lawmakers have introduced a bill to
require Amazon.com and other retailers with distribution centers in

     PHOENIX (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on
Arizona's immigration enforcement law on April 25, in the last such
hearing of the high court's current term.
     The court will review a federal appeals court decision that
upheld a judge's ruling blocking key provisions of the Arizona law.
     One of those provisions requires that police, while enforcing
other laws, question a person's immigration status if officers have
reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

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