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Phoenix Drenched in Record 1-Day Rainfall

Flash flooding covers Ariz. freeways, snarls commute

(Newser) - Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during this morning's commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. The National Weather Service recorded 2.99 inches of rain by about 7am, breaking the old record of 2.91 inches set in... More »

Dust Storm Chokes Phoenix

It messes up flights, causes thousands to lose power

(Newser) - Thousands of Phoenix residents lost power when a huge dust storm rolled in yesterday evening, reports NBC News . The storm arrived in time to mess up the rush-hour commute and also temporarily forced a halt to incoming flights at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, reports the Arizona Republic . A... More »

Transient Arrested in Priest Murder Case

Gary Moran, 54, is charged with killing one priest, beating another

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man in the Phoenix priest-murder case after he apparently bragged about beating and robbing a priest, the Arizona Republic reports. Police booked Gary Moran, 54, last night, for allegedly gunning down Father Kenneth Walker, 28, and assaulting Father Joseph Terra, court records say. Moran is a... More »

Priest Killed in Arizona Church Shooting

Another remains in critical condition as police search for suspects

(Newser) - A priest is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting at a Catholic church last night, the Arizona Republic reports. Police responded to a burglary call, made by one of the victims, at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in downtown Phoenix and found the two victims... More »

County to Woman: No More Cartwheels at Meetings

'It's a safety issue,' officials say

(Newser) - A Phoenix woman says she has received an "intimidating, threatening, and defaming" letter ordering her to stop performing cartwheels at local government meetings. The letter to Dianne Barker from the Maricopa Association of Governments planning agency states that she has "from time to time suggested that MAG cannot... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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Veterans Die Waiting on 'Secret VA List': Ex-Doctor

Phoenix VA hospital allegedly keeps hundreds of veterans waiting

(Newser) - The Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, has secretly kept around 1,500 sick veterans waiting for health care—and at least 40 of them died waiting, CNN reports. Former Phoenix VA doctor Sam Foote says managers there found a way around the rule that VA hospitals should see patients... More »

Cops Stop Bicyclist With Girl Taken From Home

Suspect tells police he went into wrong home

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Phoenix girl is safe after a bizarre incident involving a suspected kidnapper, reports MyFoxPhoenix . A police officer on his way to a burglary call about 3am stopped a bicyclist who was riding with the pajamas-clad girl in his lap. Daniel Luna, 37, first said he came across the... More »

Passengers Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing on Plane

One happened to be a CPR instructor

(Newser) - A little relief from all the depressing air-travel news this week: Two passengers helped save the life of a baby who had stopped breathing aboard a US Airways flight, reports KTVK . According to others on the flight from Tampa to Phoenix, the drama began when a woman began screaming that... More »

Arizona Dad Charged With Ax-Murdering 13-Year-Old Son

Gary Sherrill tells cops dead boy was a demon

(Newser) - A Phoenix man is behind bars after police charged him with killing his 13-year-old son with an ax. As ABC 15 reports, police went to the home of 51-year-old Gary Sherrill yesterday afternoon after his ex-wife reported that he'd failed to return their son. Sherrill initially told cops that... More »

Gunman Surrenders After ER Bathroom Standoff

Phoenix Baptist Hospital workers evacuated as police negotiated with suspect

(Newser) - Workers had to evacuate the emergency room of Phoenix Baptist Hospital this morning after a man pulled a gun on them, setting off a standoff with police. The suspect, described as a man in his 40s, surrendered around 6am, MyFoxPhoenix reports, but not before an hours-long standoff that saw a... More »

Man May Have Killed 4 People, 2 Dogs Over Barking

Cops say loud barking may have sparked shooting spree

(Newser) - Authorities released details today from a weekend shooting attack that left four family members and two dogs dead at a central Phoenix townhouse before the gunman turned the weapon on himself. Michael Guzzo, 56, killed his next door neighbors in a deadly confrontation yesterday that may have been touched off... More »

Phoenix Dad Charged After 3-Month-Old Son Dies in Car

Police say father was smoking pot outside the vehicle

(Newser) - A Phoenix father whose 3-month-old son died after being left in a hot car is now facing charges. Police say Daniel Bryant Gray has been charged with manslaughter and child abuse, both of which are felonies. Police believe he was smoking marijuana with a co-worker at the front of the... More »

Girl, 6, Dies When Brother, 8, Crashes Car

Phoenix kids stole mom's vehicle after bedtime

(Newser) - An awful story out of Phoenix: Two young children stole their mother's car Wednesday night and took it on a joyride that ended in a deadly crash. The 8-year-old driver received only minor injuries but his 6-year-old sister was killed, NBC News reports. She wasn't wearing a seat... More »

West Is So Hot, Planes Grounded

No end in sight to scorching triple-digit temps

(Newser) - Forecasters called for more supercharged temperatures today as a heat wave gripped the Southwest, leaving one man dead and another hospitalized in serious condition in heat-aggravated incidents in sunbaked Phoenix. US Airways canceled 18 flights yesterday over the heat; planes are certified to takeoff in up to 118 degrees, but... More »

Oops: United Ships Dog to Ireland, not Phoenix

Hendrix is home safe and sound now

(Newser) - Happy St. Patrick's Day, Hendrix. United Airlines accidentally shipped the pooch from Newark to Ireland this week, instead of his home destination of Phoenix, reports CNN via local affiliate KNXV . After the English springer spaniel touched down in Eire, he got to stretch his legs before being sent back... More »

Body of Phoenix Shooter Found

Arthur Douglas Harmon appears to have committed suicide

(Newser) - Arthur Douglas Harmon, the 70-year-old suspected of shooting three people at a Phoenix office building yesterday, has been found dead. Police had been searching for Harmon after he fled the scene; one victim died. The vehicle in which he fled was also found near his body at a shopping center... More »

Phoenix Shooting Suspect, 70, Still at Large; 1 Dead

Legal dispute may have led to assault

(Newser) - One of three people shot this morning in a Phoenix office has died, reports the Arizona Republic . Police have identified the suspect as 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon, who fled the scene in a rental car and remains at large. Harmon apparently went to the building this morning to take part... More »

Girl Pulled From Hospital Safe in Mexico: Parents

Probe continues as leukemia patient speaks to media

(Newser) - A girl whose mom whisked her out of a Phoenix hospital against the advice of those treating the 11-year-old for leukemia is now receiving medical care in Mexico, her parents say. Doctors remain worried about the possibility of deadly infection tied to her chest catheter if she doesn't receive... More »

Woman, With Child in Car, Crashes Onto Runway

She may have been impaired, police say

(Newser) - Police say a woman driving with a small child in her car crashed through a gate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and drove on the runway last night. The woman reportedly rammed an airport gate around 10pm and started crossing the runway. Police officers forced the car to stop... More »

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