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3 Rare Quakes Rattle Arizona

Phoenix area hit by surprise temblors—including a magnitude 4.1

(Newser) - A councilwoman in Tempe, Ariz., thought her dog fell off the bed Sunday night—but the cause of the rumble and thud she heard turned out to be more earthshaking than that. At least three earthquakes startled the Grand Canyon State Sunday night, with the largest weighing in at a... More »

Giant Inflatable Pumpkin Escapes, Terrorizes Phoenix

Giant gourd broke free from its restraints, wreaking havoc on city streets

(Newser) - It's the Great Untethered Pumpkin, Arizona! Halloween tricks came early for some drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix area Thursday when a giant inflatable pumpkin bounded down the roadway in high winds. The 25-foot-tall, 350-pound pumpkin escaped from its display promoting the Peoria Sports Complex's Monster Bash, sailing... More »

Good Samaritan Killed Stopping Purse Snatcher

'It's tragic'

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan has died after protecting a woman from a would-be purse snatcher early yesterday in Phoenix, the Arizona Republic reports. Police say a man was attempting to take a 23-year-old woman's purse outside a residence shortly after midnight local time when 42-year-old Miguel Briseno intervened. He was... More »

Phoenix Cop Shot Multiple Times at Traffic Stop

But he's expected to survive

(Newser) - A police officer in Phoenix is in serious condition after being shot multiple times during a late-night traffic stop, reports ABC 15 . The unidentified officer is expected to survive, says a police sergeant, per CNN . The shooter or shooters remain at large, though police found the vehicle involved in the... More »

Vigilante 'Bolt Force' Trying to Solve Ariz. Shootings

But Phoenix cops investigating freeway shootings want Bolt Force to back off

(Newser) - They bill themselves as "the nation's first and only armed volunteer crime fighting force that specializes in law enforcement and preservation of order." And this week, members of Bolt Force are turning their attention toward solving an Arizona mystery that's been frightening residents and puzzling police:... More »

Phoenix Is Slowly Sinking

Subsidence can't be stopped, researchers say

(Newser) - Researchers say that while there's no need for residents of Phoenix to panic, parts of their city are slowly and unstoppably sinking into the ground. Land subsidence caused by the extraction of huge quantities of groundwater over the decades is to blame, and the Arizona State University researchers say... More »

11 Bounty Hunters Try to Raid Police Chief's Home

They followed tip on social media to wrong Phoenix home

(Newser) - Asking for tips on social media isn't the most reliable way to track down a fugitive, as 11 armed bounty hunters found out the hard way in Phoenix on Tuesday night. They converged on a home around 10pm only to discover, after a confrontation, that it was the residence... More »

Jail Inmate Pulls Eye Out of Its Socket

Colin Corkhill, 26, started by punching himself in the face

(Newser) - A jail inmate in Arizona is hospitalized after authorities say he pulled one of his eyeballs out of its socket. Sheriff's officials in Pinal County, just southeast of Phoenix, say Colin Corkhill, of Scottsdale, was booked into jail Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, auto theft, aggravated assault, and... More »

'Horrific Scene' as Wife Decapitated, Dogs Mutilated

Injured husband is suspect; cops say pair had history of mental health issues

(Newser) - Phoenix police say a man suspected of decapitating his wife and their two dogs will be charged once he recovers from his own injuries. Officers were called to a central Phoenix apartment yesterday around 9:45am after a neighbor found the suspect, who was nude, with a missing eye and... More »

Trump 'Ready to Go Right at' Mexico, $25K per Immigrant

Candidate tells Phoenix crowd he wants 'to take back heart of country'

(Newser) - As Donald Trump continues to trade volleys with Latinos , he took his unrepentant show to Phoenix last night, where he told an enthusiastic crowd that waited hours in 100-degree temps that "we have to take back the heart of our country" and that he was "ready to go... More »

Mom Who Left Kids in Hot Car Gets Probation for 18 Years

She was on a job interview in Phoenix

(Newser) - A single mother who left her two young sons in a hot car in Phoenix during a job interview was sentenced today to 18 years of supervised probation. The sentencing brought an end to the case that saw Shanesha Taylor draw sympathy around the country and collect more than $114,... More »

Cops: 5 Dead After Phoenix 'Family Dispute'

3 adult brothers, mother among the dead

(Newser) - Five adults were found dead inside a north Phoenix home yesterday after a suspected dispute about a family business, police say. The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released. But police say the three men were brothers and the dead women apparently were... More »

Miraculous Recovery for Marine Who Drowned

He makes it across finish line at Phoenix Marathon

(Newser) - Marine Staff Sgt. James Carey needed a little help to get over the finish line at the Phoenix Marathon on Saturday—but just taking part in his fourth marathon marked an incredible achievement for a man who was pronounced dead from drowning in 2009. Carey was revived after the special... More »

Guy Finds $35K Watch at Goodwill Store

Rare 1959 diving watch had $5.99 price tag

(Newser) - A Phoenix man who went into a Goodwill store looking for a used push-pull golf cart ended up leaving with a $35,000 watch—and getting change from $6 (it cost $5.99). Zach Norris, who became interested in vintage watches after inheriting one a few years ago, says he... More »

Phoenix Mom Dies After Delivering Quads

She never got to hold longed-for newborns

(Newser) - Erica Morales had always dreamed of being a mother, her friends say, but she died before she could even hold the quadruplets she gave birth to on Thursday night. The 36-year-old had been admitted to the hospital with high blood pressure Tuesday and died in intensive care soon after the... More »

Phoenix Cop Kills Unarmed Black Man

Officer said he mistook pill bottle for gun

(Newser) - As people in cities around the country protested the Eric Garner case , demonstrators in Phoenix gathered in outrage at yet another killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Rumain Brisbon, 34, was shot dead Tuesday night by an officer who says he mistook a pill bottle... More »

Horse Found Stuck in Backyard Pool

Firefighters rescue horse that roamed on owner's property

(Newser) - A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink. Mesa firefighters say the horse was wandering outside of its pen yesterday when the animal somehow fell into the backyard swimming pool and became stuck. Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith says... More »

3-Year-Old Left in Car During Choir Practice Dies

Hayden Nelson spent 3 hours in a car in Phoenix

(Newser) - America has seen its 28th death of a child left in a hot car this year, according to the Kids and Cars nonprofit, with the latest death occurring on Saturday in Phoenix. In that case, 3-year-old Hayden Nelson was allegedly left in a car outside Abundant Life Church for several... More »

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 »

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