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Out: Pol Who Said Women on Welfare Should Be Sterilized

Former Ariz. Sen. Russell Pearce resigns after controversial radio statements

(Newser) - The man described as "the John Wayne of the airwaves" on radio station KKNT will have a more limited platform for his tough talk about women on public assistance and their right to give birth. Russell Pearce, a former Arizona senator who has been outspoken on the subject of... 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 »

Rapidly Vanishing in America: Dark Spots

In a decade, Milky Way could be visible from just 3 places

(Newser) - Even in the vastness of the American West, the glow from cities has become so bright that places with truly dark skies at night are becoming an endangered species. In the continental US, experts predict that in a decade, there will be just three areas where the sky will be... More »

Man Raped at 14 Has to Pay Child Support

He found out only recently that he fathered a child 10 years ago

(Newser) - Nick Olivas got the shock of his life two years ago when he was hit with a child support demand from the state of Arizona—for a child he fathered when he was 14 years old. In that state, a child under the age of 15 can't consent to... More »

McDonald's Forced to Turn Golden Arches Turquoise

Sedona officials say new color better matches red desert rocks

(Newser) - Nearly every American will recognize this famous symbol— the golden arches of fast food, aka McDonald's. Those golden arches turned to turquoise, however, at one McDonalds in Arizona. Apparently, gold doesn't match the cityscape well enough and clashes with Sedona city regulations that prevent buildings from ruining views... More »

Family: Girl Said Uzi Was 'Too Much' for Her

They say they're praying for instructor's family

(Newser) - The family of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor in Arizona last week rushed to check she was OK after losing control of the Uzi and didn't notice the instructor had been shot until another employee ran over, according to a sheriff's office report.... More »

Uzi Instructor's Family: We Feel 'Sorry' for the Girl

Family of Charles Vacca is sending prayers to unidentified girl

(Newser) - The family of a gun instructor shot dead by a 9-year-old girl this week feels "sorry" for her and hopes she can learn to move on, the AP reports. "That's truly how we feel," said Anamarie Vacca, ex-wife of instructor Charles Vacca. "I know we'... More »

Coroner: Single Bullet From Uzi Killed Instructor

OSHA to review shooting-range death

(Newser) - The shooting instructor killed after letting a 9-year-old girl fire an Uzi was hit by a single bullet when she lost control of the weapon, the coroner says. Charles Vacca, a 39-year-old instructor at Arizona's Bullets and Burgers, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner... More »

Range Owner: Uzi Death Was First-Ever Accident

Bullets and Burgers reopens shooting range

(Newser) - The Last Stop outdoor shooting range at Bullets and Burgers in Arizona is open for business again, days after a deadly accident that made headlines around the world. A 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi accidentally killed an instructor at the range Monday, but the owner says that was the first... More »

Plane Hopper Sprung From Jail, Arrested Again

Marilyn Hartman caught loitering at Phoenix Sky Harbor

(Newser) - Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman was arrested and sentenced to jail after hitching a ride—sans ticket—on a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles, then violating her probation by showing up at LAX after she'd been banned. But that didn't last long: Because of overcrowding, the 62-year-old... More »

Self-Help Guru Out of Prison, Teaching Again

James Arthur Ray was convicted in deaths of 3 people

(Newser) - A self-help author who spent nearly two years in prison for the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony is again hosting seminars in the state. Starting yesterday in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, James Arthur Ray is leading discussions on how to deal with personal crisis.... More »

In Arizona, State Makes Up Execution Rules as It Goes

Times investigation shows history of botched, improvised executions

(Newser) - The botched execution of Joseph Wood last month in Arizona showed that the state Corrections Department was "making it up as it went along,” says Wood's public defender. Now a New York Times investigation suggests the incident may be part of a greater pattern. Wood's lawyer... More »

Woman in Big Trouble for Slapping Police Horse

Selma Gonzalez says she was only petting the horse

(Newser) - It was a tough night for police horse Greyhawk. He was on duty outside the International Boutique Nightclub in Scottsdale last month when Selma Iris Gonzalez, 25, allegedly slapped him on the butt. The slap was loud enough to be heard even over the noise from the bar, reports AZ... More »

First 14 Doses Failed to Kill Death Row Inmate

Arizona's Joseph Wood died after the 15th, nearly 2 hours later

(Newser) - Now we know why the execution of Joseph Wood in Arizona took so long : It took 15 doses of drugs to get the job done, reports the LA Times . State prison officials laid out the details yesterday, explaining that Wood got a combination of hydromorphone and midazolam at 1:52pm... More »

Boy, 5, in Trouble for 'Sexual Misconduct' —for Dropping Pants

Experts weigh in on school policy of reporting wrongdoing

(Newser) - An Arizona mom wants answers as to why her 5-year-old kindergartner now has a "sexual misconduct" stamp on his permanent school file. Erica Martinez says her son, Eric Lopez, pulled down his pants and exposed himself when another student at Ashton Ranch Elementary School "intimidated" him on the... More »

Posting Nude 'Revenge' Pics Now a Felony in Arizona

Images can be considered domestic violence

(Newser) - Arizona is the latest state to outlaw so-called "revenge porn," making it a felony to post sexually compromising images of your ex online without her or his consent. Those who post such images, often as a means of humiliating former partners, may face a minimum of six months... More »

Man Sells Gun, Then Is Killed With It

Suspect was banned from owning firearms

(Newser) - An Arizona teenager who illegally sold a gun to a man barred from owning firearms ended up getting shot dead with it during what police believe was an argument over another gun. Police say Tyrone Moore, 24, killed 18-year-old Elijah Williams in Glendale with a gun he had recently bought... 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 »

John McCain: Botched Execution Was Torture

He says 'bollocks-upped' situation is unacceptable

(Newser) - John McCain, who learned a thing or two about torture during his years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, says the botched execution of an Arizona inmate was torture and that the people involved need to be held responsible. "I believe in the death penalty for certain... More »

Inmate Takes 2 Hours to Die in Arizona Execution

Lawyers for Joseph Wood tried to stop procedure after an hour

(Newser) - Another botched execution? Arizona executed a murderer today, but it took Joseph Rudolph Wood nearly two hours to die, reports the Arizona Republic . It took so long that Wood's lawyers filed an emergency appeal to stop the procedure after an hour because they say their 55-year-old client was still... More »

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