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After 'Dumb' Move, Lost Student 'Did Everything Right'

Amber VanHecke recalls her five-day ordeal near Grand Canyon

(Newser) - "It started with a dumb decision," says Amber VanHecke, a 24-year-old Texas college student who spent five days of her spring break lost near the Grand Canyon. After a day of hiking last week, VanHecke stopped for gas but didn't want to fill up for $2.70... More »

Cops: Boy, 9, Shot Dead by 2-Year-Old Brother

Mother told cops she had let boy play with empty gun

(Newser) - A 9-year-old Arizona boy shot in the head by his 2-year-old brother with their mother's handgun died Tuesday, and their mother told police she had previously let the toddler handle the gun when it wasn't loaded, authorities say. Landen Lavarnia was declared dead at a Phoenix hospital, where... More »

Rare Jaguar Sighting Could Be Very Good News

It could mean the endangered cat is re-establishing itself in US

(Newser) - Wildlife officials say they have evidence of a rare jaguar sighting in the United States, giving conservationists hope that the endangered cat is re-establishing itself here, the AP reports. The US Fish and Wildlife Service released a photo Thursday from a trail camera that was taken in November and recently... More »

Feds: Plan to Reintroduce Wolves in Southwest Is Working

Mexican wolf numbers are up in Arizona, NM

(Newser) - There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began trying to reintroduce the predators nearly two decades ago.The annual survey released Friday by the US Fish and Wildlife Service shows at least 113 wolves are spread between southwestern... More »

Watch What These Ivanka Fans Just Did at Nordstrom

Women marched in, canceled accounts, and went viral

(Newser) - Nordstrom dumped Ivanka Trump's product line earlier this month, and that's not sitting well with a group of women believed to be from Chandler, Ariz. In what the Arizona Republic deems a "collision of retail and politics," a one-minute video that originally appeared on one... More »

Arizona Suggests 'Do-It-Yourself' Executions

Lawyers for death row inmates need only bring the drugs

(Newser) - It's "unprecedented, wholly novel and frankly absurd," a lethal injection expert says of Arizona's new death penalty plan, which includes a provision for what one columnist calls a "do-it-yourself execution." Under the plan, the Arizona Department of Corrections—which has been unable to acquire... More »

Motorist Kills Man Beating Wounded Arizona Trooper

Officer was ambushed investigating highway rollover

(Newser) - A suspect is dead and an Arizona state trooper is recovering in the hospital after what authorities say was a rare case of a passerby using deadly force to assist an officer. Authorities say that when the passing motorist arrived at the scene of a vehicle rollover at a rural... More »

Love Helped Mom Power Through 2-Day Grand Canyon Trek

'I'm not letting my parents bury me': Karen Klein

(Newser) - "Maternal instinct" and a "solutions-oriented" personality are what a 46-year-old Pennsylvania mom says helped her survive a treacherous trek over more than 25 miles of the Grand Canyon to find help for her stranded family, after their car got stuck in a blizzard, Karen Klein tells NBC News... More »

Mom Hikes 27 Miles Through Snowy Forest to Find Help for Family

Authorities say their rescue is a 'Christmas miracle'

(Newser) - An Arizona sheriff's official says it's "a Christmas miracle" that searchers found a Pennsylvania woman and her family stranded in a snowy Arizona forest after their vehicle got stuck before a severe winter storm hit the area. Coconino County Deputy Jim Driscoll says 46-year-old Karen Klein was... More »

Self-Driving Truck Delivers Self-Driving Cars to Arizona

They were banned from Calif. roads

(Newser) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday welcomed the arrival of a fleet of Uber self-driving cars delivered via a self-driving truck that transported them from California. Ducey's office says the governor welcomed the truck carrying the self-driving Volvos at the State Capitol in Phoenix. Uber announced Thursday that it... More »

3-Year-Old Boy Celebrates Adoption in Viral Photos

Thousands have shared pics of Michael taken by his new adoptive sister

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Arizona boy's celebration of his adoption is a hit on social media. The AP reports Dezhianna "Dae" Brown's Twitter post of photos of her adoptive brother Michael had over 55,000 retweets and nearly 140,000 likes by Friday morning. The little boy is now... More »

They Starved Her, Kept Her in a Dog Crate—and Then She Died

The short, tragic life of 3-year-old Crystal Reyes, and how her cold case got reopened

(Newser) - "Dig deeper." Those were the last two words Anna Reyes said to Avelino Tamala before the tiny body of her daughter, Crystal, was lowered into the ground in April 1997, and a chilling glimpse into the tragic life and death of the 3-year-old at the hands of her... More »

Suspected Serial Killer Doomed by Genealogy-Curious Relative

Forensic genealogy is a new tool for law enforcement

(Newser) - The man police say is Arizona's "Canal Killer," who killed two women—beheading one of them—in the early 1990s, was caught in large part because some relative of his somewhere submitted their DNA to one of those public genealogy databases, the Arizona Republic reports. Suspect Bryan... More »

Grandma With Wrong Number Makes Thanksgiving Miracle

Hope she's making extra food this year

(Newser) - Want to have a great Thanksgiving? Find a grandma—any grandma will do, apparently. Mashable reports that 17-year-old Phoenix resident Jamal Hinton got a text from an unknown number inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. Jamal's friend Ronald shared the ensuing conversation on Twitter . The texter identified herself as "... More »

Steve Bannon Once Ran an Eco-Experiment. It Didn't Go Well

Admitted in 1996 trial to calling female worker 'bimbo,' threatening to ram memo down her 'f---ing throat'

(Newser) - While Donald Trump's choice of "terrifying man" Steven Bannon as his chief strategist is causing wide denouncement , an ecological and sociological experiment he took part in more than 20 years ago is bubbling up, complete with lawsuits and allegations of threats and sexual harassment, reports the Arizona Republic ... More »

Guinness Shoots Down NRA's World Record Attempt

Gun-rights people are really feeling themselves post-Election Day

(Newser) - Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge a potential world record by the NRA, but after the week it's had, the NRA doesn't really care. USA Today reports more than a thousand people from 16 states traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday to take part in the "1000... More »

Arizona Gives Sheriff Joe the Heave-Ho

Democrat defeats 'America's toughest sheriff'

(Newser) - The man who liked to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" has been given the boot by voters in Arizona's Maricopa County, where he was seeking a seventh term. The AP reports that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was criminally charged in a racial profiling case last month, has... More »

5 Best, Worst Airports in America

Our condolences, everyone in the New York area

(Newser) - You'd be hard-pressed to find many people who actually enjoy the rush and chaos of navigating the airport while traveling, but some airports rate better than others if you're forced to wait at the gate with your newspaper and latte. The Points Guy took a look at the... More »

Man Stops for Food in Middle of Police Chase

Fleeing the law is hungry work, apparently

(Newser) - A night on the lam can really work up an appetite. The AP reports a hungry Arizona man stopped at In-N-Out in the middle of a police chase Wednesday night. Officers tried to pull over 35-year-old Joshua Adkins around 10:30pm for an outstanding warrant, but police say he refused... More »

Sheriff Joe Faces Up to 6 Months in Jail

His trial begins Dec. 6 in Phoenix

(Newser) - It's official: Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has been criminally charged with federal contempt of court and could face up to six months in jail if convicted. The case stems from December 2011 when a federal judge barred the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from conducting Arpaio's signature... More »

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