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News Anchor Defends Why She Rolls Her R's

'Certain words just sound better when said in their natural way': bilingual anchor

(Newser) - Donald Trump doesn't think Jeb Bush is setting a very good example for Americans when he speaks Spanish, but a bilingual Arizona news anchor is likely in the Bush camp on this one. Vanessa Ruiz—who was born in Miami, grew up in Colombia, and studied in Spain before... More »

Politician's Lesson for Kids Was on Kid Suicide Bombers

Ariz. Rep. Matt Salmon also thought nuclear weapons made for lively conversation

(Newser) - Matt Salmon's job was to show up at the San Tan Charter School and give a fun civics lesson to curious second- and third-graders. But the Arizona congressman's appearance last week veered off the topic of vetoes—using the Iran nuclear deal as an example, which the Washington ... More »

Ariz. Mom Admits She Drowned Twin Sons: Cops

Family stopped her from drowning 3rd child

(Newser) - First responders found twin toddlers lying motionless on a bed when they responded yesterday afternoon to a 911 call in Avondale, Ariz., and despite their resuscitation efforts, both boys died, the AP reports. Adding an even more tragic element was the confession of the boys' 22-year-old mother, Mireya Lopez, who... 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 »

5-Year-Old Lost Chasing Grasshoppers Turns Up Dead

Jerold Williams vanished in Kaibab National Forest Aug. 6

(Newser) - The search for a missing 5-year-old boy in Arizona has come to a tragic end. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has confirmed on Facebook that the body of Jerold Joseph Williams was found last night in Kaibab National Forest, where he disappeared while camping last Thursday. Police tell NBC... More »

Cops: In-Home Hair Dresser Took Graphic Photos

James Hickey, 53, was arrested on Friday

(Newser) - A man who allegedly traveled around Arizona pretending to be a hair dresser so he could take sexually explicit photos of his clients has been apprehended. The US Marshals Service says a task force arrested 53-year-old James Hickey on Friday while he was bike-riding in Flagstaff. Hickey is wanted on... More »

Road Rage Assault Caught in Viral Video

Helmet cam appears to show Lee Schismenos punch biker

(Newser) - Motorcyclist Cody Munoz decided to buy a helmet camera after watching video logs from other riders—a purchase he’s not likely to regret. While out for a ride with his girlfriend in Yuma, Ariz., on July 11, he came up behind a bus and changed lines in front of... More »

Calif. Bridge Collapse Halts Interstate Traffic

Main route to Arizona closed 'completely and indefinitely'

(Newser) - An elevated section of Interstate 10 collapsed yesterday amid heavy rains in the California desert, injuring one driver, stranding many others, and halting travel for thousands by cutting off both directions of a main corridor between Southern California and Arizona. "Interstate 10 is closed completely and indefinitely," says... More »

Acquaintance Charged in Arizona Couple's Murder

Meth may have been involved

(Newser) - The story surrounding the deaths of Arizona couple Michael and Tina Careccia is starting to come into focus. Police today charged Jose Valenzuela, 38, who lived just blocks away, with murdering them, reports the Arizona Republic . Authorities say Valenzuela confessed prior to a second interview and told police that he... More »

Bodies Found in Search for Ariz. Couple Who Vanished

Cops dug up neighbor's property

(Newser) - The search for an Arizona couple who vanished on their way to work 10 days ago may have reached a grim end. Investigators say they may have found the bodies of Michael and Tina Careccia during a "search of the property on West Papago Road," near where the... More »

Arizona, Families of 19 Dead 'Hotshots' Reach Deal

State also promises more training after tragic 2013 deaths of elite firefighters

(Newser) - Today marks the two-year anniversary of the deaths of 19 elite firefighters in an out-of-control Arizona wildfire, and it also brings a measure of closure as the state of Arizona announced today it has settled two lawsuits against the state's Forestry Division for more than $600,000 to the... More »

Cops Comb Desert for Pair Who Vanished 8 Days Ago

High school sweethearts didn't turn up for work on June 22

(Newser) - Police and a host of volunteers are searching tirelessly for an Arizona couple who vanished eight days ago. Michael and Tina Careccia, high school sweethearts who married last year, left their home in Maricopa around 5am on June 22, but neither arrived at work; Michael, 44, is a United Airlines... More »

Iraq Military Pilot Killed —in Arizona Crash

He was training on F-16s

(Newser) - Iraq's military is reporting the death of one its pilots in a training mission, with the unusual detail that it occurred a long way from home—in Arizona to be exact. Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq crashed Wednesday in an F-16 Fighting Falcon about 5 miles from the Douglas... More »

Court Rebuffs Suit by Parents Told Their Daughter Was Dead

Maria and Jose Guerra believed bad news for horrible 6 days

(Newser) - So law enforcement officers mistakenly informed Maria and Jose Guerra that their daughter was dead—and the grieving parents believed that misinformation for a grueling six days. Is that reason to sue? The Arizona couple did sue the Department of Public Safety for negligence, only to have the state's... More »

Dash Cam: Cop Rams Suspect With Cruiser

Michael Rapiejko has been cleared and returned to active duty

(Newser) - Dramatic dash-cam video showing an Arizona police officer using his cruiser to ram into a rifle-toting robbery suspect who had been walking down a street is getting nationwide attention today. Adding to a growing stream of images raising hard questions about police use of force, the video released yesterday shows... More »

Twin Toddlers Drown After Mom Swats at Bee

Stroller with 18-month-old boys plunged into canal after Alexis Keslar let go

(Newser) - That nearly universal instinct to swat at an insect buzzing by us led to a tragic outcome for an Arizona mom on Friday. Alexis Keslar was taking a stroll along a canal in Yuma with her 18-month-old twins, Eli and Silas, when a bee ventured into her path. Police say... More »

Ariz. Doctors Forced to Say Abortions May Be Reversed

Gov. Doug Ducey signs law critics say is based on quackery

(Newser) - Women seeking abortions in Arizona will be hearing new advice from their physicians. Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law this week a mandate that doctors must tell patients that abortions performed using drugs may be reversible, the New York Times reports. The news has met with outcry from medical community... More »

Mom Freed From Death Row: 'This Is Not Happiness'

Debra Milke says she lives with a broken heart

(Newser) - An Arizona woman's "living nightmare" is over, her lawyers say. But for Debra Milke, her freedom "is bittersweet," she says. "This is not happiness." After 22 years on death row, Milke was cleared of murder charges earlier this week related to the death of... More »

Law Would Shield Cop IDs for 60 Days After Shooting

Critics of Arizona bill are calling it an attack on transparency

(Newser) - Darren Wilson went into hiding after shooting Michael Brown, and when a Phoenix cop killed an unarmed black man in December, police were afraid protesters would mob his home, NBC News reports. The latter never happened, but Arizona Rep. Steven Smith is sponsoring Senate Bill 1445, which would keep... More »

Man Shot in Mesa Took the Time to Take a Selfie

Isaac Martinez is lucky to be alive after gunman demanded his car keys

(Newser) - Isaac Martinez wasn't able to literally dodge a bullet, but he's thankful to still be here after getting caught in the middle of yesterday's shootings in Mesa, Ariz. , which left one dead and five injured. The 20-year-old restaurant worker says suspect Ryan Giroux came into Bistro 13,... More »

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