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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 »

Supreme Court OKs Drug Secrecy in Ariz. Execution

Joseph Wood's 1st Amendment case turned down

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for Arizona to execute an inmate whose lawyers argued that he had a right to know more about how he was to be killed. The court sided with the state against Joseph Rudolph Wood, who could be executed as soon as this morning,... 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 on Sunday with a gun he had... More »

Migrant Kids Now Draw Protest in Ariz.

We don't know if they're 'choirboys or gang members': organizer

(Newser) - In the wake of a protest in Murrieta, Calif., demonstrators are preparing a similar greeting for child migrants headed to a town in Arizona. Some 40 to 60 undocumented kids are due to arrive today in Oracle, Ariz., where a private facility in the town of 3,700 will be... More »

Scores of Dead Rats Found in Arizona Trailer

Jeffrey Wendorff allegedly abandoned them after business dispute

(Newser) - It was a scene whose appearance was likely rivaled only by its smell: An Arizona man is facing animal cruelty charges after Yavapai County sheriff’s deputies, acting on a tip, discovered scores of dead or dying rats in and around a trailer, Reuters reports; a pen in the trailer'... More »

Kennel Took Woman's Dogs After Mass Deaths

As stories of neglect arise from customers

(Newser) - Nothing seemed amiss when Snow Aubel dropped her two dogs off at a Gilbert, Ariz., kennel last Saturday morning. Just two hours later, however, police swarmed Green Acre, removing numerous dogs thought to have died sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. In total, 20 of the 28 dogs found... More »

Mass Deaths at Kennel After Dog Cuts AC

17 dogs die of heat exhaustion

(Newser) - A horrifying story out of Arizona, where 17 dogs died at a pet boarding facility after one dog apparently chewed through a wire and disabled the air conditioning in the room where 28 dogs were sleeping. Authorities say employees at Green Acre in Gilbert, Arizona, checked on the dogs at... 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 »

Man Tries to Shoot Moon With Handgun

Cameron Frank Read had apparently been talking about Halley's Comet

(Newser) - George Bailey tried to lasso the moon, but an Arizona man apparently wanted to shoot it. Cameron Frank Read, 39, allegedly fired several rounds through the window of a residence after talking about seeing Halley’s Comet on Friday, according to his girlfriend and her teen son, reports KTVK . They... 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 »

Ariz. Plane Flips on Landing, Kills Tourist

5 injured in crash after sightseeing tour

(Newser) - A single-engine plane carrying a pilot and six French tourists crashed while landing at a northern Arizona airport, killing one person and injuring five others. The aircraft hit the ground and toppled over near the airport runway amid windy conditions yesterday afternoon in Page, the center of a tourist area... More »

Strict Rules on Abortion Drugs Take Effect in Arizona

Judge refused to stay them as case goes through courts

(Newser) - As of today, women in Arizona face the strictest rules in the nation regarding the use of the abortion drug RU-486, reports AP . A federal judge declined to block the rules from taking effect while a legal fight over them makes its way through the courts. The upshot is that... More »

Jan Brewer: I'm Not Running for Re-Election

Arizona governor opts not to challenge state term limits

(Newser) - Jan Brewer made it official: She's not running for re-election as governor of Arizona. She had publicly flirted with challenging state term limits and running again, but dismissed the notion today at a press conference in Glendale, the Arizona Republic reports. "I’m saddened to be leaving this... More »

Best Part of Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill? No One Liked It

Jan Brewer's veto is just the tip of the iceberg: reactions

(Newser) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer "did the right thing" last night, writes Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post , but her veto of Arizona's anti-gay bill —which would have allowed businesses to refuse service on religious grounds—is far from the best part of the story. "Never before... More »

Arizona's Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

It would have let businesses refuse service because of religious objections

(Newser) - It's been a good late-day stretch for gay rights. Hours after a federal judge in Texas struck down that state's ban on gay marriage, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced that she had vetoed a bill that critics say would encourage discrimination against homosexuals, reports CNN . The controversial SB... More »

Amid Pressure, Brewer May Veto Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill

Business leaders, GOP backers urge veto

(Newser) - Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay people for religious reasons, sources tell NBC News . The move comes in the wake of intense pressure from a host of sources—including three GOP senators who voted for the bill. "... More »

Arizona's Brewer Faces Decision on Gay Rights

Bill would give businesses right to refuse service to homosexuals

(Newser) - Arizona is once again at the center of a hot-button national issue, but this time it's gay rights instead of immigration. The state Legislature this week passed a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs and refuse service to gay people, reports AP . Now Gov.... More »

'Too Liberal' McCain in Hot Water With Arizona GOP

In reprimand, senator's record called 'disastrous and harmful'

(Newser) - Seems John McCain is getting too liberal for Arizona conservatives—so liberal that the state's Republican party has formally reprimanded the senator for his "disastrous and harmful" record, Politico reports. At a party meeting in Tempe yesterday, the party hammered McCain for assisting Democrats on immigration reform, ignoring... More »

Man Convicted in 1991 Arizona Monk Massacre

After 3rd trial, Doody guilty of 9 murders

(Newser) - It was one of Arizona's most notorious murder cases: the executions of nine people, including six monks, at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple. Two men were imprisoned for life in the 1991 killing but in 2011, an appeals court overturned the conviction of Johnathan Doody, ruling that investigators improperly... More »

Bus Passengers Subdue Attacker, Prevent Crash

Greyhound in Arizona nearly went into oncoming traffic

(Newser) - A bizarre incident on a Greyhound bus in Arizona resulted in injuries to more than 20 people, but police say quick-thinking passengers prevented it from being much, much worse. A 25-year-old man on the bus is accused of attacking the driver just before 2am as they traveled on I-10 near... More »

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