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Woman Survives 100-Foot Fall During Hike

Fire chief calls Amber Kohnhorst's survival miraculous

(Newser) - Amber Kohnhorst was on what was supposed to be a short hike on northwestern Arizona's Rose Cliffs Trail Friday when she fell 100 feet. Amazingly, after being stranded for almost 25 hours, she survived—though she broke her nose, crushed her pelvis, and suffered three back fractures, Fox 10... More »

Vanessa Hudgens Pays Up for Defacing Rock

She admitted to carving her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock

(Newser) - Vanessa Hudgens has paid a $1,000 after she was caught having carved her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock near Sedona, Arizona, TMZ reports. According to the Guardian , the actress had been facing up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail for damaging a... More »

'Toughest Sheriff' Found in Contempt of Court

Arizona's Joe Arpaio could end up in jail

(Newser) - The six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge's orders in a racial profiling case, bringing the lawman who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to... More »

TSA Glitch Causes 3,000 Bags and Counting to Miss Flights Thursday

It's unclear when the problem will get fixed

(Newser) - The TSA says it is still experiencing delays in its checked bag screening system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which has resulted in more than 3,000 bags missing flights so far. TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez says the technical issue began about 6:45am Thursday. There's no estimate... More »

Wild Javelinas Maul Arizona Woman

Fountain Hills attack blamed partly on neighbors

(Newser) - An Arizona woman was walking her two dogs last weekend when a herd of javelinas—hoofed mammals also known as peccaries or "skunk pigs" —charged and viciously mauled her, the Arizona Republic reports. They tore away at her upper body and neck with their teeth, forcing her to... More »

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Icing Gila Monster With Screwdriver

She bragged about it online

(Newser) - An Arizona woman accused of killing a federally protected Gila monster and bragging about it online has pleaded not guilty, the AP reports. Sarah Crabtree of Tucson faces five citations, including the taking of wildlife without a license. Each citation carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and... More »

Teen Who Flashed Genitals in Yearbook Is Off the Hook

Hunter Osborn, 19, lucks out after scandalous photo

(Newser) - Hunter Osborn probably won't feel like pulling any pranks in the near future, but it looks like he's off the hook for his last one. The 19-year-old student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz., was hit with 69 counts of indecent exposure over the weekend, plus... More »

Teen Charged After Flashing Genitals in Yearbook Prank

Arizona's Hunter Osborn hit with 69 counts of indecent exposure

(Newser) - A 19-year-old high school football player in Mesa, Ariz., has been hit with 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure after school officials discovered he had flashed his genitals in a yearbook photo, CBS News reports. Hunter Osborn also has a felony charge of furnishing harmful items to minors after he... More »

1M Goldfish Have a New Fish Bowl to Call Home

At least until they get eaten...

(Newser) - More than 1 million goldfish now have a giant fishbowl to call home in a Phoenix suburb, the AP reports. Tempe officials dumped roughly 1.2 million goldfish and minnows into Tempe Town Lake on Friday. They say the fish will serve as a natural insect control for midge flies'... More »

School Tells Girls to Dress Modestly or Boys Will Get Bad Grades

'I don’t get offended easily, but this definitely crossed the line'

(Newser) - An Arizona high school had to apologize this week for what some say was an alarmingly sexist poster hung in the school library, ABC News reports. The poster, illustrated with cartoons, states girls who dress "pretty cute" will only be seen as "meat" by boys, who will be... More »

Lost Hiker Has Dog to Thank for His Survival

Marley alerted family to man lost in snowstorm

(Newser) - When John Paul Roccaforte took his two dogs outside a little after 1am on April 16 during a snowstorm, 2-year-old black Lab mix Marley wouldn't stop barking, the Arizona Republic reports. "He just wouldn’t let up. He was relentless," Roccaforte tells the Arizona Daily Sun . "... More »

Charges Dismissed Against Accused Freeway Shooter

Prosecutors can refile charges at a later date

(Newser) - A judge has dismissed a criminal case against a man who had been accused of carrying out freeway shootings in Phoenix last summer that put drivers on edge, the AP reports. The ruling came Monday after prosecutors had asked for charges against Leslie Merritt Jr. to be dismissed amid undisclosed... More »

Suspect in Arizona Freeway Shootings to Be Released

Leslie Merritt Jr. will be electronically monitored at home

(Newser) - A judge on Tuesday allowed a man charged in freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year to be released from jail amid questions about evidence authorities say links him to the crimes. The judge overseeing the case of Leslie Merritt Jr. reduced his bond to zero and said he can... More »

Woman, 72, Survives 9 Days Lost in Arizona Wilderness

An air crew spotted her 'HELP' sign

(Newser) - Ann Rodgers may not have the greatest navigation skills in the world, but the 72-year-old appears to have amazing survival skills. Authorities say that after Rodgers somehow became lost while driving from Tucson to Phoenix to visit her grandchildren, her hybrid vehicle ran out of both gas and electric power... More »

DoJ Investigating Long Lines 'Fiasco' in Ariz. Primary

Complaints allege unacceptable waiting times in minority-heavy areas

(Newser) - Long lines at polling sites in Arizona's March 22 primary led Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to call the night a "fiasco"—and the Justice Department to now investigate whether there were civil rights violations regarding what Stanton called "unacceptably disparate distribution of polling locations," Reuters... More »

Arizona Mosque Attacked by Thousands of Stinging Bees

At least 20 people were stung and one hospitalized

(Newser) - A swarm of up to 20,000 Africanized bees wreaked havoc on an Arizona mosque Friday afternoon, stinging at least 20 people and sending one man to the hospital, KNXV reports. The incident took place at the Muslim Community Mosque in Phoenix. “It was just crazy how everyone was... More »

Ariz., Indiana Squabble Over John Dillinger's Gun

Peru, Indiana, says notorious outlaw stole Tommy gun from their police department

(Newser) - Police in southern Arizona are at odds with a small Indiana town over a Tommy gun taken from notorious gangster John Dillinger during an arrest more than 80 years ago, reports AP . Officials in Peru, Indiana, want the Colt Thompson submachine gun that Tucson police confiscated in 1934 when they... More »

Here's Where 2016's Delegate Counts Stand

Trump, Clinton both creep closer to securing their party's nomination

(Newser) - Tuesday was another big day in the Election 2016 slog, with both the remaining Republican and Democratic candidates amassing more of the coveted delegates they need to secure a nomination for their respective parties. On the GOP side, Donald Trump won 59% of the delegates that were up for grabs... More »

Protesters Block Main Road to Trump Rally

They carried banners and chanted 'Trump is hate'

(Newser) - Protesters outside Phoenix blocked the only major road leading to the site where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is set to hold a campaign rally on Saturday, the AP reports. The protesters parked their cars in the middle of the road, unfurling banners with anti-Trump slogans and chanting "Trump... More »

Woman Arrested While Nude Is Now $125K Richer

Officer entered Esmeralda Rossi's home without cause in March 2015

(Newser) - An Arizona woman has been awarded $125,000 after an officer entered her home illegally and arrested her while she was naked. The Chandler City Council OKed the settlement Thursday, per the Arizona Republic . Esmeralda Rossi says she spoke briefly to Officer Doug Rose at her door in March 2015... More »

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