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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 »

Surprise $4.99 Find in Goodwill Bin: a Purple Heart

Ariz. woman's post seeking its owner goes viral

(Newser) - Laura Hardy says she and her husband were browsing in their local Goodwill in Mesa, Ariz., over the weekend when her husband spotted something unusual in the jewelry section: a Purple Heart medal with the name Eual H. Whiteman on it. "It was just classified as purple jewelry for... More »

Inmate Who Beat Fogle Wanted to 'Send a Message'

Family of Steven Nigg says he felt ex-Subway pitchman was getting special treatment

(Newser) - Steven Nigg, the inmate who bloodied ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle in a prison-yard fight , did so because he hates child sex offenders and resents what he perceives as special treatment Fogle receives at the Colorado prison they're both housed in—and he wanted to "send a message,"... More »

A Supervolcano's Deadly Lava? You Might Outrun It

At least in a car—that ash and gas moves slowly, study says

(Newser) - Think supervolcanoes that devastate entire regions are terrifying? Well sure, but you might be able to outrun them—according to a study that says one prehistoric supervolcano churned out lava at only 10 to 45 miles per hour, Live Science reports. "It's really interesting how you can have... More »

Family of 5 Dead in Phoenix Shooting, Fire

It appears brother, son may have killed his parents, sisters

(Newser) - Phoenix police and firefighters braved bullets and flames as they responded to a shooting and house fire that left five family members dead early Tuesday, including the gunman, authorities said. The shooter fired at officers who donned breathing gear to go into the burning home to help the victims, and... More »

GoDaddy Founder's Kid Gets Jail in Domestic Assault

Robert Parsons choked, hit girlfriend in July incident

(Newser) - The son of GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is headed for a stint in jail for a July domestic assault on his girlfriend, reports the Arizona Republic . Robert Sean Parsons, 44, was sentenced Friday to four months in jail and three years' probation for the incident at his Scottsdale home (though... More »

Vanessa Hudgens, Beau Carve Names in the Wrong Place

They're now under investigation in Sedona, Arizona

(Newser) - It's one thing to carve your initials into a tree trunk. It's another thing entirely to carve your names into the protected red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, which is what Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend, Austin Butler, appear to have done over Valentine's Day weekend. Hudgens, who... More »

Cops: 15-Year-Old Girls' Deaths Were Murder-Suicide

They found suicide note near bodies of 15-year-olds

(Newser) - A shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that killed two 15-year-old girls and caused panic among parents was a murder-suicide, police said. Police announced that a suicide note was found at the scene of the shooting Friday morning near the cafeteria area of Independence High School in Glendale, the... More »

2 Girls, Both 15, Dead After Shooting at Ariz. School

No suspects are at large

(Newser) - Two 15-year-old girls are dead in Arizona after a shooting at Independence High School in Glendale Friday morning. Details are vague—the sophomores were shot at what CNN describes as "a covered patio area near the main building" and cafeteria prior to 8am, and authorities don't believe there... More »

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