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'Absolute Chaos' as 2 Killed in Shooting at Arizona Mall

The shooting Friday night also left one injured

(Newser) - Two men were killed and a woman injured in a shooting Friday night at an Arizona mall, CNN reports. According to KOLD , witnesses reported hearing 10 shots around 7:30pm in the bar area of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill at La Encantada Mall in Tucson. Authorities say all three people... More »

Becca Longo Makes College Football History

She's 1st woman to get scholarship to play at Division II level or higher

(Newser) - An 18-year-old from Arizona made history Wednesday—without even realizing it, ESPN reports. Becca Longo signed a letter of intent to play football for Colorado's Adams State next season, making her the first woman to get a scholarship to play college football at the Division II level or higher.... More »

Environmental Lawsuit Could Delay Border Wall for Years

Conservation group asks DHS for impact study

(Newser) - President Trump's plan for a border wall has hit an environmental roadblock with the potential to last longer than his presidency—even if he doesn't choose the design that incorporates nuclear waste. A lawsuit filed in Arizona on Wednesday by the Center for Biological Diversity and US Rep.... More »

'Uninvited Guest' Is Killing a Southwest Reservoir

Climate change is decreasing water levels in Lake Powell: Rebecca Solnit

(Newser) - More than 50 years ago, Glen Canyon, straddling Arizona and Utah, became flooded with water after the creation of the Glen Canyon Dam led to the formation of the Lake Powell reservoir. But even though the Sierra Club wrote the canyon's obituary in 1963, Rebecca Solnit reveals in the... More »

In Arizona Desert, the Mystery Is Deeper Than the Hole

Neighbors are confounded by a 'mystery hole' discovered this week

(Newser) - In terms of unexplained mysteries, it's not exactly the Bermuda Triangle. But the discovery of an old, deep hole in Arizona has neighbors scratching their heads. Hector Thompson and his mom Michele were walking near their home in the desert town of Tonopah when they came across a "... More »

Arizona's Notorious Outdoor Prison Is Shutting Down

'Circus' is over, new sheriff says

(Newser) - There's a new sheriff in Arizona's Maricopa County, and he's shutting down his predecessor's notorious "Tent City." Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November's election, announced Tuesday that he's getting rid of the open-air facility, where inmates are given... More »

Search for Missing Girl, 6, Ends With Tragic Find

Tucson girl's body found in desert

(Newser) - The search for a 6-year-old Arizona girl who vanished from her bedroom almost five years ago has ended with a tragic discovery in the desert. Police say remains found in a remote part of rural Pima County weeks ago have been identified as those of Isabel Mercedes Celis, the New ... More »

Woman Accused of Flashing Bar Mitzvah Sues for $5M

Lindsey Radomski was found not guilty of molestation and sexual assault

(Newser) - An Arizona yoga instructor found not guilty of exposing herself to a bunch of underage boys at a bar mitzvah is now suing her accusers for $5 million, KTVK reports. According to KPNX , prosecutors charged Lindsey Radomski with flashing a group of boys between the ages of 11 and 15,... More »

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 »

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