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Suspected Serial Killer Doomed by Genealogy-Curious Relative

Forensic genealogy is a new tool for law enforcement

(Newser) - The man police say is Arizona's "Canal Killer," who killed two women—beheading one of them—in the early 1990s, was caught in large part because some relative of his somewhere submitted their DNA to one of those public genealogy databases, the Arizona Republic reports. Suspect Bryan... More »

Grandma With Wrong Number Makes Thanksgiving Miracle

Hope she's making extra food this year

(Newser) - Want to have a great Thanksgiving? Find a grandma—any grandma will do, apparently. Mashable reports that 17-year-old Phoenix resident Jamal Hinton got a text from an unknown number inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. Jamal's friend Ronald shared the ensuing conversation on Twitter . The texter identified herself as "... More »

Steve Bannon Once Ran an Eco-Experiment. It Didn't Go Well

Admitted in 1996 trial to calling female worker 'bimbo,' threatening to ram memo down her 'f---ing throat'

(Newser) - While Donald Trump's choice of "terrifying man" Steven Bannon as his chief strategist is causing wide denouncement , an ecological and sociological experiment he took part in more than 20 years ago is bubbling up, complete with lawsuits and allegations of threats and sexual harassment, reports the Arizona Republic ... More »

Guinness Shoots Down NRA's World Record Attempt

Gun-rights people are really feeling themselves post-Election Day

(Newser) - Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge a potential world record by the NRA, but after the week it's had, the NRA doesn't really care. USA Today reports more than a thousand people from 16 states traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday to take part in the "1000... More »

Arizona Gives Sheriff Joe the Heave-Ho

Democrat defeats 'America's toughest sheriff'

(Newser) - The man who liked to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" has been given the boot by voters in Arizona's Maricopa County, where he was seeking a seventh term. The AP reports that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was criminally charged in a racial profiling case last month, has... More »

5 Best, Worst Airports in America

Our condolences, everyone in the New York area

(Newser) - You'd be hard-pressed to find many people who actually enjoy the rush and chaos of navigating the airport while traveling, but some airports rate better than others if you're forced to wait at the gate with your newspaper and latte. The Points Guy took a look at the... More »

Man Stops for Food in Middle of Police Chase

Fleeing the law is hungry work, apparently

(Newser) - A night on the lam can really work up an appetite. The AP reports a hungry Arizona man stopped at In-N-Out in the middle of a police chase Wednesday night. Officers tried to pull over 35-year-old Joshua Adkins around 10:30pm for an outstanding warrant, but police say he refused... More »

Sheriff Joe Faces Up to 6 Months in Jail

His trial begins Dec. 6 in Phoenix

(Newser) - It's official: Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has been criminally charged with federal contempt of court and could face up to six months in jail if convicted. The case stems from December 2011 when a federal judge barred the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from conducting Arpaio's signature... More »

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Faces Jail on Federal Charge

The Arizona sheriff is being charged with contempt of court

(Newser) - Prosecutors said Tuesday they will charge Sheriff Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt-of-court for defying a judge's orders to end his signature immigration patrols in Arizona, exposing the 84-year-old lawman to the possibility of jail time and clouding his political future as he seeks a seventh term. The announcement in... More »

Wife Charged in Fatal Crash That Killed Husband

Jennie Jones-Hurdlow allegedly forced her husband off the road

(Newser) - Police say an Arizona woman faces manslaughter charges for chasing down her husband in her SUV, causing him to crash his Harley-Davidson into a light post, the AP reports. Police say 37-year-old Jennie Jones-Hurdlow is responsible for the death of her husband, 51-year-old Brian Hurdlow, following a fight that began... More »

Boys Soccer Team Forfeits Game Rather Than Play Girls

Because 'God created guys and girls differently,' says Arizona's Faith Christian high school

(Newser) - When the Foothills Academy College Prep boys soccer team was told Monday their opponents wouldn't play them because of the two girls on their roster, the high schoolers took to the field without their female players and lost in overtime, the Arizona Republic reports. But when it happened again... More »

Game Developer Sues Online 'Harassers' for $18M

Digital Homicide founders say they've been stalked, harassed, and threatened online

(Newser) - Carping about a video game online to other players may be routine in the gaming world, but being sued by the game's developer isn't. But that's what may be in store for some online commenters who complained about Arizona's Digital Homicide Studios, a game-maker founded by... More »

Chief: Phoenix Cops Forced Driver to Eat Pot

He says rookies made driver eat his stash

(Newser) - Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after a man alleged they forced him to eat marijuana found in his vehicle to avoid going to jail, Chief Joseph Yahner said Thursday. A fourth officer, Jeff Farrior, was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant for being aware of last week's incident and... More »

Mom Calls Cops on Toddler Who Unbuckled Her Seat Belt

'I guess it was an extreme choice on my part'

(Newser) - There's tough love, and then there's calling the cops on your own toddler because she isn't wearing a seat belt. ABC 7 reports that's exactly what Arizona mom Michelle Fortin did when her 3-year-old daughter unbuckled during a car ride home on Monday. "All I... More »

Driver Shot in Head as She Called 911 About Truck Chasing Her

Shots came from white truck with 3 men inside: cops

(Newser) - The woman told a 911 dispatcher she was being chased by three men in a truck while driving in Phoenix. Then came three gunshots, and silence. Police say the woman, who has not been identified, was shot in the head before crashing into a concrete median on State Route 51... More »

Hurricane Could Bring Flash Floods to American Desert

Newton likely to slam Arizona, New Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Newton swept onto the Gulf of California after slamming the resorts of Southern Baja Tuesday and headed on a path expected to take it to the Mexican mainland by Wednesday morning and then on to the US border, with potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico, the AP... More »

John McCain Easily Wins in Arizona

A day after his 80th birthday, no less

(Newser) - A day after his 80th birthday, John McCain cruised to victory in Tuesday's Arizona primary against challenger Kelli Ward, who suggested he might die in office . McCain led Ward, 47—a Trump supporter and former state lawmaker—by double digits when the race was called, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Challenger Says John McCain Is Likely to Die in Office

Kelli Ward calls the senator 'old' and 'weak'

(Newser) - In a morbid and unusually direct line of attack, John McCain's Republican primary opponent in Arizona says the senator probably won't live to see the end of his six-year term if reelected. “I’m a doctor. The life expectancy of the American male is not 86. It’... More »

Another Victim Is Shot Dead in Phoenix

Police aren't sure if serial shooter is responsible

(Newser) - Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood, where a serial killer is on the loose , has suffered another shooting death. Police say a man found dead outside a home Thursday night was likely shot a short distance away then made it to the house and collapsed around 10pm, reports KPHO . Police aren't... More »

Body Found at Grand Canyon Likely That of Missing Woman

Diana Zacarias was reported missing back in April

(Newser) - Authorities believe they've found the body of a woman who disappeared nearly four months ago at the Grand Canyon, the AP reports. According to the Arizona Republic , the family of Diana Zacarias, a 22-year-old from Louisiana, reported her missing April 3. She was last seen at the Grand Canyon'... More »

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