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Man Days Away From New Career Dies in Grand Canyon Fall

Chicago-area man was about to become a nurse

(Newser) - Andrey Privin, a 24-year-old Chicago-area man, was supposed to start his new job Monday as a nurse at a hospital in Highland Park, Ill. Instead, he was being mourned by friends and family following his death in a fall at the Grand Canyon National Park, the Chicago Tribune reports. Park... More »

Cops: Son Wanted Her in Assisted Living. She Killed Him

92-year-old Anna Blessing allegedly hid pistols in her robe

(Newser) - A 92-year-old Arizona woman who didn't want to move to a nursing home might be spending the rest of her days in prison instead. Police say Anna Blessing told them she had been contemplating her 72-year-old son's plans to put her in assisted living for several days before... More »

Uproar After Billionaires Surrender Sick Dogs to Rescue

U-Haul's Joe Shoen wrapped up in dispute with animal rescuer

(Newser) - When Shelly Froehlich learned a cancer patient hoped to send six Rottweiler puppies and their mother to her animal rescue in Arizona, she says she quickly agreed and, assuming financial hardship, waived a $600 surrender fee. It was a move she quickly came to regret after getting familiar with the... More »

Autopsy: One of 2 Pilots on Doomed Plane Had Drugs in System

But it's still not clear which pilot was flying plane that crashed in Scottsdale in April

(Newser) - Pieces are slowly coming together regarding an April plane crash in Scottsdale in which all six aboard were killed. At the front of the six-seat Piper PA-24 Comanche, which included as its passengers several young Instagram stars, were student pilot James Pedroza and certified airline transport pilot Erik Valente, though... More »

Ranger Went to Check a Trail in 1980, Was Never Seen Again

Reward tripled to $60K in case of Paul Fugate

(Newser) - There's been no sign of Paul Fugate since the Chiricahua National Monument ranger disappeared nearly 40 years ago. But there apparently has been "new information" in the case, which has led the National Park Service to triple the reward for information leading to his whereabouts to $60,000.... More »

Video Shows Border Patrol SUV Hit Guy and Drive Away

Paulo Remes says he knew it was going to happen

(Newser) - "They just ran me over, bro." Those words are echoing across social media today after a Border Patrol vehicle was caught on video apparently striking a Native American man and driving away, the New York Times reports. Shot by the man on his phone, the video shows him... More »

'They Laughed': Man Details Alleged Police Brutality in Mesa

Jose Conde says cops beat him, then mocked him during his January arrest

(Newser) - "This is no laughing matter." So said a 23-year-old Arizona man at a Thursday presser in which he detailed his January arrest by the Mesa Police Department, the Arizona Republic reports. Per CNN , Jose Conde says on Jan. 28 he was searched, then hurled to the ground, "... More »

Ex 'Very Happy' Man Accused in Ariz. Rampage Is Dead

Connie Jones says 'personal terrorist' Dwight Jones stalked, threatened her for nearly a decade

(Newser) - An Arizona woman says she was on "high alert" for nine years against her own "personal terrorist"—and she's relieved he's now dead. Those were the words of Dr. Connie Jones on Tuesday, when the AP notes she addressed for the first time the six... More »

Cops: Man Went on Killing Spree 8 Years After Divorce

Dwight Lamon Jones killed 6 before suicide, police say

(Newser) - A suspect who killed himself as police closed in Monday is now believed to have killed six people in the Phoenix area, police say—and at least four of them were linked to his bitter 2010 divorce. Police believe 56-year-old Dwight Lamon Jones, who shot himself at a Scottsdale motel... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Expert Shot Outside Office

Police don't yet know if the killing of Dr. Steven Pitt was connected to his work

(Newser) - A forensic psychiatrist who assisted in the investigations into the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado and a string of killings in Phoenix more than a decade ago was fatally shot outside his Arizona office, reports the AP . Witnesses heard a loud argument and gunfire Thursday outside Dr. Steven... More »

They Had One Date. She Texted Him 65K Times

'Love is an excessive thing,' says accused stalker Jacqueline Ades

(Newser) - Online dating sites offer the chance to find a soulmate. Or a stalker. Or allegedly both, as with this case out of Arizona. "I felt like I met my soulmate," says 31-year-old Jacqueline Ades, recalling a single date she had with a man she met on millionaire dating... More »

Driver Thought 'Dazed' Owl Was Injured. Apparently, It Wasn't

Game and Fish had to get involved to help trapped motorist in Arizona

(Newser) - "Don't risk getting hurt aiding injured wildlife" was the gentle warning posted on Twitter on Tuesday by Arizona's Game and Fish Department, a warning prompted by an incident this week between a kindhearted motorist and a stubborn owl. The Arizona Republic expands on the story, which involved... More »

Report: Self-Driving Uber Detected, Ignored Pedestrian

It was set not to react to 'false positives'

(Newser) - Uber's self-driving technology detected a pedestrian before a deadly crash in Arizona earlier this year but didn't react quickly enough because it had been set to ignore "false positives," the Information reports, citing "two people briefed on the matter." The sources say the vehicle'... More »

'Truly Historic' Ending for Ariz. Teachers' Strike

They'll get 20% increase by 2020

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren can go back to class now that the Legislature has passed an education funding deal, ending a six-day walkout that shuttered classrooms around the state. Strike organizers called for an end to the walkout Thursday after a dramatic all-night legislative session resulted in a... More »

After 2 Wins, Rogue Dem Blocks Takeover of NY Senate

And Republicans hold on to House seat in Arizona

(Newser) - After two special elections in New York on Tuesday, Democrats have control of the state Senate—on paper. In reality, Republicans remain in control thanks to rogue Democrat Simcha Felder, who has caucused with the GOP since soon after he was elected and says he doesn't plan to change... More »

Arizona Rep. Alleges Coach Pressured Her Into Sex at 17

Martha McSally is running for Jeff Flake's Senate seat

(Newser) - Arizona Rep. Martha McSally says she is where she is today because of a violation. The Republican, who is gunning for Jeff Flake's Senate seat, tells the Wall Street Journal her high-school track coach at St. Mary Academy-Bay View in Riverside, RI, sexually abused her during her senior year,... More »

Another State's Teachers Are Going on Strike

Arizona teachers vote for statewide walkout

(Newser) - Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states. A grassroots group and the state's largest teacher membership group said Thursday that teachers... More »

Instagram Star Killed in Plane Crash Shared Eerie Video

It showed smiling faces minutes before Monday's accident

(Newser) - An eerie video posted to social media by one of six victims of a fatal plane crash in Arizona Monday night shows a smiling group, packed into the six-seat plane, minutes before disaster struck. The Arizona Republic identifies three of the victims: James Pedroza was a VIP host at the... More »

Arizona, Texas Sending National Guard to Border

Governors respond to President Trump's request

(Newser) - Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they were preparing to deploy National Guard members to the US-Mexico border in response to President Trump's call for more border security. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas Military Department, the umbrella agency... More »

Mom Accused of Unusual Way of Getting Son Up for Church

Cops say Arizona's Sharron Dobbins used a Taser on Easter Sunday to get her teen out of bed

(Newser) - It's not acceptable to use a Taser to get your child up for church, police say—even on Easter Sunday. Arizona mother Sharron Dobbins was arrested on suspicion of child abuse after allegedly using a stun gun on her 17-year-old son early Sunday morning, the Sacramento Bee reports. She... More »

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