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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 »

Teachers in 2 More States Walk Off the Job

Educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky are protesting everything from pay and pensions to state budgets

(Newser) - First teachers in West Virginia did it. Now educators in Oklahoma and Kentucky are walking out on their jobs and rallying at their respective state capitols, reports CNN . The issue, as it was in West Virginia, is money, though the particulars vary. In Kentucky, teachers are marching over the state... More »

Pilots in 2 Planes Spot UFO Over Arizona Desert

FAA has no explanation

(Newser) - In what would make for a pretty solid cold open on The X-Files, pilots in two different planes spotted a UFO thousands of feet above the Sonoran Desert last month in Arizona, Live Science reports. "Was anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?" the Phoenix New ... More »

Arizona Has Chilly Response to Uber After Self-Driving Crash

Collision-avoidance tech disabled before deadly crash

(Newser) - Uber voluntarily pulled its self-driving cars from Arizona roads after a fatal accident earlier this month but when—or if—they return will be up to the state. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the suspension of the company's self-driving car test program Monday, accusing Uber of not putting public safety... More »

'Disturbing' Video of Uber Self-Driving Crash Is Released

Police chief says it would have been hard to avoid for either human or robot

(Newser) - The pedestrian, the human backup operator, and the vehicle were all taken by surprise in what is believed to be the first pedestrian death in an accident involving a self-driving car, video released by police in Arizona shows. The video shared by police in Tempe on Tuesday shows 49-year-old Elaine... More »

Note on Dollar Bill Could Be Cold-Case Clue

It names 11-year-old girl who vanished in Arizona in 1999

(Newser) - It happened in the 90 seconds it took her younger sister to dash home and back. Where Mikelle Biggs had last been seen riding her bike, waiting for an ice cream truck to arrive, her sister found only a discarded bike and a sprinkling of quarters. Nineteen years later and... More »

Teacher Peeked at Raise, Laughed, Then Posted Salary Online

'I mean really, I need a college degree to make this?,' says Arizona's Elisabeth Milich

(Newser) - Discussing politics and religion is just as charged on social media as it was at dinner parties of yore, but now add teachers' salaries into the mix. It all comes courtesy of Elisabeth Milich, a second-grade teacher at Phoenix's Whispering Wind Academy who, per the Arizona Republic , posted a... More »

Bride Arrested for DUI on Way to Wedding

Arizona cops say she caused 3-vehicle collision

(Newser) - Police say a bride in southern Arizona was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving after she was involved in a car crash on the way to her wedding. Amber Young was in her wedding dress when she was handcuffed and put into a police cruiser Monday in Marana, 30 miles... More »

Couple Withdraw Offer on $1.8M Home Over Porn

'I just can't make Thanksgiving dinner on counters where a porn star has been lounging around'

(Newser) - Ah, home sweet home. Or home sweet porn set, in the case of an Arizona couple who were in the process of buying a $1.8 million Paradise Valley luxury home when the listing agent happened to mention that the sellers were in the, er, entertainment industry. A little investigation... More »

Satanic Temple Sues to Lead City Council Prayers

Group is taking Scottsdale, Ariz., to court

(Newser) - A group that invokes the name Satan as a metaphor for opposing religious tyranny has sued the well-off Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Ariz., accusing officials of discrimination after being denied an opportunity to give the opening prayer at a City Council meeting. Michelle Shortt of the Satanic Temple of Tucson... More »

Woman Whose Husband Died After Copter Crash Also Succumbs

Newlywed Ellie Udall, 29, is the fifth to die in the crash

(Newser) - More sad news in the aftermath of a Grand Canyon helicopter crash earlier this month. A fifth victim has died, the wife of Brit Jonathan Udall, who succumbed to his injuries last week. The family of Ellie Udall, 29, put out a statement that announced with "great sadness" her... More »

Harvey Weinstein Living the Good Life in Exile

The mega-producer turned pariah has reportedly been spending time, and money, in Arizona

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein is reportedly living the good life even as he spends his days in exile from Hollywood while facing criminal investigations in three cities. Per the Los Angeles Times , the mega-producer turned Tinsel Town pariah has been spending a great deal of his time—and money—in the Phoenix... More »

Rodeo Chairman Critically Injured in Stagecoach Crash

Witnesses say horse team bolted

(Newser) - The chairman of an Arizona rodeo was among two people critically injured when an event went badly wrong, authorities say. The Superstition Fire and Medical District says the incident occurred at the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in Apache Junction on Saturday, the Arizona Republic reports. Witnesses say the stagecoach hit... More »

2 Weeks After Crash, a 4th Grand Canyon Victim

31-year-old becomes 4th UK tourist to die after fiery crash; 3 survivors remain

(Newser) - A tourist pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, per Nevada authorities. The Clark County coroner confirmed in a statement that 31-year-old Neil Udall (also IDed as Jonathan Udall ) died at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the... More »

They Were Touring a US Landmark. Then, Tragedy

3 British tourists killed in helicopter crash in Grand Canyon

(Newser) - The three people killed in a Grand Canyon helicopter crash Saturday were all British tourists, authorities say. They've been named as Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30, the Guardian reports. Three other badly injured British tourists and their American pilot were airlifted to a hospital... More »

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