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4 Killed in Crash Involving Dallas Cowboys Staff Bus

No players on board, team says

(Newser) - A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players collided with a van Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities say. The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman says. "All on the bus came through OK... More »

Boy, 12, Dies After Hiking in 100+ Degrees

Area in Arizona hit 112 degrees by evening

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy has died after he was out hiking in north Phoenix amid triple-digit temperatures, the AP reports. Phoenix police say the boy was hiking with an adult male Friday afternoon in the Sonoran Desert Preserve when he became ill. Firefighters responded, and he was airlifted to Phoenix Children'... More »

Mom: 10-Year-Old Slipped Out Window, Disappeared

Jesse Wilson was last seen in bed on Sunday

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Jesse Wilson may have slipped out of his bedroom window sometime after 9:30pm Sunday. It wouldn't be the first time. "My son has either gone out the window, which he has done before," mom Crystal Wilson told Arizona dispatchers when she found his bed empty... More »

Teen Hiker Killed During Lightning Storm

More than 100 strikes recorded in an hour on Arizona mountain

(Newser) - A 17-year-old boy killed by lightning on Arizona's highest peak Wednesday was hiking in an area that experienced over 100 strikes within a one-hour period and is known for its extreme weather, authorities said. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office identified the boy as Wade Young of Tempe, Arizona,... More »

Teen Charged With Terrorism Attacked in Arizona Jail

Mahin Khan suffered minor injuries and is being kept in segregated housing

(Newser) - An Arizona teen charged with plotting terrorist attacks in his home state was attacked in jail earlier this month, NBC News reports. Eighteen-year-old Mahin Khan suffered minor injuries when he was attacked by fellow inmates July 2—the day after his arrest. According to KNXV , Khan was being held in... More »

People Allergic to the World Flock to Snowflake, Arizona

Snowflake is safe haven for those with 'environmental illness'

(Newser) - Named in the 1870s after Mormon pioneers Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake, the small town of Snowflake, Ariz., has become not just an etymological contradiction but, more recently, something of a safe haven for people afflicted with what they call "environmental illness." Residents on the outskirts of... More »

Phoenix Bans Old West-Style Shooting Game at July 4 Fest

City 'not comfortable' showing guns 'in a fun or glorified way'

(Newser) - An Arizona couple's Old West-style shooting game will not be among the activities at a July Fourth celebration in Phoenix on Monday night, the AP reports. Pete and Valerie Fowler say Prescott Pete's Highfalutin Shooting Gallery was deemed inappropriate by organizers of Fabulous Phoenix 4th. According to a... More »

Man Accused of Plotting Terror Acts in Arizona

Mahin Kahn held without bond after cops say he made threats against gov't buildings

(Newser) - A Tucson man has been arrested by the FBI and the Arizona Attorney General's Office for threatening to commit acts of terrorism on Arizona government buildings, reports the AP . The Attorney General's Office says 18-year-old Mahin Khan appeared before a Phoenix judge Saturday morning. He was ordered held... More »

A Serial Killer May Be Striking at Random in Phoenix

Police say five shooting deaths since April are linked

(Newser) - Six people have been shot—five fatally—within a four-mile radius in west Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood since April. Now police say a serial killer (or killers) may be on the loose. Authorities have made little progress in the investigation but say all six victims—aged 12 to 32—were... More »

Dems Facepalm Over AG's Meeting With Bill Clinton

Loretta Lynch is heading federal probe into Hillary Clinton's email woes

(Newser) - As the FBI and Justice Department probe the Hillary Clinton email saga , two people who probably shouldn't have met did just that Monday. Bill Clinton was waiting to depart Phoenix's airport when Attorney General Loretta Lynch landed for a community event—and so Clinton ambled across the tarmac... More »

After Custody Hearing, Kids' Mother Murdered

In front of many family members

(Newser) - A man shot and killed the mother of his grandchildren in front of horrified family members following a custody hearing involving the kids in rural Arizona, authorities said Wednesday. Salomon Diaz is accused of opening fire Tuesday evening outside a courthouse in the town of Holbrook, also killing the woman'... More »

Cops: Mom Nursed Baby 12 Hours After Using Cocaine

'These are excellent parents,' says lawyer of ex-reporters whose daughter tested positive

(Newser) - An Arizona couple has gone from reporting the news to becoming the news after their 4-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine. Oro Valley police say former Tucson TV reporters Krystin and Somchai Lisaius took their baby to a hospital on May 15 as she was "unable to wake up"... More »

Sheriff: 3 Missing Women Met Same Man Online

Robert Carnochan was that man, officials say

(Newser) - With her Arizona home sold and most of her belongings packed up, Nancy Rae Hartz was ready to spend her golden years on the road. Divorced and widowed, she had recently found love again through a dating website, and the happy couple was going to travel in an RV. The... More »

$65K Raised for Pearl Harbor Vet Scammed Out of Life Savings

Jack Holder says he has 1,000 thank you notes to write

(Newser) - Publishers Clearing House couldn't help Jack Holder. Bank of America said it couldn't help him, either. But nearly 1,000 regular people could, and did, donating more than $65,000 to a GoFundMe account after the 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor was scammed out of nearly all of his... More »

German Hikers Dead, Missing in Record Ariz. Heat

Severe heat wave has killed at least 5 across state

(Newser) - One German man is dead and another is missing after going hiking during the heat wave that's scorching the Southwest. Stefan Guenster, 57, died after becoming dehydrated while hiking the Ventana Canyon Trail on Sunday, when temperatures hit 115, a record for the date, reports the Arizona Daily Star... More »

Reports: Muhammad Ali in 'Grave Condition'

He's been hospitalized with respiratory issues for two days

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali has been laid up in an Arizona hospital with respiratory issues since Thursday, and the situation is reportedly serious. According to USA Today , an Ali spokesperson says the 74-year-old boxing legend is in "fair condition" and would be released after a brief stay at the hospital. But... More »

Hiker Dies After Being Smothered by Bees in Arizona

Louisiana man received more than 1K stings during hike on Mesa trail

(Newser) - A young man from Louisiana surrounded by bees during a hike in a Mesa, Ariz., park died from what a medical exam says was 1,000-plus bee stings. Alex Bestler, 23, was hiking the relatively easy Merkle Memorial Trail in Usery Mountain Park around 9am Thursday with a woman IDed... More »

Student With Leukemia Denied Cap, Gown

Arizona student Stephen Dwyer had to watch ceremony from the bleachers

(Newser) - An Arizona high school student who spent his junior year battling leukemia did his best to make up the credits in his senior year and was elected student body president—but he still had to sit in the bleachers as the rest of his class graduated Thursday night. Stephen Dwyer,... More »

Woman Survives 100-Foot Fall During Hike

Fire chief calls Amber Kohnhorst's survival miraculous

(Newser) - Amber Kohnhorst was on what was supposed to be a short hike on northwestern Arizona's Rose Cliffs Trail Friday when she fell 100 feet. Amazingly, after being stranded for almost 25 hours, she survived—though she broke her nose, crushed her pelvis, and suffered three back fractures, Fox 10... More »

Vanessa Hudgens Pays Up for Defacing Rock

She admitted to carving her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock

(Newser) - Vanessa Hudgens has paid a $1,000 after she was caught having carved her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock near Sedona, Arizona, TMZ reports. According to the Guardian , the actress had been facing up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail for damaging a... More »

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