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Police Open Fire on Transgender YouTube Star

Kayden Clarke is killed in his Mesa, Ariz., home

(Newser) - A 24-year-old transgender YouTube star with Asperger's Syndrome apparently threatened suicide last week and ended up dead—when he was shot by police. Officers in Mesa, Ariz., arrived at Kayden Clarke's home on Thursday morning after friends said he'd sent text messages and emails threatening to kill... More »

The US' Only Wild Jaguar Caught on Video

El Jefe lives in the mountains just miles outside of Tucson

(Newser) - America got a good look at the United States' only known wild jaguar in a 41-second video released Wednesday. "The dramatic footage provides a glimpse of the secretive life of one of nature’s most majestic and charismatic creatures," the Center for Biological Diversity states in a press... More »

Mom Hears Dead Son Inside 4-Year-Old Girl

Heather Clark donated her son's heart after he died

(Newser) - The mother of a boy who died under suspicious circumstances was able to hear his heart beat again—inside the body of a 4-year-old girl. Heather Clark, who donated her son's organs after his death in 2013, visited the Phoenix family of donor recipient Jordan Drake for the emotional... More »

College Team Uses Michael Phelps to Distract a Foe

Olympian donned a Speedo as part of the 'Curtain of Distraction'

(Newser) - Poor Stephen Thompson. Of all the things the Oregon State freshman basketball player didn't expect to see while attempting two free-throws Thursday night, an 18-time gold-medal Olympian with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 wearing nothing but a Speedo had to top the list. Today reports that Michael Phelps... More »

Smiling High-School Students Spell Out Racial Slur for Photo

Now there are calls for their expulsion

(Newser) - People are calling for the expulsion of six Arizona high-school students after a photo of them wearing shirts spelling out a racial slur went viral Friday, the Arizona Republic reports. The photo shows the girls—all white—posing with their arms around each other while wearing T-shirts with the letters... More »

F-16 Crashes in Arizona

Pilot's condition unknown

(Newser) - An F-16 fighter jet from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix crashed Thursday in a remote area of northwestern Arizona. There was no immediate word on pilot's condition and a search and rescue operation was underway, officials said. The crash occurred at about 8:45am in rugged terrain near... More »

Saudi Arabia Is Snapping Up US Farmland

Farmers worry about 'exporting water'

(Newser) - In Southwestern states, including Arizona and California, the Saudis are making hay while the sun shines, and local farmers aren't happy about it. Last week, a Saudi company bought 1,790 acres of farmland in Blythe, Calif., the Saudi Gazette reports, adding to the amount of farmland bought by... More »

Guy in Wingsuit Hits Cliff Wall, Dies

BASE jumper died in Arizona

(Newser) - A BASE jumper was killed Tuesday while "flying" in a wingsuit near Page, Ariz., the Arizona Star reports. Matthew Kenney, a 29-year-old from Santa Cruz, Calif., was an experienced jumper and was with friends in the remote Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness area near the Utah border. Kenney hit a... More »

Ariz. Now Tweet-Shaming 'Loser' Deadbeat Dads

Account to post photos, names of 421 parents

(Newser) - Sure, Twitter is great for debating Making a Murderer theories, but now it's also facilitating the state-sanctioned shaming of "deadbeat dads" into paying child support. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday that the state would begin posting photos and names of "losers" who owe child support, using... More »

ASU to Get a High-Profile Coach: Michael Phelps

Tempe apparently agrees with him

(Newser) - With 22 medals and 39 world records under his belt, swimmer Michael Phelps is set to retire (again) after Rio 2016 this summer, the Washington Post reports. So, what's next for the most decorated Olympian of all time? Phelps has signed on to be a Arizona State University volunteer... More »

Head of Education Panel Thinks Earth Is 6K Years Old

Arizona lawmaker also says church attendance should be mandatory

(Newser) - The new chief of Arizona's Senate Education Committee has some beliefs that put her at odds with most science educators. Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Snowflake, has courted controversy over the last few years by declaring that the Earth is 6,000 years old during a hearing on mining... More »

Cops: Shackled Inmate Runs Across Arizona Freeway

He allegedly kicked out a police van window to escape

(Newser) - Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle. Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Adam Arlington broke out of the city police van bringing... More »

Ariz. Trooper Helps Mom Give Birth in Her Car

Miguel Rincon was dealing with a speeding driver when more pressing matters arose

(Newser) - Miguel Rincon was trying to settle up a speeding violation Saturday on a highway outside Bisbee, Ariz., when things went in a totally unexpected direction. A car pulled up behind him, and the driver told Rincon that her granddaughter was about to give birth, the AP reports. But Courtney Benavidez... More »

Veterans Memorial Appears Only Once a Year

For a few moments every Veterans Day, everything comes together

(Newser) - Like Indiana Jones and the staff of Ra , a "perfect" tribute to men and women of the US armed forces can only be seen at a certain time on a certain day once every year, Q13 reports. That special moment: 11:11am Nov. 11, also known as Veterans Day.... More »

Arizona Dumps Plan to Crowd-Source Border Fence

The state only received $265K or about 0.5% of its goal

(Newser) - Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using millions of dollars in private donations are instead directing the money to buy equipment for a border sheriff's office after the state received just a fraction of the donations needed. The decision Monday by... More »

Mom, Son, 5, Found Dead in Ariz. Hospital Room

Police suspect murder-suicide

(Newser) - A mother and her 5-year-old son were found dead Saturday in the boy's hospital room, and authorities in Arizona are treating their deaths as a murder-suicide, reports NBC News . "We don't have any reason to believe that it is not," says a Mesa police rep. Dead... More »

Cops: Man Left Granddaughter, 5, in Desert With Loaded Gun

He reportedly told her to 'shoot any bad guys'

(Newser) - After downing a cheeseburger and a handful of drinks Sunday evening, Paul Rater called home and ordered his wife to come get him, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says, per the Arizona Republic . But instead of his wife showing up at the South Buckeye Equestrian Center, the cops did—... More »

3 Rare Quakes Rattle Arizona

Phoenix area hit by surprise temblors—including a magnitude 4.1

(Newser) - A councilwoman in Tempe, Ariz., thought her dog fell off the bed Sunday night—but the cause of the rumble and thud she heard turned out to be more earthshaking than that. At least three earthquakes startled the Grand Canyon State Sunday night, with the largest weighing in at a... More »

Giant Inflatable Pumpkin Escapes, Terrorizes Phoenix

Giant gourd broke free from its restraints, wreaking havoc on city streets

(Newser) - It's the Great Untethered Pumpkin, Arizona! Halloween tricks came early for some drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix area Thursday when a giant inflatable pumpkin bounded down the roadway in high winds. The 25-foot-tall, 350-pound pumpkin escaped from its display promoting the Peoria Sports Complex's Monster Bash, sailing... More »

Homemade Shotgun Backfires on Kid, 13

Teen built gun with instructions found online: police

(Newser) - An Arizona teen underwent surgery on Sunday after accidentally shooting himself with a homemade shotgun he'd assembled with instructions found online. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the 13-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he tried to fire the weapon and was hit in the rib cage by a projectile... More »

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