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After 'Professor' Dies of COVID, Bizarre Hoax Theory Emerges

It appears the professor never existed and the related Twitter feed was bogus

(Newser) - It's a convoluted tale without a lot of answers at the moment. It revolves around an apparently fictitious professor at Arizona State University, the announcement of that professor's death on Twitter of COVID-19, and a prominent crusader against sexual harassment in the sciences. Digging in:
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'Sophisticated' Border Tunnel Stuns Officials

It has ventilation, water, electrical, you name it

(Newser) - An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be "the most sophisticated tunnel in US history," authorities said. The tunnel intended for smuggling ran from a neighborhood in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, where it stopped short of reaching the... More »

Sheriff Joe's Loss in Primary May Be Bad News for Trump

Arpaio loses in quest to get his job back in Arizona's Maricopa County

(Newser) - Arizona apparently has had enough of "America's toughest sheriff." Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has lost the Republican primary to regain his old job, reports Reuters . His former chief deputy, Jerry Sheridan, defeated him in a close, three-way race, with Sheridan securing 37% of the vote... More »

She Tore Down Masks in Target, Now Blasts 'Classless' Act

Melissa Rein Lively blames mental health struggles for July 4 incident in Scottsdale, Ariz.

(Newser) - "This s---'s over!" Melissa Rein Lively ranted in a video posted last month, ripping face masks for coronavirus protection off their rack at an Arizona Target and throwing them on the floor. The self-recorded clip—in which Lively also shows off a Rolex watch she says is... More »

Arrest Made After Fire at Arizona Democratic HQ

Former volunteer Matthew Egler accused of arson

(Newser) - Authorities on Wednesday announced an arrest in an arson fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. Phoenix police said 29-year-old Matthew Egler was booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure. No information about a possible motive was disclosed and it was... More »

'Scene From Hell' as Train Derails on Bridge

Crew survives Tempe derailment without injury

(Newser) - A train derailment, massive fire, and partial bridge collapse in Arizona left what one witness describes as a "scene from hell"—but no injuries were reported. Authorities say the Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in the Phoenix suburb of... More »

Rare 'Snoring' Frogs Found in Place They Shouldn't Be

Nearly a dozen threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs spotted in central Ariz., not their usual haunt

(Newser) - A rare frog has been found beyond its known range in the Southwest. A US Forest Service volunteer recently photographed a Chiricahua leopard frog in an earthen stock tank near the town of Camp Verde in central Arizona. Biologists later confirmed that at least 10 of the frogs were living... More »

'Kidnapper' Shirts Don't End Well for Child Welfare Staff

Arizona Department of Child Safety workers reportedly wore 'Professional kidnapper' tees

(Newser) - An Arizona Department of Child Safety office is a bit short-staffed these days, reportedly because several workers were fired after wearing eyebrow-raising attire. Sources tell the Arizona Republic that multiple DCS employees in Prescott were canned after a photo circulated showing them wearing bright pink T-shirts, seemingly during work hours,... More »

Retired Marine Dives for Child Thrown Off Balcony

But Phillip Blanks says he wasn't 'the real hero'

(Newser) - A former high school football star dove and caught a child who was dropped from a burning building last week, the Washington Post reports. Phillip Blanks, 28, was at his friend's apartment in Phoenix when he heard shouting and ran outside. Then he saw a woman—identified by 12NEWS... More »

Shop Owner Posts Edgy Mask Sign That Goes Viral

Sarah Bingham denies that she's making light of seniors' plight

(Newser) - Sarah Bingham says her frustration with anti-maskers entering her Arizona store was rising—in fact, it had just about peaked. "It was a conversation I had to have every day and I got kind of sick of it," she tells 12 News . So last month she created a... More »

Mexico Issues First Border Restrictions Over Coronavirus

Nonessential travelers to be turned away in Sonora

(Newser) - Any other year, Arizonans would "flock to Mexican beach towns like Rocky Point and San Carlos for the Fourth of July," reports the Daily Star . But this holiday, most will be turned away if they try. Mexico's Foreign Ministry on Thursday announced the country's first border... More »

Secret Service Agents Fell Ill Before Pence Trip

VP delayed, scaled back Arizona visit

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence, who had been scheduled to visit Arizona for a "Faith in America" campaign rally in Tucson and a tour of Yuma with Gov. Doug Ducey Tuesday, ended up making a much shorter visit to the state Wednesday. Sources tell the Washington Post that Pence postponed... More »

In This State, the Party's Over

Other states and New York City are also reimposing or extending lockdowns

(Newser) - It's tough timing for California—but what can you do? On Wednesday, with July 4 around the corner, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on 19 counties to tighten their coronavirus restrictions. That means closing indoor dining at restaurants and indoor entertainment venues like arcades, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, as... More »

Arizona Reports New Record in COVID Cases, Deaths

Pence is visiting state Wednesday

(Newser) - Arizona recorded more coronavirus deaths, infections, hospitalizations, and emergency-room visits in a single day than ever before Wednesday. The surge is part of a crisis across the Sunbelt that has sent a shudder through other parts of the country and led distant states to put their own reopening plans on... More »

Pence Cancels Political Events in 3 States

But he'll still visit Florida, Texas, and Arizona

(Newser) - Mike Pence called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases, the AP reports. Pence will still travel to those states, which have set records for new confirmed infections in recent days, the White House confirmed, saying he... More »

Anti-Mask Councilman's Choice of Words Condemned

Arizona governor slams Guy Phillips' 'despicable' use of George Floyd's dying words

(Newser) - A city councilman who said "I can't breathe" at an Arizona anti-mask rally is being strongly condemned by his fellow Republicans for appearing to mock the dying words of George Floyd, who repeatedly said he couldn't breathe as a police officer knelt on his neck. Scottsdale City... More »

COVID Hospitalizations Surge Across US: 'Just Overwhelmed'

Seven states saw spikes, with Arizona, California, and Texas posting especially worrisome numbers

(Newser) - Arizona on Tuesday saw a record high of 3,591 new coronavirus cases and a surge in the number of hospitalizations for patients thought to have the virus, in the wake of having lifted its stay-at-home order in May. Data from the state's Department of Health Services shows... More »

Trump: Border Wall 'Stopped Everything'

'It stopped COVID,' he says during Arizona visit

(Newser) - President Trump visited the US-Mexico border Tuesday and tried to credit his new wall with stopping both illegal immigration and the coronavirus. But his visit played out as top public health officials in Washington were testifying about the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19, singling out Arizona as one of the... More »

Sheriff Who Said Lockdown Was Unconstitutional Has Virus

'This line of work is inherently dangerous,' says Mark Lamb, sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona

(Newser) - An Arizona sheriff who disagreed with his governor's stay-at-home order amid the pandemic and said he wouldn't enforce it now has COVID-19 himself. Mark Lamb, the sheriff for Pinal County, made his announcement Wednesday, per the Arizona Republic . "Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader,... More »

In This State, the Virus Is 'Spreading Like Wildfire'

Arizona has become the new COVID hot spot

(Newser) - As states start to reopen amid the pandemic, there's a red flag rising out of the Southwest. Business Insider reports the coronavirus outbreak "is going very badly" in Arizona, with more than 4,400 new cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in the state... More »

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