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Arizona Republican Calls Trump's Claim 'Unhinged'

Elections official wants 'insane lies' about 2020 results to stop

(Newser) - The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Trump and others in his party for their continued falsehoods about how the election was run. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer on Saturday called a Trump...

Navajos See Arizona Bills as Hindering Voting

Their access already is limited, Native American leaders say

(Newser) - Arizona Republicans say the voter restrictions they're pushing after President Biden's win in the state last year are designed to strengthen the integrity of future elections. To some, the changes will make voting even more difficult. The bills, some signed into law this past week by Gov. Doug...

Man Accused of Bringing 153 Hikers to Grand Canyon

Alleged organizer of illegal hike during pandemic is now facing criminal charges

(Newser) - A 150-person hike of the Grand Canyon isn't allowed in any case, and certainly not in the midst of a brutal pandemic. That's a rule a Washington state man knew and ignored, according to a criminal complaint filed in Arizona federal court. Joseph Mount, 34, is facing five...

Arizona Governor Declares State of Emergency at Border

Ducey is sending in 250 National Guard troops

(Newser) - Arizona has become the first border state to declare an emergency amid a surge in arrests of people crossing the border illegally. Gov, Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency in six counties in southwest Arizona Wednesday, saying the Border Patrol is "overwhelmed" and local law enforcement agencies are...

Saturday Night Got a Little Too Wild in Tonto National Forest

Officials busted illegal party of 5K, complete with fireworks, DUIs, crashes, and blocked roadways

(Newser) - Officers from the US Forest Service stumbled across quite a surprise Saturday night while patrolling Arizona's Tonto National Forest—not a few teens drinking in the woods, but 5,000 people illegally gathered near the Lower Sycamore Creek Recreation Area. Forest Service officials say campers and other partiers restricted...

'Hero' NFLer Saves Elderly Woman From Sexual Assault
NFLer Was Walking in a Public
Park. Then, Screams for Help
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NFLer Was Walking in a Public Park. Then, Screams for Help

Patriots lineman Justin Herron, bystander helped stop attempted sexual assault on elderly woman

(Newser) - Police are calling NFL player Justin Herron a hero after he intervened to save an elderly woman from an attempted sexual assault. The 25-year-old, who just wrapped up his rookie season with the New England Patriots, was walking in a public park in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday when he heard...

Writer Who Captured the 'American Experience' Dead at 84

Larry McMurtry won Pulitzer for 'Lonesome Dove,' Oscar for 'Brokeback Mountain' screenplay

(Newser) - He was a novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction author, known for several books that ended up adapted for the big screen. Larry McMurtry, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most acclaimed writers of the American experience," died at the age of 84 on Thursday at...

Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles
Scientists Unravel Mystery
Ailment of Bald Eagles

Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles

New study attributes deaths to toxin triggered by bromide

(Newser) - For the last 25 years, a mysterious ailment has been killing bald eagles in the US and leaving them with holes in their brains. Researchers identified vacuolar myelinopathy (VM), a deadly condition that brings on paralysis, blindness, and seizures in bald eagles and their prey, including fish, turtles, snakes, and...

Arizona Republican: 'Everybody Shouldn't Be Voting'

State lawmaker defends move to restrict voting rights

(Newser) - Elections shouldn't be about getting as many eligible voters as possible to choose a candidate, according to Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh, chair of the state House's Government and Elections Committee. The Republican defended moves to restrict voting in the state Thursday by arguing that making it easier...

Video Shows Epic Fight in Bath & Body Works

Someone apparently cut in line at the Arizona store

(Newser) - A brawl at an Arizona Bath & Body Works ended with two women charged and video of the incident going viral. And no, despite what you may be wondering, the fight was not mask-related. A witness tells the Arizona Republic it all started when one woman got too close to...

County Offers Doses to Everyone Over 18
Here, It's Vaccinations for All

Here, It's Vaccinations for All

Arizona county was having trouble giving away doses

(Newser) - A county in Arizona has simplified its requirements for receiving a COVID-19 vaccination: You just have to be over 18. Gila County opened up its vaccine stock two weeks ago partly because it has one of the state's lowest rates of doses used, CBS reports. Health officials also received...

Arizona Man's Scheme to Get a Day Off Ends in Arrest

And he lost his job

(Newser) - An Arizona man found earlier this month near a water tower, his hands bound with a belt and a bandana stuffed in his mouth, had a harrowing tale for police. Brandon Soules told authorities that two masked men knocked him unconscious, put him in a vehicle, and drove him around...

Child Safe, Mom Dead After Kidnapping: Cops

Police are searching for the 10-month-old's father

(Newser) - Authorities in Arizona on Wednesday were looking for a man who allegedly abducted his 10-month-old son Tuesday night. The boy was found safe early Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports. But his mother, 30-year-old Brittany Martie, died of injuries she sustained during the incident. Police say that Martie was loading her...

Arizona GOP Censures 3 of Its Own Big Names

Cindy McCain says it's a 'badge of honor'

(Newser) - Former President Trump is out of the White House, but that hasn't stopped the Arizona Republican Party from doubling down on its support for him—and censuring those it considers disloyal. At the end of a seven-hour meeting Saturday, party members voted by a wide margin to censure Gov,...

Cops: We Know for Certain How Lori Vallow's Husband Died

Third husband Charles Vallow died of natural causes, Phoenix police confirm

(Newser) - Lori Vallow did not kill her third husband. That was the word Tuesday from authorities in Arizona, who'd reopened an investigation into Joseph Ryan's 2018 death of an apparent heart attack. Ryan's sister had turned over a recording, made six months after Ryan's death, in which...

Missing Woman Found Alive in Arizona After 6 Days

Jessica Goodwin vanished 'under abnormal circumstances,' sheriff's officials say

(Newser) - An Arizona woman who disappeared last week has been found and airlifted to a hospital. Jessica Goodwin, 28, was suffering from severe dehydration when she was located Sunday afternoon, KPNX reports. Her condition is improving, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said. "This is the outcome we have all...

Amid 'Dire Circumstances,' a New COVID Record

United States registers record number of deaths from virus, 2 days in a row

(Newser) - The United States saw its deadliest day of the pandemic on Wednesday, with 3,865 new COVID deaths registered, per Johns Hopkins stats—beating the previous record of 3,775 deaths, which had been registered only the day before, ABC News reports. In an additional two-day streak, the nation saw...

ER Doctor: My Honesty About COVID Got Me Fired

Cleavon Gilman tweeted about what he saw in Arizona

(Newser) - An Arizona ER doctor says he got fired after tweeting his frustration over hospital conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guardian reports. "Just got to work and was notified there are no more ICU beds in the state of Arizona," Cleavon Gilman tweeted in November about the Yuma...

Giuliani Met for 10 Hours With Ariz. Lawmakers. Now, a Shutdown

State House and Senate closed for the week after Trump lawyer tests positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - Whether Rudy Giuliani brought down the house during his testimony last week on alleged election fraud is debatable—but he did succeed in shutting down the House, and the Senate, in Arizona after he tested positive Sunday for COVID-19. The Arizona Republic reports the state legislature is closing shop for...

Ex-Arizona Official Jailed for 'Baby-Selling' Scheme
They Hoped to Adopt. They
Walked Into a 'Baby Mill'
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They Hoped to Adopt. They Walked Into a 'Baby Mill'

Ex-Arizona official jailed for 'baby-selling' scheme prosecutors say spanned 3 states

(Newser) - A former Arizona elected official and adoption lawyer has been sentenced to six years in prison in Arkansas for what prosecutors say was a scheme that involved smuggling dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into US states to give birth, reports the Washington Post . Paul Petersen, 45, "...

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