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Ranger Went to Check a Trail in 1980, Was Never Seen Again

Reward tripled to $60K in case of Paul Fugate

(Newser) - There's been no sign of Paul Fugate since the Chiricahua National Monument ranger disappeared nearly 40 years ago. But there apparently has been "new information" in the case, which has led the National Park Service to triple the reward for information leading to his whereabouts to $60,000.... More »

Video Shows Border Patrol SUV Hit Guy and Drive Away

Paulo Remes says he knew it was going to happen

(Newser) - "They just ran me over, bro." Those words are echoing across social media today after a Border Patrol vehicle was caught on video apparently striking a Native American man and driving away, the New York Times reports. Shot by the man on his phone, the video shows him... More »

'They Laughed': Man Details Alleged Police Brutality in Mesa

Jose Conde says cops beat him, then mocked him during his January arrest

(Newser) - "This is no laughing matter." So said a 23-year-old Arizona man at a Thursday presser in which he detailed his January arrest by the Mesa Police Department, the Arizona Republic reports. Per CNN , Jose Conde says on Jan. 28 he was searched, then hurled to the ground, "... More »

Ex 'Very Happy' Man Accused in Ariz. Rampage Is Dead

Connie Jones says 'personal terrorist' Dwight Jones stalked, threatened her for nearly a decade

(Newser) - An Arizona woman says she was on "high alert" for nine years against her own "personal terrorist"—and she's relieved he's now dead. Those were the words of Dr. Connie Jones on Tuesday, when the AP notes she addressed for the first time the six... More »

Cops: Man Went on Killing Spree 8 Years After Divorce

Dwight Lamon Jones killed 6 before suicide, police say

(Newser) - A suspect who killed himself as police closed in Monday is now believed to have killed six people in the Phoenix area, police say—and at least four of them were linked to his bitter 2010 divorce. Police believe 56-year-old Dwight Lamon Jones, who shot himself at a Scottsdale motel... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Expert Shot Outside Office

Police don't yet know if the killing of Dr. Steven Pitt was connected to his work

(Newser) - A forensic psychiatrist who assisted in the investigations into the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado and a string of killings in Phoenix more than a decade ago was fatally shot outside his Arizona office, reports the AP . Witnesses heard a loud argument and gunfire Thursday outside Dr. Steven... More »

They Had One Date. She Texted Him 65K Times

'Love is an excessive thing,' says accused stalker Jacqueline Ades

(Newser) - Online dating sites offer the chance to find a soulmate. Or a stalker. Or allegedly both, as with this case out of Arizona. "I felt like I met my soulmate," says 31-year-old Jacqueline Ades, recalling a single date she had with a man she met on millionaire dating... More »

Driver Thought 'Dazed' Owl Was Injured. Apparently, It Wasn't

Game and Fish had to get involved to help trapped motorist in Arizona

(Newser) - "Don't risk getting hurt aiding injured wildlife" was the gentle warning posted on Twitter on Tuesday by Arizona's Game and Fish Department, a warning prompted by an incident this week between a kindhearted motorist and a stubborn owl. The Arizona Republic expands on the story, which involved... More »

Report: Self-Driving Uber Detected, Ignored Pedestrian

It was set not to react to 'false positives'

(Newser) - Uber's self-driving technology detected a pedestrian before a deadly crash in Arizona earlier this year but didn't react quickly enough because it had been set to ignore "false positives," the Information reports, citing "two people briefed on the matter." The sources say the vehicle'... More »

'Truly Historic' Ending for Ariz. Teachers' Strike

They'll get 20% increase by 2020

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren can go back to class now that the Legislature has passed an education funding deal, ending a six-day walkout that shuttered classrooms around the state. Strike organizers called for an end to the walkout Thursday after a dramatic all-night legislative session resulted in a... More »

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 »

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