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The Toll of Heat on One US County by the Numbers

Arizona's Maricopa sets unfortunate record with 645 heat-related deaths in 2023

(Newser) - Plenty of Americans got a taste of just how brutal last summer's heatwaves were. But "many communities miss or don't report the true toll of heat," NBC News reports, meaning the issue can go overlooked. That's not the case in Arizona's largest county, Maricopa,...

Krysten Sinema Won&#39;t Seek Second Term
Kyrsten Sinema
Is Calling It Quits

Kyrsten Sinema Is Calling It Quits

Independent senator from Arizona won't seek a second term

(Newser) - Arizona's first elected female senator is calling it quits after one term. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent in 2022, announced Tuesday that she will not be seeking re-election this year, NBC News reports. "Because I choose civility, understanding, listening, working together...

Missing Autistic Teen Found 200 Miles Away From Home

13-year-old boy went missing from home in Tucson, turns up in New Mexico

(Newser) - A missing teen with autism has been found in New Mexico—about 200 miles away from his home in southern Arizona, according to New Mexico State Police. The 13-year-old, Marcus Tessier, turned up at a Walmart in Deming on Tuesday after going missing the night before from his family's...

'Danger and Desperation' Grow on This Arizona Ranch

The 'NYT' looks at how the border crisis is impacting Jim Chilton's Arizona cattle ranch

(Newser) - "Nobody should be out here," says Jim Chilton, 84, after spying a campfire in the distance on his remote Arivaca, Arizona, ranch. His cattle-grazing land is three times bigger than Manhattan, and 5.5 miles of his property run along the US-Mexico border. As Eli Saslow writes in...

Arizona Prosecutor Refuses to Extradite Murder Suspect to NY

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell gets in a dig at Manhattan counterpart Alvin Bragg

(Newser) - Extraditing a murder suspect from one state to another is usually pretty standard. But in a strange case marred by politics, a district attorney in Arizona is refusing to cooperate with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg as he aims to have a murder suspect moved to New York to face charges...

A Newborn Was Found Dead at Airport in 2005. Now, an Arrest

Police say the mother of the infant has been identified

(Newser) - On October 10, 2005, a baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found dead, wrapped in hotel towels and newspapers and stuffed inside a plastic Marriott bag, in the trash bin of a women's bathroom at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. On Tuesday, authorities said they'...

Rachel Dolezal Is Back, With New Name, New Controversy

Former NAACP chief in Spokane was fired as Arizona teacher over OnlyFans account

(Newser) - It's 2015 all over again: Donald Trump is running for president, and Rachel Dolezal is back in the headlines. All had been quiet from the former chief of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, who stepped down from her post in June of that year after it was discovered she'...

Crash Landing on Street Ends Without Injuries

Engine lost power after takeoff in Arizona

(Newser) - The pilot and lone passenger escaped injury when a small airplane made a crash landing Saturday on a residential street in a suburban neighborhood on the west edge of Phoenix, police said. The single engine plane experienced mechanical problems shortly after takeoff Saturday morning from nearby Glendale Airport, police said,...

With Arizona GOP in Turmoil, Trump Bails on 'Freedom Fest'

Ex-president backs out of fundraiser after resignation of state GOP chief, Kari Lake accusations

(Newser) - The head of the Arizona Republican Party stepped down this week, after former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake accused Jeff DeWit of trying to bribe her to back out of that state's Senate race, with a March 2023 audio recording she says proves it. It's a move that Lake,...

Hot Air Balloon Victim Texted Girlfriend as It Went Down

28-year-old victim sent text after she exited the balloon: 'This isn't going to be good, I love you'

(Newser) - Kinsey Taylor was one of eight skydivers who made a successful jump out of a hot air balloon on Sunday morning before it crashed in the Arizona desert, killing four other people still in the balloon and critically injuring one. Taylor's boyfriend, Chayton Wiescholek, was one of those who...

In Quest for Racial Equality, This State Is No. 1

Hawaii tops WalletHub's rankings, with the District of Columbia coming in last

(Newser) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is set for Monday, and in advance, WalletHub has taken a peek at which states have made the most advances in the quest for racial equality. The site looked at the racial integration and racial progress made in all 50 states and DC, using nearly...

Parents of Man Killed in Grand Canyon Crash Get $100M Settlement

Helicopter's fuel tank 'was basically a fire bomb'

(Newser) - A Nevada judge has approved a $100 million cash settlement to the parents of a British tourist who was among five killed—including his newlywed wife —when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the Grand Canyon in 2018. Under the settlement, the family of Jonathan Udall, 31,...

As Migrant Surge Wanes, News on Border Crossings

Ports in Texas, Arizona, California to accept commercial, legal travel beginning Thursday

(Newser) - Four US-Mexico border crossings partially or fully closed in response to a wave of asylum-seekers will reopen Thursday after what Customs and Border Protection said was a sharp drop in migrants seeking to enter the US. Officials said Mexico's government had carried out "enhanced enforcement actions" to slow...

Man Found 47 Years Ago in Arizona Finally Has a Name

Luis Alonso Paredes was found shot to death in a shallow grave by hikers in 1976

(Newser) - Remains found by hikers in a shallow grave 47 years ago near a lake on the border of Arizona and Nevada have been identified. The man was Luis Alonso Paredes, who was from El Salvador but may have been living or working in the Las Vegas area at the time...

Dad Was Christmas Shopping When Fire Killed 5 Kids

It's not yet clear how fire started in Arizona home

(Newser) - While an Arizona man stepped out to go Christmas shopping Saturday, the unthinkable occurred: A fire started in his Bullhead City, Arizona, duplex, and killed five children who were inside it. The man was the father to four siblings who died in the fire: a 4-year-old girl and boys ages...

Sheriff Stands by 'Deeply Concerning' Arrest of Reporter

KJZZ's Alisa Resnick detained while covering pro-Palestinian protest outside Tucson Raytheon office

(Newser) - More than two dozen people were detained Thursday at a pro-Palestinian demonstration outside a Raytheon office in Arizona, including a local reporter who was covering the event. The Arizona Republic reports that KJZZ's Alisa Reznick was arrested by a deputy from the Pima County Sheriff's Department outside a...

Troopers Wrangle Bull Found on Freeway

'He seemed like he wanted to take me on'

(Newser) - Arizona state troopers say nobody was injured when a runaway bull was found wandering around a Phoenix freeway early Friday. Video footage from a traffic camera shows the dark, long-horned bull mulling around the highway as troopers try to herd it from the safety of their vehicles, the AP reports....

'QAnon Shaman' Is Running for Congress

As a libertarian in Arizona

(Newser) - Jacob Chansley, the man often seen as the face of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot and who is perhaps more famously known as "QAnon Shaman," promised after being released from prison and a halfway house that he would continue his quest for "truth." Apparently that...

Ex-Arizona Senator Makes Disturbing Instagram Reveal
Suspect Arrested
in Attack on
Former Senator

Suspect Arrested in Attack on Former Senator

Martha McSally reported that she was sexually assaulted while running along Missouri River in Iowa

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the sexual assault reported in Iowa this week by former US Sen. Martha McSally. Police in Omaha, Nebraska, said they took the 25-year-old into custody after officers saw him about 3:20am Friday. The man, who lives in the Nebraska town of Papillion, will...

Feeding Elk May Have Been Her Final Act

Woman trampled in what's now considered the first fatal elk attack in Arizona history

(Newser) - An Arizona woman has died eight days after she was apparently trampled by elk she may have been feeding outside her home. It's thought to be the first fatal elk attack in state history, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which describes five known attacks in as...

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