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Clarence Dixon dies in Arizona's 1st execution since 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of killing a college student in 1978 was put to death Wednesday after a nearly eight-year hiatus in the state's use of the death penalty brought on by a nearly two-hour execution that critics say was...

 

Legal risks in sedition conspiracy case against Oath Keepers

The seditious conspiracy case against members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group marks the boldest attempt so far by the government to prosecute those who attacked the U.S. Capitol, but invoking the rarely used charge carries...

 

EXPLAINER: How the Arbery trial got a nearly all-white jury

The long-standing practice of allowing attorneys to dismiss prospective jurors without giving a reason has come under intense criticism after a nearly all-white jury was picked to decide whether three white men are guilty of murder for shooting and k...

 

Oklahoma man charged in assault on AP photographer on Jan. 6

PHOENIX (AP) — An Oklahoma man seen on video pushing an Associated Press photographer over a wall outside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot has been arrested, authorities said Tuesday. Benjamen Scott Burlew of Miami, Oklahoma, is the second person...

 

Cool tech, crazy turns: A reporter's take on driverless cars

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The annoyed shopper paced around and knocked on the windows of a minivan blocking him from leaving his Costco parking spot. He didn't seem to notice, or care, that there was no one inside. A colleague and I had called for...

 

Feds back away from claim of assassination plot at Capitol

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal prosecutors who initially said there was "strong evidence" the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to "capture and assassinate elected officials" backed away from the allegation after the head of the i...

 

Ex-Arizona politician gets 6 years in adoption scheme

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona politician who admitted running an illegal adoption scheme in three states involving women from the Marshall Islands was sentenced in Arkansas to six years in federal prison. It was the first of three punishments...

 

Feds: 81-year-old robbery suspect wanted to return to prison

PHOENIX (AP) — An 81-year-old man who has spent most of his adult life behind bars for stealing from banks said he robbed a credit union in Tucson months after his release from prison because his monthly $800 Social Security payment wasn't enough...

 

Police: Video shows man moving wife's body from Texas hotel

PHOENIX (AP) — A husband arrested in Arizona on suspicion of concealing his wife's dead body was seen earlier on security video moving a woman's naked body to his vehicle outside a Texas hotel, police said Tuesday. Previous footage showed the...

 

Mom with kids on YouTube channel suspected of child abuse

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who operated a popular YouTube channel featuring kids is facing allegations she used pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children, and locked them for days in a closet at their home outside Phoenix,...

 

Man in Trump video was jailed, released under Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX (AP) — A political ad from President Donald Trump that shows a Mexican immigrant bragging about killing police officers has put the spotlight back on noted immigration hard-liner Joe Arpaio, who detained and released the man in the video ye...

 

Sales director for Backpage.com pleads guilty to conspiracy

PHOENIX (AP) — The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to facilitate prostitution, acknowledging that he participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from...

 

Indictment levels new charges against Backpage.com officials

PHOENIX (AP) — A new indictment in Arizona against operators of Backpage.com alleges the classified ad site gave free ads to prostitutes and cultivated arrangements with others who worked in the sex trade to get them to post ads with the company. T...

 

Suspect in 6 Arizona killings never got over his divorce

PHOENIX (AP) — Dwight Lamon Jones apparently never put his bitter divorce behind him. Almost eight years after splitting from his wife, the Phoenix-area man began confronting people connected with the breakup and shooting them, killing six people...

 

Players: Arizona school officials did nothing to stop abuse

PHOENIX (AP) — Five football players at an Arizona high school claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday that coaches and administrators knew upperclassmen were physically and sexually abusing them in hazing rituals but did nothing to stop it or punish their...

 

Judge says he'll rule against Arizona over inmate care

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge overseeing a class-action lawsuit over the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons says he will issue a judgment against the state for failing to adequately overhaul its health care system for inmates. U.S. Magistrate Jud...

 

Police: Arizona principal investigated plot to attack school

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona middle school principal who failed to alert police of an attack planned by four students on her school told them she was going to contact authorities after she finished investigating the threat, police said Wednesday. The...

 

Prisons chief corrects testimony from his contempt hearing

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan has corrected his testimony from a hearing this week to determine whether he should be found in contempt of court for failing to adequately improve health care for prisoners. Ryan testified T...

 

Lawyer: Free speech shields woman charged in mosque burglary

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for one of two Arizona woman charged with burglarizing a mosque as they spewed derogatory comments about Muslims said Thursday that his client's case isn't about hate speech but rather about her exercise of free speech...

 

Crash marks 1st death involving fully autonomous vehicle

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in a Phoenix suburb could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology as automakers and other companies race to be the first with cars that operate on their ow...

 

No officials charged in Arizona football players abuse case

PHOENIX (AP) — Three metro Phoenix high school officials accused of failing to notify authorities of sexual and physical abuse of football players will not be charged with crimes because players who were victimized and their parents were among...

 

Joe Arpaio points to political traits he shares with Trump

PHOENIX (AP) — People have been comparing the political styles of President Donald Trump and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio since the allies starting appearing together at campaign events. The 85-year-old Arpaio noted those similarities...

 

Ex-Arizona sheriff, Trump ally Joe Arpaio running for Senate

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was spared a possible jail sentence last year when his political ally President Donald Trump pardoned his criminal conviction for disobeying a judge's order, announced Tuesday he plans to run for the...

 

Court: Warrantless GPS tracking violated man's rights

PHOENIX (AP) — Police officers who put a GPS tracking device on a tractor-trailer without first getting a warrant violated the rights of a man who was later convicted of transporting more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana in the truck, the Arizona...

 

Las Vegas gunman's vast arsenal included tracer bullets

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's arsenal included tracer rounds that can improve a shooter's firing accuracy in the dark, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Friday. It wasn't clear whether Paddock fired any o...

 

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