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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...

 

Judge lets Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio stand

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's conviction for disobeying a court order in an immigration case will stand after a judge on Wednesday rejected arguments that it would encourage government officials to...

 

Trump pardons ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio over federal conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spared his ally former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a possible jail sentence on Friday by pardoning his conviction, reversing what critics saw as a long-awaited comeuppance for a lawman who escaped accountability for...

 

Arizona dogged by suit over quality of health care in prison

PHOENIX (AP) — For more than five years, Arizona has been dogged by a federal lawsuit that alleges the state provides shoddy medical care for its prisoners. Now, the state is facing the prospect of millions of dollars in fines over its failure to...

 

Joe Arpaio's troubled legacy lingers despite his conviction

PHOENIX (AP) — The criminal conviction of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio marks the ultimate repudiation of his tactics, but the fallout over his legacy is still being felt across Phoenix. The taxpayer cost from a racial profiling case that led to his...

 

Joe Arpaio convicted after refusing to end immigrant patrols

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge Monday for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from such crackdowns but was...

 

Arizona tells armed drivers how to avoid deadly police stops

PHOENIX (AP) — Gun-friendly Arizona is trying to avoid deadly encounters between police and people behind the wheel by teaching armed drivers how they should handle themselves when they are pulled over. Arizona, which allows residents to carry...

 

Arizona man pleads guilty in cyberattack in Wisconsin

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man pleaded guilty Monday to a hacking charge in a cyberattack two years ago that authorities said interrupted communications equipment for emergency workers in Madison, Wisconsin. Randall Charles Tucker, 22, of Apache...

 

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