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Global feet: Running 62 marathons for water awareness

NEW YORK (AP) — Try running 100 marathons in 100 days over seven continents. Sound impossible? Ultra-marathoner and water activist Mina Guli came close — all in an effort to raise awareness about global water shortages and how to prevent them. Th...

 

Former senator to replace McCain, at least until January

PHOENIX (AP) — A former U.S. senator from Arizona who is now a lobbyist helping guide the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was named Tuesday to temporarily fill the Senate seat left open by the death of John McCain....

 

Friends call John McCain hero, maverick at Arizona funeral

PHOENIX (AP) — A former vice president, an NFL star and other friends remembered Sen. John McCain as a "true American hero" — and a terrible driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle — at a crowded church service Thursday...

 

'Real hero': Crowds brave Arizona heat to honor John McCain

PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of people paid their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday, standing for hours in the broiling Arizona sun before filing past the flag-draped casket that his tearful wife, Cindy, lovingly pressed her face against...

 

Arizona lawmaker apologizes after video shows 140 mph brag

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona state lawmaker was seen telling a sheriff's deputy he sometimes drives as fast as 130 or 140 mph (210 or 225 kph) after he was pulled over for speeding, and the deputy said in a report later that the driver claimed to have...

 

Renewable energy push in sunny Arizona draws political fight

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest utility is fiercely opposing a push to mandate increased use of renewable energy in the sun-drenched state, setting up a political fight over a measure funded by a California billionaire. Clean Energy for a Healthy...

 

Despite cancer, McCain's maverick ways press on in tweets

PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and fillin...

 

Arizona gun control activists call for action at vigil

PHOENIX (AP) — Yamile Martinez choked back tears as she talked about the life of Shana Fisher, a 16-year-old killed in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School last week. She never knew the teenager who died more than 1,200 miles away, but...

 

Teachers channel momentum from strikes into midterm races

PHOENIX (AP) — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in...

 

Arizona classrooms packed again as 6-day teacher strike ends

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren returned to classes Friday, a day after state lawmakers approved a plan to hike teacher salaries to end a historic six-day walkout by educators that shuttered most schools statewide....

 

Seeing red: Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools

PHOENIX (AP) — Teachers in Arizona and Colorado turned their state Capitols into a sea of red Thursday as they kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding, building on educator revolt t...

 

Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out

PHOENIX (AP) — Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to walk off the job this week to demand more funding for public education, an unprecedented action in this conservative state without many union protections. Educators who are among...

 

Social media helps fuel teacher activism across the country

PHOENIX (AP) — The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers, long tired of low wages and a dearth of state funding, begin talking to each other...

 

Arizona is next stop for movement seeking better teacher pay

PHOENIX (AP) — The latest stop in the national movement seeking higher teacher pay and better education funding is Arizona, where tens of thousands of teachers have voted to walk off the job next week. They want the Republican-controlled Legislatur...

 

Arizona governor proposes 20 percent teacher raises by 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Caving to demands from teachers who have protested low pay and school funding shortfalls for weeks, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey rolled out a proposal Thursday promising a net 20 percent raise by 2020 and pledged to push the proposal...

 

Arizona teachers group nearing walk out over low pay

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers who have organized to push for big raises and a restoration of school funding are threatening a statewide walkout, following the lead of educators across the country, including Oklahoma where schools have been...

 

3-pound quintuplets born at Phoenix hospital

PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of quintuplets born in Phoenix last month are praising the health care staff who helped them welcome five healthy babies into the world. Jamie and Skyler Scott welcomed the three girls and two boys on March 21 at Dignity...

 

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