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Another wrong-way crash in Arizona kills 5 on rural highway

May. 24, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A wrong-way crash on a rural highway in Arizona killed at least five people Friday, the latest in a string of recent fatal wrecks as the state struggles to combat the problem of drivers traveling in the wrong direction. In the latest crash, an 82-year-old man from Nevada was driving the...

Arizona prisons urged to end ban on book about black men

May. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship. The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week...

Car-sharing apps' rising US popularity fuels tax debate

May. 2, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing app called...

Investigators rescue kidnapped Arizona couple in Mexico

Apr. 30, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — An Arizona couple has been rescued by investigators after being kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico. News outlets reported Monday that the Tucson couple was rescued by members of the Sonora Attorney General's Office investigative branch in Nogales, Mexico, and were returned to...

Proposed new Arizona highway generates support, opposition

Apr. 29, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A proposed highway that would start at the border with Mexico and serve as the southern leg of Arizona's Interstate 11 is being called both an economic benefit and an environmental threat. Federal, state and local agencies have reservations about the environmental impact for mostly...

Immigrant-heavy GOP states OK with census citizen question

Apr. 28, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It's not just Democratic-leaning states at risk of losing federal money and clout in Congress if the Supreme Court says the upcoming census can include a citizenship question. Fast-growing Arizona, Florida and Texas all have large groups of immigrants, especially Hispanics, who might choose...

Arizona governor won't remove Easter Facebook greeting

Apr. 25, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is rejecting demands to take down a social media post sending Easter greetings and citing a Bible verse. The Republican who is a practicing Catholic on Thursday posted on Twitter and Facebook his response to a Secular Communities for Arizona request to remove the...

Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law

Apr. 22, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the...

Arizona lawmakers OK ban on cellphone use while driving

Apr. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. Arizona, Missouri and Montana had...

Arizona latest state to shield lottery winners' names

Apr. 17, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public. The move comes as privacy concerns...