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Grandal gets proactive about learning staff with Brewers

Feb. 17, 2019 6:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The ink was hardly dry on his $18.25 million, one-year contract with Milwaukee when Yasmani Grandal started working the phone, reaching out to as many new teammates as possible from his offseason home in Peoria. The Brewers' new backstop wanted to get a running start when pitchers and...

Deadly blue 'Mexican oxy' pills take toll on US Southwest

Feb. 14, 2019 9:38 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico by the Sinaloa cartel into the Southwest — a profitable new business...

Brewers open spring training with lots of familiar faces

Feb. 14, 2019 6:47 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — It didn't take long for the Milwaukee Brewers to start enjoying the benefits of a $60 million renovation to their spring training facility. As rain fell in Phoenix on Thursday, Milwaukee's pitchers and catchers headed out to new covered mounds for the first official bullpen session of the...

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly's campaign raises $1.1M since launch

Feb. 14, 2019 4:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Kelly's campaign for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat in 2020 says it has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since announcing his candidacy Tuesday morning. The Arizona Republic reports the 54-year-old retired astronaut and Tucson Democrat touted his financial grab...

Prosecutor asks for deeper probe of police stun-gun incident

Feb. 13, 2019 6:49 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor who declined to charge police officers after they repeatedly shot a handcuffed man with a stun gun said Wednesday that more investigation is warranted. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery changed course hours after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the original investigation was...

The Latest: Deeper probe sought for police force allegation

Feb. 13, 2019 6:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a case of alleged excessive force by police in Phoenix (all times local): 3: 45 p.m. A prosecutor who declined to file charges against police officers in a case of alleged excessive force outside Phoenix now says "further investigation is warranted." Maricopa County Attorney...

Strangers' suspicions rankle parents of mixed-race children

Feb. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Amberkatherine DeCory carried photos of her daughter's birth certificate in her diaper bag in case she had to prove that the lighter-skinned girl was really hers. Cydnee Rafferty gives her husband a letter explaining that he has permission to travel with their 5-year-old biracial daughter....

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

Feb. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain's last term in the U.S. Senate. If he wins the Democratic...

Police defend officers who used stun gun on handcuffed man

Feb. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Officials at a police department in suburban Phoenix defended officers who were captured on body-camera video repeatedly using a stun gun on a handcuffed man in a motel parking lot. A lawsuit over the July 2017 encounter alleged one Glendale officer kicked Johnny Wheatcroft in the...

Volunteer discovers $4,000 inside donated book in Phoenix

Feb. 12, 2019 2:08 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Thousands of dollars found inside a donated book has been returned to the former owner. KPNX-TV reports that volunteer Cathy McAllister was sorting books for a charity book sale in Phoenix last weekend when she found $4,000 in a chamber cut inside "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."...