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Police test lighting in probe of Uber self-driving crash

Jul. 14, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police outside Phoenix recently closed part of a street to conduct a lighting test as an investigation continues into the 2018 death of a woman who was struck and killed by an Uber self-driving SUV. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says prosecutors asked for more investigation...

Jerry Lawson, leader of a cappella Persuasions, dies at 75

Jul. 12, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lawson, who for four decades was the lead singer of the eclectic cult-favorite a cappella group the Persuasions, has died. He was 75. Lawson died Wednesday at a Phoenix hospice after a long illness, longtime friend and sometime Persuasions producer Rip Rense said. Lawson's smooth...

Nike keeps plans for Arizona factory despite controversy

Jul. 11, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Nike announced Thursday it's going forward with plans to make soles for Nike Air shoes in a Phoenix suburb even though Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey blocked state money for the facility when the company pulled a flag-themed shoe from the market. The shoemaker did not address the controversy in...

White man indicted in killing of black teen over rap music

Jul. 11, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A white man who authorities say was out of prison for two days when he stabbed a black teen on July 4th because he felt threatened by the youth's rap music at a suburban Phoenix convenience store was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder charges. Elijah Al-Amin "did nothing to warrant the...

The Latest: DA says slain teen did not provoke stabbing

Jul. 11, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the fatal stabbing of a black youth by a white man for playing rap music (all times local): 10 a.m. An Arizona prosecutor says a black youth killed last week "did nothing" to provoke a stabbing by a white man who thought the rap music he was playing was threatening. Maricopa...

Outrage over killing of black teen over rap music complaint

Jul. 10, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of people including a presidential candidate spoke out on Twitter this week after a 17-year-old black youth was killed at suburban convenience store, allegedly by a white man charged Tuesday with first-degree murder who has said he felt threatened by the boy's rap music. Family...

The Latest: 1st-degree murder charge in black teen's killing

Jul. 9, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on outrage over the killing of a black teen by a white man over the youth's rap music (all times local): 5 p.m. County prosecutors in Phoenix say they have filed a direct complaint charging a white man who says he felt threatened by a black youth's rap music with first-degree...

NBC's Lester Holt to get Walter Cronkite journalism award

Jul. 9, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University is awarding its 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to Lester Holt, news anchor for NBC. Holt has anchored NBC's flagship "Nightly News" broadcast since 2015, following eight years as anchor of the newscast's weekend edition and 12 years as...

Starbucks execs, police meet after incident in Arizona shop

Jul. 8, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Starbucks executives have met with a suburban Phoenix police department after six officers were asked to leave one of the company's shops because a customer felt unsafe. Tempe Officers Association President Rob Ferraro says the officers met Monday with the company's leadership and...

Griner scores 31, hits 2 late FTs, as Mercury beat Dream

Jul. 7, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored a season-high 31 points, including two free throws with 3.1 seconds left, to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Atlanta Dream 65-63 on Sunday. Griner was 11-of-15 shooting and finished with 12 rebounds and three blocks. Leilani Mitchell added 13 points and DeWanna...