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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is

Official says Phoenix airport ride-hailing fee is illegal

Jan. 16, 2020 8:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is “very likely” unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, upping the ante in the showdown that has led the ride-hailing giants to threaten to abandon the airport service. The fees approved...

Republican state Sen. Sylvia Allen speaks to opponents of Arizona's current sex education laws at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Allen conceded that her proposal to ban instruction before 7th grade and tighten parental notification requirements was going nowhere but vowed to keep trying. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Arizona bill banning sex ed before 7th grade going nowhere

Jan. 14, 2020 7:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A conservative Arizona Republican senator who was pushing a contentious proposal that would bar any sexual education instruction for students before the 7th grade and create new requirements for the subject conceded Tuesday that her proposal stood no chance of advancing. Sen. Sylvia Allen...

This Dec. 18, 2019 photo provided by the Tempe (Ariz.) Police Department shows Mohamed Al-Hashemi in Tempe, Ariz. An Arizona state trooper shot and killed Mohamed Al-Hashemi who was in the U.S. on a student visa after he violently attacked the officer patrolling for drunken drivers along with a member of the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, authorities said Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (Tempe Police Department via The AP)

Police: Arizona officer kills Qatari man who attacked him

Dec. 21, 2019 12:20 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona state trooper shot and killed a Qatari man who was in the U.S. on a student visa after he violently attacked the officer patrolling for drunken drivers along with a member of the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, authorities said Friday. The state trooper spotted 25-year-old...

Arizona State Rep. Kelli Butler speaks at a media conference on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. Butler spoke about 23-year-old Maria, a Guatemalan woman seeking asylum who was separated from her 6-year-old niece, who she has raised as her own. Democrats and community advocates are calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release the woman so she could be reunited with her niece, who is a in shelter in New York. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan)

Officials call for asylum-seeker release, reunion with niece

Dec. 19, 2019 8:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Maria is the only living relative to the 6-year-old girl she's raised as her own. After a gang killed all of their relatives, she brought the girl to the U.S. to ask for asylum. But the government took the girl from Maria, sending her to a shelter more than 2,000 miles away, because Maria...

Passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Phoenix. The Phoenix City Council is set to vote on raising fees charged to ride-hailing companies at the airport. If approved Wednesday afternoon, the proposal will increase the current fee from $2.66 per pickup. That would jump to $4 starting Jan. 1 and be applied to drop-offs as well. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Uber, Lyft to stop Phoenix airport trips over higher fees

Dec. 19, 2019 7:13 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Uber and Lyft said they will make good on their threats to stop taking customers to and from the airport in the nation's fifth-largest city, creating confusion next year for travelers used to opening a phone app to catch a ride after Phoenix decided to raise fees on ride-hailing companies....

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows James Erin McKinney.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, from McKinney, an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a sentencing retrial in two 1991 killings. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP)

Court to hear resentencing bid in Arizona death penalty case

Dec. 9, 2019 2:24 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Wednesday by an Arizona death row inmate who is seeking a new sentencing trial, arguing the horrific physical abuse that he suffered as a child wasn’t fully considered when he was first sentenced. The appeal of James Erin McKinney could...

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, joins Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, middle, as they talk with Grace Jones, a high school sophomore from Tucson, Ariz., after a roundtable discussion on school choice Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. DeVos talked with state lawmakers, educators, students and parents about her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, prior to addressing the American Legislative Exchange Council. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Education Secretary pushes school vouchers at Arizona event

Dec. 5, 2019 3:18 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday touted her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, telling a room of supportive parents and lobbyists that it would improve the quality of education. DeVos praised Arizona's devotion to school choice programs...

Bicycles used in the city of Denver's Bicycle sharing program are covered in snow as a storm packing snow and high winds sweeps in over the region Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Denver. Stores, schools and government offices were closed or curtailed their hours while on another front, Thanksgiving Day travellers were forced to wrestle with snow-packed roads and flight delays or cancellations throughout the intermountain West. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Latest: Highway lanes from California to Oregon reopen

Nov. 28, 2019 8:52 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the pre-Thanksgiving wintry storm (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 have reopened heading from Redding, California, all the way to the Oregon border. California transportation officials said Wednesday the freeway was clear and no chains are...

In this still image taken from a Caltrans remote video traffic camera, traffic is stopped along Interstate 80 because of multiple spinouts, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Truckee, Calif. Northern California and southern Oregon residents are bracing for a

The Latest: Airports hit in stormy California

Nov. 27, 2019 12:21 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the wintry weather in the U.S. (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Stormy weather and a power outage have affected two Northern California airports as a storm hits the region. KPIX-TV says the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground delay at San Francisco International Airport...

This undated photo provided by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office shows Charles Gary Sullivan, 73, of Flagstaff, Ariz., following his booking on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, into the Washoe County Jail in Reno, Nev. The auto dealer from Arizona is expected to plead not guilty in Reno in the cold-case killing of a California woman more than 40 years ago. (Washoe County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Prosecutor: Suspect in 1979 killing may be a serial killer

Nov. 19, 2019 10:42 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Arizona auto dealer charged with killing a California woman in northern Nevada 40 years ago may have killed other women in the late 1970s, Nevada’s attorney general said. “All evidence points to defendant being a serial killer,” state Attorney General Aaron Ford...