ALBANY, Wyo. (AP) – Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A 39-year-old Arizona woman has been placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay $4,800 of restitution and perform 40 hours of community service for stealing from her employer on part of the Navajo Indian Reservation in northwestern New Mexico.
PHOENIX (AP) – A 47-year-old Phoenix man convicted of killing two people whose bodies were found buried in his mother’s backyard has been sentenced to death.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – It’s only a modest 2.5 miles of a long-term plan to better connect Las Vegas and Phoenix – the two largest cities in the U.S. not currently linked by an interstate – and a longer-term dream to link Mexico, the U.S and Canada. But last month’s opening of the first local phase of Interstate 11 between Henderson and Boulder City was a culmination of decades of planning and brought into focus how far there is to go.
The U.S. Forest Service estimates 6.3 billion dead trees were still standing in 11 Western states in 2015, up from 5.8 billion in 2010.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Dodgers were cruising along with a 21-game lead in the NL West. Now, it’s been cut in half.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Britney Griner had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury advance to the second round of the playoffs with a 79-69 victory over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) – A man suspected of shooting an off-duty Casa Grande officer and a civilian police employee who was his estranged wife died of an apparent self-inflicted wound after a brief freeway standoff with agents with a U.S. Marshals Service task force, authorities said Wednesday.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) – The Latest on a shooting in Casa Grande that wounded a man and woman (all times local):