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Most Americans oppose abortion laws that let private citizens sue, new poll says

The type of anti-abortion law enacted by the state of Texas last month is deeply unpopular with Americans, according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist. The novel legal strategy empowers private citizens to file civil suits against anyone who aids a person getting an abortion, rather than rely on a state agency to bar the medical procedure. It’s one of several restrictive abortion laws that are making their way through the courts. Two of them, from Kentucky and Mississippi, wil

How to help Haitians after 7.2 magnitude earthquake

A deadly earthquake in Haiti over the weekend has dealt another devastating blow to the nation mired in political crisis. At least 1,297 people have died and more than 5,700 are injured following the earthquake. Tens of thousands more are displaced — officials say over 7,000 homes were destroyed and 5,000 are damaged. In some places, rescue efforts have been affected by landslides cutting off roads. Now Tropical Depression Grace is on course to bring torrential rains through Haiti and officials

How to help Texas during winter storm blackouts

An unprecedented winter storm and unprepared electrical grid has left millions of Texans without reliable power and water and has killed at least 20 people since Monday. Rolling blackouts stretched into days, with more than 400,000 households still without power Feb. 18 as another storm looms Thursday. The incoming storm is expected to have devastating effects, particularly in counties southwest of San Antonio where COVID-19 cases are already spreading significantly. About seven million people

What is the 25th Amendment and what could it mean for Trump?

Following the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by a violent pro-Trump mob, a number of Democratic lawmakers, including soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and some Republicans have called for the president to be removed from office, either through impeachment or use of the 25th Amendment after they say he incited the violence perpetrated by his supporters on Jan. 6. The 25th Amendment has rarely been used since its ratification in 1967, following John F. Kennedy’s assa

Man arrested after road rage incident where he hit another man with his car

Man arrested after road rage incident where he hit another man with his car A man has been arrested and charged with four counts, including aggravated assault, following a "road rage" argument Saturday where he intentionally hit a person, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department. Phoenix police said officers were called to the intersection of 43rd and Peoria avenues around 12:45 p.m. to respond to an aggravated assault over a traffic dispute between two men. A video shared

Man dies after argument leads to shooting on New Year's Eve in west Phoenix

Man dies after argument leads to shooting on New Year's Eve in west Phoenix A man died after an argument ended with gunfire on New Year's Eve in west Phoenix, police officials said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting near 87th and Glenrosa avenues shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday. They found a man with a gunshot wound, and Phoenix fire personnel pronounced him dead. Police said the man had arrived at the suspect's house with a gun. The man and the suspect had an argument, and durin

Person dies after running onto Interstate 17 in north Phoenix near SR 303; traffic diverted

Person dies after running onto Interstate 17 in north Phoenix near SR 303; traffic diverted A person died after running onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 in north Phoenix early Friday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. DPS officials said troopers responded to a report of a pedestrian running onto the freeway near the State Route 303 interchange around 2 a.m.. The person was hit by a car and was pronounced dead at the location. Information about the person

1 child dead, many people injured in 4-vehicle crash on I-10 near Eloy

1 child dead, many people injured in 4-vehicle crash on I-10 near Eloy A four-vehicle crash near Eloy left one child dead and multiple people injured on Thursday evening, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Around 7 p.m. a man driving a car with a woman and two children crossed over from the I-10 eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes and crashed with three cars at milepost 211 between Eloy and Picacho. All four people in the car that crossed over were taken to the hospital,

Jackknifed Amazon truck blocking I-10 lanes near Chandler Blvd.

A jackknifed Amazon semi-truck crashed near Chandler Boulevard and the I-10 freeway around 11 a.m. on Friday, according the Arizona Department of Transportation. The crash is currently blocking two westbound lanes, including the HOV. There were multiple vehicles involved, but no injuries, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Get in touch with breaking news reporter Chloe Jones at Chloe.Jones@arizonarepublic.com and find her on Twitter at @chloeleejones

Man dead after ejecting from car Christmas morning

A man is dead after he lost control of his vehicle early Friday morning and crashed into a median, the Phoenix Police Department said. Officers responded to the scene near 67th Avenue and the I-10 off-ramp around 1:30 a.m. Edward Martinez, 21, was driving a pickup while exiting the I-10 westbound freeway at 67th Avenue, where he lost control of his car, detectives determined. Martinez hit the median and metal traffic poles and was ejected from his car. The Phoenix Fire Department pronounced hi

'A very nice day': Phoenix wakes up to light showers Christmas morning

'A very nice day': Phoenix wakes up to light showers Christmas morning Light showers woke up Phoenix on Christmas morning, but the sun should be shining by the afternoon. The high on Friday will reach nearly 70 degrees, but a cold front will drop temperatures to 50-degree highs by Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Phoenix said. Mark O'Malley, a meteorologist with the weather service in Phoenix, said the rainfall was not measurable, but that sprinkles fell above west and central Phoenix

Man found shot dead Christmas morning in Phoenix roadway

A man was found shot dead in a roadway near Indian School Avenue and 83rd Avenue on Friday morning, the Phoenix Police Department said. Phoenix police responded to the scene around 6:30 a.m. where they found a man in the middle of Glenrosa Avenue with a gunshot wound. The Phoenix Fire Department pronounced the man dead at the scene. Officers do not have a suspect or motive at this time. The investigation is ongoing. Phoenix police ask anyone with information to call the department or Silent Wi

Phoenix police shoot man during domestic violence call Christmas morning

Phoenix police shot a man fleeing a domestic violence scene early Friday morning, according to a statement from the department. Police responded to a domestic violence and aggravated assault call near 51st Avenue and Osborn Road around 1 a.m. The caller said the man tried to run over someone with his car. When the police arrived, the man had already hit a parked van and fled the scene in his car. Officers saw the man drive over a curb toward people standing in a front yard when they arrived. O

Arizona State University workers join UA in historic decision to unionize

Arizona State University workers announced Thursday that they are forming a union, joining University of Arizona workers in their efforts to advocate for employees in higher education. The union is “wall-to-wall,” meaning that it represents every employee of the university, from student workers to faculty and staff. The local chapter, University Campus Workers of Arizona 7065, was started by UA workers in September and is meant to represent higher education workers across the state. It’s a part

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy reports his car stolen with weapon inside

Phoenix police said they responded to a carjacking of an off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy early Monday. Police responded to an armed robbery call near 16th and Campbell avenues around 4:15 a.m. The caller, an off-duty MCSO deputy, told police a man pointed a gun at him and took his personal vehicle. The car has some MCSO property in it, including a handgun, according to police. Reach breaking news reporter Chloe Jones at Chloe.Jones@arizonarepublic.com and on Twitter at @chloel

4 charged in Arizona with committing fraud to receive COVID-19 assistance

4 charged in Arizona with committing fraud to receive COVID-19 assistance Four people have been charged with multiple crimes by the U.S. District Court of Arizona in connection with fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan applications, according to a court documents. The program is a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to help small businesses pay their employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There has already been outcry across the country after large public compan

Arizona State University cancels spring break in effort to slow spread of COVID-19

Arizona State University cancels spring break in effort to slow spread of COVID-19 Arizona State University will not be having a spring break in 2021, according to an email Provost Mark Searle sent Thursday. Searle said the adjustment to the calendar is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Traditionally, many ASU students travel to Cabo San Lucas or Rocky Point, Mexico through travel agencies such as Just College, a travel agency geared toward college spring breakers. ASU canceled fall bre

Goodyear police officer among 2 injured in crash on I-10 near 43rd Avenue

Goodyear police officer among 2 injured in crash on I-10 near 43rd Avenue Two people, including a Goodyear police officer, are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a crash on Interstate 10 near 43rd Avenue on Thursday evening, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. About 9 p.m., a Goodyear Police Department car and at least one possibly disabled car crashed on I-10 in Phoenix, the department said. I-10 westbound lanes shut down for about 20

Grand Avenue thrift shop owner no longer facing eviction thanks to community support

Grand Avenue thrift shop owner no longer facing eviction thanks to community support Edward Blackwell moved into his thrift store — which is slightly larger than a walk-in closet — on Feb. 4. He said he fell on hard times and couldn’t afford rent at his apartment and the business, and his business landlord said he could live at his store, the Giving Vine Thrift Store inside Desert Sun Plaza on Grand and 15th avenues. Sales slowed down, and even though Blackwell was able to stay afloat with a s

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Phoenix business near 83rd Avenue, Indian School Road

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Phoenix business near 83rd Avenue, Indian School Road A shooting at a bsuiness near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road left one man dead and one woman injured Friday, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department. Officers responded to a shooting at the business around 7 p.m., the statement said. They found a woman in her 50s with a gunshot wound that was not life threatening. She said she was shot as the suspect was leaving the store. Inside the
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