Judge limits privilege defense in AZ Mormon sex abuse case
An Arizona judge overseeing a high-profile lawsuit accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of conspiring to cover-up child sex abuse has ruled that the church may not refuse to answer questions or turn over documents under the state’s “clergy-penitent privilege.” Clergy in Arizona, as in many other states, are required to report information about child sexual abuse or neglect to law enforcement or child welfare authorities. Judge Laura Cardinal ruled on Aug. 8 that the late Paul Adams waived his right to keep his confessions secret when he posted videos of himself sexually abusing his two daughters on the Internet, boasted of the abuse on social media, and confessed to federal law enforcement agents, who arrested him in 2017 with no help from the church.news.yahoo.com
Live TV feed briefly shown in D-backs' dugout during game
A monitor in Arizona's dugout at Oracle Park showed a live television feed during the first inning of Monday night's game between the Diamondbacks and Giants, and D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said a day later that he quickly informed umpires about the technical snafu. Lovullo said Tuesday he alerted crew chief Dan Bellino about the live feed to make sure there was no misunderstanding about possible cheating. Lovullo also told Bellino he had instructed his players not to look at the two monitors in one corner of the dugout.news.yahoo.com
Arizona's border wall delayed after 2 containers topple
An effort by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to use shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the U.S.-Mexico border wall near Yuma suffered a brief setback when two stacked containers somehow toppled over. Claudia Ramos, a correspondent for the digital platform of Univision Noticias in Arizona, posted on her Twitter feed a photo she took Monday morning of the containers on their side. Ramos said contractors in the area told her that they believed the containers may have been toppled by strong monsoon winds.news.yahoo.com
Arizona governor touts school voucher plan, slams opponents
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and backers of universal school vouchers are taking a victory lap over legislation the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted in June giving the state the nation’s most expansive voucher system.
Colorado River cuts expected for Arizona, Nevada and Mexico
The federal government on Tuesday is expected to announce water cuts to states that rely on the Colorado River as drought and climate change leave less water flowing through the river and deplete the reservoirs that store it. The Colorado River provides water to 40 million people across seven states in the American West as well as Mexico and helps feed an agricultural industry valued at $15 billion a year. Cities and farms across the region are anxiously awaiting official hydrology projections — estimates of future water levels in the river — that will determine the extent and scope of cuts to their water supply.news.yahoo.com
Election deniers march toward power in key 2024 battlegrounds
The Washington Post Exclusive Election deniers march toward power in key 2024 battlegrounds GOP nominees who dispute the 2020 results could be positioned to play a critical role in the next presidential election Republicans running for state and federal office have repeatedly echoed former president Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 election. GOP nominees in the 2020 presidential battlegrounds Among winning candidates for positions that have a role in the election certification process, 54 of 87 candidates are election deniers. Candidates who have questioned the 2020 election result* Offices with a role in state-level certification Secretary of State Attorney General U.S. GOP nominees in the 2020 presidential battlegrounds Among winning candidates for positions that have a role in the election certification process, 54 of 87 candidates are election deniers. Since Donald Trump first suggested the 2020 election might be stolen, Republicans have latched onto the claim.washingtonpost.com
Deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut water use
Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from diverting more water than flows through it, depleting key reservoirs to levels that now jeopardize delivery and hydropower production. Cities and farms in seven U.S. states are bracing for cuts this week as officials stare down a deadline to propose unprecedented reductions to their use of the water, setting up what’s expected to be the most consequential week for Colorado River policy in years.news.yahoo.com
Sinema took Wall Street money while killing tax on investors
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona Democrat who single-handedly thwarted her party’s longtime goal of raising taxes on wealthy investors, received nearly $1 million over the past year from private equity professionals, hedge fund managers and venture capitalists whose taxes would have increased under the plan. The bill, with Sinema's alterations intact, was given final approval by Congress on Friday and is expected to be signed by President Joe Biden next week.news.yahoo.com
Arizona won't wait for feds, starts filling border wall gaps
Arizona began moving in shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the border wall near the southern Arizona farming community of Yuma on Friday, with officials saying they were acting to stop migrants after repeated, unfulfilled promises from the Biden administration to block off the area. The move by Arizona comes without explicit permission on federal land, with state contractors starting to move in 60-foot-long (18.3-meter-long) shipping containers and stacking two of the 9-foot-tall (2.7-meter-tall) containers on top of each other early Friday.news.yahoo.com
Heavy rain hammers Las Vegas, turning famed strip into a river
Pockets of heavy rain and thunderstorms swept across the Southwest on Thursday night, prompting flash flood warnings in southern Nevada, far southeastern California and Arizona. The gusty storms knocked out power to many Las Vegas residents and flooded numerous roadways, including the famous Las Vegas Strip. Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas recorded 0.58 of an inch of rainfall from thunderstorms in just an hour, nearly double what the site typically observes for August. Surroundingnews.yahoo.com
Investigation: Myanmar bears cost of green energy
Metallic elements, known as rare earths, turn up in everything from hard drives and cellphones to elevators and electric cars. But an AP investigation has found the push for green energy has led to environmental destruction in Myanmar. (AP Video/Shelby Lum)news.yahoo.com
Arizona WR Marquise Brown charged with criminal speeding
Arizona Cardinals receiver Marquise Brown was arrested and charged with criminal speeding on Wednesday morning. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves confirmed that Brown was arrested at 7:05 a.m. in Phoenix and booked in the Maricopa County Jail. “We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required,” the Cardinals said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Arizona officials who planned to help overturn the election in favor of Trump worried that activating a group of fake electors 'could appear treasonous': report
The New York Times reported officials worried their actions "could appear treasonous" after they planned to install a fake set of electors in the 2020 election.news.yahoo.com
Judge tosses Arizona suit over limits on virus relief funds
A judge has dismissed Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s demands that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don’t have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
6 of 8 arrested in national ‘grandparent scam’ -- callers pretending to be grandkids stole thousands
Six of eight people involved in a large-scale “grandparent scam” have been arrested after they stole tens of thousands of dollars from elderly residents while pretending to be their grandchildren, officials said.
Biologists' fears confirmed on the lower Colorado River
Confirming their worst fears for record-low lake levels, National Park Service fisheries biologists have discovered that a non-native predator fish has made its way through Glen Canyon Dam to the lower Colorado River, where it can prey on ancient native fish they have been working to reestablish.
Some cities nix July 4 fireworks for shortages, fire dangers
The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some big fireworks displays are canceled again, this time for pandemic-related supply chain or staffing problems, or fire concerns amid dry weather.
Bird flu arrives in Southwest after millions of birds die
Arizona officials have confirmed the first cases in the Southwest of a bird flu that has led to the deaths of 37 million birds on commercial farms in the central and eastern U.S. Arizona Game and Fish officials announced this week that the disease was present in three wild cormorants that had been found dead in a park in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.