Arias tells jury what she'll do if allowed to live
PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias has told a jury that she can contribute to society from prison if she is allowed to live.
Arias addressed the jury Tuesday in the penalty phase of her trial as the panel considers whether to sentence her to life in prison or execution.
She says she'd like to start literacy and recycling programs in prison.
Arias also says she never meant to cause pain to the family of Travis Alexander and that her family kept her from committing suicide.
Her lawyers have said Arias is the only witness they'll call to testify on her behalf.
The judge instructed jurors they can consider a handful of factors when deciding what sentence to recommend, including the fact that Arias has no previous criminal record
ARIZONA ABORTION BAN
Court strikes down Arizona 20-week abortion ban
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court in San Francisco has struck down Arizona's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless there's a medical emergency.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the law violates a string of U.S. Supreme Court rulings starting with Roe v. Wade that guarantees a woman's right to an abortion before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb. That's generally considered to be about 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks
Several states have enacted similar bans starting at 20 weeks. But the 9th Circuit's ruling is binding only in the nine Western states under the court's jurisdiction. Idaho is the only other Western state covered by the 9th Circuit with a similar ban.
Police release photos from Tucson shooting rampage
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities released nearly 600 photos that investigators took in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.
The photos showed the handgun, high-capacity pistol magazines and knife that Jared Lee Loughner carried with him as he carried out the January 2011 attack.
The images also include Loughner's receipt for the motel where he stayed the night before the shooting, a credit card record showing ear plugs he bought and dozens of vehicles that were in the parking lot of the shopping center where the shooting unfolded.
The release of photos didn't include any gruesome crime scene images of victims that are being shielded from the public out of respect to those who were injured and killed in the attack.
Phoenix standoff ends when man kills himself
PHOENIX (AP) -Phoenix police say a 32-year-old man sought in the abduction of his son has killed himself, ending a 12-hour barricade at a house in which six other people were held captive for varying lengths of time.
Sgt. Steve Martos says Israel Celis Sr. had a self-inflicted gunshot wound when officers entered a barricaded room upon hearing a gunshot and screams Tuesday.
A woman and an 8-year-old boy also in the room were OK.
Five other people were released or extracted from the house earlier.
Celis' 3-year-old son was among those released earlier. An Amber Alert said Celis abducted the boy Monday at gunpoint from his mother in Tolleson.
Police used an armored vehicle to smash open the front of the house to gain entry after Celis shot at officers.
Restaurant reopens after bad reality TV experience
PHOENIX (AP) - A suburban Phoenix restaurant plans to reopen Tuesday night after it temporarily shut its doors following an embarrassing reality TV experience.
Wife and husband Amy and Samy Bouzaglo recently invited the popular makeover show "Kitchen Nightmares" to their Scottsdale restaurant after years of bad online reviews from unhappy customers.
They say they were the victims of online bullying, but host and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay agreed with the bad reviews. He found the food was undercooked or tasted bad.
The Bouzaglos got angry with Ramsay and he left the restaurant before making it over, a first for his show.
Amy's Baking Company temporarily closed after the episode was filmed.
A press conference that had been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the restaurant was canceled after legal threats from the show.
WESTERN LANDS-UTAH GOVERNOR
Utah Gov. Herbert rails against US Land management
WASHINGTON (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says his state does a better job than federal managers and has a bigger stake than the bureaucrats in protecting the natural resources and rugged beauty that drives Utah's outdoor recreation and tourism industry.
Herbert, the chairman of the Western Governors' Association, was the lone witness to testify in Washington on Tuesday before a congressional subcommittee examining the role of state and federal governments in managing national parks, forests and public rangelands.
The Republican governor says no one understands state challenges and demographics better than the people who reside and govern there. He says federal managers are hamstrung by regulatory and statutory frameworks that keep them from effectively addressing pressing needs, including rapid declines in the health of national forests and rangelands.
Fire restrictions go in effect Wednesday in Ariz.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Agencies across Arizona are enacting fire restrictions ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
Federal agencies, cities and counties say they'll implement a ban on fires outside developed areas starting Wednesday. The Stage I restrictions also limit smoking to inside vehicles or buildings.
Officials say coordinating fire restrictions will help reduce the risk of wildfire across the state.
The restrictions don't apply to all public lands in Arizona. The Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon, for example, won't have any limits on where campfires can be built because the vegetation there isn't as dry.
Officials say the restrictions will remain in place until significant moisture arrives.
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