PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division says it won't pursue charges of wrongdoing against a former Arizona detective in the case of a woman released from death row in the 1989 killing of her 4-year-old son. Debra Milke was freed in September after a federal appeals court overturned her conviction, citing the prosecution's failure to turn over evidence that the state's key witness - a detective who told jurors she confessed - had violated suspects' rights in previous cases.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Singapore defense officials visiting an Air Force base in Arizona have gotten a look at a new American fighter that the Asian nation may purchase. Luke Air Force Base officials say an F-35B from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma flew to the pilot-training base just west of Phoenix yesterday. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing version of the F-35 developed for the Marine Corps. The Air Force uses the standard F-35A.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson man already serving a 12-year sentence for using a chemical weapon on a dissatisfied customer of his power-washing business has been sentenced to more prison time. Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Todd Russell Fries has been sentenced to a 60-month prison term, with 20 months to be served consecutive with his previous 151-month sentence. A federal jury in August found Fries guilty on two counts of possession of unregistered explosive devices.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and its tributaries used to be home to eight native fish species. That was before Glen Canyon Dam was built near the Arizona-Utah border, making the environment less-than-ideal for spawning. Officials with the National Park Service say they want to make sure native fish still present have the best chance for survival.
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