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Arrest made in investigation into remains on Arizona trail

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities investigating human remains found on a Tucson-area hiking trail have arrested a man on suspicion of auto theft of a vehicle belonging to a missing Oklahoma man. The Pima County Sheriff's Department says 21-year Daylan Jacob Thornton is a “person of interest" in connection with the remains found Tuesday in Pima Canyon. The identity of the person who died hasn't been established. Court records don't list an attorney for Thornton who could comment on the allegations. An autopsy didn't immediately establish a cause of death. Three mountain lions were found feeding on the remains but officials say they don't believe the animals killed the person.


Idaho man's home searched for wife's death, missing stepkids

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — Authorities have searched the home of an Idaho man linked to the suspicious death of his first wife and the disappearance of his two new stepchildren. On Friday, investigators executed a search warrant on Chad Daybell's house where his first wife Tammy Daybell was found dead in October. Chad Daybell married a woman named Lori shortly after. The search warrant was also in connection to the disappearance of the second wife's children, 7-year-old Joshua Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, who haven't been seen since September. The parents initially said the youngest was in Arizona but police believe that was a lie. Authorities haven't said why they got the warrant or what they found.


Audit: University president spent $40K in policy violation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A state audit has found that Northern Arizona University paid more than $40,000 in travel expenses for President Rita Cheng and her husband that did not comply with university policies. The Arizona Republic reported that the audit found Cheng spent more than $30,000 on business- and first-class airplane tickets to Russia last year. The audit says the university did not follow travel policies established by the Arizona Board of Regents or the university. University officials say they believed they were following all policies and were unaware they were not properly documenting expenses. The audit recommended improving review and documentation procedures.


Man driving wrong-way car killed in collision with big rig

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a man driving a car the wrong way on the South Mountain Freeway in metro Phoenix is dead following a collision with a large truck. The DPS says the crash occurred early Saturday morning in the Elliot Road area soon after the agency started receiving 911 calls about the wrong-way vehicle. The dead driver's identity wasn't released but the DPS said he was a 31-year-old man. According to the DPS, there were no passengers in the wrong-way vehicle and the truck's driver was not injured. Southbound lanes of the freeway was closed for about six hours.


Company to shut down inactive New Mexico uranium mine

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A Texas-based company says it plans to begin close an inactive uranium mine in New Mexico and begin activity to reclaim the site. The Gallup Independent reports that state officials Friday confirmed Hobson, Texas-based Rio Grande Resource Corp. provided formal notice in December of its plan to close the Mount Taylor Mine near Grants. A state official say the company previously said the price of uranium meant Rio Grande couldn't justify anticipated capital spending to resume mining. Grants Mayor Martin Hicks works at the site and called the closing “a death blow to Grants and Milan." Environmental activists hailed the closing announcement.


Flagstaff school district to provide iPads to all students

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Flagstaff school district will begin providing each student with an iPad starting next week. The loan program starts with middle and high school students as the spring semester begins and continues with elementary school students at the start of the next school year. Flagstaff Unified School District voters in 2018 approved a bond measure to provide $10.6 million to pay for the tablets, cases and other accessories. The district won't require students to use the iPads but officials say opting out could affect the potential of classroom learning. Assistant Superintendent Mary Walton said the program will eliminate barriers and open doors for curious learners.


Arizona, 2 doctors sued over rape of incapacitated woman

PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona and two doctors were sued by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was raped and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center. The negligence lawsuit said the state and doctors failed to follow the parents’ request to have only female caregivers tend to their daughter. The doctors who cared for the 30-year-old patient at Hacienda HealthCare are accused of failing to spot signs that she was carrying a baby, such as her swollen abdomen. The pregnancy was discovered in December 2018 only after a nurse saw the boy’s head during the surprise delivery.


Migrants sent back to Mexico stuck and scared

NOGALES, Mexico (AP) — Dozens of asylum seekers have been pushed back into Mexico by the U.S. government at Nogales, Arizona, and they say they don't know how they will travel to their court dates 350 miles away in El Paso in March or return to their distant homelands. The U.S. expanded the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program to Nogales on Thursday, making it the seventh participating border crossing. The program has been criticized for stranding mostly Central American asylum seekers in dangerous Mexican cities where they've been subjected to assaults and kidnappings. U.S. authorities say it's been an effective tool in reducing the number of migrants arriving at the southwest border.