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Mother of slain Mexican teen sues US Border Patrol

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The mother of a Mexican teen who was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent nearly two years ago is suing the agency in federal court.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Araceli Rodriguez on Tuesday. Rodriguez is the mother of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was 16 years old when he was fatally wounded by gunshots fired from Nogales, Arizona, into Nogales, Sonora, in October 2012.

The Border Patrol has said that Elena Rodriguez was among several people who were throwing rocks at agents across the steel fence that divides the two countries.

Rodriguez says her son was simply walking home after playing basketball with friends. An autopsy report shows he was struck in the back by at least eight bullets.


McCain now says Arizona execution 'not humane'


PHOENIX (AP) - Sen. John McCain is no longer using the word "torture" to describe an Arizona execution in which the condemned man gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes.

The Arizona Republican had described the prolonged execution of Joseph Wood by injection as torture during an interview Thursday with Politico.

But McCain is backing off that characterization, telling the Arizona Republic on Monday that he doesn't know if it was torture.

He says he'd rather say "that it's not humane" and he thinks most people would agree with that.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered state officials to review the execution process.

Wood was convicted of murder in the killings of a former girlfriend and her father, Debbie and Gene Dietz, in 1989 at the father's Tucson auto repair shop.


Arizona court deferred to judge on election ruling

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court says it deferred to a judge's findings in ruling that a Republican challenger to a prominent legislator could stay on the ballot though the challenger's nominating petitions included forged signatures.

The court on Tuesday issued an opinion explaining its June order that kept Toby Farmer of Buckeye on the primary election ballot for the Senate seat now held by Senate Appropriations Chairman Don Shooter of Yuma.

The Supreme Court said it's up to trial judges to rule on facts and weigh evidence in cases and that there's no clear indication the judge's findings were erroneous.

The judge found seven signatures on Farmer's petitions were forged and that Farmer collected them and signed the petitions. But the judge ruled Shooter didn't prove that Farmer knew about forgeries.


Arizona Cardinal John Abraham charged with DUI

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge a month ago in the Atlanta area.

Abraham has been absent from the team's training camp since Friday.

DeKalb County Jail records show that the 36-year-old was taken into custody June 29 and released the same day.

The records show Abraham was charged with driving under the influence involving alcohol, as well as stopping, standing or parking in a prohibited place.

Records from the jail do not indicate whether the case had been resolved as of Tuesday, nor do they list an attorney for Abraham.

The Cardinals have said only that Abraham has been absent from camp for personal reasons.

Abraham has also played for the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.


Arizona utility wants to install rooftop systems

PHOENIX (AP) - A major Arizona utility wants to install rooftop solar panels on thousands of homes for free.

In approved by state regulators, the request filed Monday by Arizona Public Service Co. would allow the Phoenix-based company to put rooftop systems on 3,000 homes.

APS says its proposal is a way to provide access to solar to consumers who can't afford to buy or lease a rooftop system and satisfy state mandates for use of renewable energy.

Under the proposal, consumers would get savings through monthly credits and APS would pay for installation and maintenance.

APS says its alternative to generating power on customers' rooftops would be to build a large-scale solar plant.

The Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association says APS' proposal amounts to unfair competition because solar companies' customers aren't subsidized.


Chief deputy chosen as next Mohave County sheriff

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Chief Deputy Jim McCabe will replace Tom Sheahan as Mohave County sheriff.

Sheahan is retiring, and the county Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Monday to pick McCabe as his replacement.

McCabe's appointment is effective Friday. He'll be sworn in Friday at the Bullhead City courthouse.

Sheahan had recommended the board pick McCabe, but the county Board of Supervisors considered other candidates before picking McCabe.

McCabe has worked with the sheriff's office for 28 years and served as Sheahan's top deputy for 17 years.

McCabe says he's learning toward running for sheriff when the office is next up for election in 2016.


Davis-Monthan to conduct active-shooter training

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Davis-Monthan Air Force is telling the public that base and local authorities will conduct a training exercise Monday evening on responding to an active shooter on the military installation in Tucson.

Base officials say the exercise will be conducted between 7-9 p.m.

Multiple facilities and locations on the base will be affected, including streets and gate access.

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