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Flood cleanup begins in Phoenix after heavy storms

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix residents have started cleaning up from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona.

Employees of the Cox Cactus Farm in the Desert Hills area of far north Phoenix were hard at work Wednesday as they assessed the devastation brought on by the storms.

The farm lost most of its inventory as the raging floodwaters swept away hundreds of cactuses and other plants.

Co-owner Jessica Cox estimates it will take two years to fully recover from the storm.

The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain Tuesday than they had all last summer.


Man's body found in canal in Phoenix area

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - A man's body has been found in an irrigation canal in an outlying area of northwestern metro Phoenix.

Authorities say circumstances of the man's death are not immediately known, including whether it is related to flooding Tuesday.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Jones says the body has been removed from the canal but that additional information is not immediately available.

Peoria police initially responded to the report of a body in the canal, but they've turned over the case to the Sheriff's Office.

Police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto says bicyclists riding along the Arizona Canal spotted the man's body in the water Wednesday morning near 75th Avenue and Greenway Road.


Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.

Arias briefly addressed the judge Wednesday morning before the courtroom was closed to the media. The judge ruled later, setting a new retrial date for Sept. 29.

Lawyers declined comment.

Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, but jurors couldn't decide on a sentence.

A second penalty phase is set with a new jury as prosecutors try again for a death sentence. If the new jury fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed as an option. The judge would then sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years.

Arias plans to represent herself.


Immigrants found in back of locked rental truck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say nine immigrants who entered the United States illegally were found locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection says the incident Thursday at a checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado (ah-MAH'-doe) was a potentially deadly smuggling attempt because of summer heat and because there was no source or fresh air or means of escape.

CBP says agents became suspicious of the driver and the passenger in the truck's cab. They claimed to not have a key for the padlock on the cargo area's door though one was later found in the cab.

The agency says the people in the truck were processed either for prosecution or for proceedings to remove them from the country.

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