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News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MST

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2 million in legal costs stemming from a series of anti-abortion laws the state Legislature has passed over the last eight years. The Arizona Capitol Times reports that these court-ordered payments were from five cases the state has lost, settled or been nullified by legislative repeal and came despite lawmakers repeatedly being warned that the measures were on shaky ground.

PHOENIX (AP) - More than 45 flights headed to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were temporarily diverted after an alarm activated at the air traffic control tower. The Arizona Republic reported that Phoenix Fire crews responded to the alarm around 8:45 a.m. Sunday. A spokeswoman for Sky Harbor officials say the control tower was evacuated as a precaution. According to Phoenix Fire Department officials, the problem stemmed from a faulty air handler sensor and is being investigated.

PHOENIX (AP) - A Georgia man involved in a child custody dispute has been arrested in Phoenix for allegedly harassing a judge. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office court security division was contacted by a county Superior Court judge who says she was being harassed by 44-year-old Gordon Daniel Rose. Sheriff's officials say the judge recently took over a family court case involving Rose. The judge has accused Rose of harassing her through numerous phone calls, emails and online posts.

PHOENIX (AP) - People who feel wronged by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration crackdowns, jail policies and botched investigations say they are disturbed by President Donald Trump pardoning his conviction. They say the pardon for a misdemeanor contempt-of-court conviction undid the only real measure of accountability for a lawman accused of a range of misconduct. Arpaio rejected criticism that the pardon was payback for supporting Trump and allowed him to get away with a crime.

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