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PHOENIX — Police officers who put a GPS tracking device on a tractor-trailer without first getting a warrant violated the rights of a man who was later convicted of transporting more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana in the truck, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. However, the court still ruled against 45-year-old Emilio Jean when it refused to throw out evidence from the surveillance, concluding the law on such tracking was unsettled at the time and officers believed their actions were lawful. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 340 words.


SALT LAKE CITY — Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of the Mormon church, has died after overseeing the religion for nine years. He was 90. Monson died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 720 words.


— OBIT--THOMAS MONSON-A LIFE: Thomas S. Monson, the president of the Mormon church, spent more than five decades serving in top church leadership councils — making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,260 words, photo.


PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. — It's been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it's too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos.


SEATTLE — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Motel 6, saying the budget hotel disclosed the personal information of thousands of guests to federal immigration authorities in violation of state law. Motel 6 said in September that its employees in Phoenix would no longer work with ICE, but Ferguson says management knew employees in Washington were trained to give authorities information. By Phuong Lee. SENT: 530 words.


— ARIZONA REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATE: Arizona state Sen. Catherine Miranda has announced that she will run against U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego for his seat in Congress.

— CANAL-TWO DEAD: A man and his teenage son have been found dead inside a pickup truck pulled from a canal on the far southwestern outskirts of metro Phoenix.

— BANK ROBBERIES SUSPECT ARRESTED: A woman suspected of robbing seven banks in Arizona over a three-month span this year has been arrested in Mississippi.

— TEMPE TAX INCENTIVES: A Phoenix-area city's use of tax breaks on two local developments is under investigation.

— MARIJUANA SEIZED-RV: Federal officers found nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana hidden in a motorhome at the Lukeville border crossing in southern Arizona.

— CARJACKING-CAR CHASE: Authorities in Tucson say a young child is safe following a carjacking.

— AVONDALE-SHOOTING DEATH: Avondale police say a man has died after being shot while driving.

— YAVAPAI-DRUG SHOOTOUT: Yavapai County authorities say five young adults were arrested following a drug-related shootout that left bullet holes in a car and one of the alleged participants with a hand wound.

— PHOENIX AIRPORT-RUNWAY REPAIR: The north runway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will be closed for repairs starting next Monday.

— HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says the State Capitol's dome will be lit blue throughout January for human trafficking prevention month.

— PHOENIX SERIAL KILLINGS: Lawyers for a former city bus driver charged in a string of deadly nighttime shootings in Phoenix are objecting to any efforts to make their client take court-ordered IQ or sanity tests.

— APS-PUERTO RICO: Arizona's largest electric utility is sending crews to help restore power to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

— NAVAJO NATION-DIRECTOR QUITS: The director of the Navajo Nation's Division of Economic Development has stepped down.

— DUCEY-JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS: Three Maricopa County Superior Court commissioners have been appointed along with two other attorneys as new Superior Court judges to fill vacancies created by retirements.



A claim filed by the former assistant to fired Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez says he walked around the office in his underwear, fondled himself in front of her and forced her to cover up an extramarital affair he had with another woman. The claim seeking damages against Rodriguez was filed by an attorney for the former assistant and her husband and is a required precursor to a lawsuit against a government official. It was released Wednesday by the Arizona attorney general's office. By Bob Christie and John Marshall. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos.


TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Warner Smith has died after a more than three-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 44. Smith's death on Tuesday was announced Wednesday by the university. Smith was a four-year starter and senior team captain for Arizona and a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree as a guard. SENT: 130 words.


DENVER — The Denver Nuggets have won six straight over the Phoenix Suns heading into their game Wednesday night. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP Photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. MST.


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah seemed on shaky ground after an 8-3 start that failed to feature a significant win and saw tough losses against UNLV, Butler and BYU. The Utes, however, swept their Pac-12 opening road series against Oregon and Oregon State. Utah played its best ball over the weekend behind transfer Justin Bibbins and will find out if it was a fluke this week against No. 14 Arizona and No. 4 Arizona State. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos.


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