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  • Police: Airport lockdown followed drug shooting

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Arizona say an attempted drug transaction was behind a shooting that led to a three-hour lockdown of the busiest terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Tempe police say the attempted drug transaction and shooting took place at a Tempe gas station Thursday afternoon. Three suspects were pursued to the airport in nearby Phoenix where two were quickly apprehended. A third suspect remained at large as hundreds of officers searched Terminal 4. He ultimately was found hiding in a parking garage. The lockdown resulted in 25 flight cancellations. Lt. Mike Pooley says the three suspects were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of multiple crimes. According to Pooley, the person who was shot during the alleged attempted drug transaction is hospitalized and expected to live.

  • Court balks at representation in gun-rights cases

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that judges cannot appoint lawyers at taxpayer expense to represent people applying to restore their right to possess firearms after they've undergone court-ordered psychiatric treatment. Pinal County officials had appealed Superior Court Judge Joseph Georgini's order that the public defender's office represent a woman in such a case. Georgini previously appointed the office to represent the woman in proceedings for court-ordered proceedings that resulted in an order for psychiatric treatment and a prohibition against firearms possession. The judge later ordered the office to represent the woman when she applied to restore her right to possess firearms after being discharged from treatment. The Court of Appeals ruled that the woman's personal liberty isn't now at stake so she's not entitled to have an appointed lawyer.

  • Police chase suspects' vehicle to Phoenix airport

    PHOENIX (AP) — Flights now are grounded, and the busiest terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport remains on lockdown as authorities search for a suspect in a shooting at a Tempe gasoline station. Authorities have detained two suspects and are searching for a third who may be in Terminal 4's parking garage. Phoenix police say it's unclear if the remaining suspect is armed. Hundreds of officers are searching the garage and terminal. Tempe police chased the suspects' vehicle into Phoenix on Thursday afternoon. The suspects bailed out of the car at Sky Harbor following a high-speed chase and two were apprehended. Police say a man was shot at a Shell station about 2:45 p.m. There's no immediate word on the victim's condition. Police didn't immediately provide a possible motive for the shooting.


  • Driver of stolen van that hit dog gets prison time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The driver of a stolen van that hit and badly injured a dog during a wild, televised police chase in Los Angeles has been sentenced to two years in state prison. Los Angeles County prosecutors say 21-year-old Yovani Rodriguez was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, fleeing police while driving recklessly and hit-and-run. Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday night after a chase that lasted more than an hour. His woman passenger was detained but not charged. During the pursuit, the van struck Gordo, a young Maltese mix that ran into the street. The fluffy white dog received a deep gash to his back leg and a crushed hip. Vets trying to save his leg removed part of his hip joint Thursday and repaired other damage.

  • Dog found in Oregon heading back to Pennsylvania

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania. A Jack Russell terrier that somehow ended up in Oregon more than four months after she went missing from her home near Philadelphia will soon be flown back to the Keystone State. A microchip implanted in Gidget allowed workers at an animal shelter south of Portland to find the dog's owner. PetLink, the company that manufactured the microchip, will pay for her return flight, said Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services for Washington County. "We have no idea how she came from Pennsylvania to Oregon, but we are thrilled that she will be going home safe and sound," Wood said. Gidget's odyssey attracted national attention Wednesday, spurring many people to offer money for the flight — from a woman in Vancouver, Washington, to a former East Coast governor who told the AP he wanted to remain anonymous. Wood said a man also came to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter and paid for all of its expenses caring for the dog. Wood said the owner of the dog has asked to remain private, but wants everyone to know she's grateful for the outpouring of support. She did not have the money to fly out to Oregon to retrieve her dog. A good Samaritan spotted the 7-year-old dog earlier this month wandering in the Portland suburb of Tualatin. Shelter workers contacted the Pennsylvania owner and learned that the dog had been missing since April 22, two days after Easter. Gidget's whereabouts between April and September are a mystery. She was thin, but in otherwise good shape when brought to the shelter. Wood said Gidget's story is a reminder that it's important to microchip your pet.

  • Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers. The size of the theft at Home Depot trails only that of TJX Companies' heist of 90 million records disclosed in 2007. Target's breach compromised 40 million credit and debit cards. Home Depot, the nation's largest home-improvement retailer, said that the malware used in the data breach that took place between April and September has been eliminated. It said there was no evidence that debit PIN numbers were compromised or that the breach affected stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at It said it has also completed a "major" payment security project that provides enhanced encryption of customers' payment data in the company's U.S. stores. But unlike Target's breach, which sent the retailer's sales and profits falling as wary shoppers went elsewhere, customers seem to have stuck with Atlanta-based Home Depot. Still, the breach's ultimate cost to the company remains unknown. Greg Melich, an analyst at International Strategy & Investment Group LLC, estimates the costs will run in the several hundred million dollars, similar to Target's breach. "This is a massive breach, and a lot of people are affected," said John Kindervag, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. But he added, "Home Depot is very lucky that Target happened because there is this numbness factor." Customers appear to be growing used to breaches, following a string of them this past year, including at Michaels, SuperValu and Neiman Marcus. Home Depot might have also benefited from the disclosure of the breach coming in September, months after the spring season, which is the busiest time of year for home improvement. And unlike Target, which has a myriad of competitors, analysts note that home-improvement shoppers don't have many options. Moreover, Home Depot's customer base is different from Target's. Nearly 40 percent of Home Depot's sales come from professional and contractor services. Those buyers tend to be fiercely loyal and shop a couple of times a week for supplies. Home Depot Thursday confirmed its sales-growth estimates for the fiscal year and said it expects to earn $4.54 per share in fiscal 2014, up 2 cents from its prior guidance. The company's fiscal 2014 outlook includes estimates for the cost to investigate the data breach, providing credit monitoring services to its customers, increasing call center staffing and paying legal and professional services. However, the profit guidance doesn't include potential yet-to-be determined losses related to the breach. The company said it has not yet estimated costs beyond those included in the guidance issued Thursday. Those costs could include liabilities related to payment card networks for reimbursements of credit card fraud and card reissuance costs. It could also include future civil litigation and governmental investigations and enforcement proceedings. "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and anxiety this has caused, and want to reassure them that they will not be liable for fraudulent charges," Home Depot's chairman and CEO, Frank Blake, said in a statement. "From the time this investigation began, our guiding principal has been to put our customers first, and we will continue to do so." The breach at Home Depot was first reported on Sept. 2 by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cybersecurity. Target's high-profile breach pushed banks, retailers and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips in U.S. credit and debit cards. Supporters say chip cards are safer, because unlike magnetic strip cards that transfer a credit card number when they are swiped at a point-of-sale terminal, chip cards use a one-time code that moves between the chip and the retailer's register. The result is a transfer of data that is useless to anyone except the parties involved. Chip cards are also nearly impossible to copy, experts say. Target has been overhauling its security department and systems and is accelerating its $100 million plan to roll out chip-based credit card technology in all of its nearly 1,800 stores. Home Depot said it will be activating chip-enabled checkout terminals at all of its U.S. stores by the end of the year.

Featured columns

  • OPINION: Inheriting Sun City

    Many property transfers in Sun City, unfortunately, result from the passing of one or more parents and their descendant(s) inheriting the property. Whether the Sun City property is owned by individuals or is part of a trust, the heirs need to understand the unique nature of our community.We encourage all property owners to share with their future heirs their knowledge of our wonderful active senior adult community, and the responsibilities of ownership. In this commentary we will touch on important items that we would do well to share with our heirs and will ease the way for them during a very difficult phase upon the loss of loved ones.We are well aware that Sun City is not actually a city, rather it is an unincorporated community in Maricopa County. It is a planned community and all Sun City property owners must comply with the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), available online at deed restrictions are recorded against each Sun City property (lot) and are enforced by the Sun City Home Owners Association (SCHOA). When acquiring a new property, whether by purchase or inheritance, the execution of a Facilities Agreement in favor of the Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc. (RCSC) and payment of the annual homeowner fee is required.Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc. (RCSC) is a private, non-profit corporation that owns and operates all the recreation facilities in Sun City.RCSC assesses all Sun City property owners an annual property assessment on the anniversary of the date of change in the recorded deed regardless of whether they occupy the Sun City residence or use the recreational facilities. One may access RCSC Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and Board Policies at under the Corporate Tab.  

  • Boot-up process starts computer

    It is often useful to know and understand what goes on behind the image on your display screen so that you can make good decisions about your computer and its management.So this week, I am going to give you some information about how your computer boots up.First, you need to know about what is going on when your computer is turned off. Electric power is the absolute requirement to use a computer.When turned off, your computer would not know how to boot up unless there was a program in there that records all of the  logical steps that must be taken when the computer is first turned on.The file that held the boot-up-program steps for all so-called BM-compatible PCs up until the release of Windows 8, is called a BIOS (Basic Input/Output System).When Microsoft released Windows 8, the program that boots up a Windows 8 and 8.1 computer is called UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). Do you believe that name?

  • OPINION: Woman’s journey alters history

    Times have changed. In the early 1800s, a 9-year-old girl and a flock of sheep were sold together for a hundred dollars. In April 2009, her portrait bust was unveiled in Emancipation Hall, the first sculpture to honor an African American woman in the U.S. Capitol.The journey of that woman, Sojourner Truth, from slave to abolitionist and women’s rights advocate is a remarkable tale.Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in Ulster County, N.Y. Her birth name was Isabella Baumfree. Her family was owned by Dutch speaking Colonel Hardenberg and his family. By the time Isabella was 30, she had been bought and sold by three different owners. As did many slaves at that time, she suffered physical abuse at their hands.She was totally unschooled and was unable to read and write. Yet, the year before she would have been freed by New York State law, she escaped to freedom.Isabella said she had found God in the solitary woods on her master’s estate. Her strength and endurance, she said, came from God. She renamed herself Sojourner — to reflect her mission to travel the countryside and teach about the evils of oppression. She took Truth as her last name, reflecting the purpose of her calling: to speak God’s truth. While her first language was Dutch, she learned English from a family for whom she worked, and then began a ministry to teach godliness and freedom for all.  True to her name, Sojourner lived and traveled widely. She lived in a Utopian community in Northampton, Mass., called the Northampton Association of Education and Industry. There she met abolitionists including Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison and gave her first abolitionist speech in 1844.

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