Arizona senator reveals his homosexuality

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Sen. Steve Gallardo of Arizona, who openly opposed a controversial anti-gay bill passed in the Legislature, announced his homosexuality on Wednesday.

“I’m a Latino, I’m a native of Arizona, I come from a Catholic family and I’m gay, it’s OK,” Gallardo told NBC News shortly after he made the announcement at the state Capitol in Phoenix.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a hot-button measure that would have permitted businesses in the state to deny service to gay and lesbians for religious beliefs.

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Ailing child gets his wish: To be Batman for a day

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Charles Keller of Phoenix, Ariz., is such a huge fan of the 1960s Batman TV show that he has his own Batmobile and replica Batcave. He turned his hobby into an opportunity to help 4-year-old Ezra Spector fulfill his wish to be a superhero for a day.

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Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon to reopen during shutdown

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The Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon will once again welcome visitors after the governors of New York and Arizona reached deals late Friday to pay park personnel during the government shutdown. 

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Officials: Survivor of Arizona fire crew followed protocol; blaze now partly contained

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The lone survivor of a 20-member elite crew deployed to fight a wildfire in Arizona was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing, officials said Tuesday as the blaze was partly contained for the first time.

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Ariz. firefighter’s widow: ‘Our kids will remember them as heroes’

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Juliann Ashcraft, whose husband, Andrew, was one of the 19 elite firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire, tells TODAY of swapping texts and photos with him just before he died.

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Granite Mountain Hotshots: Tough as nails but ‘being nice’ was key requirement

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Not just anyone could become a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

The elite firefighting force — which lost 19 of its 20 members in a wildfire on Sunday —  required candidates to complete a boot camp-style test to prove they were in peak physical condition.

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'Heroes': 19 elite firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze

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Nineteen firefighters - all members of an elite response team - were killed Sunday battling a fast-moving wildfire in Arizona, marking the deadliest single incident for firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said.

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Officials: 19 firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze

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A fast-moving wildfire in central Arizona claimed the lives of 19 firefighters on Sunday, authorities said.

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Extreme weekend heat wave could bring temperatures above 120 to Western US

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A wave of record-setting, life-threatening heat is expected to blaze across the West this weekend, with temperatures in some areas projected to top 120 degrees.

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Arizona mom Yanira Maldonado out of Mexico prison; drug allegations dropped

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Yanira Maldonado, the Arizona mother held for more than a week in a Mexico jail on suspicion of drug smuggling, was released late Thursday after the case against her was dismissed.

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Police stand in for fallen officer at his daughter’s kindergarten graduation

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Tatum Raetz graduated from kindergarten this week, just three days after her police officer father was killed while investigating a drunk driving case.

But the 5-year-old girl definitely felt her father’s presence at her ceremony, thanks to nearly 300 uniformed officers standing in his place at her Phoenix elementary school.

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Judge blocks Arkansas’ tough new abortion law

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A federal judge barred Arkansas from implementing one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws Friday, calling it “more than likely unconstitutional.”

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Arizona jurors declare Jodi Arias eligible for death penalty

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The Phoenix jury that convicted Jodi Arias of first-degree murder last week needed only a few hours Wednesday to decide that her conduct was so extreme that it could merit the death penalty.

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Fisherman reels in Arizona’s heaviest recorded fish

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PHOENIX – Eddie “Flathead Ed” Wilcoxson was asleep on the fold-out cot of his 24-foot pontoon boat on Friday, April 12, when what would become a state record flathead catfish began taking drag at Bartlett Lake.

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