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March 14, 2014 | By Evan Halper and Cindy Carcamo
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug. For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials. The Arizona study had long ago been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration, but under federal rules, such experiments can use marijuana only from a single, government-run farm in Mississippi.
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NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A man who robbed and shot to death nine people, including Buddhist monks and family members, in an Arizona temple was sentenced to 239 years in prison Friday, Maricopa County court officials said. Johnathan Doody, 39, had been convicted of carrying out what remains the deadliest mass murder in Arizona history. A temple abbot, five monks, an apprentice monk, a nun and her nephew were gunned down in the Phoenix-area Wat Promkunaram temple in 1991. Doody and a friend, Alex Garcia, walked into the temple in October 1991 armed with a shotgun and rifle and robbed the templegoers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Former NFL player Darren Sharper, charged with drugging and raping two women in Hollywood, was ordered Thursday to remain in jail without bail after an Arizona grand jury indicted him on charges of committing two sexual assaults in Arizona. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Renee Korn rejected efforts by Sharper's attorneys, Blair Berk and Larry Levine, to have the Super Bowl-winning safety released from L.A. County custody on house arrest with GPS monitoring. They had asked that he be allowed to surrender to authorities in Arizona, where an indictment was unsealed this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. The indictment on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs involve attacks that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, police said Wednesday. In all, the former New Orleans Saints safety, 38, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least eight women in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker and Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she would not seek a third term, forgoing a campaign that would have required her to challenge the state's term limits measure. The Republican had left open the option of running this year, despite the overwhelming weight of legal opinion against it. She became governor in 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano left office to join President Obama's cabinet, and won reelection the following year. The state limits governors to two terms and legal experts said her first partial term counted toward the limit.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker and Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she would not seek a third term, forgoing a campaign that would have required her to challenge the state's term limits measure. The Republican had left open the option of running this year, despite the overwhelming weight of legal opinion against it. She became governor in 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano left office to join President Obama's Cabinet, and Brewer won reelection the following year. The state limits governors to two terms, and most legal experts said her first partial term counted toward the limit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. Sharper, 38, was indicted on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs in connection with attacks that allegedly occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, the Tempe Police Department said in a statement. The department said its detectives presented the allegations to to the grand jury Tuesday.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Manager Don Mattingly confirmed Sunday what everyone has known for a long time: Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers starter when the team begins its season next week against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. "Any time you get to start opening day, no matter what continent, it's an honor," said Kershaw, who has started the Dodgers' first game in each of the last three seasons. "It's pretty special. I don't take it for granted. " Kershaw prepped for that start with a steady five-inning outing against the San Francisco Giants, one in which he gave up two runs and five hits.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Arizona 5, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols struck out looking at a sharp-breaking curve and grounded out to shortstop in two at-bats against Archie Bradley, Arizona's top pitching prospect, his spring average falling to .066. But Pujols drove in a run with a sharp single to center field against Matt Stites in the fifth inning. Outfield prospect Matt Long had a run-scoring double in the fifth. ON THE MOUND: Garrett Richards was dominant for two innings, retiring six batters in a row and hitting 97 mph. But he fell behind on counts in the third and fourth innings and gave up five runs and eight hits, including Didi Gregorius' two-run double and Paul Goldschmidt's run-scoring double.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
FARMINGTON, N.M. - In World War II he served as a Navajo code talker, one of the Marines who became legendary by using their native tongue to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher. Years later, to express its appreciation, the Navajo Nation built Tom Jones Jr. a house. These days the 89-year-old Jones struggles to keep warm during winter because the only heat inside his house emanates from an antique wood stove in the living room. The electricity doesn't work in his bathroom and the floor has worn away, exposing plywood beneath his feet.
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