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WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer, the Arizona senator's family announced Friday. In a statement, McCain's family said McCain has surpassed expectations for his survival, but "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict." The family added: "With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment." By Matthew Daly. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: Updates.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Three people are competing to become the Republican nominee in Arizona's vast 1st Congressional District that takes in the state's high country, low desert and tribal land, including the Navajo Nation, Flagstaff and the suburbs north of Tucson. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 820 words, photos.


PHOENIX — It was five days before ballots will be counted in his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio had no idea what he was doing. The final days of a campaign are usually frantic, with candidates' every moment scheduled to ensure they meet as many voters as possible. But Arpaio had nothing planned Thursday until a 4:30 p.m. meeting. By Nicholas Riccardi. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.


PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled Friday to issue a ruling in the case of a woman whose child abuse and kidnapping convictions were overturned by a lower court. Sophia Richter was convicted of the crimes for keeping her three daughters imprisoned in their home for several months. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update, then longer version by 1:30 p.m., photos.


WASHINGTON — Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action over the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. But charitable programs in Republican and lower-tax states such as Arizona could also be hit. By Marcy Gordon and Geoff Mulvhill. SENT: 1,060 words.


— WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT-SCOTTSDALE: A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against Scottsdale over the death of a child at a fire station earlier this year. Authorities say 16-month-old Joey Reiss was with his parents on tour of the station Feb. 3 when he was crushed by an automatically closing bay door.

— STATE REVENUE: The state's budget picture began the new fiscal year on a positive note. Legislative budget analysts report that July revenues were 17 percent over the prior year and $42 million above the enacted forecast used when the 2018-2019 budget was approved last spring.

— ARIZONA REGISTERED VOTERS: Arizona election officials say more people have registered to vote before next week's primary. Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said nearly 22,000 new voters have registered since March. There are more than 3.6 million voters in the state.

— POLICE IMPERSONATOR ARRESTED: Pima County Sheriff's officials say a man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer. They say 38-year-old Bryan Watmore of Tucson was booked into jail Thursday.

— PREGNANT NURSES — A Mesa hospital is throwing a baby shower for the staff's 16 pregnant nurses. Banner Desert Medical Center officials say a small, private shower will be thrown in their honor on Friday.

— THREATENED SNAKES-HABITAT: Environmentalists are threatening to sue the U.S. government in an effort to set aside hundreds of square miles of habitat they say is necessary for the survival of the northern Mexican garter snake and the narrow-headed garter snake.



PHOENIX — Clay Buchholz went through a string of injuries, even a stint in the minors, putting his future in doubt. With a new approach to pitching, the right-hander has resurrected his career and given the Arizona Diamondbacks a big push toward the playoffs. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m. MST.




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