Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at 602-258-8934 or

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PHOENIX — The sales and marketing director of pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate prostitution in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors. The plea Friday by Dan Hyer marked the second employee to plead guilty in cases in Arizona in which the site is accused of ignoring warnings to stop running prostitution ads. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.


MESA, Ariz. — The nurses at a Phoenix-area hospital are starting to wonder if there's something in the water. Sixteen who work in the intensive care unit at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa are all pregnant at the same time, with most of them due to deliver between October and January. By Anita Snow. SENT: 270 words, photos.


PHOENX — Phoenix police officer and a suspect were hospitalized in critical condition after exchanging gunfire during an encounter that the police chief called an ambush. Police said the shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. Thursday after the officer in a marked vehicle attempted a traffic stop in north Phoenix and the driver initially refused to stop. SENT: 250 words.


SAN DIEGO — A federal judge has extended a freeze on deporting families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents to remain in the United States. By Julie Watson. SENT: 390 words


WASHINGTON — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1400 words.


—OBIT-CAROL SPRINGER: Carol Springer, the former state treasurer who helped Arizona become the first state in the nation with an all-female elected line of succession, has died.

—VOTER REGISTRATION: Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has rejected a request to unilaterally change more than 500,000 voter registration addresses to the address listed on driver's licenses.

— NAVAJO-BIA DIRECTOR: The tribe says Sharon Pinto has been reassigned to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education as the deputy director.



NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints host the Arizona Cardinals Friday night. UPCOMING: Story, photos.


SAN DIEGO — The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres continue their four-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m. MST.


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