PHOENIX (AP) - A jury has begun deliberating Jodi Arias' fate, deciding whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or execution. Arias asked jurors earlier today to spare her life. Arias, who was convicted of murdering her ex-lover, says she'd use her time in prison to bring about positive changes, including raising money for domestic abuse victims.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court in San Francisco has struck down Arizona's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless there's a medical emergency. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law violates a string of U.S. Supreme Court rulings, including Roe v. Wade, which guarantees a woman's right to an abortion before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities released nearly 600 photos that investigators took in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Some of the photos show the handgun, high-capacity pistol magazines and knife that Jared Lee Loughner carried with him during the January 2011 attack. The release didn't include any gruesome crime scene images of victims.
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a 32-year-old man sought in the abduction of his son has killed himself, ending a 12-hour barricade at a house in which six other people were inside. Sgt. Steve Martos says Israel Celis Sr. had a self-inflicted gunshot wound when officers entered a barricaded room upon hearing a gunshot and screams. A woman and an 8-year-old boy also in the room were OK and five other people were extracted from the house earlier.
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