Arizona high court allows execution to proceed
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's highest court is allowing the execution of a condemned inmate to proceed after considering a last-minute appeal that put his lethal injection on hold.
The appeal focused on arguments that Joseph Rudolph Wood received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing, along with a challenge about the secrecy of the lethal injection drugs.
The Arizona Supreme Court temporarily halted Wood's execution scheduled for Wednesday morning, but then rejected the appeal and said the execution could proceed.
Officials at the state prison in Florence have told witnesses to return to the execution chamber at 1 p.m.
The planned execution is occurring amid new scrutiny nationwide over lethal injections after several controversial executions.
Police: 13-year-old boy home alone during burglary
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tempe police say a 13-year-old boy was home alone when two burglars broke in.
Police say one of the two intruders who entered through a skylight on Tuesday found the boy in his bedroom and told him to stay there and cover his eyes. The intruders stayed in the home for about an hour as they looked for valuables.
The boy came out at one point, thinking the intruders had left, but they hadn't and one told him to go back in his room, which he did.
However, he ran out and yelled when his mother returned home, and they both fled the home and called police.
The suspects were gone when officers arrived.
House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants.
The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate.
A Senate bill would spend $2.7 billion to address the border crisis but doesn't include any of the policy changes embraced by the House GOP.
Congresswoman Kay Granger, who led Boehner's working group, says that amending current law to allow speedier return of the Central American youths can be done while ensuring proper protections of the unaccompanied minors. Democrats say it would put the kids at risk by sending them back to brutal gangs.
Phoenix area warned about excessive heat
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix and other areas in southwestern Arizona will be under an excessive heat warning much of Wednesday due to temperatures that will range from between 112 to 118 in low desert locations.
The warning issued by the National Weather Service runs through 8 p.m., though forecasters say thunderstorms may mitigate the very hot temperatures.
The weather service says above-normal temperatures also are expected Thursday.
Meanwhile, a high pollution advisory for ozone is in effect for the Phoenix area for Wednesday due to high temperatures and a shift in air flow.
Air-quality officials are urging residents to drive less, refuel after dark and avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines. Also, children and adults with respiratory problems are advised to avoid outdoor activities Wednesday.
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