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Nonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costs Opponents are concerned the cost of registering a dot-org website will skyrocket, and they worry about the potential loss of freedoms of speech and expression if the registry is in the wrong hands.

For hippo Fiona's 3rd birthday, zoo seeks aid for Australia The shirt features a koala and kangaroo giving Fiona a hug and says "Supporting Our Friends Down Under." All proceeds from sales of the shirts will be sent to Zoos Victoria to help them care for suffering animals. The zoo will add $5,000 to the total amount raised.

Massive explosion at manufacturing plant damages several buildings in Houston At least one person has been transported to the hospital following a massive explosion in a northwest Houston suburb, the Houston Fire Department reports. The explosion occurred at 4:18 a.m. local time, KTRK reports. Helicopter footage from the scene shows a massive fireball burning and several buildings on fire.

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns New York Attorney General Tish James, who helped lead the coalition of state attorneys general, argued that posting the blueprints would allow anyone to go online and use the downloadable files to create unregistered and untraceable assault-style weapons that could be difficult to detect.

Advocates: EPA's new clean-water rules hit Arizona, Southwest hardest The new rule will apply only to linked, free-flowing waterways. "Thanks to our new rule, our nation's farmers, ranchers, developers, manufacturers and other landowners can finally refocus on providing the food, shelter and other commodities that Americans rely on every day," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Thursday.

SUV on grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City sparks outrage BEIJING - A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City. The reaction prompted an apology from the management of China's 600-year-old former imperial palace.

Cops: Waze app directs casino-bound drivers into wilderness - An ad in the Waze navigation app is misdirecting motorists headed to Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa into the wilderness of New Jersey's Pine Barrens, police said.

Gallego discusses challenge of affordable housing in booming Phoenix WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego told an audience of elected officials in Washington Thursday that while cities across the country are forced to be creative in the fight to provide affordable housing, it's a particular challenge in her city.

Badgers defend No. 1 ranking, stifle No. 4 Flagstaff 2-0 In arguably their biggest game of the regular season, Prescott girls soccer made a huge statement by taking down No. 4 Flagstaff 2-0 on the road Thursday afternoon. Coming into the season, it was evident that Prescott and Flagstaff were heavy favorites for the Grand Canyon Region title.

Photo & Video: Prescott girls basketball trounces Tempe 40-34 in final freedom game of season Prescott guard Jamie Huttmann tries to look for an open teammate during the Badgers' 40-34 victory over Tempe on Thursday.

Photo: AZ Sand Snakes take runners-up at 16U Phoenix Open Softball Tournament The AZ Sand Snakes pose for a photo after finishing as the runners-up at the Phoenix Open Softball Tournament in the 16U division on Saturday.

In tight race, Suns' Booker pushes into All-Star discussion PHOENIX - Devin Booker has produced the kind of all-around numbers for the past few seasons that suggest he should be an NBA All-Star. He usually commands the respect of opposing defenses like an All-Star. His teammates and coach believe there is no doubt that he's an All-Star.

Woods opens with 69 at Torrey North to start new year SAN DIEGO - Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round of the year since 2011. It wasn't enough to be among the leaders Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open, but it was fine with him.

Despite distracted-driving law, Arizona still ranks low on highway safety WASHINGTON - Arizona enacted a ban on texting while driving last year, after 10 years of trying, but it still wasn't enough to pull the state from the bottom of a national report card on traffic safety laws. The annual Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report said Arizona had just five of 16 recommended safety laws, ahead of just five states.

Two Valley sisters, hit and killed in separate crashes within two years PHOENIX - A Valley family is experiencing an unimaginable tragedy, yet again. Two sisters, both hit and killed by cars, within 20 months and two and half miles. Stephanie Jones, 34, was hit and killed when crossing 35th Avenue, near Bethany Home Road on January 21 just before 10 p.m.

Pima County Sheriff's Department investigating shooting on Northwest side - The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting on the Northwest side Thursday night. It happened at 9:11 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Camino Aire Fresco. That's near La Canada and River Road. Deputies found one victim at the scene and took the person to the hospital.

House Bill takes aim at student voting TUCSON - As the sun went down on Thursday at the University of Arizona, Cesar Aguilar was hard at work. "Are you guys registered to vote?" Aguilar asks two students who pass by him.

DIGGING DEEPER: Property crimes among the top crimes in Pima County TUCSON - The new year has just begun and thieves are breaking into homes stealing what some people may have gotten for Christmas. According to statistics from an insurance company, more homes are broken into in Arizona during the month of January. Across the country, over 3,000 burglaries are committed daily, according to the FBI's crime data.

PCSD responding to reported shooting west of Tucson Mall TUCSON - Pima County Sheriff's Department responded to a reported shooting at the 4600 block of North Camino Aire Fresco on Thursday night. Upon arrival at approximately 9:11 p.m., deputies located one victim who was then transported to the hospital. Please avoid the area.

Court: Ex-wife can't use frozen embryos without permission PHOENIX - A divorced man's desire not to be a parent trumps the wishes of his ex-wife to use the embryos they agreed to have frozen in happier times, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Cleator man found guilty of attempted murder: Sentencing scheduled for Feb. 13 A Cleator man has been found guilty of attempting to kill his neighbor in 2016. Donald Purcell, 59, was arrested for the offense after a 60-year-old woman living adjacent to him was found one evening lying on the ground outside her home with severe head injuries and covered in blood.

YRMC parking lot slated for paving at former Miller Valley School site The land where the former Miller Valley School once stood at 900 Iron Springs Road in Prescott will soon be a parking lot for Yavapai Regional Medical Center across the street. YRMC Director of Marketing and Communications Ken Boush said on Jan.

McCasland named Yavapai College District Governing Board chair The Yavapai College District Governing Board voted Deb McCasland as board chair for the upcoming year at its budget workshop meeting on Tuesday morning, Jan. 21. An alumna of Yavapai College, McCasland has served on the District Governing Board since 2014.

Clothing donation company hosting sale event at TCC TUCSON - Just Between Friends Tucson started accepting clothing donations for its annual consignment sale at the Tucson Convention Center this weekend. You can check out all of the other clothes that are on sale Friday and Saturday. Doors are open from 10 a.m.

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