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Overall crimes fell in Phoenix and Tucson during the second quarter of this year, a time when the toughest COVID-19 restrictions were in place. But while property crimes fell in both cities, aggravated assaults rose – sharply enough in Phoenix to drive up the overall violent crime rate compared to the first quarter.

The latest police data show reported crimes fell in Phoenix and Tucson during the second quarter of the year, a period in which Arizonans were largely confined to their homes by the governor’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Read more»

Taylor spoke to reporters in Tucson on Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by his legal team.

An emotional Louis Taylor maintained his innocence while explaining his decision to plead no contest in the 1970 Hotel Pioneer fire the day after a hearing before Arizona Judge Richard Fields set him free after 42 years behind bars. (with video) Read more» 2

Louis Taylor

The man convicted of starting the 1970 Pioneer Hotel fire that killed 29 people walked free Tuesday after spending 42 years in prison. With legal advocates raising questions about the case against him, 59-year-old Louis Taylor accepted an agreement with prosecutors in which he pleaded no contest to 28 counts of felony murder and received credit for time served. Read more»

Rioters battle police in the Hackney neighborhood of London on Monday night.

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Fires burn throughout Bangkok.

Wild battles and torched malls now light up Bangkok, currently suffering one of its most unruly chapters ever. Here's how to untangle and understand Thailand's trauma. Read more»