GIRL WITH UZI
Family feels sorry for girl, 9, who shot their dad
NEW YORK (AP) - The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi say they feel sorry for the child.
Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger. The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and the 39-year-old Vacca was fatally shot once in the head.
His daughter, 19-year-old Ashley, told NBC's "Today" show that the family knows it was a tragic accident and something she'll have to live with.
Prosecutors say they will not file charges. The identities of the girl and her family have not been released.
SCOTTSDALE MALL FALL
Woman seriously injured in fall at Scottsdale mall
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a woman is in serious condition after a third-floor fall at an upscale Scottsdale shopping mall.
Scottsdale police say it's unclear if the woman jumped or fell inside the Scottsdale Fashion Square on Thursday night.
They say she landed on some kind of an object that caused serious injuries.
The woman's name wasn't immediately released.
Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman Clint Steeves says the injured woman was taken to Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.
It's the second fall at Scottsdale Fashion Square this summer.
A 65-year-old woman fell two stories to her death in June and police believe that plunge was intentional.
Plane stowaway arrested in Phoenix says she's ill
PHOENIX (AP) - A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket and arrested at a Phoenix airport this week says she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness.
Marilyn Jean Hartman gave teary, often rambling explanations for her behavior Thursday at a Phoenix jail.
The 62-year-old Hartman says she's homeless, suffers from "whistleblower trauma syndrome" and has been medically diagnosed with major depression.
She was arrested Tuesday near baggage claim at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on suspicion of criminal trespass.
Hartman says her last psychological evaluation occurred about a year ago. Phoenix police are requesting a mental-health evaluation for her.
Hartman recently was sentenced to 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport, but she was released Aug. 16 because of overcrowding.
Camping closures to begin in eastern Arizona
SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) - Forest officials are temporarily closing some camping areas affected by a wildfire in eastern Arizona's White Mountains earlier this summer.
The U.S. Forest Service says the closures will begin Friday in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and could remain in effect until next June.
Campers will be prohibited from certain areas that are being rehabilitated after being damaged by a wildfire two months ago.
The San Juan Fire burned more than 8 square miles two months ago.
Anyone caught violating the closures could face a fine of up to $5,000 and six months in prison.
Only people with a Forest Service permit or authorized by the agency to do business in the area will be permitted.
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