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A failed system enables convicted military sex offenders to evade detection and prey on civilians

abc15.com — The military relies on convicted sex offenders to self-register after discharge. But sex offender registry coordination and communication can break down even when a state receives notification from the military that a sex offender is released in its community. In some cases, states failed to register convicted sex offenders because they didn't understand the military jargon or the...
Nov 23, 2014

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Nov 23, 2014

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Nov 23, 2014

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Chicago church members get $500 each to 'do good'

abc15.com — CHICAGO - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, the pastor said, and $160,000 - a typical 10 percent tithe - would be divided among some 320 regular attendees.

PD: Man shot dead at Phoenix car wash

abc15.com — PHOENIX - Police say a suspect shot a man at a Phoenix car wash and then took a seat on the ground nearby. Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes says the male victim was at a car wash near 3rd Street and McDowell Road on Sunday around 2:30 p.m.

Poo-Powered Bus Hits U.K. Streets

abc15.com — A new bio-bus is capturing British hearts and minds...and excrement. GENeco, a subsidiary of the water and sewage utility in Southwest England, unveiled a bus that runs on bio-methane produced, in part, by human waste.

Ferguson shooting update: Timeline of events after death of Michael Brown

abc15.com — FERGUSON, MO - A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ------ AUG. 9 -- Brown and a companion, both black, are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store.
Nov 23, 2014

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'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million

abc15.com — NEW YORK - "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the previous installments of "The Hunger Games," but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Last-minute Thanksgiving donations needed for St. Mary's Food Bank distribution boxes

abc15.com — PHOENIX - Thanksgiving is just days away and St. Mary's Food Bank is asking for some last-minute help feeding families in need. Despite collecting 1,200 turkeys and $11,000 from the public on Saturday, they're still about 2,600 turkeys short of their goal.
Nov 23, 2014

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Man, 70, reported missing from Peoria group home Wednesday morning

abc15.com — PEORIA - Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating a man who went missing from a group home in Peoria on Wednesday. Barry Bobb, 70, was reported missing in the area of 89th Avenue and Calle Lejos around 5 a.m. on November 19.

Ducey to likely see Arizona bills Brewer rejected

abc15.com — PHOENIX - Arizona's incoming governor may be faced with a lot of the same bills his predecessor passed on. Sponsors of legislation that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed said they see Gov.-elect Doug Ducey as a possible second chance. Lawmakers including state Rep. John Kavanagh and Rep.

Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald out, ending streak

abc15.com — SEATTLE - Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was inactive for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks , ending his streak of consecutive starts at 110. Fitzgerald was questionable after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee last week against Detroit.

Huge mulch fire burns in El Mirage

abc15.com — The fire is burning mulch and firewood at an El Mirage business and reached 20 acres in size Sunday, Rural Metro Fire Department says.

INTERACTIVE: Hundreds of military sex offenders can’t be found on public registries. Who are they?

abc15.com — Scripps News has uncovered hundreds of convicted military sex offenders who do not show up on any public sex offender registries. Our interactive features nine of those offenders who represent a cross section of military branches and of serious crimes - including rape, child molestation and forcible sodomy.
Nov 23, 2014

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10 Valley companies hiring workers now

abc15.com — PHOENIX - If you are currently out of the workforce or looking for a new job, there are hundreds of employers looking for workers in the Valley. We found these companies and more on indeed.com , simplyhired.com , jobing.com and localwork.com . It doesn't get easier than this to apply for a job.

Obama pushes 'Schoolhouse Rock' Bill down steps of Capitol in 'SNL' skit

abc15.com — You sure gotta climb a lot of steps to reach the Capitol building in Washington, so just imagine what the tumble down is like. Or, just ask "Schoolhouse Rock" Bill, hero of the classic animated educational segment "I'm Just a Bill" on how a bill becomes a law.

Tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays from AAWL and SPCA

abc15.com — PHOENIX - The holidays mean gatherings of family, food and likely your furry friends, too. While pets are often considered family, it's important to remember what animals can and can't have from the table. Some "people" foods are OK for some pets, but others can make them very sick.

WATCH: Bystanders chase and detain man after crash outside Glendale bar

abc15.com — GLENDALE, AZ - Bystanders chased and caught a man who, a witness said, crashed into five cars outside a Glendale bar and sprinted from the scene. The driver's black SUV plowed into the vehicles outside the bar near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Thunderbird Road at approximately 8:30 p.m.

'Frozen' parody: 'Let it Snow' created by Buffalo resident

abc15.com — Everyone knows that Buffalo is the City of Good Neighbors-- but did you know that one of those neighbors has an amazing voice? Visit Buffalo Niagara released this video, " Let It Snow: A Buffalo 'Frozen' Parody," yesterday evening as a tribute to the resiliency of Buffalo and its residents.

Housekeeper given house she was sent to clean

abc15.com — CLEVELAND - A hardworking housekeeper from Cleveland got the surprise of her life last week when she was given the house she was supposed to clean. Cara Simmons is a single mother of three who has devoted all of her time to her job and family.

Townhome residents displaced after chimney fire

abc15.com — PEORIA - Two families are displaced after an overnight fire that took place in a Peoria townhome. According to Peoria Fire Department, a resident of a townhome near 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road lit a fire in the chimney and went to bed.