Most talked about ABC 15 Phoenix stories

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations — HAVANA - Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with its five-star insignia, the 83-year-old leader said the two countries would work to resolve their differences "without renouncing a single one of our principles."

New list shows what each state is the worst at in the country — It might not be something we're proud of, but each state is the worst at something. Though some states are bad at trivial things (like Washington, which is the worst at liking Justin Bieber), others signal serious societal issues (like Colorado, which has a serious cocaine problem).
Dec 18, 2014

What is #Arizona the worst at in the country? State list may surprise you: #abc15

Byron Pitts replacing Dan Abrams as ABC 'Nightline' anchor — NEW YORK - ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline." Pitts, the network's chief national correspondent, will replace Abrams after Thursday's edition of the late-night news program. He joins Dan Harris and Juju Chang on the anchor team.

Dog alerts family to Tempe house fire — TEMPE, AZ - Two people were able to escape an early morning house fire in Tempe on Thursday morning. Officials said the fire started around 2:00 a.m. near Price and Broadway Roads. The homeowner's dog was able to alert the family of smoke in the house.

2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner — Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues.

Reported officer-involved shooting in Phoenix — PHOENIX - Phoenix Police are investigating a reported officer-involved shooting Thursday morning. According to Sgt. Jonathan Howard, the shooting occurred near 24th Avenue and Union Hills in Phoenix. It is unclear at this time exactly what happened or if any officers are injured. Stay with ABC15 and for updates.

AHS: Phoenix apartment overrun with dozens of cats — PHOENIX - Arizona Humane Society officials are investigating a possible animal-hoarding case at a Phoenix home. AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson said an apartment at the Ocotillo Village Complex near 44th Street and McDowell has at least 30 cats inside. A violation notice posted on the door says several of the cats are dead.

Deal of the Day: 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship tickets for half off — If you like heart-stopping, off-road motorcycle racing then you're going to love this smart shopper deal of the day because the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is coming to town. The best riders from across the globe will be racing each other and competing for the world championship at chase field on January 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Phoenix officers buy gifts for young stabbing victims — PHOENIX - Phoenix police officers went out of their way this week to keep the holiday spirit alive for two children who were allegedly attacked by their mother. Brenda Begay was arrested Monday after police say she stabbed both her 12-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son . The children were hospitalized and are currently recovering.

Rent baby items for the holidays: Smart Shopper compares three rental services — PHOENIX - The holidays are right around the corner and that means family and friends are coming to your house, and they probably have children. Perhaps you don't have children or your children have grown up and already move out of the house meaning that old play pen and block set were sold in the garage sale years ago; what do you do?

Sony cancels 'The Interview' theatrical release: U.S. official says Sony hack linked to North Korea — A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case.

Pima County delays no-smokers hiring policy vote — TUCSON, AZ - The Pima County Board of Supervisors has delayed a vote to implement a ban on hiring smokers. The board was scheduled to vote on the ban on Tuesday. County administrator Chuck Huckelberry asked the board to hold off until Feb. 10 while he gathers more information.

U.S., Cuba to start talks to restore relations — The United States is set to begin talks with Cuba aimed at restoring full diplomatic relations and opening an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century, American officials announced after the release of Alan Gross Wednesday. Gross, a 65-year-old American contractor, was released in a prisoner swap with Cuba.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @thekatieleone: US lifts travel, financial sanctions on #Cuba, extends hand of friendship after release of #AlanGross

Sen. Jeff Flake accompanies released American on flight — PHOENIX - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was on the plane that flew a released American prisoner from Cuba to the United States. Flake was among three U.S. lawmakers accompanying Alan Gross, who was released Wednesday on humanitarian grounds. Flake's office issued a statement in which the Arizona Republican said it was a wonderful day for Gross and his family.

Police: 2 teenagers shot at north Phoenix home — PHOENIX - Authorities are investigating a double shooting in north Phoenix. The incident happened Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. at a home near Tatum and Deer Valley Road by Desert Ridge Marketplace. Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump said there are no outstanding suspects and no reports of officers injured.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @Rebecca_221B: Teenage boy trying to shoot girlfriend, shoots her & accidentally himself too. Phoenix #GunFAIL

Dec 16, 2014

RT @MajorNews911: DEVELOPING: Officer-involved double shooting in Phoenix, young girl among victims. - @abc15

Eat well and save BIG money on your food bill — Score some savings on your food bill this week. At Food City you can buy three pounds of pineapples for $.99 with a limit of six pounds. You can also score a great price on chicken drumsticks or thighs for $.77 per pound. You can buy two packs for that price.

'Clifford The Big Red Dog' creator Norman Bridwell dies — Norman Bridwell, who created the childhood staple "Clifford The Big Red Dog" has died at 86. He died Dec. 12 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, CNN reports. Bridwell began his career as a freelance artist in 1962. The Clifford series sprung from a piece of art he drew for his daughter, Emily, who became a character in the books.

Save on pet supplies by shopping wholesale at Ryan's Pet Supplies in Phoenix — We found a wholesale pet supply store that has awesome prices on everything for dogs and cats. It's called Ryan's Pet Supplies. We found deals on everything from crates to toys, and even grooming tools. I did a little price comparison to give you an idea of the savings.