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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM

News and sports in Arizona at 5:15 p.m.

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— Homebuilder Convicted

— FBN--Cardinals-Washington Arrested

TOP STORIES:

BOYFRIEND SLAYING

PHOENIX — Jurors were given final instructions Friday in the trial of Jodi Arias, who is charged in the stabbing and shooting death of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona. They got the case after hearing closing arguments from both sides, with Arias' lawyer imploring them to take an impartial view of his client and prosecutors describing Arias as a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the attack. By Brian Skoloff.

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CITY WORKER THEFT

TUCSON, Ariz. — Two former Tucson transportation workers have been ordered to repay a fraction of what they're accused of stealing from the city. Robert Palomarez and Kurt Hough pleaded guilty to theft in Pima County Superior Court on Thursday. They were among five transportation supervisors and workers who resigned or were fired last September in the scandal.

HOMEBUILDER CONVICTED

LAS VEGAS — A federal jury in Las Vegas found a Nevada-based homebuilder guilty of siphoning federal money designated for building affordable homes in the Navajo Nation to pay for gambling, furs, jewelry and thoroughbred racehorse training. William Aubrey, 69, of Mesquite, could face up to 10 years in federal prison and $500,000 in fines following his conviction Thursday on two counts of conversion of money and funds from a tribal organization, U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said. By Ken Ritter.

SOLAR PLANE

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A solar-powered airplane left Northern California on Friday for the first leg of a planned cross-country trip that its co-pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history. The Solar Impulse — considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane — left Moffett Field in Mountain View just after dawn. Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America. It stops in Phoenix on Saturday. By Haven Daly.

With: SOLAR PLANE-GLANCE.

OBAMA

MEXICO CITY — Calling for an end to "old stereotypes," President Barack Obama on Friday portrayed Mexico as an emerging nation that is remaking itself and said the U.S.-Mexico relationship should be defined by shared prosperity, not by threats both countries face. "It's time to recognize new realities," he declared. By Jim Kuhnhenn.

MEMBER EXCHANGE:

BAND OF TEACHERS

TUCSON, Ariz. — As musician-turned-Tortolita Middle School associate principal Todd Ponder dedicated his life to professional matters. He felt he was neglecting his musical side. Hoping other Marana Unified School District educators were feeling the same, he sent an email to colleagues asking if anyone was interested in joining a wind ensemble. By Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star.

ALSO:

— WILDFIRE-SAVING FISH — State and federal biologists in New Mexico and Arizona are being recognized for rescuing threatened Gila trout during a massive wildfire last summer.

— REPLANTING AFTER WILDFIRE — Crews have planted more than 100,000 ponderosa pine seedlings on parts of a northern Arizona forest scarred by wildfire.

— YUMA-CHILD SHOT — Bond has been set at half a million dollars for a Yuma woman arrested in her 3-year-old grandson's shooting death.

— PRESCOTT-STUDENT ARRESTED — A former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student has been indicted in an on-campus explosion in Prescott.

— MICHIGAN FUGITIVE ARRESTED — The U.S. Marshals Service says a Michigan sex offender who made the state's "Top Ten Most Wanted" list has been arrested in Arizona.

— ROUTE 66 SEATBELTS — New Mexico is teaming up Arizona and other states as part an effort to get drivers along historic Route 66 to wear their seat belts.

SPORTS:

FBN--CARDINALS-WASHINGTON ARRESTED

PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested Friday after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities said is the mother of his baby daughter. Maricopa County prosecutors said Washington posted $4,200 bond and was released following his initial court appearance after he had been booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault.

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BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — The Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

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