Arizona Millionaire's Ex-Wife Accused in Elaborate Murder Plot

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The nearly 13,000-square-foot Coronado, California, home where Max Shacknai and Rebecca Zahau died in 2011.
The official investigations into the deaths of medical-sector executive Jonah Shacknai's girlfriend and young son have long been over, but not everything is settled.

According to authorities, 6-year-old Max Shacknai died from an accident under the care of his father's girlfriend at his Coronado, California, mansion in 2011. Rebecca Zahau, the girlfriend of former Medicis Pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai, committed suicide at the house two days later.

Both outcomes have been heavily disputed, but now, a lawsuit is going forward against Jonah Shacknai's ex-wife, Dina Shacknai, and two others, accusing them of an elaborate plot to murder Zahau.

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AZ Clerks Objecting to Gay Marriage Urged by Religious Right Not to Issue Licenses

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Ashley Cusick
A couple marries outside the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Arizona's legalization of same-sex marriage last Friday has led to a drastic increase in the number of marriage licenses issued, but one conservative group argues that clerks opposed to same-sex marriage shouldn't have to take part in issuing them.

In the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office, 292 marriage licenses were issued on Friday and another 184 were issued Monday, a representative says. The office averages only 98 license requests per day, making Friday's numbers almost three times higher than normal and Monday's almost double. The office doesn't typically track the number of licenses it issues each day, but did so Friday and Monday because of heightened interest.

That interest hasn't been all positive.

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Phoenix Police Department Changing How It Handles the Mentally Ill After Fatal Shooting

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Left to right: Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Police Chief Daniel Garcia, Mayor Greg Stanton, and Crisis Response Network CEO Justin Chase.
About a month after a Phoenix police officer fatally shot a mentally ill woman, city leaders have announced a plan to change how the police department deals with mentally ill individuals.

Michelle Cusseaux, 50, was fatally shot by Phoenix Police Officer Percy Dupra on August 14, after police say she threatened officers with a hammer when they went to serve a court order to deliver Cusseaux to a mental-health facility.

"August 14, 2014, was a tragic day not only for the Cusseaux family, but for our department as well," Garcia said at a press conference yesterday, where Cusseaux's mother was in the audience.

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Wendy Rogers Skips Out on Debate With Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema

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A debate between Congressional District 9 candidates essentially turned into a half-hour infomercial for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, as Republican candidate Wendy Rogers skipped the event.

"This candidate forum is not a debate," Rogers spokesman James Harris explains in a statement to New Times. "Typically, a debate is something hosted by multiple news organizations, with rules discussed in advance with both major party candidates. That never happened, and we do not feel this would be a real debate. As a result, Wendy has chosen to spend the time talking to actual voters."

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Maricopa County Issues Hundreds of Marriage Licenses on First Day Gays Allowed to Wed

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Ray Stern
Scottdale residents David Chaney and Clark Rowley, after getting their marriage license from Maricopa County on Friday.
Courts across Maricopa County issued nearly 300 wedding licenses on Friday, the first day of legal gay marriage in the state of Arizona.

Aaron Nash, a spokesman for the Clerk of the Superior Court, tells New TImes that three times as many marriage licenses were issued on Friday than on an average day, and there are still couples coming in today.

"It's busier than normal," Nash says. "It's a steady demand, but [there aren't] lines out the door or anything like that."

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Historic Legal Same-Sex Weddings Begin in Arizona

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Vivian and Rochelle Mccarty exchange a kiss after being married in downtown Phoenix today.
In a festive and history-making scene, some of the first legal same-sex weddings in Arizona took place today next to a government building in downtown Phoenix.

The small plaza at 6th Avenue and Jackson Street east of the Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court Customer Service Center is normally just a place people walk through on the way to obtain court records -- or a marriage license. But after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down today, joyous couples purchased licenses and soon took their vows in the public setting to the cheers of a gathering crowd.

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Phoenix-Area Religious Leaders Gather to Perform State's First Legal Gay Marriages

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Ashley Cusick
Pastor Vernon Meyer of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ in Chandler, Rabbi Mari Chernow of Temple Chai in Phoenix, Rabbi Ilana Mills of Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, and Reverend John Dorhauer of the United Church of Christ stand outside the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office ready to perform same-sex marriages.

Religious leaders from around the Valley gathered today in the courtyard outside the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office, holding signs that read: "We stand ready to MARRY YOU!"

The faith leaders volunteered to perform the county's first same-sex marriages through a campaign organized by Why Marriage Matters Arizona, an organization that has been leading the push for marriage equality in the state. Clergy members from across the state--with Why Marriage Matters' signs in hand--eagerly awaited this morning's historic victory. When the call came that today was the day, volunteers headed to as many marriage-licensing offices as they could to perform ceremonies for the couples who showed up.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Arizona

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Attorney General Tom Horne has given the green-light for same-sex marriage in Arizona, saying that the first ceremony could be completed before lunchtime today.

Horne insisted he disagreed with the federal judge's ruling that ordered an end to enforcing Arizona's laws against same-sex marriage. However, given recent court decisions, Horne said his "chances are zero" in successfully appealing the ruling, and said giving it up was the only real choice he had.

"I fought it as far as I ethically could," Horne says.

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Arizona Prohibited From Enforcing Same-Sex Marriage Ban, but There's a Catch

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UPDATE 11:14 a.m.: Same-sex marriage is now legal in Arizona. Click here to read the latest updates.

A federal judge declared Arizona's laws against same-sex marriage unconstitutional and issued an order prohibiting officials from enforcing those laws.

However, there's currently one person standing between same-sex couples and Arizona marriage licenses -- Attorney General Tom Horne.

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Widow and Protesters Demand Answers After Phoenix Man Dies During a Run-In with Police

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Matthew Hendley
Attorney Sabinus Megwa (center) with Ngozi Mbegbu, the widow of Balantine Mbegbu.
The widow of a man who died after an encounter with Phoenix police was at Phoenix City Hall Thursday with a group of supporters demanding to know more about the man's death.

Balantine Mbegbu, a 65-year-old Phoenix resident, died on October 6 after being tased by a Phoenix police officer.

"I really want to know, why did they kill my husband?" asked Ngozi Mbegbu, Balantine's wife.

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