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ARIZONA: 6 dead in shooting rampage

A man shot and killed five people, including the attorney who represented his ex-wife in their divorce, Thursday in a rampage that rattled the border city of Yuma. Another person was wounded before the suspect, identified as Carey Hal Dyess, 73, of Yuma, was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Attorney Jerrold Shelley was killed while packing up his office on his last day of work before retirement. Shelley represented Dyess' ex-wife in their 2006 divorce, Dyess' fifth divorce. Dyess killed four other people elsewhere, police said; who they were was unclear.


SOUTH DAKOTA: Residents flee rising river

Flood-threatened neighborhoods of the capital, Pierre, and its sister city across the swollen Missouri River largely emptied Thursday as residents heeded calls to leave for higher ground ahead of the planned release of water from upstream dams. Most of the 3,000 people living in low-lying areas of Pierre and Fort Pierre had left. No one was ordered to leave ahead of Friday's planned dam releases, but it appeared few were willing to take their chances. In Montana, meanwhile, hit by heavy rains, federal officials started ramping up water releases Thursday from Fort Peck Dam.


ILLINOIS: Angry exchange for ex-guv

A prosecutor who waited years to grill Rod Blagojevich on a witness stand struck hard and fast Thursday when he finally got his chance. "Mr. Blagojevich, you are a convicted liar, correct?" Reid Schar asked the ousted governor. "Yes," Blagojevich answered, after the judge overruled a flurry of objections. Schar pointed angrily as he hurled one question after another at Blagojevich, who tried to hold his ground and also looked angry. Jurors who had started to sag snapped to attention during cross-examination. Blagojevich has denied all the allegations against him. He faces 20 criminal counts, including attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. Prosecutors got an hour's worth of questions in before court adjourned.

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