State parks officials have devised a plan to aid Arizona's ailing parks: add $10 to $15 to the cost of car registration. In return, motorists, who could likely opt out of the surcharge, would be able to visit any state park for free. The state has already seen the closure of three parks and reduced hours at 17 others. The proposed surcharge would generate an estimated $32 million in additional funds...The Phoenix Coyotes ice hockey team defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 last night, in overtime. Adrian Aucoin scored the winning goal. His teammate, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, stopped 25 shots in the game...An F-16 Fighting Falcon jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Wickenburg Municipal Airport yesterday, after losing power. The pilots of the plane, which is assigned to Luke Air Force base, were reportedly uninjured in the hard landing. Air Force officials are investigating the incident...
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The H1N1 flu is hitting some Valley school districts particularly hard. Dysart Unified School District reported a 60 percent increase in absences from last year, and Glendale Elementary School District also reported higher numbers of absences. A spokesman for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health says that 700 out of 10,000 students are reporting flu-like symptoms...Roberta McCain, the mother of Arizona Senator John McCain, spent the night in a hospital in Portugal after reportedly taking a fall and hitting her head. Ms. McCain, 97, checked into a Lisbon hotel alone and was scheduled to check out today...Ambulance companies in some American cities are now charging extra to transport obese patients to the hospital. Patients who weigh several hundred pounds require expensive equipment and extra workers, the companies argue, and they're calling for insurance providers to pay the added costs.