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Police in Glendale are warning the community about burglars posing as neighbors. They say they've connected a string of burglaries in Phoenix and Glendale to two men, whom police say go to houses and pose as new neighbors or previous residents to get inside. After asking to use the bathroom or get a drink of water, police say one man distracts the residents while the other looks for valuables. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call the Glendale Police Department...A Mesa homeowner's association has apologized to an 88-year-old widow after it tried to evict her grandson, 37, from living with her as a caregiver. The association is also paying the woman, Virginia Campbell, more than $12,000 for legal bills and emotional duress, and considering changes to its age-restriction rules...A new manpower survey shows that 16 percent of Valley employers plan to hire between January and March. One Valley company, Banner Hospitals, plans to hire more than 3,700 people in the Valley next year, including nurses, caregivers, and pharmacists...

A Tempe firefighter was killed by a falling tree during a storm. Skylar Stock, 27, was on an elk-hunting trip in the Blue Ridge area, about 20 miles east of Camp Verde, when a tree fell and struck his tent while he slept. Stock was hit on the head, and reportedly died instantly...A Buckeye City Council member is accused of making sexual advances toward a female town employee via phone text messages. According to reports, councilman Dave Rioux texted the woman several times, asking her to come over and get in his hot tub and inviting her to participate in sexual activity. Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck called for Rioux to resign on Tuesday. Rioux's wife related that he had suffered some sort of injury and would not be making a public comment on the issue "at this time"...Phoenix auto dealers Bell Road Auto Mall and Big Bell Road Kia have agreed to pay $500,000 to settle sexual- and racial-harassment complaints from five former employees. The lawsuit was brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the employees, and was settled by the business' insurance carrier. 


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