Hot Links: Cremation, Fish on Feet, and Ranch Market Blaze

Some counties in Arizona have turned to cremating the indigent. Citing budget woes, lack of space, and the high cost of burials, Yavapai, Navajo, and Yuma counties have begun cremating the indigent rather than burying them in paupers' graves. Indigents are still buried in Maricopa County, but officials say budget cuts may force a change in that policy...Valley trauma surgeon Jordy Cox has been nominated for a national award for his work with Haiti earthquake victims. Cox, who works at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, is up for one of three Citizen Service Above Self Honors awards. Candidates were chosen by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and awards will be presented at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday...A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will decide today whether to uphold the Arizona Board of Cosmetology's ban on fish nibbling dead skin from peoples' feet at spa treatments. The board ruled the practice was unsanitary, but the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of a salon owner. Judge Bethany Hicks is expected to make a decision today...

A second-alarm fire destroyed the Ranch Market at Central and Southern Avenues last night. About a hundred firefighters battled the blaze, which officials believe started in the kitchen's ventilation system. The building was destroyed, but everyone got out safely...A Phoenix man reportedly accidentally shot and killed his wife while unloading his gun. David Shaw called police to his home in Cave Creek shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, where his wife, 70-year-old Mary Shaw, was pronounced dead. Shaw says he was packing the gun for a trip when it discharged and sent a bullet through a window and into the backyard, where his wife was...A hen in China has produced an egg in the shape of a figure-eight. The egg looks like two eggs joined together on the end. The hen's owner has decided not to sell or eat the egg.

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