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DEATH PENALTY-APPEAL

Court denies appeal for Arizona death-row inmate

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has turned down an Arizona death-row inmate's appeal.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling upholds a trial judge's earlier decision to deny an appeal on behalf of David Gulbrandson.

The appeal was based largely on complaints about Gulbrandson's legal defense during his trial in Maricopa County Superior court.

Gulbrandson was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the 1991 fatal stabbing of a business partner, Irene Katuran.

GROCERY STORE ARSON

3 sought in arson fire in Phoenix grocery store

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix are looking for three people suspected of being responsible for an arson fire at a grocery store.

The Fire Department says firefighters found multiple ignition points when they responded to a fire inside a midtown Fry's store Monday evening.

Sprinklers contained the fire until firefighters put it out.

A specialized ventilation truck was used to remove the smoke from the building. No injuries were reported.

YUMA-BODY FOUND

Authorities identify body of woman found in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a woman found dead in Yuma last weekend.

Yuma County Sheriff's officials said Monday that they're still investigating the death of a 19-year-old Jazmin Serrano.

Deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive woman about 2:20 p.m. Sunday.

Upon arrival, deputies and Rural Metro personnel declared the woman dead at the scene.

Deputies haven't released many details about the circumstances or possible causes surrounding the case other than describing it as an unknown death.

They say the case remains under investigation and no other information will be released until sheriff's officials receive toxicology reports from the county Medical Examiner's Office.

BOY SCOUTS-MORMON

Boy Scouts-LDS church alliance hits 100 years

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate 100 years of partnership with an event Tuesday night at the LDS conference center in Salt Lake City

The presentation, called "A Century of Honor," will feature songs from a Boy Scouts choir, historical reenactments and videos showing important historical events. It will be broadcast live around the country in English and Spanish.

Mormon church leaders and national Boy Scouts leaders are expected to attend.

The bond between the two organizations was born in the early 1900s from mutual values and principles.

In May, the church threw its support behind the Boy Scouts' new policy that allows gay youth to join the ranks, while continuing to ban gay adult Scout leaders.