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200 Inmates Fight in AZ Prison: The Associated Press reports about 200 inmates were involved in a fight in the Santa Rita Unit yard of the Arizona State Prison Complex at Tucson Thursday evening. Ten inmates were taken to hospitals, and one prison staff member was non fatally injured. Prison guards and personnel regained used no force in gaining control in the unit within a half an hour. The Arizona state prison will be locked down for several days.

Ill. Man Convicted of Shooting His Family:
Michael Tarm of the Associated Press reports Christopher Vaughn was found guilty Friday in Illinois of shooting his wife and three young children in 2007. Prosecution argues Vaughn saw his family as obstacles in the way of his new dream life subsisting in the wilderness in Canada. Vaughn was convicted of getting his family together with the promise of a road trip to a water park, only to shoot his wife and his 11- and 12-year-old daughters and his 8-year-old son. His wife was shot up through her head from under the chin; each child was shot in the head and chest. Vaughn is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 26, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutor Says Penn. Death Row Inmate's Plea a Lie: Joseph Slobodzian of the Philly Inquirer reports prosecutor Andrea Foulkes, who put Terrance Williams on death row, says that Williams' co-defendant's claim that Williams killed his victim in a sexual rage in response to alleged abuse is a lie. Williams was convicted of beating his victim to death with a tire iron. His co-defendant had testified the victim was killed in a robbery. However, Williams testified he was not present at the murder, and that his co-defendant and another man killed the victim. Attorneys for Williams filed a request with the Pennsylvania Board of Parole to reconsider the rejection of clemency. Williams is scheduled to be executed Oct. 3. Update to this news scan.

Pitts. High-rise Hostage Situation Suspect Surrendered: Joe Mandak of the Associated Press headlines armed suspect Klein Michael Thaxton in the Friday downtown Pittsburgh high-rise hostage situation has surrendered to police. Thaxton has a military background and is said to be suicidal. According to Police Chief Nate Harper, Thaxton was cooperative and made no demands, though he posted Facebook updates after taking the hostage. The Facebook page has been taken down. No one was injured, including the hostage.

GA Police Called on the Burger King in McDonald's: CBS Atlanta headlines reports that a Georgia McDonald's manager called police on the Burger King. Or rather, a man dressed as the Burger King. The man was allegedly handed out free hamburgers to customers and took pictures with several children in McDonald's before getting into his car, removing the mask, and leaving. He told police he was collecting money for charity, though the manager told police he collected no such money.

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