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Emergency contacts needed for mobile users

PHOENIX, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Qwest Communications is encouraging all wireless-device users to enter emergency-contact information under the title "ICE," for "in case of emergency."

Sheriff sticks to story of throttle stick

PHOENIX, May 30 (UPI) -- A Phoenix sheriff insists damage to a car he was driving was caused by a sticky throttle, despite a mechanic's analysis to the contrary.

Arizona trailer fire kills four children

BUCKEYE, Ariz., April 11 (UPI) -- Four children were killed in Arizona early Monday when fire tore through their mobile home.

Two Arizona deputies wounded in shootout

MESA, Ariz., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Gunfire met Arizona police trying to serve a search warrant early Thursday, leaving two Maricopa County sheriff's deputies and the alleged gunman injured.

Judge nixes immigration measure challenge

PHOENIX, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- An Arizona judge Thursday dismissed a challenge to a ballot measure aimed at restricting illegal immigrants' access to state social services.

U.S. election sparks absentee frenzy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Absentee and early ballots for the U.S. presidential election are being reported in record numbers from sea to shining sea.

Sheriff's's Web cam ruled humiliating

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A three-judge federal appeals court panel in San Francisco has ruled Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Department's Internet cameras humiliated prisoners.

Phoenix power supply pinched

PHOENIX, July 12 (UPI) -- Residents sweltering in the Phoenix area were asked to reduce their electricity consumption Monday in order to avoid possible outages.

West Nile in L.A; first death in Phoenix

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- The first death from West Nile virus in the Phoenix area was reported Friday and the first case in Los Angeles.

Dems seek to keep Nader off Ariz. ballot

PHOENIX, June 24 (UPI) -- Arizona Democrats have filed suit claming petitions to place independent candidate for president Ralph Nader on the state's ballot are invalid.

Phoenix firefighters charged with arson

PHOENIX, May 19 (UPI) -- Arson charges have been filed against three Arizona firefighters suspected of torching a $1.1 million family home in Phoenix five days before Christmas.

Glen Campbell pleads guilty to charges

PHOENIX, May 11 (UPI) -- Country musician Glen Campbell has pleaded guilty to extreme drunken driving and leaving the scene of a minor traffic accident in Phoenix.

Water allegedly diverted from Phoenix

PHOENIX, April 28 (UPI) -- An Arizona utility is seeking a court order to block what it says is the illegal diversion of Verde River water that should be going to Phoenix.

Kerry leads average voter turn out in Arizona

PHOENIX, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was leading Tuesday in exit polls in Arizona's Democratic Presidential Primary.

Exit polls show Kerry with lead in Arizona

PHOENIX, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is leading early exit polls in Arizona Tuesday as Democratic voters choose the party's presidential nominee.
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Maricopa County
Mike Tyson, pictured in a mug shot taken by the Maricopa County Police Department, was arrested outside of a night club in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 29, 2006. The former heavyweight champion is charged with drunk-driving and drug possession after nearly crashing into a police car as he left the night club, Arizona police said. (UPI Photo/Maricopa County Police Department)
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Maricopa County (pronounced /ˌmærɨˈkoʊpə/) is located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of July 2008, its population was 3,954,598, which ranks fourth among the nation's counties and is greater than the population of 24 states. The county seat is Phoenix, which is Arizona's largest city and capital. The center of population of Arizona is located in Maricopa County, in the town of Gilbert. It is by far Arizona's most populous county, encompassing well more than half of the state's residents.

The population explosion is evident in a 2007 Forbes study which ranked four of Maricopa County's municipalities in the top ten fastest-growing cities in the nation. Those included Buckeye as the 2nd-fastest-growing city, Surprise and Goodyear as 3rd and 4th, and Avondale as 9th. All four of these cities are located in the booming "West Valley" which is the area of Maricopa County to the west of the City of Phoenix.

There are five Indian reservations located in the county. The largest of these are the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (East of Scottsdale) and the Gila River Indian Community (South of Phoenix), both of which have casino gambling.

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