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Phoenix mourns loss of paralyzed woman's longtime companion

The Associated Press

PHOENIX A quadriplegic woman received an outpouring of public support after the poisoning death of a dog that was her constant companion and inspiration for a new life.

''I feel like I'm losing a limb,'' said Peggy Thomas, shortly before making the decision Tuesday to euthanize her 11-year-old black Labrador retriever, Moose.

An estimated 2,000 people called The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette on Tuesday inquiring about the dog's condition. About 40 people phoned the Emergency Animal Clinic in Phoenix to see how Moose was doing, said Dr. Signe Plunkett, Moose's veterinarian.

America West cuts prices to less than $20

The Associated Press

PHOENIX America West Airlines slashed fares yesterday to as low as $19 one-way between Phoenix and Las Vegas and Phoenix and San Diego.

Southwest Airlines announced a similar discount program last week, also offering fares as low as $19.

America West said its $19 fare also would be available between Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago's Midway Airport and Columbus and Indianapolis as well as between Phoenix and Las Vegas and Phoenix and San Diego.

Other discounts announced by the Phoenix-based carrier include $79 for Columbus to Tampa, Fla.; and $116 for Phoenix to Vancouver, Canada.

Agents search home in Amtrak investigation

The Associated Press

PHOENIX FBI agents seeking the saboteur who derailed an Amtrak train have searched the trailer home of a man who was camping eight miles from the derailment the night of the crash, a television station reports.

Dave Hamby, who lives near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station 50 miles west of Phoenix, told KPNX-TV in Phoenix that he has been interviewed several times by agents in the past few days.

Agents searched his home and asked to take a crowbar from the home of an unnamed neighbor, Hamby told the station in a copyright report aired Tuesday night. It wasn't clear if the crowbar actually was removed.

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