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Arizona in brief: U.S. Interior Secretary to tour Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The Ajo Mountains with the iconic Organ Pipe Cactus (

The Ajo Mountains with the iconic Organ Pipe Cactus (

AJO — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is continuing his visit of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona.

After viewing parts of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge on horseback Saturday, Zinke was scheduled to tour Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Ajo on Sunday.

He also plans a short hike of the monument if there is time.

The refuge and the monument are under Zinke’s department and located within the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, which is a busy crossing point for drug smugglers and migrants entering the United States illegally.

Zinke is scheduled to meet Monday with the National Mining Association in the Phoenix area.

He arrived in Arizona last Friday to give the keynote address at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s annual convention in Chandler, a suburb near Phoenix.

Man and his young daughter severely burned in north Phoenix

PHOENIX — Authorities say a 40-year-old man and his 8-year-old daughter are hospitalized in critical condition after being severely burned following an accident involving flammable liquids in north Phoenix.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say the incident occurred at a home around 6:15 p.m. Saturday. They say there was some sort of explosion involving flammable liquids and an open flame, but it’s still unclear if the open flame was a cooking fire, warming fire, or a fire simply for ambience. Authorities say the girl suffered burns to her torso and lower extremities while her father had burns to his wrists and legs.

Tempe police: Father, son found dead inside ‘hoarding house’

TEMPE — Police in Tempe say a father and son found dead inside a “hoarding house” likely died in a murder-suicide.

They say the two bodies were discovered when officers were asked to do a welfare check Saturday after a neighbor reported not seeing the resident for a couple days. Police say it appears the son may have shot his father before committing suicide. The names and ages of the two haven’t been released yet.

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