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News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new study based on NASA satellite measurements reveals what researchers called a shocking loss of groundwater in the Southwest's largest river basin. The study released today by NASA and the University of California, Irvine says the Colorado Basin has lost enough water since 2004 to supply more than 50 million households for a year. It says more than 75 percent of that loss is groundwater.

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - State officials assured a judge during yesterday's nearly two-hour execution of convicted killer Joseph Wood that he was comatose and not feeling pain at any point. A transcript of an emergency court hearing reveals the behind-the-scenes drama as the execution unfolded yesterday. The hearing included a defense lawyer, an attorney for the state and a judge.

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - An 18-year-old girl from Canada and a 19-year-old girl from Germany were among the four people who died in a plane crash Sunday near Sedona. A 22-year-old man from Flagstaff and a 23-year-old Sedona man were also killed. A family member says the four met through Christian youth camps and had planned to sightsee and have lunch in Sedona that day.

PHOENIX (AP) - The owner of the Phoenix-based Danny's Family Car Wash chain is pleading guilty to identity fraud. The U.S. Attorney says Danny Hendon was accused of immigration fraud in the company's hiring. Prosecutors say Hendon acknowledged in the agreement that he "knowingly turned a blind eye" to the hiring of more than 200 unauthorized immigrants.

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