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Trop­i­cal Storm Ser­gio hits north­west­ern Mex­ico, dis­si­pates

MEX­ICO CITY — Trop­i­cal Storm Ser­gio dis­si­pated into a rem­nant low Fri­day af­ter soak­ing the Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula, cross­ing the Gulf of Cal­i­for­nia and then con­tin­u­ing to lose punch over main­land Mex­ico.

But the U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said the remnants of the sys­tem were still ex­pected to pro­duce to­tal rain­fall of 3 to 5 inches over north­west­ern Mex­ico and 1 to 3 inches in parts of Ari­zona, New Mex­ico and to­ward the south­ern plains through Satur­day, po­ten­tially caus­ing dan­ger­ous floods.

Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur Gov. Car­los Men­doza Davis said via Twit­ter that the Ser­gio caused mi­nor dam­age to some roads and roofs and knocked down trees and power poles, but the storm did not cause any in­juries or deaths in the state.

Flagstaff man pleads guilty in es­tranged girl­friend’s death

FLAGSTAFF — An Ari­zona man has pleaded guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of his es­tranged girl­friend, who po­lice say was beaten and left in the cold be­fore she died.

The Ari­zona Daily Sun re­ports that Vaughn Seumptewa en­tered the plea Fri­day in Flagstaff. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault against a health care pro­fes­sional stem­ming from two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

Po­lice ac­cuse Seumptewa of throw­ing Nicole Joe to the ground and hit­ting her mul­ti­ple times on Christ­mas Eve of 2017 af­ter she asked to be let into a Flagstaff apart­ment.

Af­ter the as­sault, po­lice say Seumptewa re­turned to the apart­ment and locked the door, leav­ing Joe out­side for hours.

His sen­tenc­ing hear­ing is set for Nov. 28.

Se­nate con­firms Su­san Brnovich as fed­eral judge in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Ari­zona has a new fed­eral judge af­ter the U.S. Se­nate con­firmed Mari­copa County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Su­san Brnovich for a seat on the U.S. Dis­trict Court in Phoenix.

Brnovich was con­firmed on a voice vote Thurs­day. She is the wife of Ari­zona At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mark Brnovich and served as a state-level judge since 2009. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump nom­i­nated Brnovich and chief as­sis­tant U.S. at­tor­ney for Ari­zona Do­minic Lanza as U.S. Dis­trict Court judges in Jan­uary.

Lanza was con­firmed by the Se­nate last month.

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