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The skinny: Arizona residents bugged by proliferation of mosquitoes

Really bugged

Mosquitoes proliferate in desert rains

Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has created an unlikely pest infestation for the desert region: mosquitoes. Maricopa County environmental officials say they have received more than 10,000 mosquito-related complaints so far this year, nearly double the number of calls from the same period in 2013. The uptick has left some residents scratching their heads — as well as arms, legs and other body parts — at having to deal with unexpected insect bites. Jennifer Weller, a Scottsdale sales executive, said every day brings three to five mosquito bites more. "I'm a native of Arizona and I can't remember getting eaten like this," she said. "So I'm wearing OFF! right now instead of my perfume."

CAUGHT IN THE ACT

Apologetic burglar offers up heroin

Prosecutors in Montana say a man caught leaving a house he had apparently burglarized apologized to the homeowner and offered him some heroin. Authorities say the homeowner and his 7-year-old son came home as Christopher Dayell Bittner was leaving Saturday. Yellowstone County Attorney Paul Adam says Bittner apologized and offered the drug. He was found nearby, and court records say a search of his backpack turned up 31.5 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia and items belonging to the homeowner.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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