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Valley and State

The Latest: India reports nearly 25,000 new virus infections

NEW DELHI — India has reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections and 487 new deaths. The new infections announced by the Health Ministry on Thursday bring the nationwide total to 767,296, …

Latino group launches $10M campaign to boost voter turnout

PHOENIX (AP) — A national organization is announcing a $10 million campaign to turn out Hispanic voters in several of this year's battleground states. Mi Familia Vota, based in Phoenix, said it …

The Latest: Pakistan's daily infections drop as testing cut

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s daily infection rate dropped below 3,000 for the second straight day, though medical experts caution it may be due to less testing. Barely 21,000 tests for the …

Australia isolates virus-prone state, Serbs oppose lockdown

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia isolated the state of Victoria on Wednesday in a bid to contain the worsening spread of the coronavirus as the city of Melbourne prepared for its second …

Early voting is underway in Arizona

July 8 marks the start of Early Voting for the August Primary Election.
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff Wednesday for a pilot killed in a helicopter crash while helping fight a wildfire.
Funeral services have been set for a Peoria police officer who died last week after a crash.
Municipal fire departments around the valley have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic since late February and the call volume has decreased inside some organizations, officials contend.
More sports

Still testing positive, Frittelli among 3 back to work

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Dylan Frittelli says it was hard not to feel like an outcast Thursday at the Workday Charity Open in a group of three players who tested positive for the coronavirus and keep …

Nashville out of MLS tourney after 9 players test positive

Nashville SC has withdrawn from Major League Soccer's MLS is Back tournament in Florida after nine players tested positive for the coronavirus, the league announced Thursday. Nashville is the …

Student health boss cited for not reporting doc's misconduct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State student health director is facing potential discipline from the state medical board for knowing but failing to report at least three sexual misconduct …

NFL players are banned from exchanging jerseys after games

NFL teams will be prohibited from post-game interactions within 6 feet of each other, so players won’t be allowed to exchange jerseys after games as part of the guidelines to help limit the spread …
Daily Independent
Nation

Milley: Confederate names on Army bases divide the military

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confederate Army symbols within the military, including prominent Army bases named for rebel generals, are divisive and can be offensive to Blacks in uniform, the nation's top …

Medical experts: Floyd's speech didn't mean he could breathe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe” to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he …

Appeals court pauses lawsuit over Trump hotel profits

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Financial records related to President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel can be kept on hold, a federal appeals court said Thursday, while Trump asks the U.S. Supreme Court to …

Bronx Zoo, NYC aquarium to open July 24 after virus shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx Zoo and New York City's aquarium and three other zoos will reopen this month after being closed since March 16 because of the coronavirus outbreak, zoo officials said …

Supreme Court gives NY prosecutor a landmark legal victory

NEW YORK (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. can obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns for a criminal investigation but sent a …
World

Venezuela socialist party boss announces he has COVID-19

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello has announced that he is sick with COVID-19. The man considered the second-most powerful person in Venezuela after …

Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez says she has tested positive for COVID-19, ‘feels strong’

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez says she has tested positive for COVID-19, ‘feels strong’.

Rallies planned around Greece against new protest law

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Demonstrations are being planned in Athens and around 40 other Greek cities and towns to oppose plans by the center-right government to restrict public protests. Many of …

Justice secretary resigns as Puerto Rico turmoil deepens

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s political turmoil deepened on Thursday as the island’s newest justice secretary resigned in the wake of an investigation targeting the U.S. …

Serbia bans mass gatherings after virus lockdown protests

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s authorities on Thursday banned gatherings of more than 10 people in the capital Belgrade after two nights of violent clashes between police and thousands of …
Entertainment
This aerial photo taken from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed early Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. Authorities say three men and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the home-invasion death of the rising rapper. (Fox11 News KTTV-TV via AP)

Police: 5 arrested in Los Angeles death of rapper Pop Smoke

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three men and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the February home-invasion death of rising …
FILE - In this April 20, 2018 file photo, Joy Reid attends the Tribeca TV screening of "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. MSNBC has picked Reid to fill the 7 p.m. hour that was vacated by longtime host Chris Matthews in early March. When Reid debuts her new show, "The ReidOut," on July 20, she will become the only black woman to host a daily prime-time cable news program, a designation that takes on particular significance amid the industry-wide reckoning spawned by the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

MSNBC appoints Joy Reid as Chris Matthews' replacement

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC says Joy Reid will move into the early evening time slot vacated in March by former “Hardball” host Chris …
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 photo, Cesar Conde speaks about the Fusion tv network during a tour of the facilities in Miami. Conde, NBC Universal's News Group's chairman has set a bold goal of having a workforce at NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC that is 50 percent minority, and also half women. Conde, who was appointed to his new role in May, says he wants to be a leader in a moment of racial awakening. His workforce is now nearly 27 percent minority, with a roughly equal amount of Blacks, Latinos and Asians. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

NBC News sets goal of a workforce that is half minority

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News leader Cesar Conde, in one of his first public acts in the job, has committed to building a workforce at …
This image released by Netflix shows Momona Tamada portraying Claudia Kishi in a scene from the Netflix series "The Baby-Sitters Club," based on the popular book series. With 180 million copies in print worldwide, "The Baby-Sitters Club” books were a juggernaut during their 1986-2000 run. They follow Claudia, Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey and Dawn and their babysitting adventures in the fictional suburb of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.  (Kailey Schwerman/Netflix via AP)

Asian American girls saw pivotal icon in 'Baby-Sitters Club'

Author Ann M. Martin had no master plan when she decided to make one of the core members of “The Baby-Sitters Club” a Japanese …
Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday, July 11. When they do, visitors to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” will find new rules in place. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forget about up-close “meet-and-greet" sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck when Walt Disney World parks …
Business
Worker advocates file meat plants discrimination complaint

Several worker advocacy organizations have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in racial …

Biden proposes $700 billion-plus ‘Buy American’ campaign

Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing …

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After a U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network, mounting …

Germany seizes server hosting pilfered U.S. police files

BOSTON (AP) — At the behest of the U.S. government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement …

Travel
Country rocker Charlie Daniels honored at memorial service

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Country Music Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels received military honors at a memorial service in Tennessee on Wednesday night. The country music icon, who penned …

Man plotting Pride attack in UK jailed for at least 25 years

LONDON (AP) — A man who plotted to attack last year's gay Pride parade in London in a knife and gun rampage has been jailed for at least 25 years. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 29, who aspired to hit …

Bed Bath & Beyond closing stores, cruises prepare to sail

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and …

Virus projects renew questions about UAE's mass surveillance

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this U.S.-allied federation of seven …

Things to do
Gila River casinos reopening after coronavirus death of employee

Gila River Hotels & Casinos is reopening its Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva locations this week after the implementation of enhanced safety procedures and health protocols. The …

Free Fishing Day in Arizona is June 6

The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to fish at the state's waters for free Saturday, June 6, according to a release. Arizona’s Free Fishing Day is celebrated as part of National …

Desert Diamond casinos are reopening June 5

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise will resume gaming operations at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos near Glendale, Tucson, Sahuarita and Why (Ajo). The TOGE …

Fort McDowell Casino plans to reopen May 15

Fort McDowell Casino and the Wekopa Resort and Conference Center will tentatively have a reopening day of May 15. Casino doors will open at 10 a.m., according to the casino's website.

Opinion

A big step forward for ADOT’s wrong-way detection and warning system

The use of thermal detection cameras to spot wrong-way vehicles on freeway off-ramps along Phoenix-area freeways will continue to …

Five reasons Gov. Ducey should issue an executive order for short-term rentals

As many of us have heard in the Media, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have issued executive orders forcing …

Lack of persuasion as a failure against virus

Reopening safely out of the current pandemic ought to be done via persuasion, not coercion. It has been more than five months since …

May we all breathe easy

I can’t breathe — We heard these harrowing words repeatedly in recent years from dying Black Americans, including George Floyd. …
A statue of a musician stands on a corner in Winslow. [Arizona Department of Transportation]

Highway history: Standin’ on a corner … but which one?

In 1972, the Eagles made a Route 66 stop in Arizona nationally famous with the No. 12 (No. 8 in Canada!) hit “Take it Easy.”
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