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The Latest: Protesters assemble at Phoenix police HQ

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ PHOENIX -- Protesters marched the …

Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

ATLANTA (AP) — It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days, as it began years of furloughs due to budget cuts. As a …

Virus protection adds new wrinkle to Southwest heat relief

PHOENIX (AP) — Trying to stay safe during a global pandemic is hard enough, but people in Southwest desert cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas where temperatures can soar into the triple digits are …

New director appointed for Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a new director. Michael Wisehart will replace Tom Betlach, who announced May 24 that he will be stepping down as DES director June 3, according to a …

Court rules on social security benefits for survivors of gay marriages

PHOENIX — A federal magistrate has voided policies of the Social Security Administration that deny benefits to the survivors of some gay marriages. In a precedent-setting decision, Bruce …
First responders
Hundreds of people in Phoenix gathered to protest the death of a man in Minnesota, but the event quickly turned violent with several properties damaged and people arrested. On Thursday, Phoenix …
When Avondale Fire Department Capt. Christopher Spire heard the gunshots, he was off duty with his family inside a sandwich shop in Glendale. But he went to work anyway. Officer Destiny …
PHOENIX (AP) — A plane with six people aboard crashed in Arizona in 2018 because it was overweight and had an undetected engine problem, preventing it from climbing after takeoff on a flight to …
More sports

Thuram tribute to Floyd as Gladbach beats Union 4-1

BERLIN (AP) — Marcus Thuram took a moment in apparent tribute to George Floyd after scoring in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-1 win over Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday. The Gladbach …

NHL plans to test players for COVID-19 daily if games resume

Nick Foligno watches Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefings and appreciates the value of the information. It is part of the reason the Columbus captain supports NHL players undergoing …

Mauro Icardi joins PSG from Inter Milan on a 4-year deal

French champion Paris Saint-Germain has signed striker Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan on a four-year deal. Icardi joined PSG on a season's loan and had impressed with 20 goals in 31 games when the …

Atalanta coach feared for his life as he fought virus

When Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was struggling with the coronavirus in mid-March, the prospect of entering Bergamo’s hospital -- which was overflowing with COVID-19 patients at the time -- …
Daily Independent
Nation

Dispatches from Yosemite: Alone with the bears and beauty

The glacier-carved valleys of Yosemite National Park have been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. Locked down amid cascading …

National Guard patrols Los Angeles after night of violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed National Guard soldiers patrolled the streets of Los Angeles early Sunday as the city began cleaning up after a night of violence that saw demonstrators clash repeatedly …

Protesters in some cities target Confederate monuments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck, targeted …

Boy Scout victims' choice: Sue rashly, or wait and risk loss

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some victims of childhood sex abuse who are considering suing the Boy Scouts of America face a choice: an anguished rush to meet a deadline earlier than what lawmakers …

Parents hoping to get back to work face a child care crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — A single father in New Jersey is taking unpaid leave from his job as a baker because he has no one to look after his son. A university employee in New York realizes she may never …
World

World uneasily watches US protests but US racism seen before

LONDON (AP) — Nations around the world have following the death of a black man being detained by police. But they have not been surprised. Racism-tinged events no longer startle even America’s …

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem amid virus woes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened Sunday for the first time in more than two months, but worshipers have been ordered to follow strict …

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it fires staff amid virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Sunday it fired an undisclosed number of employees as the coronavirus pandemic has halted global aviation, becoming the …

IS claims bombing attack on a TV station bus that killed 2

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group took responsibility Sunday for a roadside bomb attack against a bus belonging to a local TV station that killed two employees. Marwa Amini, the …

Top opposition figure detained in Belarus

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A human rights group in Belarus said Sunday that more than 30 people have been detained amid demonstrations against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is …
Entertainment
This May 27, 2020, photo provided by Robert Perry shows Amber Lethem on a Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Hawaii locals like Lethem are enjoying Waikiki for recreation now that a mandatory 14-day quarantine on travelers arriving to the state has left normally bustling Waikiki mostly a ghost town. (Robert Perry via AP)

Locals take back tourist-free Waikiki during pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in Hawaii, Amber Lethem's family avoided Waikiki, the world-famous tourist mecca. “I reflect back on …
Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Fox News reporter attacked, chased from demonstration

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News reporter was pummeled and chased by protesters who had gathered outside the White House early Saturday as …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. …
In this Monday, May 25, 2020 photo, a doctor of the National Health Organization (EODY) carries the tests for coronavirus taken on local residents on the Aegean Sea island of Sikinos, Greece. Using dinghies, a GPS, and a portable refrigerator, state doctors have launched a COVID-19 testing drive on islands in the Aegean Sea ahead of the holiday season, authorities in charge of the program said. The first round of testing was completed after trips to the islands of Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros, and Sikinos. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece clarifies policy, to allow tourists from all nations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials said Saturday that the country will not limit arriving airline passengers next month to people …
In this picture taken on Thursday, May 21, 2020, Italian Lazio region's environmental agency biologist Salvatore De Bonis shows how they perform tests on sea water during an interview with The Associated Press on a Coast Guard boat off Fiumicino, near Rome. Preliminary results from a survey of seawater quality during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown indicate a sharp reduction in pollution from human and livestock waste in the seas off Rome. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole credit for the change. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's …
Business
The Latest: Saudi mosques reopen for 1st time in 2 months

The Latest on the The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …

Online divisions: Twitter, Facebook diverge on Trump's words

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump posted identical messages on Twitter and Facebook this week. But while the two social platforms have very similar policies on voter misinformation and …

Asia Today: India reports over 8,000 new virus cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country. Confirmed infections have risen …

Probe blames safety lapses for deadly India gas leak

NEW DELHI (AP) — A committee appointed by India’s top environmental court has blamed “gross human failure” and lack of basic safety norms for a gas leak in a South Korean-owned chemical …

Travel
The Latest: Russia has highest daily spike in virus deaths

The Latest on the The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …

Nations ease more restrictions, air travel opening up more

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

Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Large cruise ships will continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's transport …

Turkey reopens some mosques amid infection slowdown

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Worshippers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government reopened some mosques as part of its plans to relax measures in place to …

Things to do
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.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos reopening its locations May 15

Gila River Hotels & Casinos announced Monday that it will reopen its doors Friday, May 15. The Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva properties will open at noon to the public, according to a release.

Great Mother’s, Father’s Day gifts for boomers, seniors

Spring flowers are blooming and Mother’s Day ads are on TV and in newspapers. Expect a repeat for Father’s Day June 21. Stumped by what to get parents or grandparents for their special …

Opinion

A tribute to the men and women who serve in our armed forces

The Town of Paradise Valley was able to participate and honor the military veterans and all those who have served in all branches of …

Pandemic demonstrates importance of U.S. Census

An accurate population count in our city ultimately helps with all types of funding, including dollars allocated for emergencies like …

Candidate calls AZ House bill ‘legislative malpractice’

Arizona’s House Republicans, the majority party running our state, have once again chosen that the mantra of self-responsibility …

Should I require returning employees to wear masks at work?

Arizona does not currently have an Executive Order or law requiring individuals to wear face masks in public; however, the …

Resilience in the face of COVID-19

All can agree that we are in a crisis that is unprecedented. A quick search on Google will tell us that child abuse, domestic …
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