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Valley and State

Maricopa County doles out millions in federal coronavirus relief

Maricopa County distributed $1.5 million in federal funding for programs related to coronavirus relief earlier this month and earmarked $5 million more for future spending for housing efforts. In …
MEDIA

Mediactive arms against weaponized words meant to alter face of digital reality

Following the revelation of the printing press, words have been weaponized, propaganda espoused and disinformation integrated into democratic societies. But in the 21st century, media consumers can …

‘Beachfront’ resort coming to next to Cardinals’ stadium in 2022

A beach resort experience is coming to the West Valley. Crystal Lagoons is building an Island Resort that will have hotels, retail, offices and entertainment venues surrounding an 11-acre man-made …

Ducey, US Census head push for complete Arizona count

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey and the head of the U.S. Census Bureau encouraged Arizonans on Thursday to complete their census forms as statistics showed more than 10% of the state’s …

Report: Arizona teens paid to file social media posts for Trump campaign

WASHINGTON — Facebook and Twitter opened investigations this week into a number of Arizona teenagers’ social media accounts for operating fraudulent profiles and spreading misinformation …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities said Wednesday they found around 65 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally while serving drug-related search warrants at two Phoenix-area …
A teenage boy was arrested Thursday for shooting at two state troopers in Phoenix. Authorities are still searching for a second suspect, who was driving the car the shooter was in.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused of opening fire earlier this week on a security officer outside the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix has agreed to remain jailed on assault and weapons …
More sports

Tokyo needs to convince sponsors Olympics will really happen

TOKYO (AP) — The only thing more difficult than staging next year's Tokyo Olympics in a pandemic might be convincing sponsors to keep their billions of dollars on board in the midst of economic …

Gonzales shuts down Astros as Mariners roll to 6-1 victory

SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales pumped his fist and let out a scream after striking out Michael Brantley on a full-count pitch to finish off eight shutout innings. The emotion poured out. …

Bullpen, defense preserves Braves 5-4 win over Marlins

ATLANTA (AP) — At the start, it looked like a slugfest. By the end, it came down to defense. The Braves ad-libbed a brilliant double play to snuff out a potential Miami comeback in the ninth, …

Athletics clinch first AL West title since 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from the rival Houston Astros. Houston lost 6-1 to the Seattle Mariners, …
Nation

Campus outbreak brings uncertainty to San Diego's reopening

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The start of the semester at San Diego State University was, as always, a time for students to make and renew friendships on and off its urban campus and enjoy the beach and the …

Biggest unknown with Beta is how much rain it will bring

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Beta made landfall on the upper Texas coast on Monday evening. The storm made landfall about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Port OÇonnor, Texas, with maximum …

Black voters in Detroit key for Biden, but are they engaged?

DETROIT (AP) — Wendy Caldwell-Liddell is tired of waiting for change in Detroit. The nation’s largest Black-majority city has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing …

Slow moving Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall on Texas coast as total rainfall it could bring remains unclear

HOUSTON (AP) — Slow moving Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall on Texas coast as total rainfall it could bring remains unclear.

Who's a hypocrite? GOP, Dems debate past comments on court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “H” word — hypocrisy — is suddenly in vogue at the Capitol as lawmakers debate how quickly to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court following the death of liberal …
World

AP PHOTOS: Pandemic dampens Kashmir weddings, lavish feasts

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In Indian-controlled Kashmir, the coronavirus pandemic within months has changed an elaborate and lavish marriage tradition that had remained virtually unaltered for …

Trump aims to use UN address to send strong message to China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, …

World powers set to take the stage, virtually, at UN debate

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.’s first virtual meeting of world leaders was set to start Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the …

Australia state leader welcomes Israeli extradition ruling

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state leader on Tuesday described an Israeli court decision to extradite a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of molesting children as a victory …

China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight

CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China (AP) — Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the …
Entertainment
This image released by Netflix shows Millie Bobby Brown in a scene from "Enola Holmes." (Netflix via AP)

New this week: 'Enola Holmes,' Public Enemy and Bonnaroo

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — “Enola Holmes”: …
In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jennifer Aniston, left, and Jimmy Kimmel sanitize the winner's envelope while presenting the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

Aniston proves award-worthy first responder at Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Aniston missed out on an Emmy but proved herself as an award-worthy first responder when a ceremony stunt got overheated. In a bit during Sunday night's Emmys, host …
Gina Yashere, left, producer of the CBS series "Bob Hearts Abishola," and executive producer Chuck Lorre take part in a panel discussion on the show during the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton, in a Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 file photo, in Beverly Hills, Calif. A memoir by the comedian, writer and producer and actor Gina Yashere is called “Cack-Handed” and comes out June 8, 2020. Amistad made the announcement Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Gina Yashere memoir 'Cack-Handed' to be released in June

NEW YORK (AP) — Gina Yashere has some tough stories to share but also some inspiring ones. A memoir by the comedian, writer and producer and actor is called, “Cack-Handed” and comes out June …

California executive pleads guilty in college admission plot

A California businessman said to have steered “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, to the ringleader of the college admissions bribery scheme …
FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, members of the original nine women, from left to right, Billie Jean King, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Tegart Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey and Rosie Casals, who helped start the women's professional tennis tour are honored at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C. The nine signed a dollar contract 50 years ago, and it turned into millions for female tennis players. They were tired of being squeezed out of events by promoters and paid 10 times less than men. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

Original 9, Hewitt, Raymond among nominees for tennis Hall

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Billie Jean King and the other members of the Original 9 who laid the groundwork for the women’s professional tennis tour are the first group nominated together for the …
Business

Canadian auto workers extend Ford contract, delay strike

DETROIT (AP) — The union that represents Canadian auto workers has extended its contract with Ford beyond an 11:59 p.m. deadline, a sign that progress is being made toward an agreement. The …

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on …

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years on graft charges

BEIJING (AP) — Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years on graft charges.

Asia Today: Duterte extends virus calamity status by a year

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Rodrigo Duterte says he has extended a state of calamity in the entire Philippines by a year to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster to fight the …

Travel

Lufthansa pulls more big jets, issues gloomy outlook

German airline Lufthansa, already bailed out by the government, says it will have to make more staff cuts and mothball more jumbo jets than originally planned because the outlook for air travel is …

Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt's Saqqara pyramid

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, an official said Monday. The sarcophagi have remained unopened since …

Deion Sanders set to become Jackson State's football coach

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders says he will become Jackson State's football coach. Sanders made the announcement Sunday night on the first episode of the “21st & …

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the …

Things to do

Honor first-responders at in-person, virtual events in the Phoenix metro area

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The date is now …

Arizona volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway program

A lot has changed over the last few months, but there is still a need for volunteers to help keep Arizona looking its best.

Arizona arts poised to stage a comeback

With innovative approaches and support from area patrons and other sources, local arts groups are adapting to continue their missions in the community.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Valley Voices

Getting ‘justice for all’ in Arizona

For decades, only people who have been accepted by the American Bar Association were allowed to offer legal advice, no matter how qualified they were to give that guidance.

Cucharo: From New York to the Arizona desert

We moved to Arizona from New York’s Long Island in the summer of 2019 for all the standard reasons. Lower taxes, nicer climate and extremely better “bang for your buck” with respect …

Two Guns’ sordid history off Interstate 40

Along Interstate 40, nestled between Flagstaff and Winslow, is the ghost town of Two Guns. As you drive by, you may see the remnants of an old gas station, now nothing more than a repository of …

Mendivil: Supports Sen. McSally for Senate

I have been listening to the extremely aggressive and negative commercials that Mark Kelly is presenting against Sen. Martha McSally. I find them disturbing, especially when a lot of his quotes …

We’re moving a little faster back into the world

Well, not everyone is moving faster. Parents continue to juggle work and home-schooling responsibilities, many people are without jobs, too many business owners are struggling and the list goes on, …