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Valley and State

Arizona ban on evictions set to end as heat, infections soar

PHOENIX (AP) — Housing advocacy groups in Arizona have joined lawmakers in lobbying Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions, which will expire next week and allow …

Settlement moves Arizona closer to resuming executions

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office has reached a settlement to conclude a lawsuit challenging the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry’s lethal injection procedures.

Arizona interstate pavement, bridges rated among nation’s best

The conditions of pavement and bridges on Arizona’s interstate freeways rank among the nation’s best in an annual report by a nonprofit transportation research group.

Valley Metro reinstating some services beginning July 27

Valley Metro is reinstating select Express bus trips beginning July 27 on several routes, according to a release.

Lawmaker questions COVID-19 numbers in Arizona

PHOENIX — A Southern Arizona lawmaker is claiming that a new study he commissioned shows that there is no correlation between the rising number of people being infected with COVID-19 and the number who wind up in the hospital.
First responders
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and other officials have determined that an electrical current was limited to the surrounding area of a single boat and led to the deaths of two brothers at Lake Pleasant.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for George Floyd's family are set to announce a civil lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis and the police officers involved in his death. Attorney Ben …
The memorial service for Peoria police motorcycle officer Jason Judd, who died while on-duty July 1, honored a servant described by many as a family man, hard worker and teacher, using adjectives like selfless, compassionate and passionate.
More sports

Mets' deGrom, Cubs' Rizzo dealing with back issues

CHICAGO (AP) — Opening day is next week, and there is concern for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo because of back issues. The Mets sent deGrom for an …

ASU, NCAA sued over death of linebacker found to have CTE

PHOENIX (AP) — The father of a former Arizona State University linebacker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and NCAA, alleging his son’s suicide came during a mental …

Woods, DeChambeau attract attention for different reasons

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau pounded shots along the front nine of Muirfield Village, a nine-hole practice round Wednesday that no doubt would have attracted a capacity …

Prescott set for franchise tag without long-term Dallas deal

Dak Prescott will play whatever becomes of the 2020 season under the one-year franchise tag after the Dallas Cowboys and their star quarterback couldn't agree on a long-term contract. Clubs had …
Daily Independent
Nation

California man sentenced in $6M modern art fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who authorities say tried to sell $6 million worth of phony paintings he claimed were created by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other modern …

President Trump shakes up campaign team, replacing Brad Parscale as campaign manager with GOP vet Bill Stepien

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump shakes up campaign team, replacing Brad Parscale as campaign manager with GOP vet Bill Stepien.

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all its stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise …

Man sentenced in death of Nebraska college student

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man was sentenced Wednesday to 71 years to life in prison in the death of a Nebraska college student whose body has never been found. Loved ones of Tyler Thomas hugged and …

Explosion threat eases at burning Navy warship in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fire raging aboard a docked U.S. warship moved away from fuel tanks, easing the threat of an explosion or a million-gallon oil spill in the San Diego harbor, but it was too early …
World

The Latest: India reimposes lockdown as cases near 1 million

NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload is approaching 1 million with a surge of 29,429 in the past 24 hours, prompting authorities to reimpose lockdowns in high-risk areas in nearly a dozen …

Amid virus spike, North Macedonia holds national elections

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Voters in North Macedonia are donning masks to take part in a general election, following months of delays due to the pandemic. Polls opened Wednesday but there …

Rules once lifted are reimposed to try to curb new outbreaks

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Virus restrictions once lifted are being reimposed, shutting businesses and curbing people's social lives as communities try to curb a disease resurgence before it spins …

UN official: Catastrophe looming from oil tanker off Yemen

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. environment chief said Wednesday that “time is running out” to avert an environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe from a deteriorating oil tanker loaded with …

Mexico records near-record daily deaths, coronavirus cases

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico recorded 836 more confirmed deaths from COVID-19 and 7,051 more coronavirus cases Tuesday, both among the highest figures the country has registered as continued high …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Megan Thee Stallion arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J.. The rapper says she was shot multiple times, but expects to fully recover. The 25-year-old said in an Instagram post Wednesday that she had gunshot wounds from a crime committed against her Sunday with the intent to harm her and feels lucky to be alive. She did not say who shot her or why, and Los Angeles police had no immediate comment. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Megan Thee Stallion says she was shot, expects to recover

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said Wednesday that she was shot multiple times on Sunday, but expects to fully …
This handout photo provided by Scholastic shows author Joanna Cole. Cole, whose "Magic School Bus" books transported millions of young people on extraordinary and educational adventures, has died at age 75. With the ever maddening but inspired Ms. Frizzle, based in part on a teacher Cole had growing up, leading her students on journeys that explored everything from the solar system to underwater, "Magic School Bus" books have sold tens of millions of copies and were the basis for a popular animated TV series and a Netflix series. Plans for a live-action movie with Elizabeth Banks as Ms. Frizzle were recently announced. (Annabelle Helms/Scholastic via AP)

'Magic School Bus' author Joanna Cole dies at age 75

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Joanna Cole, whose “Magic School Bus” books transported millions of young people on extraordinary and …
This cover image provided by DC shows "Rorschach" by writer Tom King. (DC via AP)

DC's plan for 'Watchmen' sequel 'Rorschach' met with unease

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DC is releasing a new “Watchmen” spin off based on the Rorschach character, but the unveiling of the limited …
The Alexander Baranof statue, pictured with a patina of bird droppings in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall, was at the center of a protest Tuesday, June 23, 2020, just prior to a city Assembly meeting in Sitka, Alaska. An Alaska city assembly voted Tuesday, July 14, 2020, to relocate the statue of a Russian merchant that has drawn criticism as a symbol of colonialism and abuse of the region's Indigenous people. (James Poulson/Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP)

Alaska city relocates Russian colonist statue to museum

An Alaska city will relocate a statue of a Russian colonist accused of enslaving Alaska Natives while the area was under Russian …
FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, a patient is wheeled out of Cobble Hill Health Center by emergency medical workers in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found no strong link between a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes and some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks. Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed the report released last week for failing to address the actual impact of the March 25 order, which by the state’s own count ushered more than 6,300 recovering virus patients into nursing homes at the height of the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

New York's Met Museum to open 5 days a week starting Aug. 29

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen five days a week starting Aug. 29 after being shuttered since …
Business
Obama, Biden, Gates Twitter accounts hacked in bitcoin scam

Con artists on Wednesday apparently hacked into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians and major companies in an apparent bitcoin scam. The ruse included bogus tweets from Barack …

Tech entrepreneur's dismembered body found in luxury condo

NEW YORK (AP) — The dismembered body of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was found inside his luxury Manhattan condo, police said Wednesday. The victim, identified as Fahim Saleh, was found at …

US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans for rights abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are …

Delta expects to take $3 billion charge to cover job losses

Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that it expects to take a charge of $2.7 billion to $3.3 billion to cover the cost of early retirements and buyouts for employees as it shrinks in response to a sharp …

Travel
Lawsuit threatened over about-face on grizzly reintroduction

SEATTLE (AP) — A conservation group is threatening to sue the Trump administration over its sudden reversal of plans to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascade mountain range of Washington …

Disney World's last two theme parks reopen to visitors

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on Wednesday welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been …

'We don't want them,' Mallorca says of wild-wayed tourists

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain’s Balearic Islands ordered the closure Wednesday of bars and nightclubs in beachfront areas popular with young and foreign visitors, pulling the plug on endless …

Fire hits Museum Kampa in Prague, smoke reaches exhibitions

PRAGUE (AP) — A fire broke out at a modern art museum Wednesday in the heart of the Czech capital, officials said. Electrical cables caught fire at one of Museum Kampa's building, sending acrid …

Things to do
Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that …

Tailgating tradition takes on new form as opera goes virtual

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tech executive Peter Batty has been making the trip to New Mexico's high desert almost every summer since 1996 to get his opera fix at one of the most famous venues in the …

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 …

Opinion

Watch out for the most vulnerable among us during heat wave

It was a real hot one this weekend as temperatures reached a whopping 114 degrees; the high heat means we all are going need to take …

As consumer habits change, how can businesses keep up?

American consumers don’t act and buy the way they did just a few short months ago — at least most of them don’t. The pandemic …

Michaelis: When the movies get it right!

One of my all-time favorite movies is the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (if you’ve not seen it, put it on your must-see list …
Seema Verma

Verma: Taking action to protect America’s nursing home residents against COVID-19

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness …

Phoenix takes step to address housing crisis

Phoenix's new initiative is a positive step in accommodating the housing needs of residents.
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