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Valley and State

Official says Phoenix airport ride-hailing fee is illegal

PHOENIX (AP) — A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is “very likely” unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, upping the ante in the showdown …

US senator from Arizona calls CNN reporter 'liberal hack'

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona lashed out Thursday at a CNN reporter who asked her about the impeachment of President Donald Trump. McSally called CNN reporter Manu Raju a …

Trial on Border Patrol conditions continues after inspection

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The trial to examine allegations of unsafe and freezing conditions in some Border Patrol facilities in Arizona continued Thursday as a federal judge gave a brief synopsis of …

Joe Arpaio leads in fundraising in race for Maricopa County sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Joe Arpaio is leading all candidates in the Maricopa County sheriff's race in fundraising.

Aethlon Capital Advises Cerasis on Its Sale to GlobalTranz

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 16, 2020-- announced today that it successfully advised , headquartered in Eagan, Minn., on the sale of its business to GlobalTranz Enterprises Inc. of Phoenix. …
First responders
A 23-year veteran of the Glendale Police Department has been promoted to  assistant chief of the agency. Chief Chris Briggs announced that Colby Brandt will be the assistant chief effective …
PHOENIX (AP) — A female Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections officer has been fired and arrested after authorities say she had sex with a male teenage offender now on parole. Officials …
Phoenix police have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a  30-year-old man.
Top sports story

Analysis: Baseball has become a prisoner of technology

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball's Analytics Era, and now it's holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the …
More sports

Iran says it's been banned from hosting international soccer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's soccer federation said Friday it has been told it will not be hosting any international matches on Iranian soil. The federation said it received a letter from the …

Former NBA player to plead not guilty to human trafficking

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury has brought charges in a sex trafficking case against former NBA player and one-time University of Alabama basketball standout Jim Farmer, who was caught up …

Trump welcomes LSU Tigers to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute to the football team on Friday, saying it would long be remembered as one of the greatest teams in college football history. The undefeated …

Cyprus FA suspends all matches after ref walkout over attack

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' soccer federation has suspended all matches after a referee walkout over a bombing attack against a colleague's car. The federation said on Friday all matches are …
Daily Independent
Nation

AP Exclusive: AT&T under pressure to defy Maduro's censors

MIAMI (AP) — Last April, as a military uprising roiled Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government ordered pay TV providers to immediately cease transmission of CNN and the BBC. DirecTV, …

AP Exclusive: AT&T under pressure to defy Maduro's censors

MIAMI (AP) — Last April, as a military uprising roiled Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government ordered pay TV providers to immediately cease transmission of CNN and the BBC. DirecTV, …

Courthouse to be named after late US Rep. Elijah Cummings

BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore will formally name a courthouse after the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in the first half of 2020. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Friday unveiled …

Student shot during attack on school officer to face trial

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager who was shot and wounded when he stabbed a school resource officer has been ordered to stand trial. Grant Fuhrman, 17, is charged as an adult with …

Organizers appeal Virginia rally gun ban; 6 now arrested

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge's ruling upholding the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally that's expected to draw thousands of …
World

Ukraine's president has rejected the resignation of prime minister caught on tape disparaging him

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has rejected the resignation of prime minister caught on tape disparaging him.

Town on edge in Colombia after 5 killed, 2 vehicles burned

A town in southwest Colombia is again on edge after a skirmish between illegal armed groups left at least five people dead, authorities said Friday. The killings happened overnight in the …

Iran's top leader to lead Friday prayers at time of crisis

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its …

Canada provides money to families after plane shot down

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday his government will give Canadian $25,000 ($19,122) to families of each of the 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of Canada who …

Guatemala sends troops to fight gangs in 2 high-crime areas

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of …
Entertainment

Jury selected in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, setting stage for testimony to begin next week

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selected in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, setting stage for testimony to begin next week.
Striking employees hold a banner reading "Louvre on strike" outside the Louvre museum Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 in Paris. Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Paris Louvre museum closed amid strikes over pension plans

PARIS (AP) — Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's …
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during an event with young Venezuelan migrants at the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. According to the UNHCR there are around 180,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the country, many of them arrived crossing the border  in the northern state of Roraima. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Far-right Bolsonaro fires latest round in Brazil culture war

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country's arts …
This image taken from a video distributed Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 by Italian police shows two police officers standing next to painting which was found inside a gallery's walls, in Piacenza, northern Italy. A gardener at the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the northern city of Piacenza told Italian state TV on Tuesday that he was clearing ivy from the gallery's walls when he noticed a metal panel in which he found a bag inside a space within the walls. When the bag was opened it contained a painting that might be Klimt's “Portrait of a Lady,” which disappeared from the gallery during renovations in February 1997. (Italian Police via AP)

Painting found in Italian gallery's walls verified as Klimt

ROME (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a stolen painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery's walls is Gustav …
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, MSNBC television anchor Rachel Maddow, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show," moderates a panel at a forum called "Perspectives on National Security," at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. There's no apparent impeachment fatigue among Maddow's viewers. Her prime-time show, which has been on for more than 11 years, had its largest audience ever when 4.5 million people watched Maddow's interview on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, with Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

MSNBC's Maddow reaches record audience with Parnas interview

NEW YORK (AP) — There's no apparent impeachment fatigue among viewers of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Her prime-time show, which has …
Business
China's 2019 economic growth weakens to 6.1% amid trade war

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a trade war with Washington and domestic consumer spending weakened, adding to headaches for the …

Early gains on Wall Street add to strong start to the year

Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street, building on the big gains from a day earlier that sent major indexes to their latest record highs. Technology companies and banks led the way higher …

Employers post fewer jobs in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs fell sharply in November, dropping to 6.8 million, a decline of 7.6% from the October level. The Labor Department reported Friday that the job …

For major shippers, 2019 ended on a sour note

For major shipping companies dealing with trade wars and slowing global growth, conditions appear to have deteriorated as 2019 came to a close. Global shipping and logistics provider Expeditors …

US industrial production fell 0.3% in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.3% in December, as unseasonably warm weather reduced demand for heating from utilities. The Federal Reserve said Friday that total industrial …

Travel
Spain's Balearic Isles crack down on pub crawls, happy hours

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot spots, introducing what they claim is the first law of its kind in …

Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady."

ROME (AP) — Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady.".

Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost carrier said …

World's biggest yearly human migration begins again in China

BEIJING (AP) — As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human …

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Havana hosted the 35th …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 16-22

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 16-22. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 16 - SCOTTSDALE: Demonstrate! …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 9-15

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 9-15. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 10-12 - PHOENIX: 27th Annual …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 2-8

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 2-8. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 2 - SIERRA VISTA: Patterson …

Turf Paradise to celebrate 64 years in Phoenix

Turf Paradise is celebrating 64 sensational seasons as Arizona’s first sports franchise with an anniversary party. The event is 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11. Fans will get free long-sleeve …

Opinion

More than ever, it pays to be optimistic

We’re experiencing challenges at every level from local issues to international relations and beyond. Times are tough and we don’t …

The Back Nine

I love it when readers send me emails that pertain to issues on aging. There is so much written, and every once in a while, there is a …

Are fossil fuels an ethical investment?

Saudi oil giant Aramco — the world’s most profitable company — issued its first public offering in December. The IPO has …

Home improvements can help save energy, money

Many improvements come with rebates from the utility companies. And most require no permits and inspections.
Kim Covington will be awarded the Paradise Valley MLK 2020 Diversity Award for dedicating her life to bringing multiple voices and perspectives to solve community problems. [Submitted photo]

Covington to receive MLK 2019 Diversity Award

Kim Covington, senior director of community initiatives at the Arizona Community Foundation will be awarded the Paradise Valley MLK …
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