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Arizona governor, GOP lawmakers end sanctuary city ban push

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution. The decision …

Trump to-do list: Raise cash, deliver on policy, excite base

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump is using Day 2 of his swing out West to check off the quintessential to-do list for a president seeking reelection: raising tons of campaign …

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. judge in Arizona sided with migrants who have long-complained about inhumane and unsanitary conditions in some U.S. Border Patrol' facilities in the state. The ruling came …

Settlement approved in discrimination suit against Motel 6

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has given final approval to a $10 million settlement in a class-action discrimination lawsuit that alleged Motel 6 employees in Phoenix shared the whereabouts and private …

Trump to use 'big voice' to boost GOP on 4-day Western trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's ready to use his “big voice” to bolster Republicans' 2020 campaign hopes as he heads west for a four-day visit mixing policy and …
First responders
The Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical department said goodbye to its chief of nearly nine years. Mark Nichols retired from the department Thursday, according to a tweet from the agency. Mr. …
A woman is accused of killing her husband during an argument over an extra-marital affair. Shatay Syreeta Johnson, 39, faces second-degree murder and concealment charges in the shooting death of …
A new multi-agency public safety video is focusing on the critical public safety message, “If You See Something, Say Something.” According to a release from the Surprise Police …
Top sports story

Coastal Carolina wallop Troy, 90-60, keep tourney hope alive

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Tommy Burton and DeVante' Jones scored 16 points apiece as Coastal Carolina easily defeated Troy 90-60 on Thursday night. Garrick Green added 14 points, Tim Ceaser scored 11 and …
More sports

Mackenzie Blackwood has 36 saves, Devils beat Sharks 2-1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood made 36 saves in winning his fifth straight start and the New Jersey Devils beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in a matchup of struggling franchises on Thursday …

Buie scores 26 as Hofstra rallies for 7th-straight win 81-74

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Desure Buie scored 26 points as Hofstra won its seventh consecutive game, pulling away late and defeating Drexel 81-74 on Thursday night. Isaac Kante added 20 points and Eli …

Muzzin helps Maple Leafs blank Penguins 4-0

TORONTO (AP) — Jake Muzzin had a goal and two assists, Frederik Andersen made 24 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on Thursday night. Toronto bounced back nicely …

Ovechkin scores 699th goal, Capitals lose to Canadiens in OT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 699th career goal, closing in on another milestone, but the Washington Capitals dropped their third in a row, losing to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in …
Daily Independent
Nation

Wake Forest apologizes for slavery in university's past

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The president of Wake Forest University issued an apology Thursday for the role of slavery in the school's past. The statement from Nathan Hatch comes after a series …

Woman pleads guilty to crash that killed white supremacist

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to manslaughter in a car crash that killed a white supremacist leader. Emily Sherry, 24, entered her plea in the April 2018 death …

4 virus patients from cruise ship moving to Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — Four Americans who tested positive for the new virus that caused an outbreak China are being sent to a hospital in Spokane, Washington, for treatment, officials said Thursday. The …

Biden slams rival Sanders over past gun control stance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on presidential campaign developments (all times local.): 12:30 p.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday slammed one of his presidential rivals for voting …

Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell. Caldwell Police Chief Frank …
World

Bolivia bars ex-President Morales from running for Senate

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal on Thursday rejected the candidacy of former President Evo Morales for a Senate seat in May's national elections because he does not …

Firm wants to recover the Titanic's iconic telegraph machine

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The salvage firmthat hasplucked silverware, china and gold coins from the wreckage of the Titanic now wants to recover the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Machine that transmitted …

South Korean capital Seoul bans rallies in major downtown areas in efforts to fight viral outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean capital Seoul bans rallies in major downtown areas in efforts to fight viral outbreak.

South Korea reports 52 new cases of coronavirus, raising its total to 156, after declaring southern city a special zone

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reports 52 new cases of coronavirus, raising its total to 156, after declaring southern city a special zone.

China reports further fall in new virus cases, 118 deaths

BEIJING (AP) — China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more than 2,200 deaths and …
Entertainment
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to his friends after giving a press conference at his Chicago home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, one day after having his prison sentence commuted by President Donald Trump. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)/Daily Herald via AP)

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment. Fresh out of …

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows …
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 file photo, a man shovels snow to clear a driveway near 5pointz, a graffiti art gallery in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, a federal appeals court gave its approval to a $6.7 million award for two dozen graffiti artists whose spray paintings at the once-famous site that attracted thousands of spectators were destroyed to make room for high-rise luxury residences. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Appeals court approves of $6.7M award to graffiti artists

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York gave its approval Thursday to a $6.7 million award for nearly two dozen graffiti …
Gillian Millane, mother of murdered British backpacker Grace, holds up a photo during her victim impact statement via video link from England, at the sentencing of the man found guilty of her murder at the Auckland High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The killer, who has name suppression, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years. (Dean Purcel/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand man convicted of murdering a British backpacker he met on a dating app has been …

Coroner finds evidence Hollywood therapist was strangled

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A prominent family therapist and former fiancee of comedian Drew Carey appears to have been strangled before she …
Business
California mandate for solar panels on homes' roofs tested

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's mandate for rooftop solar panels on all new low-rise homes was tested for the first time on Thursday, when regulators approved a Sacramento utility's proposal …

Alaska needs broad review of aviation safety, officials say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its aviation fatal and non fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the …

Higher red snapper 'target' for charter boats now permanent

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Gulf of Mexico charter boat captains stayed within federal limits for red snapper, regulators are making permanent a rule that lets them catch more of the fish. The rule …

Recycling plant fire burns for 3rd day in Minnesota

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters battled a stubborn fire at a metal recycling plant in a small Minnesota community for a third consecutive day Thursday. The fire at the Northern Metals plant in …

Phoenix Suns selling packages of reimagined Talking Stick Resort Arena

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns revealed renderings and details of the planned transformation of Talking Stick Resort Arena during an event at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Suns Managing …

Travel
Sanders' 'summer camp' in Vermont becomes fodder in debate

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Can a socialist own a summer house? That's the question unabashed capitalist billionaire Mike Bloomberg posed Wednesday night as he tried to brand Sen. Bernie Sanders a …

Israel calls on Belgium to scrap parade over anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday called on Belgium to scrap this weekend's annual Carnival parade after last year's featured a float with anti-Semitic caricatures. The carnival in the …

New visa rules set off 'panic wave' in immigrant communities

BOSTON (AP) — After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw's brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave …

Iran announces 3 new cases of coronavirus after 2 deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new coronavirus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people …

Japan: 2 former cruise ship passengers with virus have died

TOKYO (AP) — Two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they were infected with a new virus have died, Japan's health ministry said Thursday, becoming the first …

Things to do
D-Backs ‘Fan Fest’ set for Saturday at Chase Field

Diamondbacks officials announced they will host the 16th Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Fest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

Things to Do in the Valley – Feb. 6-12

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Feb. 5-12. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Feb. 6 - SCOTTSDALE: Western Week …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 - GILBERT: …

Ghosts and the Mariachis: Mexican heritage is alive in Mesilla

The magic of the land has already found you on the open road when the Camino Real, or the Royal Road, meets the American West. It is the glimmer of a sign that catches your eye and feeling of …

Opinion

We recognize the important work of engineers

It has been said that engineers solve problems you didn’t know you had in ways you don’t understand.

Neglect of Arizona schools’ capital needs violates Constitution

School districts all over Arizona are challenged today by aging schools and inadequate funds to repair or replace them.

What Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare settings. …

Keep your heart healthy for you and your Valentine

Your heart may belong to your Valentine, but it’s truly yours to keep healthy.

Sleep plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heart

Most of us are aware that proper nutrition, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight play a key role in heart health, but what about …
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