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Valley and State

Arizona Secretary of State not opposed to online signatures

PHOENIX — The state’s chief elections officer said she won’t oppose legal efforts to allow initiative drives to gather the remaining signatures they need online.

Long term care facilities tied to 60+ cases of COVID-19 in Maricopa County

Currently, Maricopa County and Arizona are experiencing a supply problem acquiring Personal Protective Equipment, according to a release.

Whitlock: WHAM in Surprise needs your help today

I am reaching out today asking for your help – to identify apprehend the culprits of a theft committed last night at our HQ in Surprise or, if needed, to help us replace what was stolen, so we can continue our mission in the community unabated.

Virus puts event planning industry on brink of devastation

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona caterer Pat Christofolo has been orchestrating high-end events for over a quarter-century: A lavish spread for a wedding dinner back-dropped by red rocks in Sedona, a holiday …

Groups ask for break on petition signatures in Arizona

PHOENIX — Groups trying to put measures on the November ballot are asking courts to let them gather the remaining signatures they need online. In a new lawsuit last Thursday, lawyers for six …
First responders
A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in El Mirage, according to police. No officers were injured. The El Mirage Police Department said officers were involved in a shooting Tuesday …
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix police commander killed in the line of duty was remembered Tuesday at an intimate funeral that primarily consisted of family. About a dozen mourners sat in the pews …
Glendale officials are investigating after two men died from injuries in a house fire.
More sports

The Masters in November is better than no Masters at all

C.T. Pan could become a footnote in history at Augusta National. Imagine qualifying for his first Masters and then having to wait 571 days before he can hear the most understated announcement in …

Brockers grateful to rejoin Rams after Ravens deal collapsed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Brockers began his first trip into free agency with uncertainty and excitement about what might be next in an eight-year NFL career spent entirely with the Los Angeles …

Want feedback from Federer? Tweet him your volleying video

Roger Federer offered stuck-at-home amateurs the ultimate online fantasy camp of sorts, a chance to get tennis tips from a guy many consider the greatest of all time. While people all over the …

Bettman raises chance of NHL not completing regular season

For the first time since halting play four weeks ago, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman raised the possibility Tuesday of not completing the regular season in order to squeeze in time to award the …
Daily Independent
Nation

Trump challenges authority, independence of agency watchdogs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs overseeing his administration, including removing the inspector …

Voting-rights disputes in virus era spark court battles

Wisconsin's chaotic primary may just be the beginning. Both major parties are preparing for a monthslong, state-by-state legal fight over how citizens can safely cast their ballots should the …

Feds eye looser back-to-work guidance after virus exposure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing its guidelines for self-isolation to make it easier for those who have been exposed to someone with the …

UN urges swift release of Mali's kidnapped opposition leader

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged the government of Mali and armed groups Tuesday to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement and called for “the swift …

Pandemic politics: Wisconsin primary moving forward

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to ignore a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday's presidential primary election, …
World

China investigates party member critical of Xi over outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — A prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is being investigated on suspicion of a “severe violation of …

Rio samba schools start sewing scrubs in coronavirus effort

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools usually spend the year furiously sewing costumes for the city's blowout Carnival celebration. Now, nimble fingers are working to protect lives …

China's virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown

WUHAN, China (AP) — The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world is set to end after 11 weeks: Chinese authorities are moving to allow residents of …

British virus crisis deepens, while New York sees positives

NEW YORK (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in intensive care Tuesday for treatment of his coronavirus illness, while authorities in New York hoped that a leveling off of deaths …

Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef more widespread than ever

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years. Bleaching has …
Entertainment
FILE - In this June 20, 2017 file photo, John Prine poses in his office in Nashville, Tenn. Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

7 Essential tracks from John Prine, folk music's Mark Twain

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine like …
FILE - This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.  Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73.  (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel …

A representative for John Prine said the singer died Tuesday from complications of the coronavirus at 73.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A representative for John Prine said the singer died Tuesday from complications of the coronavirus at 73.
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Pink performs "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. We are all learning a lot about each other these days and that's especially true with our celebrities. Social distancing has meant they have no army of publicists or glam squad. While many influencers and stars continue to post a flood of flattering, carefully stage-managed images, others are mirroring us — unshaven, unwashed and not ashamed. “When I drink, I get really, really brilliant ideas,” the singer Pink confessed recently. "And last night, I got an idea — I can cut hair. I can totally cut hair. Why have I been paying people all this time?” She then reveals some choppy, shaved spots on her head. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Celebrities reveal new sides during virus, but face backlash

Portia de Rossi has been teaching herself how to cook during the coronavirus lockdown. It's been an eye-opening experience for the …

Hal Willner, longtime 'Saturday Night Live' staple, has died

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Willner, a music producer and longtime “Saturday Night Live” music supervisor, has died. He was …
Business
Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners hoping for quick help from the government’s emergency $349 billion lending program were still waiting Tuesday amid reports of computer problems at the Small …

Insurers, banks cut customers some slack during outbreak

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

Asian shares rise, echoing Wall St optimism on virus battle

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday, echoing the rally on Wall Street, amid a few glimmers of hope that the coronavirus pandemic could be slowing. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 2.0% to …

Trump allies put unproven virus drug to work in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When a coronavirus outbreak hit a Texas nursing home, Dr. Robin Armstrong reached for an uproven treatment: the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. First, he needed to …

Travel
Most people on Antarctica cruise ship have the coronavirus

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of 217 people — many from Australia, Europe and the United States — on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the new …

Germany, Luxembourg to take in migrant children from Greece

BERLIN (AP) — Germany plans to take in up to 50 unaccompanied children from overcrowded migrant camps in Greece soon and Luxembourg will take 12, authorities said Tuesday. German Interior …

Sex. Drugs. Virus. Venezuela elites still party in pandemic

MIAMI (AP) — They whiled away the week on a sex- and drug-fueled romp: dancing on white-sand beaches and frolicking on a paradisaical Caribbean island with prostitutes from Europe, some snapping …

Lufthansa retires big jets, says rebound could take years

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline group Lufthansa said it was permanently removing some of its large aircraft from service and reducing capacity for the long term, saying it will take years …

Things to do
Parks and rec department shares COVID-19 updates, precautions, suggestions

When Governor Doug Ducey imposed a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a point stressed throughout his March 30 executive order was that while residents should follow all …

Catch these 8 movie classics newly streaming for April

Have some free time on your hands? Here are 8 classic movies newly available to stream on Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix as of April 1.

Blues guitarist Carvin Jones to stream concert to raise money

      Blues guitarist Carvin Jones to stream concert to raise money Virtuoso on a mission to help elderly during COVID-19 shutdown By Steve Stockmar Independent …

Litchfield Park trio gets back to basics during downtime

If there is any sort of positive spirit to consider during social isolation’s downtime for an otherwise very active live band, it may be each individual’s renewed focus on …

Opinion
The WHAM on Wheels Traveling Art Studio trailer, pictured, was stolen early Monday from the WHAM headquarters in Surprise. The group’s founder is seeking tips on who stole the trailer or where it may be recovered. [Submitted photo]

What’s Happening Arts Movement needs your help

I am reaching out today asking for your help — to identify apprehend the culprits of a theft committed early Monday at our HQ in …

Staying socially connected while social distancing

With all the discussion and encouragement around “social distancing” for our physical health, it brings up a whole new array of …
Portraits for OptumCare

Schnitzer: Tips to help seniors boost their physical, mental health during coronavirus quarantine

There is an ongoing conversation about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to be prepared. According to the …

Michaelis: We can each be a candle in the darkness

We are experiencing a very dark time in our history. Everyone I talk to says the same thing: “I’ve never seen anything like …

What’s missing from the $2.2T stimulus bill?

The $2.2 Trillion CARES Act will help a lot of Arizona businesses; but relief for investors, private partnerships, large developers …
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