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Valley and State

Tribal leader: Work to build border wall hurts sacred land

PHOENIX (AP) — A Native American leader from Arizona grew emotional Wednesday as he told a congressional committee about the pain members of his tribe feel about U.S. officials blasting through …

Arizona's largest newspaper quits candidate endorsements

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Republic, which drew global attention in 2016 for endorsing a Democrat for president for the first time in its history, will stop endorsing candidates for public office, …

Arizona's most populous county becomes gun 'sanctuary'

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's most populous county on Wednesday joined a growing national movement in which areas are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and proclaiming support for gun …

Maricopa County declares ‘sanctuary’ for gun owners

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s most populous county on Wednesday joined a growing national movement in which areas are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and proclaiming support …

Phoenix Council votes 5-4 for civilian oversight of police

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix City Council members Tuesday voted 5-4 to approve a citizen review board with the power to investigate police after a raucous meeting that stretched five hours into the …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who was out of jail on reduced bail while awaiting trial on murder and other charges in a fatal wrong-way DUI crash on a freeway was arrested and charged in a …
An 18-month-old boy is in the hospital after he was pulled from a pool at his home in Glendale. Around 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, Glendale police and fire officials responded to a home near 67th …
Two people were released from the hospital after the vehicle they were in crashed into a home in Surprise.
Top sports story

Lizotte, Kings send Penguins to 4th straight loss, 2-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Lizotte had a power-play goal and an assist, Cal Petersen made 36 saves and the Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Penguins debuts of Patrick Marleau and two more deadline …
More sports

Asian baseball, soccer, rugby affected by new China virus

Baseball and basketball played in empty stadiums. Soccer leagues delayed. Clubs left out of Asian competitions or matches relocated. And the rapidly spreading virus that has infected more than …

Hardy, Hamilton propel UNLV past Boise State 76-66

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amauri Hardy and Bryce Hamilton combined to score 46 points and UNLV breezed to a 76-66 victory over Boise State on Wednesday night. Hardy finished with 24 points on 9-of-13 …

Terry scores 27 to lead Stanford past Utah 70-62

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tyrell Terry couldn’t find his shot during pregame warm-ups. He made up for it during the game. Terry scored 18 of his season-high 27 points in the second half, Oscar …

Morsell's late 3 lifts No. 9 Maryland past Minnesota 74-73

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Darryl Morsell drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left for No. 9 Maryland, capping a comeback from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat Minnesota 74-73 on Wednesday …
Daily Independent
Nation

Asian shares slump after Trump announcement on virus plans

Shares fell in Asia on Thursday after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was stepping up its efforts to combat the virus outbreak that began in China, as the number of cases surpassed …

No one to vote? Nevada Democrats puzzle over empty precinct

RENO, Nev. (AP) — What if a neighborhood precinct was voting in Nevada's presidential caucuses and nobody came? Democrats in one county were left scratching their heads about the possibility …

New US coronavirus case may be 1st from unknown origin

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a new case of coronavirus infection in California that could be a sign that the virus is spreading in a U.S. community. The Centers for Disease …

Islanders who suffered 1940s war atrocities on Guam get paid

HAGATÑA, Guam (AP) — For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan's occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion …

South Korea, US postpone annual military drills due to virus

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean and U.S. militaries have postponed their annual joint drills out of concerns over a virus outbreak. Thursday’s announcement came after South Korea …
World

Hardest-hit China, South Korea count 767 new virus cases

BEIJING (AP) — South Korea and China each reported hundreds more virus cases Thursday as the new illness persists in the worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders. South Korea reported 334 more …

China to send 'duck army' to help Pakistan fight locusts

BEIJING (AP) — China is planning to dispatch a 100,000-strong army of ducks to help Pakistan combat a massive locust infestation, a local newspaper reported Thursday. The legion of lotus-eating …

Syrian opposition fighters retake key town from government

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters on Thursday retook a key northwestern town in Syria that was recently captured by government forces, and cut the highway linking the capital, …

Australian campuses offer cash, discounts to China students

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian universities are offering Chinese students stranded in their homeland travel money and discounted tuition and the largest campus delayed the start of the …

Malaysian king summons Mahathir, who's trying to be PM again

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king summoned Mahathir Mohamad to the palace Thursday, fueling talks he may have majority support to return as the next prime minister after his abrupt …
Entertainment

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted …

Author Edwidge Danticat wins $20,000 Story Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Edwidge Danticat had an eventful Wednesday, praised for work both past and current. Hours after the American …
FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston. Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli said Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Lawyers: New evidence backs Loughlin, Giannulli's innocence

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, said Wednesday …
FILE - In this May 23, 2007, file photo, Placido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, speaks during a news conference in Washington about a simulcast of a performance of La Boheme. An investigation into Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to people familiar with the findings. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Spain cancels Plácido Domingo´s part in two opera dates

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government has canceled the participation of tenor Plácido Domingo in Madrid’s La Zarzuela light opera …
This image released by DKC/O&M shows the cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on stage after a special performance for students at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. It marks the first time a Broadway play has been performed at the venue  which is home to the New York Knicks basketball team and New York Rangers hockey team. (Jenny Anderson/DKC/O&M via AP)

Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big

NEW YORK (AP) — The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ditched its somber Broadway home Wednesday for the cavernous Madison Square …
Business
Stocks open higher on Wall Street following 2 steep drops

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as the market finds its footing following back-to-back drops of more than 3% as fears spread about economic fallout from the virus outbreak. …

Police respond to 'critical incident' at MillerCoors

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are responding to what they are calling a “critical incident” on the MillerCoors campus amid reports of a possible shooting. WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported …

Utility to plead guilty to federal charges over explosions

BOSTON (AP) — A utility company blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that left one person dead and damaged dozens of homes has agreed to plead guilty to breaking pipeline …

Facebook bans ads with false claims about new virus

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said Wednesday that it is banning ads that make false claims about products tied to the new coronavirus. The social network said it is removing ads that feature a …

German authorities say man with virus in critical condition

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in western Germany said Wednesday that a man who contracted COVID-19 is in critical condition and has been taken to a specialist hospital in Duesseldorf. The health …

Travel
Italy seeks to calm fears in Europe as cases, deaths rise

ROME (AP) — Italy sought Wednesday to calm fears and rally international support for its efforts to contain the coronavirus even as its caseload rose to 374 and more European travelers linked to …

Yellowstone bison entering Montana face slaughter, hunters

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the last and largest wild bison populations in North America has begun its migration out of Yellowstone National Park into southwestern Montana, where they are being …

Trial begins for jailed American pals in policeman's slaying

ROME (AP) — After months in a Rome jail, a pair of boyhood pals from California went on trial Wednesday, accused of murdering an Italian policeman during a summer vacation in Italy. The …

Spain mulling release of some guests from quarantined hotel

MADRID (AP) — More than 100 guests could be released in coming hours from a 4-star resort in Spain's Canary Islands that's been under lock-down over fears of a further spread of the new …

US 'honor roll' of historic places often ignores slavery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Antebellum Southern plantations were built on the backs of enslaved people, and many of those plantations hold places of honor on the National Register of Historic Places - …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Feb. 20-26

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Feb. 20-26. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Feb. 20-23 - PHOENIX: Cirque Du …

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: …

Opinion

New county jail will improve safety, save money

Public safety is a core function of government, probably the most important thing we do. Jails are a necessary component.

New county jail will improve safety, save money

Public safety is a core function of government, probably the most important thing we do. Jails are a necessary component.

A healthy lifestyle is best defense against coronavirus

While the world is focused on a cure for coronavirus, not enough of the conversation is focused on the things people can do to avoid …

Watch for warning signs of teen suicide

Participants in a program called One Gilbert hope to unite the town’s residents behind an ambitious and much-needed goal: …

Walking Home

A favorite quote from Ram Dass says, “We’re all just walking each other home.” Did you ever walk home with a friend from school? …
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