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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona Democrats target once-solidly red 6th District

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democrats are targeting one of four solidly Republican U.S. House districts with a polished candidate who has a big fundraising edge against a wounded GOP incumbent with a …
Education

Arizona education board makes Holocaust learning requirement

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona State Board of Education has voted to make learning about the Holocaust and other genocides a requirement for middle and high school students across the state, …
Transportation

Bridge inspections will close ramps on I-10, I-17

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Department of Transportation officials say two major metro Phoenix freeways will have overnight ramp closures this week for bridge inspections. ADOT officials say the …

Phoenix Indian hospital abruptly shuts down birthing center

PHOENIX (AP) — For months, Rochelle Chee diligently went to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for prenatal checkups. She knew a midwife and other staff there well and felt confident in the idea …

First-Ever Treatment Shown to Reverse Alzheimer’s Earns NeuroEM Therapeutics FDA Breakthrough Device Status

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 28, 2020-- The clinical-stage medical device company is pleased to announce in its pilot study, published last fall in the This press release features multimedia. …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Police on Tuesday released the names of a man who was fatally shot after a domestic violence incident in Phoenix that left a woman dead and a teenager injured. They said …
A fire and possible explosion in Sun City left two people displaced and another person in the hospital. The fire was called in some time before 8 a.m. Tuesday at a duplex home at 10410 W. Prairie …
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has been provided extra protection after allegedly being threatened by a member of the city’s police department, her office said …
More sports

The Latest: Paris Masters tennis to be held without fans

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Paris Masters tennis tournament will be held without fans next week as France enters a second lockdown …

Dozen MLB players have options turned down, go free

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their …

AP sources: Rockets hiring Stephen Silas to replace D'Antoni

The Houston Rockets and Stephen Silas have an agreement for the Dallas assistant to replace Mike D'Antoni as coach, multiple people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday. The hiring of the son …

Pac-12 embarks on short season with lots of new faces at QB

The so-called Conference of Quarterbacks has had some considerable turnover at the position heading into the season. Gone are some of the Pac-12's big names: Oregon's Justin Herbert, Washington …
Nation

Trump officials tout progress on border wall before election

HOUSTON (AP) — Top Trump administration officials visited Texas five days before Election Day to announce they have nearly completed 400 miles of U.S.-Mexico border wall, trying to show progress on …

U.S. OKs extradition of 2 nabbed in ex-Nissan boss' escape

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department has agreed to turn over to Japan two American men accused of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country while he was awaiting …

U.S. agrees to extradite men wanted by Japan for aiding ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's escape, lawyers say

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. agrees to extradite men wanted by Japan for aiding ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's escape, lawyers say.

Supreme Court issues flurry of last-minute election orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina, yes. Pennsylvania, yes. Wisconsin, no. That’s how the Supreme Court has answered questions in recent days about an extended timeline for receiving and counting …

Court halts order requiring masks at Texas polling places

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has suspended a judge's order requiring people in Texas to wear face masks inside polling stations. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed U.S. …
World

Serbia police arrest 2 over 7 bodies found in Paraguay

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police said Thursday they have arrested two people in connection with the recent discovery in Paraguay of seven bodies found in a shipment of fertilizers. A …

IMF blames resurgent coronavirus for UK growth downgrades

LONDON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its growth forecasts for the British economy for this year and next, following an acceleration in the number of coronavirus infections …

Secret graves holding 59 bodies in Mexico were in a town

SALVATIERRA, Mexico (AP) — Search teams continued excavating a site in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato Thursday where in the past week they have found 59 bodies in clandestine …

Argentine police evict protesters occupying contested land

GUERNICA, Argentina (AP) — Argentine police clashed with a group of protesters on Thursday while evicting them from makeshift homes on a contested property south of the capital, Buenos Aires. Six …

A timeline of extremist attacks in France in recent years

PARIS (AP) — The on Thursday follows a spate of Islamic extremist violence in France in recent years. Here is a look at some of those attacks: — Oct. 16, 2020: History teacher Samuel Paty is …
Business

Fair housing groups: Redfin 'redlines' minority communities

SEATTLE (AP) — Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers …

NYC mayor mum on review of proposed Mets sale to Steve Cohen

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio deflected questions Thursday about whether he wants to block the sale of the New York Mets to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. Asked about the …

Exxon to cut 1,900 US jobs as oil industry struggles

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil is slashing 1,900 jobs from its U.S. workforce as the pandemic saps demand for fuel. The Irving, Texas, oil giant said the reductions will be both voluntary and …

San Francisco curbs virus but once-vibrant downtown is empty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before the pandemic, Señor Sisig food trucks were a common sight in downtown San Francisco, dishing out Filipino fusion tacos and burritos to long lines of workers who spilled …

Travel

Many Cubans hope US election will lead to renewed ties

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Not so long ago the tables at Woow!!! restaurant in Havana were filled with tourists ordering mojitos and plates of grilled octopus. But as President Donald Trump rolled back …

Airbus reports new pandemic losses, but stops bleeding cash

PARIS (AP) — Struggling plane maker Airbus says new European virus lockdown measures are making its life “a bit more difficult,” as it announced 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion) in …

Australia's pandemic travel ban brings family heartbreak

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Astrid Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s hand at his deathbed in Germany because of Australia’s extraordinary pandemic restrictions that …

Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rich Collins is trapped in the maze of coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the Northeast. The Rhode Island firefighter has custody of his 5-year-old daughter every …

Things to do

Drive Thru Fair Food open for another weekend in Phoenix

Officials at the Arizona State Fair announced that due to overwhelming demand, they're continuing Drive Thru Fair Food for one final weekend, beginning on Thursday.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park continues reopening plans

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park reopened Sept. 3 with rave reviews from visitors and moved forward Sept. 19 with the second phase of their reopening plan.

Honor first-responders at in-person, virtual events in the Phoenix metro area

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The date is now …

Arizona volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway program

A lot has changed over the last few months, but there is still a need for volunteers to help keep Arizona looking its best.

Valley Voices
Julie Gunnigle

Gunnigle: Brewer wrong about what county needs

Following her continuous string of nationally embarrassing comments, former Gov. Jan Brewer has decided to weigh in on the Maricopa County Attorney’s race — I wear her non-endorsement as a badge of pride.
Jan Brewer

Brewer: Adel best choice for Maricopa County Attorney

My entire career, I have been committed to the safety and well-being of our children. It is critical that we have leaders at every level of government who are committed to the rule of law and …

Smith: Calls out falsehoods in TV ads

I recently received a mass mailing paid for by the Arizona Republican Party. It stated, “Under Biden’s tax plan, 82% or Americans would face higher taxes.” I went to …
Aspens in fall colors attract leaf peepers at Aspen Corner on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. [Steve Chernek/Independent Newsmedia]

ADOT: Stay safe while out finding fall in Arizona

Ahh ... autumn in Arizona. The frost is on the pumpkin, a chill is in the air and sweaters are acceptable fashion. Hey, we can dream, can’t we?

Bradford: Opposes Medicare for All plans

When it comes to health care, most Arizonans want the same thing: lower costs, improved access and higher quality. That’s why I cannot understand how anyone could support a …
Entertainment
FILE - Eric Church performs at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 28, 2017. Church will perform at this year's CMA Awards in Nashville. The show will air on ABC on Nov. 11. (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File)

Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris to play CMAs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs and more are set to take the stage at the CMA Awards in November. The country music awards show promised that the …
FILE - Playwright August Wilson poses for a portrait at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. on April 7, 2005. The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. (AP Photo/ Michelle McLoughlin, File)

The University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson trove

NEW YORK (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, …
Julio Urias of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after the last out as fans celebrate from their cars as they watch the national broadcast of the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 during game 6 to win the the 2020 MLB World Series baseball game in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low. The six games on Fox …
FILE - This April 9, 1996, file photo shows David Rohde, then of The Christian Science Monitor, at a mass grave site in Kravice, Bosnia. Rohde, reporting for the New York Times, and two other men were kidnapped at gunpoint in Afghanistan in 2008. U.S. authorities announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, that an Afghan man, Haji Najibullah, has been brought to the United States to face charges in the kidnapping. The victims were not identified, but the description matched the kidnapping of Rohde and Afghan journalist Tahir Ludin. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

Arrest made in 2008 kidnapping of journalists in Afghanistan

NEW YORK (AP) — An Afghan man has been brought to the United States to face charges in the 2008 gunpoint kidnapping of a journalist for The New York Times, an Afghan journalist and a driver in …

Diane di Prima, Beat poet and activist, dead at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Diane di Prima, a poet, activist and teacher who was one of the last surviving members of the Beats and one of the few women writers in the Beat movement, has died at age 86. Di …