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Scholarships target doctors in underserved areas in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — University of Arizona's medical school announced Friday that it will give free tuition to some students who commit to working as primary care doctors in underserved areas, an effort to improve access to health care in areas where it's most lacking.

Asylum-seekers in Arizona to be bused to Texas, then Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — Asylum-seekers who cross the border through Arizona are now being bused by immigration authorities to Texas, where they can be sent to Mexico to await their U.S. immigration court …

Desert Financial, St. Mary's food bank host turkey drive

Starting this weekend, Valley residents will see the impact of their Thanksgiving generosity doubled, thanks to a match from Desert Financial Credit Union.

Influenza cases in Arizona are three times higher in 2019

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported Friday that influenza cases in the state have tripled compared to previous seasons at this time. More than half of reported cases this season are …

House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona

WASHINGTON — A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back …
First responders
Glendale police are releasing new details about an officer-involved shooting last month that ended in a 17-year-old shooter’s death. In addition, Glendale police are making the body-camera …
Glendale Firefighter Kyle Knight and Glendale Officer Ty Nowatzki were honored Tuesday with a life safety award after they saved two men from the second floor of a burning apartment building near …
Glendale police are seeking the public’s help in solving an assault case from September. According to police, around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 7, officers responded to a fight call at a bar in the …
Top sports story

No. 16 Miami women beat NC A&T 68-67 in Maggie Dixon Classic

CHICAGO (AP) — Mykea Gray scored 19 points, including a go-ahead 3-pionter with 18 seconds left, Beatrice Mompremier had 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, and No. 16 Miami beat North …
More sports

Robinson-Earl leads No. 17 Villanova past Bulldogs, 83-76

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 22 points, and No. 17 Villanova beat Mississippi State 83-76 on Friday in a Myrtle Beach Invitational semifinal. Collin Gillespie added 18 …

Kim stays 2 shots up, halfway to $1.5 million at LPGA finale

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Sei Young Kim hit her best shot on the final hole Friday, leaving her a tap-in birdie for a 5-under 67 that kept her lead at two shots in the CME Group Tour Championship and …

Duncan with career-best 61 leads at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Tyler Duncan holed out from the eighth fairway for eagle Friday and wound up with the best score on the PGA Tour, a 9-under 61 that staked him to a two-shot lead going …

Mexico City bullring to host Federer- Zverev tennis match

MEXICO CITY (AP) — For 73 years, Mexico City’s Plaza de Toros bullring has hosted hundreds of bullfights, but on Saturday it will become a tennis court, as Roger Federer faces Germany’s …
Daily Independent
Nation

Airmen killed in Oklahoma Air Force base crash identified

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Two U.S. Air Force airmen killed in a training jet crash at Vance Air Force Base in northwestern Oklahoma have been identified as an instructor and a student pilot. The base …

Schools apologize over differing events for boys, girls

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina school district is apologizing for the way boys and girls were treated differently at an event about leadership and character for elementary school …

Florida investigating attorney charged with lawsuit fraud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Bar has opened an investigation of a New York lawyer who it says may have been practicing in Florida without a license. The Bar’s investigation of Stuart …

Critics: Tahoe resort project would hamper fire evacuations

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Conservationists trying to block expansion of the Lake Tahoe ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics say the developer is trying to hide the impacts of the …

Boy Scouts mortgage vast New Mexico ranch as collateral

The Boy Scouts of America has mortgaged one of the most spectacular properties it owns, the vast Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, to help secure a line of credit as the financially strapped …
World

Puerto Rico governor’s mansion to feature original color

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews are painting the historic governor’s mansion in Puerto Rico’s capital to match its original color from the 16th century. Officials said Friday that 130 …

With da Silva free, Brazil’s Workers’ Party seeks strategy

SAO PAULO (AP) — As Brazil’s largest leftist party gathers to plan the future, a figure that has dominated its past looms ever larger. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the …

Dutch police: 2 trains possibly hit by gunfire; no injuries

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police say two trains in the southern Netherlands may have been hit by gunfire. Nobody was injured in either train. Breda police tweeted Friday night that a …

Evo Morales accused of terrorism and sedition

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s interim government is accusing ousted leftist President Evo Morales of terrorism and sedition. Acting Interior Minister Arturo Murillo said on Friday the …

Mali charges 2 men with supporting Islamic extremist group

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s intelligence services say they have arrested two men accused of providing logistical support to the Islamic extremist group Ansarul Islam in Burkina Faso. Malian …
Entertainment

Rapper Eric B. gets probation in 17-year-old assault case

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Rapper and actor Eric B. has been sentenced to a year of probation stemming from a 17-year-old criminal …
FILE - This May 8, 2018 file photo shows Taylor Swift performing during her "Reputation Stadium Tour" opener in Glendale, Ariz. Swift says she may not be performing at the American Music Awards because the men who own her old recordings won’t allow her to play her songs.  Swift said on Instagram Thursday that she planned to play a medley of her hits when she’s named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards on Nov. 24. But Swift says the men who own the music, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, are calling the performance an illegal re-recording.  (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File)

Scooter Braun breaks his silence on his Taylor Swift battle

NEW YORK (AP) — Music manager Scooter Braun has broken his silence regarding his public beef with Taylor Swift, who has called Braun …
Honoree Lily Tomlin poses at "The Paley Honors: A Special Tribute to Television's Comedy Legends" at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lily Tomlin is sorry she agreed to end ‘Grace and Frankie’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Regrets? Lily Tomlin has at least one: Her decision to end her Netflix sitcom “Grace and Frankie,” which …
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2003 file photo, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton poses at the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards in Miami.  Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company has added reggae star Buju Banton to its jam-packed roster.  On Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 Roc Nation announced the partnership with the reggae and dancehall king, whose comeback concert held earlier this year in his native Jamaica was one of the country’s largest shows. More than 30,000 people attended the concert.  (AP Photo/Yesikka Vivancos, File)

Roc Nation adds reggae star Buju Banton to its roster

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company has added reggae star Buju Banton to its jam-packed roster. On Friday Roc Nation …
This cover image released by Columbia/Legacy shows "Thanks for the Dance" by Leonard Cohen. (Columbia/Legacy via AP)

Review: Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album centers on poetry

Leonard Cohen, “Thanks for the Dance” (Columbia/Legacy Recordings) Leonard Cohen’s last album, released just weeks before he …
Business
Samsung Heavy Industries to pay criminal fine in bribe case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A major South Korean shipbuilder has agreed to pay a $75 million criminal fine to avoid prosecution in the U.S. for a conspiracy to bribe officials in Brazil. Samsung …

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks closed modestly higher on Wall Street Friday, recovering some ground after three days of losses amid uncertainty over whether the U.S. and China will reach a deal to halt their trade …

Nordstrom and Gap gain while Tesla and Pure Storage slide

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday: Nordstrom Inc., up $3.63 to $37.95 The high-end retailer reported earnings that blew past Wall Street analysts' …

US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, California

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak. They also say not to eat the leafy …

California boosts pot taxes, shocking unsteady industry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is increasing its business tax rates on legal marijuana, shocking struggling companies that have been pleading with the state to do just the opposite. Hefty …

Travel
US approves expanding Delta venture with European airlines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department is letting Delta Air Lines, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic expand their joint venture on flights between the U.S. and Europe without worrying …

Study: Yellowstone bison mow, fertilize their own grass

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A study of grazing in Yellowstone National Park found that bison essentially mow and fertilize their own food. This allows them to graze in one area for two to three months …

Person shot by police at Vegas airport, reportedly on tarmac

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say a person was shot and injured by police at McCarran International Airport and media outlets are reporting that the shooting happened on the tarmac. A police …

British Airways says flights disrupted by ‘technical issue’

LONDON (AP) — British Airways says flights are being disrupted by a “technical issue.” Information from Heathrow, Britain’s busiest airport, shows some trans-Atlantic flights delayed …

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Eloy Martinez, returning to Alcatraz Island meant a joyous reunion with people he hadn’t seen in decades. It also brought a renewed sense of pride and hope. Martinez …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 14-20

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 14-20. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 14 - MESA: The Magic of Bill …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 7-13

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 7-13. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 7 - SCOTTSDALE: Ferrari Club of …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 31 - MESA: Trick Or Treat …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 24-30

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 17-23. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 24-27 - SCOTTSDALE: IGRA World …

Opinion

How Medicare can help you manage pain

If you have Medicare, there are covered options to help you manage pain safely and effectively.

Here is what the judge would do

I earlier wrote a guest commentary inviting you to be the judge. I told you that I’d follow-up and let you know how I address the …
Graduates line up at the Oct. 11 certificate ceremony for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s new full-time Construction Academy program in Camp Verde. The pre-apprenticeship program prepares workers across the state for highway construction jobs. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Construction Academy provides fast track to careers

The two-week Construction Academy offers free training that helps women, minorities, veterans and members of other disadvantaged …

What being Hispanic means to me

The military I know and work in today is a diverse force that encourages the promotion of people with different backgrounds.

How to stay heart healthy during the holidays

Being healthy over the holidays doesn’t mean giving up your favorite things. In fact, the American Heart Association wants you to …