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Mega Broadband Investments and Cable One Announce Strategic Partnership

SHAWNEE, Okla. & PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 28, 2020-- Mega Broadband Investments Holdings LLC ("MBI" or the “Company”) and Cable One, Inc. (NYSE: CABO) (“Cable One”) announced today …

Judge: Man charged in 2006 Iraq slayings to remain jailed

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Arizona has ruled that an Iraqi immigrant arrested on charges of participating in the 2006 killings of two police officers in Iraq will remain jailed until his extradition …
new coronavirus

Arizona tops 5,600 deaths of COVID-19

Arizona has added 457 cases and 35 deaths of COVID-19 overnight, according to the state Department of Health Services. As of the morning of Saturday, Sept. 26, the ADHS reports 216,826 positive …

Phoenix plans 156-acre fresh food complex

A 156-acre fresh food haven is planned for a site in south Phoenix that aims to provide the community with fresh food and lead in food industry innovation. In the project’s first development …

Arizona transportation officials warn of scam ‘DMV’ websites

Transportation officials warn Arizona motorists to avoid scam ‘DMV’ websites.
First responders
Fred Cuthbertson was not happy when a fellow police officer shared Apple’s voice talk assistant, Siri, answered a question about terrorists by directing users to police departments. The …
PHOENIX — Prosecutors have declined to criminally charge an Arizona state trooper in the fatal shooting of a Black man during a roadside struggle nearly four months ago that inspired protests …
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities said Wednesday they found around 65 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally while serving drug-related search warrants at two Phoenix-area …
More sports

Mladenovic pins French meltdown on US Open lockdown, no-call

PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic blamed her French Open meltdown on her U.S. Open lockdown — and she wasn’t too pleased about a no-call on a double bounce that helped her opponent avoid ceding …

Twins shelve Donaldson for wild card series with calf injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson will miss the best-of-three AL first-round series against Houston because of a nagging injury to his right calf, and the team …

Yuli Gurriel takes pay cut to $7M to stay with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — First baseman Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2022 that guarantees $7 million, a cut of nearly 20% from his 2020 …

Titans have NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak, with 8 positives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the …
Nation

Video shows attack on LA officer inside police station

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A graphic security video of an attack on a shows the suspect knock the officer to the ground inside the station, pistol-whip him with his own gun and point it at his …

With 3 months left in 2020, Memphis sets homicide record

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Memphis, Tennessee, has already broken its record for killings in a calendar year with 230, even though there are still about three months left in 2020, police …

Crowds out, masks in: Debating in the age of the coronavirus

CLEVELAND (AP) — Crowds and pageantry are out. COVID-19 tests and masks are in. Presidential debates are typically some of the most exciting nights of the campaign season, drawing a crowd of …

Justice Ginsburg buried at Arlington in private ceremony

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been buried in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Ginsburg was laid to rest Tuesday beside her husband and near …

Trump, Biden push into crucial first 2020 campaign face-off

CLEVELAND (AP) — With just 35 days until the election, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are barreling into their crucial first debate Tuesday night, the most pivotal …
World

Belarus pulls popular news site's credentials amid protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities said Tuesday that an independent media outlet that has extensively covered over seven weeks of protests against the country's authoritarian president …

Hezbollah leaders tell French president to change approach

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Tuesday they still welcome the French initiative to help Lebanon out of its crisis, but said Paris has to change its approach in …

Israeli PM to UN: Hezbollah storing missiles in Beirut

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of maintaining a "secret arms depot" in a residential neighborhood of Beirut, …

Greece moves asylum-seekers to ease crowding at island camps

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities moved nearly 1,000 refugees from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland Tuesday as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island refugee …

Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait's new ruling emir

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation's new ruling emir Tuesday night, state media reported, reaching the highest post …
Entertainment

Wall Street trader gets 5 years in prison in Ponzi scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Wall Street trader was sentenced Monday to over five years in prison after admitting to defrauding investors of $19 million in a Ponzi scheme. Paul Rinfret, 71, of …
This image released by LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions shows Alicia Vikander as Gloria Steinem, left, and Janelle Monae as Dorothy Pitman Hughes in a scene from "The Glorias," premiering Wednesday on Amazon Prime. (LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions via AP)

Review: A smart portrait of a living legend in ‘The Glorias'

Gloria Steinem is always in conversation with herself in “ ,” a sprawling and thoughtful biopic of the writer and activist. Director Julie Taymor knows better than to try to capture her entire …
This cover image released by Island Records shows "2020" a release by Bon Jovi. (Island Records via AP)

Review: Bon Jovi livin' on lots of prayers in '2020'

Bon Jovi, “2020” (Island) This is not your momma’s Bon Jovi. Tommy and Gina aren’t wild in the streets anymore. It’s 2020, and these days, no one’s having a nice day as a virus …
FILE - Gabrielle Union arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020. Union and NBC say they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing from “America’s Got Talent.” Union had said publicly and in a complaint to the California labor board that she was taken off the show because of her complaints that the environment on the set tolerated racism. But on Tuesday, Sept. 29, Union and the network issued a joint statement saying they have reached an “amicable resolution.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Gabrielle Union, NBC settle dispute over racism allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union and NBC said Tuesday that they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing as a judge on “America's Got Talent,” which she said was …

Texas prosecutors drop Alex Jones' drunken driving charge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors in Texas have rejected a drunken driving charge against conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones, who was earlier this year. The Travis County attorney's …
Business

Trump facing devastating debt load? Experts say not so fast

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump reportedly must pay back more than $300 million in loans over the next four years, raising the possibility his lenders could face an unprecedented situation …

How the Dow and other stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks ended with moderate losses Tuesday as investors waited for the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Banks, energy companies and stocks that …

Disney to lay off around 28,000 workers at its parks in California and Florida due to pandemic.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney to lay off around 28,000 workers at its parks in California and Florida due to pandemic.

Texas officials: No earlier concerns after microbe found

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Texas officials said Tuesday that water samples taken earlier this year from a Houston-area community did not raise concerns before the detection of a deadly, microscopic …

Travel

Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

DETROIT (AP) — The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux. In a few days, he’ll be among roughly 40,000 airline workers whose jobs are likely to evaporate in an …

Hybrid Paris Fashion Week, both physical and digital, begins

PARIS (AP) — Christian Dior on Tuesday was the first major fashion house to stage a traditional ready-to-wear runway show in Paris since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. The show headlined …

Botswana extends emergency measures to combat virus

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana has extended its state of emergency for a further six months to combat the spread of COVID-19. The southern African country will maintain several restrictions, …

Clipped wings: Virus turns tennis pros' flights into ordeals

PARIS (AP) — For the part of their job that some tennis players have always disliked — flying — Jack Sock says he toyed with what would have been a novel solution to the problem of how to stay …

Things to do

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.

Arizona arts poised to stage a comeback

With innovative approaches and support from area patrons and other sources, local arts groups are adapting to continue their missions in the community.

Valley Voices

Oliver: Grateful for gratitude over poem

To Bob and Lois King: Thank you so much for acknowledging my husband’s poem re: our son (“Grateful for poet’s shared words on loss,” Daily Independent, Sept. 23, 2020). …

Seniors: Get your flu shot this fall — it’s important

Getting vaccinated for the flu this fall is more important than ever.

Swanson: Cruise set to support law enforcement

As I turned on the evening news, I learned that tragically two more law enforcement officers were shot today in the line of duty — this time in Louisville. Anyone in law enforcement today …

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans.

Greeney: Calls new development 'wasteful'

Who approved the “Beachfront Resort” in Glendale? Eleven-acre man-made lagoon with sandy beaches! Where is this water coming from? We live in a desert, man. Look around at the fires, …