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Education Secretary pushes school vouchers at Arizona event

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday touted her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, telling a room of supportive parents and lobbyists …

Point Hospitality Group Debuts Sky Rock: An Immersive Sedona Experience

SEDONA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 5, 2019-- Situated amidst ancient spiritual vortexes, Sedona emits a sacred spirit charged by powerful energy. This energy is magnified by the geography: …

Arizona bill would require students say Pledge of Allegiance

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker wants to make it harder for schoolchildren to avoid saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning. Republican Rep. John Fillmore of Apache Junction …

Arizona man sues after being shot in head by New Mexico sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff who shot an Arizona man in the head following a slow-speed chase in a front-loading tractor used excessive force and violated the man's civil …

Principal Names Chris Littlefield as New General Counsel

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 4, 2019-- Principal Financial Group ® today announced Christopher (Chris) Littlefield (53), former president and CEO of Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — The head of Arizona’s public safety department has apologized after it was revealed he was pulled over for driving over 90 mph on a state highway nearly two months …
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety released statistics on a statewide DUI enforcement over the holiday weekend, and the overall numbers are down, partially due to the lower number …
Two of three people are fighting for their lives after they were stabbed in Avondale on Thanksgiving. A Peoria man was arrested in connection with the Thursday night incident. Around 8:30 p.m. …
Most recent
Will Barton scores 17 points, Nuggets beat Knicks 129-92

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Barton scored 17 points to help the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 129-92 on Thursday night. Jerami Grant added 16 and Monte Morris had 15. The Nuggets shot 56% …

Sharks-Hurricanes Sums

Zuccarello leads streaking Wild to 5-4 win over Lightning

Blackhawks, recover, beat Bruins 4-3 in OT

Avalanche-Canadiens Sums

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Blackhawks-Bruins Sums

First Period_1, Chicago, Carpenter 1 (Murphy), 18:14 (sh). 2, Chicago, Strome 6 (Kane, Gustafsson), 18:51 (pp). Penalties_Kane, CHI, (hooking), 0:33; Wedin, CHI, (tripping), 16:35; Pastrnak, BOS, …
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Rangers-Blue Jackets Sums

First Period_1, Columbus, Atkinson 5 (Foligno), 12:43. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Lemieux 5 (Zibanejad, Kakko), 19:52. Penalties_Nieves, NYR, (tripping), 5:21; Lemieux, NYR, (roughing), 13:27. Second …

Embiid, Simmons have 15 turnovers; 76ers lose at Wiz 119-113

WASHINGTON (AP) — As well as the Philadelphia 76ers have been playing at home lately, they just can't consistently get their act together on the road, and a combined 15 turnovers by Joel Embiid and …

Wild-Lightning Sums

First Period_1, Tampa Bay, Cernak 2 (Point, Vasilevskiy), 1:52. 2, Minnesota, Eriksson Ek 2 (Suter, Greenway), 9:33. 3, Minnesota, Zucker 11 (Staal, Zuccarello), 10:46. 4, Minnesota, Soucy 3 …

Walker, Griffin lead unbeaten UConn women over Seton Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Megan Walker scored 29 points and Aubrey Griffin added 25 as No. 4 UConn recovered from a slow start to defeat Seton Hall 92-78 on Thursday night. The Huskies (7-0) …
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Nation

Former envoy: Putin likely ‘joyful’ about Ukraine theory

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was …

Minnesota governor says all 3 crew members killed in Black Hawk helicopter crash

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota governor says all 3 crew members killed in Black Hawk helicopter crash.

Tennessee executes blind inmate convicted of the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee executes blind inmate convicted of the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend.

R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage to Aaliyah

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in …

Democrats move toward impeaching Trump, with scant grumbling

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are charging toward impeaching President Donald Trump but not without pockets of division, as lawmakers who began the summer divided largely rallied Thursday …
World

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Families in Vietnam mourned the 39 people who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month. The last bodies of the victims were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. In …

US persuades judge to stop pro-Trump border wall group

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government persuaded a federal judge to prevent a private fundraising group from building its own wall next to the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico, despite the …

Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends …

Mexico president hosts US AG behind closed doors in capital

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president and the U.S. attorney general have met behind closed doors about a week after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested his government could classify Mexican …

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates …
Entertainment

Royal Opera, The Met removes tenor Vittorio Grigolo

New York (AP) — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found …

San Francisco Opera names its first female music director

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into …

CEO: Virgin Galactic marks 'incredible' year of milestones

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic is on the verge of making more history in 2020 following an “incredible” year of …
This image released by Neon shows Adèle Haenel in a scene from "Portrait of a Lady on Fire." (Neon via AP)

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Portrait' top AP's 2019 best films list

Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle name their choices for the best films of 2019. LINDSEY BAHR 1. : …
This Nov. 18, 2019 photo shows Grammy award-winning rapper Chamillionaire posing for a portrait in New York. A co-founder of popular underground Texas group the Color Changin’ Click, is best known for his hit “Ridin Dirty.” (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

Chamillionaire wants to add diversity to tech space

When Grammy award-winning rapper Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki began learning the ropes of venture capitalism in the tech space, …
Business
Veteran producer of 'WarGames,' 'Blue Bloods," dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Goldberg, a network and studio executive and producer whose TV credits ranged from “Starsky and Hutch” in the 1970s to the current drama series “Blue Bloods” and …

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a . That figure includes 229 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides. …

Energy company leaves debris in Michigan, delays report

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company's preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left …

Uber reports more than 3,000 U.S. sexual assaults on 2018 rides in long-awaited safety report

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber reports more than 3,000 U.S. sexual assaults on 2018 rides in long-awaited safety report.

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said …

Travel
The Latest: French protesters set fires amid strikes

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on strikes in France (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Small groups of protesters are hurling flares, smashing store windows and setting fires in eastern Paris amid mass …

Fire breaks out at luxury hotel in Greece’s capital

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire broke out at a luxury hotel in the Greek capital Thursday, with fire crews evacuating the building and using ladders to rescue several people. It was not immediately …

New Zealand leader finds perfect spokesman: Stephen Colbert

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has relied on hobbits, bungy jumping and rugby to entice tourists in the past. Now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have found the perfect spokesman …

Mass strike over pensions tangles transport across France

PARIS (AP) — France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still Thursday, schools across the country shut down and the Eiffel Tower warned visitors to stay away as unions held nationwide strikes and …

Much anticipated Star Wars-based ride debuts at Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The resistance is rising. “Rise of the Resistance,” the highly anticipated Star Wars-based ride at Walt Disney World is debuting Thursday, three months after a land …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Dec. 5-11

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Dec. 5-11. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Dec. 5 - PHOENIX: Moscow …

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 …

Opinion

Simple senior moment or something more serious?

As we become more aware of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as a society, we’re better equipped to spot the early warning …

Burke: Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, …

The 2020 census is on horizon

By law, the U.S. government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years. Getting an accurate …

Young adults for common sense gun safety

We are a group of high school and college students from around the country, concerned about the ongoing gun violence epidemic in our …

Consider a year-end gift to a community non-profit

It’s the time of year when nonprofit organizations reach out to supporters and donors — current, past and new — to consider a …