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Valley and State
Excessive Heat

Salvation Army reactivates heat relief stations

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is reactivating its heat relief stations throughout the Valley for Sunday, Aug. 9 and Monday, Aug. 10.
COURT

Arizona wins $22.5M judgment against vaping firm

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s attorney general has obtained a $22.5 million judgment against a New Jersey-based vaping company along with a court order permanently barring the company from selling its products in the state.

Arizona officials report record 800K ballots; race for county sheriff still close

With a record turnout, Valley voters made clear who they wish to represent them in the November general election, with all but a few races likely decided as elections officials continue counting ballots following Tuesday’s primary election.
ELECTIONS

Barto declares victory in race against sitting Arizona senator

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Rep. Nancy Barto declared victory Thursday evening in her primary campaign against GOP state Sen. Heather Carter for a north Phoenix state Senate seat as new tallies show her lead increasing to more than 1,400 votes.
COVID-19

CVS Health opens new testing site in Glendale

CVS Health has launched free rapid COVID-19 testing at one of its locations in Glendale.
First responders
A man was arrested in connection with a wrong-way incident in the Northwest Valley.
FLORENCE (AP) — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is seeking clarification about a county sheriff's new "citizens posse."
Goodyear police say they have arrested five people in connection with the illegal sale of drugs out of a home.
More sports

Man United's Solskjaer faces old teammate in Europa League

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The Europa League will set up a reunion for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he takes on an old friend in the quarterfinals. When Solskjaer's team …

DJ, big hitters atop tight leaderboard for 4th round of PGA

The bad news: The final-round “Battle of the Titans” golf fans have been clamoring for — Brooks “Big Game” Koepka vs. Bryson “The Brain” DeChambeau with a tournament on the line — …

LEADING OFF: WS MVP Strasburg makes '20 debut, A's streaking

A look at what's happening around the majors on Sunday: STRASBURG SET World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for Washington after being sidelined by a nerve …

Marté, Vogt homer to carry Diamondbacks over Padres 3-2

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Starling Marté and Stephen Vogt homered off Chris Paddack in the sixth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Saturday night. The Padres failed …
Nation

US response to the virus is met with incredulity abroad

ROME (AP) — The United States’ failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country edges closer to a global …

Ohio governor's conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio governor's positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive …

DC shooting leaves 1 dead, some 20 injured

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute that erupted into gun fire at an apparent outdoor party in Washington, D.C., early Sunday left one person dead and some 20 others injured, including an off-duty officers …

Puerto Rico's historic primaries marred by lack of ballots

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s historic primaries were marred early Sunday by a lack of voting materials in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory that forced frustrated …

German far-right leader welcomes US troop withdrawal

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of Germany's biggest far-right party has welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw thousands of American troops from the European Union country. Tino …
World

3 days of heavy monsoon rains kill 50 people across Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Three days of heavy monsoon rains triggering flash floods killed at least 50 people in various parts of Pakistan, as troops with boats rushed to a flood-affected district …

The Latest: German rescuers end search for Beirut survivors

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 2:55 p.m. A team of German engineers sent to Lebanon to help search for people trapped in the rubble after last week’s …

International donors say aid to Lebanon's recovery after explosion will come with reforms demanded by protesters.

PARIS (AP) — International donors say aid to Lebanon's recovery after explosion will come with reforms demanded by protesters.

International donors pledge help for “credible and independent” investigation into Beirut explosion.

PARIS (AP) — International donors pledge help for “credible and independent” investigation into Beirut explosion.

Lebanon priests recount horror as blast rocked church

The video shows Father Rabih Thoumy swinging a chain censer sending smoke into the air when abruptly there is a rumble and then a loud bang as the shockwave from Beirut's devastating explosion slams …
Entertainment
FIE - In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Week 3 red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Cowell broke his back Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, while testing his new electric bicycle at his home in California. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Simon Cowell injures back while testing electric bicycle

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Simon Cowell broke his back Saturday while testing his new electric bicycle at his home in California. Cowell was expected to have surgery Saturday evening, according to a …
FILE - In this March 21, 2009 file photo, Italian actress Franca Valeri attends Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy. Valeri, an elegant, ironic and versatile actor, who pioneered Italian female comic roles in the post-war years, died in her sleep at her home in Rome, nine days after her 100th birthday, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.  (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

Italy's pioneering comic actor, Franca Valeri, dies at 100

ROME (AP) — Franca Valeri, an elegant, ironic and versatile actor who pioneered female comic roles in Italy's post-war years and helped the nation laugh at its foibles, has died at 100. The …
Ana Marcelo, an agroindustrial engineer from the city of Esteli, poses with the crown after being chosen Miss Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Marcelo was crowned in front of a limited audience (two people per contestant spaced safely) plus a production crew of 85. The masks were off the contestants, but the judges wore them and were spaced at a safe distance. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Virtual preparation allows Miss Nicaragua amid pandemic

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — For four months, everything was virtual: the modeling and speech classes, the make-up courses and the emotional support session via videoconference. And when eight …
Mohammed El Garbouh, a horse carriage owner, waits for customers in the landmark Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Morocco's restrictions to counter the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on the carriage horses in the tourist mecca of Marrakech. Some owners struggle to feed them, and an animal protection group says hundreds of Morocco's horses and donkeys face starvation amid the collapsing tourism industry. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Morocco's carriage horses suffer as COVID-19 bars tourists

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Abdenabi Nouidi sold his favorite horse for $150 to help feed the others on the team that pulls tourists in carriages through the buzzing streets of Marrakech. The …
FILE - Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of a Philippine online news site Rappler, talks to the media after posting bail at a Regional Trial Court following an overnight arrest by National Bureau of Investigation agents on a libel case in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 14, 2019. A new documentary tracks Ressa’s dual life in recent years. She’s seen smiling while accepting international honors and praise from the likes of George Clooney, then grimly facing down online harassment, legal action and real world threats for her news site’s reporting on the drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

'Don't shut up!' Film spotlights Filipino journalist

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maria Ressa says she didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that “corrupt” journalists weren’t “exempted from …
Business

BBC says sorry for using racist term in news report

LONDON (AP) — The BBC apologized Sunday for broadcasting a racist slur in a news report, saying it was a mistake that has caused many people distress. The BBC included the word when reporting …

Insider Q&A: Leader for independent restaurants hit by virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amanda Cohen is a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group of chefs and restaurants that was formed in response to the viral pandemic. Professionally, …

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a …

Trump order allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount …

Travel

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel …

The Latest: India reports 933 deaths as cases near 2.1M

NEW DELHI, India — India has recorded 933 COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours as fresh infections surged by another 61,537 cases to reach nearly 2.1 million. The Health Ministry says the …

Profit up 87% at Buffett's firm but virus slows businesses

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company reported an 87% jump in its second-quarter profit as the value of its investment portfolio increased with the stock market, but it took a roughly $10 …

76ers announce that All-Star Ben Simmons needs knee surgery

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — All-Star Ben Simmons will have surgery on his left knee, a big blow for the Philadelphia 76ers and their hopes of making a deep run in this season’s playoffs. The …

Things to do

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.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Valley Voices

Thomas: Resident warns widows about policy

A warning to widows and widowers. I married a man in 2012 who lived in Sun City, he added my name to the deed of his home and in 2018 he passed away. This week I received an invoice from …

Communities must confront short term rentals

What can cities do to halt the general disruption in our neighborhoods, overstuffed trash receptacles and misused recycling containers?

Tuttle: Fontes should foot bill for ballots

It’s your money. Just in case you have not been keeping up with the events within the Secretary of State, the Recorder’s Office, the county supervisors and the Attorney General’s …
Dr. Kristen Bishop

Bishop: Our bodies are designed to fight off viruses – and they do it every day

Valley residents are continuing to work through the slight declining trend of COVID-19, many are still concerned about the safety of themselves and their families.

Shufelt: 250+ birthdays celebrated each and every month, even in the pandemic

Through the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands, 1,823 children in foster care have had birthdays made special in 2020. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts …