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Valley and State

US Legislatures slow to pass laws limiting use of force

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring …

The Latest: Police confront several hundred in Portland

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Police …

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 3, the 155th day of 2020. There are 211 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 3, 1965, astronaut Edward H. White became the …

Free Fishing Day in Arizona is June 6

The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to fish at the state's waters for free Saturday, June 6, according to a release. Arizona’s Free Fishing Day is celebrated as part of National …

Freeport-McMoRan Publishes 2019 Annual Report on Sustainability and Inaugural Climate Report

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 3, 2020-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today announced the publication of its 2019 Annual Report on Sustainability, “Building on Strength.” This report …
First responders
Three of four teenagers are facing charges after they were arrested in connection with a shooting in Scottsdale. Scottsdale Police Department officers responded to a shots fired call Monday night …
As the community continues to reel from social and political unrest turning Scottsdale Road into chaos Saturday night, business leaders look for answers and city officials condemn the activity that …
The Sawtooth Fire is burning in the Superstition Wilderness area of the Tonto National Forest. The fire, which was lightning caused, is partially within the Woodbury Fire scar, according to a …
More sports

Germany won't punish players for George Floyd protests

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism. Several players in Germany have made statements with …

Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday. He …

AP source: MLB rejects 114-game plan, tells union no counter

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball rejected the players' offer for a 114-game regular season in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to …

Stadium virus prevention steers spotlight toward fan privacy

The metal detectors every sports fan has become accustomed to at the gate might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners as part of the And that might be just one thing the public will need to …
Daily Independent
Nation

Restaurants in much of NY get green light for outdoor dining

NEW YORK (AP) — New York will start to allow outdoor dining at restaurants as soon as Thursday in much of the state outside of New York City and its suburbs as coronavirus restrictions ease, Gov. …

Floyd memorial will retrace life, push for justice in death

HOUSTON (AP) — The memorial services to honor George Floyd are extraordinary: three cities over six days, with a chance for mourners to pay their respects in the communities where he was born, grew …

Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic …

West Virginia governor says he welcomes all, except Obama

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. The unprompted comment came during a …

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held …
World

Germany's governing parties agree on $146 billion stimulus package to revive economy hit by coronavirus pandemic

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties agree on $146 billion stimulus package to revive economy hit by coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands gather in London to protest racial injustice

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday to demonstrate against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, …

Belarus president dismisses government

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusia’s authoritarian president has dismissed his Cabinet two months before a scheduled presidential election. President Alexander Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term …

Ex-Ecuador president detained in COVID-19 corruption raid

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A former Ecuadorian president has been detained after authorities raided his home Wednesday and found a gun and medical supplies including masks as part of a wider …

EU, China postpone September summit due to pandemic

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says the European Union and China have agreed to postpone a summit planned for Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke Wednesday with …
Entertainment
A waitress wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus carries out a plate of fish to serve at a seafood restaurant in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The French way of life resumes Tuesday with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Hints of an economic reawakening amid mass, civic unrest

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday …
Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux, left, festival president Pierre Lescure, sit during the presentation of the festival lineup, in an empty cinema Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Paris. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled due to the pandemic but it announced the films that would have played at the French Riviera festival. Those films, festival organizers say, will be able to promote themselves with the Cannes "stamp of approval." (Serge Arnal, Pool via AP)

Cannes announces lineup for a festival canceled by COVID

From an empty movie theater in Paris, organizers of the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday announced the films that would have played …
FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, a worker looks over an electronic slot machine as chairs have been removed from some machines to maintain social distancing between players at a closed Caesars Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Cards will be cut, dice will roll and jackpots jingle when casinos in Las Vegas and Nevada begin reopening at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 4. There will be big splashes, even amid ongoing unrest, and big hopes for recovery from an unprecedented and expensive closure prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada betting on health safety as Las Vegas casinos reopen

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After 58 days of historic quiet, cards will be cut, dice will roll and jackpots can jingle again 12:01 a.m. …
This combination photo shows celebrities who have birthdays during the week of June 7-13. Pictured from left are Tom Jones arriving at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, May 23, 2019, Kanye West at the 11 A.M. service at Lakewood Church on Nov. 17, 2019, in Houston, Johnny Depp at the photo call for the film "Waiting for the Barbarians" at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 6, 2019 in Venice, Italy, Elizabeth Hurley at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's "The Hot Pink Party" on May 17, 2018, in New York, Shia LaBeouf arriving at the premiere of "Honey Boy" on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Los Angeles, Chris Young arriving at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 15, 2018, in Las Vegas and Kat Dennings attending Hulu's "Dollface" screening at PaleyFest Fall TV Previews on Sept. 10, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13

Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 7-13: June 7: Actress Virginia McKenna (“Born Free”) is 89. Singer Tom Jones is 80. …
This cover image released by Yep Roc Records shows "Lay it On Me," the latest EP release by Nick Lowe. (Yep Roc Records via AP)

Review: Nick Lowe's sardonic duality on display on new EP

Nick Lowe, “Lay it On Me” (Yep Rock Records) In typical Nick Lowe fashion, the upbeat love song that's the title track of his …
Business
How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks rallied again on Wall Street Wednesday, and the S&P 500 climbed back to where it was just one week after it set its all-time high earlier this year. The S&P 500 rose for a fourth straight …

Asian shares rise as Wall Street gains for 3rd straight day

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday after Wall Street extended its gains for a third straight day, driven by optimism over economies reopening from shutdowns to stem the coronavirus …

Chicken industry executives indicted for price fixing

A federal grand jury has indicted four current and former chicken company executives for price fixing. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that the executives from Colorado-based …

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in health workers and others closely exposed to …

Travel
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

One of Sweden's top health officials is defending his country's response to the coronavirus outbreak after first showing some contrition about its actions. “We still believe that our strategy is …

Italy opens borders ahead of neighbors, beckoning tourists

ROME (AP) — Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport sprang back to life Wednesday as Italy opened regional and international borders in the final phase of easing its long coronavirus lockdown, but it …

Trump administration moves to block Chinese airlines from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Wednesday to block Chinese airlines from flying to the U.S. in an escalation of trade and travel tensions between the two countries. The …

No crowds delight art lovers in Italy at re-opened museums

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The Uffizi Galleries, the most-visited museum in Italy, is open after three months of COVID-19 lockdown, delighting art lovers who don’t have to jostle with throngs of …

Things to do
Desert Diamond casinos are reopening June 5

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise will resume gaming operations at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos near Glendale, Tucson, Sahuarita and Why (Ajo). The TOGE …

Fort McDowell Casino plans to reopen May 15

Fort McDowell Casino and the Wekopa Resort and Conference Center will tentatively have a reopening day of May 15. Casino doors will open at 10 a.m., according to the casino's website.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos reopening its locations May 15

Gila River Hotels & Casinos announced Monday that it will reopen its doors Friday, May 15. The Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva properties will open at noon to the public, according to a release.

Great Mother’s, Father’s Day gifts for boomers, seniors

Spring flowers are blooming and Mother’s Day ads are on TV and in newspapers. Expect a repeat for Father’s Day June 21. Stumped by what to get parents or grandparents for their special …

Opinion
The WHAM mobile arts studio was stolen in from the arts organization’s Surprise headquarters in April; but individual donations and financial support from other local nonprofit agencies provided the funding to replace what was taken. [Submitted photo/WHAM]

Generosity saved WHAM’s traveling arts studio

On April 5, WHAM’s Traveling Art Studio, which is used to take art to the communities of the West Valley, was stolen.
Jennifer Chau

Chau: Fair funding, representation hinge on an accurate census count

During this pandemic, we’ve seen our communities step up for one another to help flatten the curve. While we continue to practice …
Jody Martin

Martin: How to stop the protests

I want to explain how to stop the riots, looting and protests since no one seems to know and no one else is saying it. My son from …

Michaelis: 'Sitting with Uncertainty'

Maria Shriver, in her Sunday Paper, says, “Here we are. Sitting in the unknown. Standing in the uncertain.” I’m not very good at …

Risky time for teens driving as COVID-19 restrictions ease

AAA recommends now is a good time for parents to both model safe driving behaviors and help ensure their teens practice them, too.
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