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Debate continues over Arizona criminal justice reform initiative measure

PHOENIX — An attorney representing the criminal justice reform initiative measure warned Tuesday that if the measure is barred from appearing on the ballot it would effectively place a “significant burden” on the constitutional right of Arizonans to craft their own laws.

Aug. 4 is Arizona Primary Election Day

It is Election Day, and the Secretary of State’s Office is reminding voters that polling places and vote centers across the state are open from 6 a.m. to 7 …

Arizona tops 180,000 cases of COVID-19

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 180,000 cases of as of Tuesday morning.

Counties navigate restrictions on tribal land for primary

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tents are going up on the Navajo Nation with hand-washing stations. One tribe has shortened the hours for voting. A ticketing system will let voters in eastern Arizona cast a ballot curbside or inside.

State won't seek death penalty in starved Flagstaff boy case

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against the parents and grandmother of a 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who was locked in a closet and died of starvation, the Coconino County Attorney's Office said.
First responders
Arizona troopers have busted an illegal drug sales operation, arresting 10 people in the process.
Police are investigating after a shooting near 163rd Avenue and Jomax Road in Surprise.
TEMPE (AP) — The Tempe Fire Department said Friday that two contract workers were hurt when a chemical they were transporting from a freight train car that derailed earlier this week leaked from a hose.
More sports

Saros sharp, Predators even series with 4-2 win over Coyotes

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist, Jusse Saros stopped 24 shots and the Nashville Predators beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 Tuesday to even their Stanley Cup qualifier …

Senate passes bill to drastically overhaul USOPC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would give Congress the power to dissolve the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's board of directors and would more than double the federation's funding for the …

Giannis watches in 2nd half as Nets beat Bucks 119-116

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Brooklyn ahead to stay, and the Nets beat Milwaukee 119-116 on Tuesday to keep the Bucks from clinching the …

The Latest: A cough could lead to red card in soccer

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red …

Washington lawsuit says protective gear costs impede protest

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed in Washington state claims the costs of protective clothing and equipment has impeded the civil rights of Black Lives Matter protesters. The lawsuit filed by five …

Census ending data collection for 2020 count a month early

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count's deadlines …

Trump hosts swearing-in of first Black Air Force chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hosted the swearing-in of the first Black Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, in an Oval Office ceremony Tuesday. Vice President Mike …

Police department with Elijah McClain case gets new chief

DENVER (AP) — A woman has been chosen as the new chief of a suburban Denver police department looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year filled with scrutiny after the death of …

Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice, and only …

AP PHOTOS: Terror, death, devastation in Lebanon explosion

As they watched a huge mushroom cloud rise over the seaport capital, many who felt the massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday thought it was a nuclear detonation. Others described the popping and …

Massive explosion shakes Lebanon's capital Beirut

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion shook Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday wounding a number people and causing widespread damage. The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and …

The death toll in a Beirut explosion has climbed to more than 60; more than 3,000 injured, Lebanon health minister says

BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll in a Beirut explosion has climbed to more than 60; more than 3,000 injured, Lebanon health minister says.

Skepticism, fear helps fuel virus on Mexico City's outskirts

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Only after a neighbor died of the coronavirus did Juan José and Esther Serralde begin to believe that the threat was real — but it was too late. Soon, the older couple, their …

Argentina reports debt restructuring deal with creditors

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's government said Tuesday it has reached agreement with its principle creditors to restructure more than $65 billion in foreign debt following seven months …
FILE - Park guests enter the Magic Kingdom during the reopening of Walt Disney World, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney Co. reported net income that plummeted dramatically in the third quarter, when it most of its theme parks remained closed and theatrical movie releases were postponed. Net income results were better than the loss analysts expected, however, but revenue missed expectations. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Disney 3Q revenue drops 42 percent, missing expectations

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday reported that its net income plummeted dramatically in the three-month period that ended in June when it most of its theme parks were shuttered and …
Former President Barack Obama, addresses the service during the funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

Fox News Channel viewers tune out for John Lewis' funeral

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel viewers are usually a loyal bunch, but thousands looked for the “off” switch during last week's telecast of civil rights icon John Lewis' funeral. Fox News, …

Neil Young sues Trump campaign, deriding use of famous tunes

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Young sued President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign Tuesday for copyright infringement, saying he doesn’t want his music used as a theme song for a “divisive …

Audible best-sellers for week ending July 17th

Nonfiction 1. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, PhD, narrated by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio) 2. The Space Race: An …
President Donald Trump poses for a photo during a signing ceremony for H.R. 1957 – "The Great American Outdoors Act," in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national …

Ford CEO Hackett to retire, COO Jim Farley to lead automaker

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley will lead the storied automaker into the future starting Oct. 1 when current CEO Jim Hackett retires. The company has struggled in recent …

Ex-UAW chief says GM bribery claims are 'utterly baseless'

DETROIT (AP) — Former United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger is denying claims by General Motors that he took bribes paid into foreign bank accounts by Fiat Chrysler in order to stick GM …

Beyond Meat's 2Q sales jump as more try plant-based burgers

More people are throwing plant-based burgers on the grill this summer. Beyond Meat, which makes pea protein-based burgers and sausages, said its second quarter revenue jumped 69% to $113 million …

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to …

Travel cuts workforce by thousands as travel atrophies is laying off a quarter of its workforce — more than 4,000 people — with the global pandemic snuffing out travel. Layoffs will begin next month and run through the end of the year, …

Asia Today: Manila back under lockdown as virus cases surge

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public …

The Latest: Philippine capital going back under lockdown

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the Philippine capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus …

Stranded by virus, honeymooners hitch home on Antarctic boat

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand honeymoon couple stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus has managed to return home by hitching a ride of more than …

Things to do

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.

Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that …

Valley Voices

Tips to help older adults stay healthy this summer while in quarantine

While most residents in cities around the country look forward to the summer season, Arizonans try their best to stay cool living through the hottest days of the year, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees and people have a higher risk of suffering from dehydration.

Post: Says Trump violating the Constitution

Since Sept 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution has stood strongly on its tripartite system of government. The system of checks and balances would prevent any one branch of the federal government from …

Brewer: West Coast anarchy could happen in Arizona if we don’t stand against it

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.

Get ready for an American energy comeback

The COVID-19 outbreak certainly disrupted the energy sector, just as it has countless other industries. But these setbacks are only temporary.

Petrell: Agrees that palm trees should go

I read with considerable interest the opinion of Rosemary Abrami of Sun City West (“Writer agrees about removing palm trees") about removal of palm trees from Sun City as well as Sun City …