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Valley and State

Man pleads guilty to sex trafficking women, girl in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two women and a juvenile girl, according to Arizona prosecutors. They said 27-year-old Louis Broadway-Phillips is facing 10 years in …

Updated info expected Monday about tour bus crash in Arizona

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Mohave County authorities expect to release updated information Monday about last week’s tour bus crash that killed one person and injured dozens of others, including five …

Arizona reports 7,217 new COVID-19 cases and 68 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 7,217 new COVID-19 cases and 68 more deaths. The latest numbers increased the state’s totals to 722,574 cases and 12,238 known deaths …

Navajo Nation reports 132 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 132 new COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths. The latest figures bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the reservation …

2 inmates have escaped from the state prison in Florence

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities were searching Sunday for two inmates who escaped from the state prison in Florence. Arizona Department of Corrections officials said John Charpiot and David …
Your Health
First responders
Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Jan. 22 announced 27-year-old Louis Broadway-Phillips pleaded guilty to sex trafficking three women, including one minor.A Superior Court judge sentenced Mr. …
Funds from the Arizona Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will pay for a new armored vehicle to replace one built in 1993 and used by the Apache Junction Police Department Special …
The Apache Junction Police Department was visited recently by volunteers from Thank You AZ Blue. The organization, made up of pro-law-enforcement people from all over the Phoenix metropolitan …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Arnot: Resident upset with inverted U.S. flag

On Jan. 19, 2021, on the eve of what we all hoped will be a peaceful transition of power to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, I walked in my neighborhood in Sun City West. This …
Chris Orestis

Orestis: What the Biden presidency means for older Americans

In his run for the presidency, Joe Biden laid out a “Plan for Older Americans” that reflected the Democratic party philosophy that health care and living with dignity after retirement are an inalienable right for all.

Miller: Calls for new leadership for state GOP

As a result of President Trump’s recent controversial statements and — especially since the riots at the US Capitol — there have been many concerns expressed in the media, such as …
Dr. Anil Seetharam

Seetharam: Don’t forget about your liver health in 2021

2020 taught us a lot, and as the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, perhaps we all gave thanks we made it to 2021 with our health intact and with a renewed focus on maintaining it.

Kuby: Working toward a sustainable and livable Tempe

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the growing inequalities in our world, country, state, and city. With crisis, however, comes opportunity and the challenge to tackle the racial, economic, …
More sports

AP source: Nationals agree to sign All-Star closer Brad Hand

WASHINGTON (AP) — All-Star closer Brad Hand has agreed to a deal with the Washington Nationals, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on …

Wizards return to court, Grizzlies see 6th game postponed

The Washington Wizards are finally back. The Memphis Grizzlies aren’t ready yet. Washington played at San Antonio on Sunday night, the Wizards’ first game in 13 days after seeing six players …

Si Woo Kim holds off Cantlay to win The American Express

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Si Woo Kim birdied two of the final three holes to finish a rock-solid, 8-under 64, coolly rallying past late-charging Patrick Cantlay by one shot to win The American …

Clippers beat Thunder 108-101, tie for NBA's best record

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Oklahoma City 108-101 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive victory and second straight over the …
Nation

VIRUS TODAY: More hospital ICUs edge nearer a breaking point

Here’s what’s happening Sunday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation’s …

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom over concerns about COVID-19, setting up a showdown with district officials …

Grizzly, 34, confirmed as Yellowstone region's known oldest

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A 34-year-old grizzly bear captured in southwestern Wyoming has been confirmed as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone region, Wyoming wildlife officials said. Grizzly …

Palestinians ask Europe to send monitors for elections

Palestinian election officials on Sunday invited the European Union to send observers to monitor upcoming elections planned for the Palestinian legislature and presidency. The elections are seen …

Person injured after police car drives through crowd at race

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — At least one person was injured after a police car plowed through a crowd of pedestrians Saturday night who were watching a downtown street race, The incident happened just …
World

Thousands take to streets protesting Brazil's Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians took the streets for a second day Sunday to call for the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is under fire for his government's handling of …

Turkey passes 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Sunday passed 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the outbreak in March, the health ministry said. A toll of 140 new fatalities saw the total figure …

Syria floats new bank note amid soaring inflation

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A new, 5,000 Syrian Lira bank note goes into circulation Sunday, the largest denomination in the country reeling from a decade of conflict and a crippling economic …

Scotland's leader vows to push for second independence vote

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Sunday that she intends to hold a “legal referendum” on independence from the U.K. if she wins Scottish elections scheduled for May. Such a move would …

Estonia to get 1st female PM as government deal clinched

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s two biggest political parties say they have clinched a deal to form a new government to be led by a female prime minister for the first time in the Baltic …
Business

MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories …

Insurers add food to coverage menu as way to improve health

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat? Oscar Health wanted to know if people had adequate food for the …

Diplomats contact Canadian held for over 2 years in China

BEIJING (AP) — Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China for more than two years in a case related to an executive of Chinese …

Top 3 home sales eclipse the $1M mark this week in Peoria

Three new home sales eclipsed the $1 million mark in Peoria for the week of Jan. 12-21, according to Realtor. com. They were located in the 85383 ZIP code, the city’s hot spot for luxury …

Neighbors

Steve Barnhart named arrivia CFO

arrivia has announced Steve Barnhart as the company’s chief financial officer, bringing his long track record of financial leadership at public and private companies.

Mesa resident Kaz Nascimento authors book on his life

Kaz Nascimento of Mesa has written “REACH: It’s All You Have To Do In Life,” about him growing up in poverty in California to working at a prison on death row and now as a …

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.

New Leaf tax assistance program starts this month

Surprise has partnered once again with A New Leaf to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Things to do

Desert survival class offered at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

Dutch-oven cooking class offered at Superstition Mountain Museum

Award-winning chuckwagon chefs Sue and Russ Richins will be presenting their “Intro to Dutch Oven Cooking” class 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

WHAM ends month with pair of painting classes

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends January with several classes.

New digital platform for artists of all ages emerges at Scottsdale Artists’ School

Scottsdale Artists’ School’s has announced that a new online platform for youth and adults has been added to its catalog of fine art programs. Artists of all ages and experience …

Entertainment

Jimmie Rodgers, singer of 'Honeycomb' and other hits, dies

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Rodgers, singer of the 1957 hits “Honeycomb” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” whose career in music and movies was disrupted by a severe head injury a decade …
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, Larry King arrives at Trump Tower in New York.  King, who interviewed presidents, movie stars and ordinary Joes during a half-century in broadcasting, has died at age 87. Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted that King died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Reaction to the death of Larry King

Reaction to the , whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century. King died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Joe Biden's nominee to be …
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, Peter Bevacqua, then CEO of the PGA of America, speaks during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. NBC will shut down the NBC Sports Network at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Bevacqua announced the move Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in an internal memo to staff. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at end of 2021

The NBC Sports Network, which is best known for its coverage of the NHL and English Premier League, will be going away at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua announced the …
FILE - "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw delivers his closing remarks during his final broadcast, in New York on Dec. 1, 2004. Brokaw says he is retiring from NBC News after working at the network for 55 years. The author of "The Greatest Generation" is now 80 years old and his television appearances have been limited in recent years as he fought cancer. He says he will continue writing books and articles. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Tom Brokaw says he's retiring from NBC News after 55 years

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News veteran Tom Brokaw said Friday that he is retiring from the network after 55 years. Brokaw, author of “The Greatest Generation,” was NBC's lead anchor at “Nightly …
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