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Parts of Phoenix airport briefly evacuated; flights delayed

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of travelers were temporarily evacuated from parts of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Friday after American Airlines called police to deal with a disruptive passenger, airport …

Man cited for using fake skeleton to drive in HOV lane

PHOENIX (AP) — A 62-year-old man was cited in Arizona this week after trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger just to use the HOV lane. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a …

Australia tries to recover bodies of 3 from US wildfire crew

SYDNEY (AP) — A tanker plane that crashed and killed its three American crew members as they fought wildfires in Australia had just dropped liquid to suppress the flames, investigators said …

Woman charged with killing kids faced child-welfare scrutiny

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman charged with murder in the deaths of her three young kids in Phoenix was the subject of several home visits by police and child-welfare authorities when she previously lived …

Desert Financial Credit Union Will Donate $3M To Phoenix Children’s ‘1 Darn Cool School’

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 24, 2020-- In early 2018, Desert Financial Credit Union made a big announcement -- it had committed $2M in funding over three years to ‘1 Darn Cool School’, the …
First responders
Sheriff's deputies are investigating after an 83-year-old man was pulled from a pond in Sun City.
Glendale police have made an arrest in an armed robbery at a liquor store in October. Samuel Robert Rivard, 31, faces charges of armed robbery and drug possession. The incident happened Oct. 15 …
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a known violent and wanted fugitive from California has been fatally shot by police in Mesa. Tempe police detectives who are part of the Fugitive Task …
Top sports story

Trailblazing 49ers assistant has roots in Chiefs Kingdom

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — The old downtown strip, like so many in small towns across America, is quiet on a brisk January morning, just a few cars parked at one end in front of The Citizens State Bank …
More sports

Mayer delights home crowd with Kitzbuehel downhill victory

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Matthias Mayer won the classic World Cup downhill on the Streif course on Saturday, becoming the first Austrian winner of the event in six years. In cloudy conditions …

Australian Open Glance: Barty sees opposition disappear

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY Ash Barty was on and off the court quickly in her third-round match, a straight-sets win that left her …

Curtoni leads Italian sweep at downhill, Shiffrin 4th

BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Elena Curtoni led an Italian sweep of the podium at a women’s World Cup downhill on Saturday for her first career victory, while Mikaela Shiffrin placed fourth. A late …

Pliskova, Bencic join Aussie Open exit queue in 3rd round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 6 Belinda Bencic went the same way as Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka by exiting the Australian Open in a …
Daily Independent
Nation

Trump defends Sanders, stoking Democratic divisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — As tensions between Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren rose earlier this month, Sanders found himself with an unusual ally: President Donald …

Seller auctioning JFK docs from ex-California governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to know who is trying to sell his father’s memorabilia related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Private …

Markets around the world are feeling the cornonavirus chill

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world fell this week on worries that a new type of virus in China may ultimately hit profits for companies from Wuhan to Washington. The World Health Organization …

Senate floor belongs to Trump team as defense case opens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The floor of the Senate now belongs to President Donald Trump's lawyers as they push the Republican-led chamber for his acquittal on charges that he abused his power and …

Police: Multiple hurt in cigar lounge shooting near Chicago

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a cigar lounge outside Chicago, police said. The shooting happened just after 10 p.m. Friday at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in …
World

One year on, Brazilian city haunted by deadly dam collapse

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like she has so many other nights, Ana María Gomes is awakened by the cries of her husband and tries to calm him as he shouts for help from his mine coworkers. She convinces …

New virus mutes Lunar New Year mood in Asia

BEIJING (AP) — A new virus that started in China and is popping up around Asia hung over the first day of the Year of the Rat in much of the region. Lunar New Year festivities were canceled …

Outbreak casts pall over China new year as deaths surpass 40

BEIJING (AP) — China's most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and …

Venezuela's Guaidó arrives in politically agitated Spain

MADRID (AP) — Juan Guaidó, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, arrived Saturday in Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm …

'This is huge': Locust swarms destroy crops in East Africa

KATITIKA, Kenya (AP) — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious …
Entertainment
Steve (Woody) Culleton, from left, Bryson Groh, Zach Boston, Brandon Burke, Michelle John, from bottom right, director Ron Howard and Carly Jean Ingersoll pose for a portrait to promote the film "Rebuilding Paradise" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Sundance: Ron Howard documents aftermath of the Camp Fire

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Ron Howard knew Paradise, the northern California town devastated by the most destructive wildfire in …
Co-directors Jim LeBrecht, left, and Nicole Newnham join one of the subjects, Judith Heumann, from the documentary "Crip Camp" to pose for a portrait during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Disability-rights movement takes spotlight at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — During the thunderous reception for the celebratory disability-rights documentary “Crip Camp” at the …
FILE - In this April 14, 2019, file photo, rapper YG performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. YG, whose real name is Keenon Jackson ,was arrested Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of robbery just two days before he is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards, officials said. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper YG arrested in LA on suspicion of robbery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper YG was arrested Friday at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of robbery just two days before he is …
Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks to the media before attending the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

Campaign crunch time forces progressives to eye private jets

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have spent the past year courting the Democratic Party's base with …
Julian Marley participates in the Q&A panel at the Marley Brunch with Marley Family Members at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Bob Marley's kids celebrate late reggae icon's 75th birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a celebration for Bob Marley’s 75th birth anniversary, the late icon’s children — famous in their own …
Business
Report: Ford to pay $30M-plus for lawsuit over transmissions

Ford will pay at least $30 million in a proposed settlement over a class-action lawsuit related to failing transmissions in its Fiesta and Focus vehicles. The lawsuit represents nearly 2 million …

US, UK leaders talk telecoms security ahead of 5G decision

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Turmp have discussed the security of telecommunications networks as the U.K. prepares to decide whether to allow Chinese …

China deal might not bail out lobster industry this New Year

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — American seafood exporters are optimistic that a new trade deal with China will allow them to claw back into one of the world's biggest markets for lobster, but help might …

Britain's EU Journey: When Blair's EU aspirations faded away

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult …

India, Brazil agree to boost ties in IT, biofuel and mining

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Brazil on Saturday agreed to boost trade and investment across a range of fields such as defense, mining, biofuel, cybersecurity, food, the environment and …

Travel
First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a …

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know …

For Auschwitz survivor, telling her story is reason to live

NEW YORK (AP) — Bronia Brandman pulls up a sleeve on her leather jacket and shows the blue tattoo inked on her forearm that is a muted witness to her pain under the Nazis at Auschwitz. For 50 …

Virus puts damper on Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday

BEIJING (AP) — Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled. A virus that …

Asian markets gain as China closes down for Lunar New Year

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading on Friday in Asia as China began a week-long Lunar New Year festival that is being overshadowed by the outbreak of a new virus that has …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 16-22

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 16-22. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 16 - SCOTTSDALE: Demonstrate! …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 9-15

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 9-15. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 10-12 - PHOENIX: 27th Annual …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 2-8

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 2-8. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 2 - SIERRA VISTA: Patterson …

Turf Paradise to celebrate 64 years in Phoenix

Turf Paradise is celebrating 64 sensational seasons as Arizona’s first sports franchise with an anniversary party. The event is 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11. Fans will get free long-sleeve …

Opinion

A home-grown solution to rising rents in Arizona

Even working a second job in addition to teaching I have found it tough to find and afford quality housing and apartments to rent. …

CEO: APS committed to clean energy future

Imagine a world with 100 percent clean energy. We are. For more than 130 years, our company has been providing safe, affordable and …

Arizona must support the success of all students

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal begins to address many important funding needs, including a number of the short-term priorities …

Sky Harbor ride-sharing fees may violate Constitution

The Goldwater Institute has argued that the Phoenix City Council’s imposition of new ride-sharing fees at Sky Harbor Airport is …

Watson: Ducey education plan supports bright horizon for local educators

There are some big changes on the horizon for education in Maricopa County, if Gov. Ducey’s legislative agenda continues to get a …
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