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Navajo Nation reports 11 new cases of COVID-19, no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday no additional deaths. The sprawling reservation that stretches into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah has seen …

Wildfire forces evacuations in forest northeast of Phoenix

STRAWBERRY, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire that broke out near a popular camping area in the mountains northeast of Phoenix forced officials to order evacuations of the small community of …

California boy, 16, dies after boat crash on Arizona lake

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A 16-year-old California boy has died after suffering critical injuries when his personal watercraft collided with a boat on Arizona's Lake Havasu last …

Arizona reports 364 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths on Friday

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials reported 364 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 13 additional deaths. The state has recorded 888,701 known cases of the disease and 17,822 deaths since …

Arizona governor signs $100M wildfire funding plan

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill rushed through in a special legislative session that provides $100 million in funding this year to battle wildfires, react to the …
First responders
Overnight, the Telegraph Fire pushed south to Troy Mountain where firefighters worked to contain the fire’s edge. “Crews scouted State Route 177 corridor for opportunities to construct …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from June 10-17.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area June 10-17.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Leonard Kirschner

Kirschner: Obamacare ruling a relief to GOP, too

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It has been a source of political debate since day one.

Wechsler: No need to rename no-name team

I agree with Daniel Snyder’s decision to defer renaming his Washington Football Team (“A rose by any other name,” Daily Independent, June 15, 2021). There’s not much going …
S. Jay Olshansky

Olshansky: Millions rejecting one of humanity’s best life-saving weapons — vaccines

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by employees at a Houston hospital who did not want to be vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe.

Breen: Decries AZ recount effort as ‘fraudit’

Mike Siegel hits the nail right on the head (“Definition of political hypocrisy: Kelli Ward,” Daily Independent, June 15, 2021). Kelli Ward seems like a Trump wannabe. It’s …
David Ryan Miller

Miller: Biden’s Supreme Court commission probably won’t sway public opinion

Many liberals feared the court was becoming too conservative and called on then-candidate Joe Biden to “pack the court” by adding new seats and filling them with liberal justices.
More sports

Japanese Results

TOKYO (AP) - Results from Japanese football:

Tensions rise quickly in semifinals between unfamiliar foes

When a heated scrum broke out between Islanders and Lightning players at the final horn of and New York's Travis Zajac wrestled Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli to the ice, it did not feel like these …

Ryan Lochte leaves behind complicated legacy in the pool

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ryan Lochte's gifts in the pool were nearly without peer. He won 12 Olympic medals — tied for second-most by a swimmer in history — and 27 more at world championships. He …

Phoenix hosts Los Angeles to start Western Conference finals

Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Phoenix Suns (51-21, second in the Western Conference during the regular season) Phoenix; Sunday, 3:30 …
Most recent
Partygoers, police injured at curfew-busting rave in France

PARIS (AP) — A 22-year-old man lost his hand and several others were also injured amid clashes as police tried to break up an unauthorized rave party in western France, authorities said …

Women's college sports get boost in TV ratings, visibility

National League Team Pitching

National League Team Batting

National League Team Statistics


MOVE's 'Minister of Confrontation,' Consuewella Africa, dies

Consuewella Dotson Africa, a longtime member of the Black organization MOVE and mother of two children killed in the 1985 bombing of the group's home in Philadelphia, has died at 67. She died …

Sharpton condemns Honolulu police shooting of Black man

HONOLULU (AP) — Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton is condemning the Honolulu Police Department for the fatal shooting of a Black man as various versions of what led to the death continue …

Judge: No bail for man accused of road rage murder of boy

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man charged with the murder of a 6-year-old boy in a road rage incident was ordered held without bail Friday. Orange County Superior Court Judge …

Iowa Supreme Court bars warrantless police searches of trash

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned police from searching people’s uncollected trash without a warrant, outlawing an investigative technique that had been used …

Search resumes after 3 tubers died, 2 disappeared on river

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — A search resumed Friday on a North Carolina river for two missing tubers after three others were found dead and four were pulled from the water, authorities said. The group of …

Polarized by war, Armenia votes Sunday in an early election

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's leader is facing a tough challenge at the polls after a humiliating defeat for Armenian forces in last year's fighting with Azerbaijan over the separatist region …

North Korean leader swears to overcome economic hardships

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “solemnly swore” to navigate his country out of deepening economic troubles as he concluded a major ruling party meeting, acknowledging …

US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21

TORONTO (AP) — Border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21, officials said Friday, as Canada works to get a higher percentage of Canadians fully …

Portugal mayor: Protesters' details were given to embassies

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The city council of Lisbon has for years provided foreign embassies with personal information about protesters who organize demonstrations outside their premises, the …

UN re-elects Antonio Guterres as secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member …
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Appeals court upholds FCC subsidy ban for Huawei purchases

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Friday to hear Chinese tech giant Huawei's request to throw out a rule used to bar rural phone carriers on national security grounds from using …

Judge rules for Florida on CDC order blocking cruise ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled for Florida in a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order making it difficult for cruise ships to …

Federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off

NEW YORK (AP) — The declaration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is putting the pressure on more U.S. companies to give their employees the day off, accelerating a movement that took off last …

Boeing's newest version of the 737 Max makes first flight

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing's newest version of the 737 Max jetliner made its first test flight Friday, taking off near Seattle for an expected two-hour trip that the company hopes will signal improving …


Central Arizona College graduates recognized

Central Arizona College recognized the May 2021 graduating class and celebrated their success during a recent virtual graduation ceremony.Students Sarah Lautzenheiser and Alexsondra Nathan were …

Meet Tony and Jessica – Energetic siblings look to share joyous life with family

The energy is contagious when you spend time with siblings Tony and Jessica. The teenagers are full of life, love, and positivity.

Mesa author shares his life-changing experience in book

Mesa resident Glenn Walling shares his life-changing experience in his debut book “I Met God and Also Satan: The Out-of-Body Experience That Dramatically Changed My Life.” It is …

Dogs’ paws at risk without protection during heat

Dogs need protective boots when walking outside during the summer in Glendale.

Things to do

Juntos Project brings Latinx voices to the MCC virtual mainstage in July

Mesa Community College and Arizona theatre company Teatro Bravo partner in the Juntos Project to present the world premiere of “Three’s A Party,” written by Justin Santory and …

The Improv Syndicate live June 20 in Gold Canyon

Celebrate Father’s Day June 20 with PG-13 improvised humor from The Improv Syndicate at the Gold Stallion restaurant, 6030 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. The show starts at 6 …

Dive-in movie event June 19 at Brimhall Aquatic Complex

Rock on and float away at the Brimhall Aquatic Complex, 4949 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa, for a showing of “Trolls World Tour” 7-10 p.m. June 19. Inner tubes will be available to rent on …

Professional tour of pickleball at Legacy Sports Park in 2022

Legacy Sports USA announced recently that it has added another premier pickleball event to its roster of elite sports at Legacy Sports Park, which is set to open in January 2022 in Mesa. It is …

A man stands in front of the artwork 'Hart Island", by Laura Poitras in collaboration with Sean Vegezzi, at an exhibition by American artist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, at the N.K.B. gallery in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, June 18, 2021. The exhibition by Poitras, known for her award-winning 2014 documentary on former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, is on display at the gallery until Aug. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

NSA to NSO: NY filmmakers explore circles of surveillance

BERLIN (AP) — American filmmaker Laura Poitras, known for her award-winning 2014 documentary on former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and his revelations about the National Security …

Frank Bonner, Herb on 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Bonner, who played a brash salesman with an affection for polyester plaid suits on the TV comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati,” has died. He was 79. Bonner died Wednesday …
FILE - The New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm leaves the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco on June 3, 1993 in the suit trial brought by psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson, who claims he was misquoted and libeled in a 1983 magazine article. Malcolm, the inquisitive and boldly subjective author and reporter known for her challenging critiques of everything from murder cases and art to journalism itself, has died. She was 86. Malcolm's death was confirmed Thursday by a spokesperson for The New Yorker, where Malcolm was a longtime staff writer. (AP Photo/George Nikitin, File)

Janet Malcolm, provocative author-journalist, dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Malcolm, the inquisitive and boldly subjective author and reporter known for her challenging critiques of everything from murder cases and art to journalism itself, has died. …
This undated portrait released by Warner Music shows rapper IDK, who is launching a music business program through Harvard University for students of color. IDK’s No Label Academy, a 10-day program, will take place August 21-31 on the school’s campus in Boston and will help students kickstart careers in the music industry. (Jack McKain/Warner Music via AP)

Rapper IDK to launch music business program through Harvard

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper IDK is launching a music business program through Harvard University for students of color. IDK’s a 10-day program, will take place August 21-31 on the school’s campus …
Terrence Delane is among the headliners at a Juneteenth comedy show celebration Saturday in Glendale.

Celebrate Juneteenth with Glendale comedy show

On the heels of Juneteenth officially becoming a national holiday, a day to celebrate through comedy is coming to Glendale.