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Arizona House OKs limiting initiatives to one subject

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona House have approved a measure limiting citizen initiatives to a single subject, a move minority Democrats say will make it harder to pass comprehensive …

Loop 303 closures in effect this weekend for sensor installment project

West Valley drivers should plan for closures of southbound Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Highway) beginning the night of Friday, Feb. 28 as work continues on a technology improvement project. The …

Monster Energy Releases ‘The UNKNOWN Ride 2’ Motorcycle Action Film on YouTube Today

CORONA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 28, 2020-- It’s finally here! Once again, Monster Energy teams up with UNKNOWN Industries crew for their second and highly anticipated video feature: ‘The …

Warren still dogged by past claims of indigenous ancestry

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Cherokee citizens are calling on Elizabeth Warren to publicly disavow a family story of indigenous heritage as a way to dissuade others from making false claims they say …

Court keeps ex-Arizona sheriff's conviction, citing pardon

PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has denied former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s bid to erase his criminal conviction for disobeying a 2011 court order, saying President Donald Trump's pardon …
First responders
A 53-mile stretch of westbound Interstate 40 was closed Friday morning east of Holbrook in northeastern Arizona because of a trooper-involved shooting. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said …
A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old boy in Glendale.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who was out of jail on reduced bail while awaiting trial on murder and other charges in a fatal wrong-way DUI crash on a freeway was arrested and charged in a …
Top sports story

Alex Stalock makes 24 saves, Wild rout Blue Jackets 5-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Stalock stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the Minnesota Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this week, 5-0 on Friday …
More sports

Crawley leads Georgia Southern over Georgia St. 79-70

ATLANTA (AP) — Isaiah Crawley registered 18 points and eight rebounds as Georgia Southern beat Georgia State 79-70 on Friday night. Ike Smith had 15 points and six rebounds for Georgia Southern …

Carey, Pickett lift Siena to 52-50 victory over Marist

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Carey had 16 points and Jalen Pickett scored 14 and hit a jumper with less than a second remaining to lift Siena to a 52-50 victory over Marist on Friday night, …

No. 4 Dayton gets A-10 title with 82-67 win over Davidson

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Obi Toppin demonstrated his assortment of dunks while scoring 23 points with near-perfect shooting, and No. 4 Dayton clinched the Atlantic 10 title Friday night, beating …

No. 23 Princeton women win 19th straight, clinch Ivy League

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Bella Alarie had 18 points, six rebounds and four blocks and No. 23 Princeton beat Brown 81-39 on Friday night for its 19th straight victory. Princeton (23-1, 11-0) …
Daily Independent
Nation

US postpones southeast Asian leaders' meeting due to virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has postponed a meeting of leaders of southeast Asian nations that was set for Las Vegas in mid-March due to the spread of the coronavirus, a senior Trump …

Feds won't put quarantined passengers in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government announced Friday that it won’t try to send dozens of cruise ship passengers quarantined amid coronavirus fears to a city in Southern California that argued …

UN chief urges Syria cease-fire but Russia and China oppose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres again called for an immediate cease-fire in northwestern Syria Friday “before the situation gets entirely out of control,” and 13 of the …

Prosecutors: Hawaii man led meth ring while councilman

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. prosecutors asked a judge Friday to deny bail for an elected Hawaii councilman accused of running a drug-trafficking organization, supplying guns, conspiring with a gang …

Trump to stump in South Carolina before Democratic primary

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will look to energize supporters and upstage his Democratic challengers on the eve of South Carolina’s presidential primary and in the midst …
World

Virus epidemic growing by day hits schools, concerts, parks

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's schools prepared to close for almost a month and entertainers, topped by K-pop superstars BTS, canceled events as a virus epidemic extended its spread through Asia into Europe …

Malaysia's Mahathir says he has support to return as PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad indicated Saturday that he will reconcile with the former ruling alliance he led with rival Anwar Ibrahim in an about-turn that …

China uses dairy factory to show it's getting back to work

BEIJING (AP) — As milk bottles and yogurt six-packs zipped past on a conveyor belt at a state-owned dairy, reporters heard a sales pitch from a Communist Party official: China Inc. has reopened for …

Swiss government bans all events over 1,000 people

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss government announced an immediate ban Friday on all "public and private" events in the country involving more than 1,000 people as a measure to halt the spread of …

Outspoken Hong Kong publisher held over pro-democracy march

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper says the outspoken head of its publishing group, Jimmy Lai, has been held by police Friday over his participation in a protest march in August …
Entertainment

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden …
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a Florida Coronavirus Response Meeting, at the West Palm Beach International Airport, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

States to get test kits as White House amps up virus effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials scrambled Friday to get coronavirus testing up and running in every state, as the Trump …
In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 photo, a visitor experiences "The March" virtual reality exhibit at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago ahead of the project's launch. The exhibit captures the 1963 March on Washington during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir)

High-tech Chicago exhibit puts visitors eye-to-eye with MLK

CHICAGO (AP) — Imagine being so close to Martin Luther King Jr. as he gives one of the world's most famous speeches that you notice …
This April 2018, photo provided by Matthew Keys shows Keys in Fresno, Calif. When a local newspaper reported the identity of the gunman in Milwaukee’s mass shooting, it came many hours after that news was broken on Twitter by an unemployed and formerly imprisoned journalist working from his bedroom in California. Keys was the first to report that 51-year-old Anthony Ferrill was the Molson Coors employee who shot and killed five co-workers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, before killing himself. (Matthew Keys via AP)

'Lone wolf' broke news of the Milwaukee gunman's identity

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When a local newspaper reported the identity of the gunman in Milwaukee’s mass shooting, it came many hours …
Women demonstrate outside the venue of the Cesar awards ceremony, the French equivalent of the Oscar, Friday,Feb. 28, 2020 in Paris. French women's rights activists protest against multiple nominations for Roman Polanski at the Cesar Awards ceremony. Poster at right reads "I accuse Violanski", playing withe French word for rape and the name Polanski. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

Anti-Polanski protesters greet French film awards ceremony

PARIS (AP) — Women's rights activists protested Friday outside a Paris concert hall where France's film academy is presenting its …
Business
Report to assess removal of 4 Snake River dams for salmon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report due Friday is expected to address the feasibility of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort …

Judge cancels oil and gas leases on some sage grouse lands

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has cancelled more than $125 million in oil and gas leases on public lands that are home to the declining bird species greater sage grouse, in a ruling that said …

Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street; Dow sinks 1.8%

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street, putting the market on track for its worst week since October 2008 during the global financial crisis. U.S. indexes fell 1.8% …

Trump tries to shift blame as virus outbreak rattles markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — As global markets plunged amid growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump and his allies pulled from a familiar playbook Friday and blamed others for the …

Harley-Davidson CEO to leave struggling motorcycle maker

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew Levatich is leaving the struggling motorcycle maker. The Milwaukee company announced Friday that Levatich will leave his post and seat on Harley's …

Travel
What's happening: Virus fears hit Africa, markets, churches

PARIS (AP) — Amusement parks, sports events, religious gatherings, even school. More and more things in a growing swath of the world are now affected by the new virus. And that's messing with …

Italy tries a return to some normalcy after virus closures

ROME (AP) — Authorities in Italy have decided to re-open schools and museums in some of the areas less hard-hit by the in which the country has the most cases outside of Asia, as Italians yearn to …

Cultural preservation among options in oil and gas plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N .M. (AP) — The preservation and protection of Native American cultural sites would be a priority of U.S. land managers under one of the options up for consideration as they work to …

Cruise lines, passengers scramble to respond to coronavirus

MIAMI (AP) — Being trapped aboard a ship with thousands of people as the new coronavirus spreads around the world isn’t the kind of serene vacation envisioned by most travelers, many of whom are …

US reports first drug shortage tied to virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials reported the first U.S. drug shortage tied to the viral outbreak that is disrupting production in China, but they declined to identify the manufacturer or the …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Feb. 27-March 4

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Feb. 27-March 4. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Feb. 27-29 - MESA: 2020 …

Things to Do in the Valley – Feb. 20-26

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Feb. 20-26. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Feb. 20-23 - PHOENIX: Cirque Du …

D-Backs ‘Fan Fest’ set for Saturday at Chase Field

Diamondbacks officials announced they will host the 16th Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Fest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

Things to Do in the Valley – Feb. 6-12

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Feb. 5-12. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Feb. 6 - SCOTTSDALE: Western Week …

Opinion
Patrice Brun. [ADOT]

For what’s happening under highways, turn to geotechnical engineers

When ADOT constructs a new road or bridge, you can thank somebody like Patrice Brun for being one of the first engineers to turn over …

Improved communication needed for food recalls

As consumers, we rely on the food safety system when we buy groceries. And, we expect that if one of our purchases has been recalled …

New county jail will improve safety, save money

Public safety is a core function of government, probably the most important thing we do. Jails are a necessary component.

A healthy lifestyle is best defense against coronavirus

While the world is focused on a cure for coronavirus, not enough of the conversation is focused on the things people can do to avoid …

Watch for warning signs of teen suicide

Participants in a program called One Gilbert hope to unite the town’s residents behind an ambitious and much-needed goal: …
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