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Valley and State

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 28, the 302nd day of 2020. There are 64 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 28, 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev …

GOP expects Schweikert to hold off challenger; analysts aren’t so sure

WASHINGTON — A national Republican campaign official expressed confidence Wednesday that Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, can fend off a challenge from Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, who …
Events

Barrett-Jackson racks up big sales in return to live auction

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. returned to a live auction in  Scottsdale over the weekend, pulling in big numbers in its first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The …
First Responders

Flagging monsoon leads to longer Arizona wildfire season

Arizona’s lack of monsoons and extreme drought conditions this year have lengthened the fire season for the state as well as making fires more severe.

Carvana Partners with 7-Time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and Chip Ganassi Racing in INDYCAR

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 24, 2020-- Leading online auto retailer (NYSE: CVNA) announced today it will be the primary partner for 7-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion Jimmie Johnson and …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — A man was fatally shot after a domestic violence incident that left a woman dead and a teenage boy injured, Phoenix police said Monday. Officers were called out to a …
The Surprise Police Department is seeking information regarding a deadly hit-and-run crash.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix police officer shot and wounded a man who first fired a rifle at officers after a pursuit that ended when the man’s car crashed, the police department …
More sports

Kershaw finally wins elusive World Series title

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw cut through the doubters, just like one of his curveballs through the strike zone. Only took 13 seasons. One of the most accomplished pitchers in …

Roberts guides Dodgers to 1st World Series title in 32 years

Dave Roberts finally has a World Series title to savor. The Los Angeles manager guided the Dodgers to their first championship since 1988 on Tuesday night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win in …

Best Betts: Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts came to the Dodgers to make a World Series difference. With a mad dash to home plate, he put Los Angeles over the top. The end of a frustrating championship …

Los Angeles Dodgers win first World Series since 1988, beating Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 to end pandemic-shortened season

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers win first World Series since 1988, beating Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 to end pandemic-shortened season.
Nation

Zeta re-strengthens into a hurricane, forecast to bring life-threatening storm surge, high winds

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zeta re-strengthens into a hurricane, forecast to bring life-threatening storm surge, high winds.

Philadelphia victim's family sought ambulance, not police

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a Black man killed by Philadelphia police officers in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for …

California utility slow to pull plug before wildfire erupted

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its …

Tennessee Senate nominee connects activism to election

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When the Rev. Tondala Hayward learned about plans to build a landfill next to her church in a predominantly Black, working-class neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee, she called …

Zeta takes aim at a hurricane-weary Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana braced Wednesday for what is expected to be its third hurricane strike this year as Zeta, the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season, headed …
World

Iran parliament speaker contracts virus as infections surge

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament speaker said Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a growing list of top Iranian officials infected in the Middle East’s worst …

Divided Belgium turns into Europe's worst virus hot spot

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most worrying statistics in a continent reeling under the virus' …

Merkel seeks limited lockdown as German virus cases surge

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a partial lockdown as the number of newly recorded infections in the country hit another record high Wednesday. The Robert Koch …

Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused it …

India holds first major state elections since pandemic

PATNA, India (AP) — Voting began Wednesday in India’s third-largest state of Bihar, the first major election in the country since the pandemic and a test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s …
Business

Edmunds: Spooktacular car tech

Whether it’s a ghostly image that makes objects seemingly disappear or a spectral presence turning the steering wheel, modern cars are loaded with more tricks than a haunted house. But these …

France braces for possible lockdown as virus deaths mount

PARIS (AP) — France is bracing for a potential new lockdown as the president prepares a televised address Wednesday aimed at stopping a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling French hospitals …

Sony's profits rise as pandemic has people playing games

TOKYO (AP) — Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its video game sector, as people stayed home during the …

Heathrow loses claim to being Europe's biggest airport

LONDON (AP) — London’s Heathrow Airport says it has lost its place as Europe’s busiest air hub to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris after the COVID-19 pandemic grounded flights and Britain …

Travel

Lawsuit demands California museum forfeit Thai artifacts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. government is demanding a San Francisco museum give up claims to two religious relics allegedly stolen from Thailand, the U.S. attorney's office announced …

Peru's Machu Picchu reopening Sunday after pandemic closure

MACHU PICCHU, Peru (AP) — Except workers repairing roads and signs, Peru's majestic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is eerily empty ahead of its reopening Sunday after seven months of closure due to …

Backers get needed funds for North Dakota Roosevelt library

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's governor, Microsoft, a Walmart heir, and a Fargo media mogul are among the major financial backers of a proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in …

Ukrainian tourist, Egyptian guide lose limbs in shark attack

CAIRO (AP) — A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said …

Things to do

Drive Thru Fair Food open for another weekend in Phoenix

Officials at the Arizona State Fair announced that due to overwhelming demand, they're continuing Drive Thru Fair Food for one final weekend, beginning on Thursday.

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park continues reopening plans

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park reopened Sept. 3 with rave reviews from visitors and moved forward Sept. 19 with the second phase of their reopening plan.

Honor first-responders at in-person, virtual events in the Phoenix metro area

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The date is now …

Arizona volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway program

A lot has changed over the last few months, but there is still a need for volunteers to help keep Arizona looking its best.

Valley Voices
Aspens in fall colors attract leaf peepers at Aspen Corner on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. [Steve Chernek/Independent Newsmedia]

ADOT: Stay safe while out finding fall in Arizona

Ahh ... autumn in Arizona. The frost is on the pumpkin, a chill is in the air and sweaters are acceptable fashion. Hey, we can dream, can’t we?

Bradford: Opposes Medicare for All plans

When it comes to health care, most Arizonans want the same thing: lower costs, improved access and higher quality. That’s why I cannot understand how anyone could support a …

Knecht: Voters deserve civil dialogue, integrity

You deserve representatives who run on their merit.
Seema Verma

It’s time to review your Medicare coverage

Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage all people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage.

Gallagher: Businesses should have solar power

I’m just curious if anyone has looked into why the city of Surprise does not use solar panels in their businesses? The schools have them, but we all know why. Why not the businesses? For …
Entertainment
This image released by Sony Pictures shows, from left, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Cailee Spaeny and Gideon Adlon in a scene from "The Craft: Legacy." (Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP)

Review: With high sorcery, 'The Craft: Legacy' casts a spell

More than a few Halloweens ago — two dozen to be exact — came a film that looked like a treat but ended up as a trick. “The Craft” was about four teenage witches who eventually turned …
FILE- Jon Stewart presents the Pat Tillman award for service on July 18, 2018, at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Stewart will return to television as host of an Apple TV+ public affairs show, the streaming service said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)

Jon Stewart will be back in the host's chair for Apple TV+

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of “The Daily Show” and with a new home at Apple TV+. Stewart will host an hour-long, current …
Tampa Bay Rays' Manuel Margot is tagged out at home by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes trying to steal during the fourth inning in Game 5 of the baseball World Series Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

World Series sets another low for television viewers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-2 Game 3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays was the least-watched World Series game ever, beating the record set two days earlier in Game 2. Friday …
This image released by Netflix shows Wunmi Mosaku as Rial Majur, left, and Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù as Bol Majur in a scene from "His House." (Aidan Monaghan/Netflix via AP)

Review: In 'His House,' nightmares from the migrant crisis

In Remi Weekes’ Bol (Sopé Dìrísù) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) have fled war in South Sudan only to find new horrors lurking in English shadows. In the film’s opening moments, they’re brought …
FILE - Gwen Stefani, left, and Blake Shelton arrive at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Shelton and Stefani posted a picture on Tuesday announcing their engagement.A representative for Shelton confirmed the couple recently got engaged while in Oklahoma, where Shelton lives. The two stars met as judges on the singing competition show years ago. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

'Voice' co-stars Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani engaged

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “The Voice” co-stars Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged and sharing the good news on social media. Shelton and Stefani posted a Tuesday announcing the …