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Homeless count shows rise in Maricopa County

More than 7,000 people experienced homelessness in Maricopa County on the night of Jan. 27, continuing a troubling upward trend, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments.

New Arizona specialty plates available

Arizonans now have more options to show their support for charitable and other worthy causes with five new specialty license plates that debut Monday.
Excessive Heat

Salvation Army reactivates heat relief stations

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is reactivating its heat relief stations throughout the Valley for Sunday, Aug. 9 and Monday, Aug. 10.

Arizona wins $22.5M judgment against vaping firm

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s attorney general has obtained a $22.5 million judgment against a New Jersey-based vaping company along with a court order permanently barring the company from selling its products in the state.

Arizona officials report record 800K ballots; race for county sheriff still close

With a record turnout, Valley voters made clear who they wish to represent them in the November general election, with all but a few races likely decided as elections officials continue counting ballots following Tuesday’s primary election.
First responders
A man was arrested in connection with a wrong-way incident in the Northwest Valley.
FLORENCE (AP) — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is seeking clarification about a county sheriff's new "citizens posse."
Goodyear police say they have arrested five people in connection with the illegal sale of drugs out of a home.
More sports

Padres edge light-hitting Dodgers 2-1 on Hosmer's RBI single

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Hosmer singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth inning, and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 in the series opener Monday night. Joc …

Seager's slam one of 3 Seattle homers in 10-2 win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a grand slam, Kyle Lewis and Dylan Moore also homered and the Seattle Mariners won 10-2 Monday night in their first game at the new Texas ballpark, snapping …

McCullers throws 7 scoreless, Astros beat Giants 6-4

HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa drove in two runs each and the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 6-4 …

Kuzma's 3-pointer lifts Lakers to 124-121 win over Nuggets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Kuzma hit a 3-pointer with .4 seconds left and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 124-121 Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak. LeBron …

Explosion levels 3 Baltimore homes; 1 dead, 1 trapped

BALTIMORE (AP) — An explosion completely destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday, killing one person and critically injuring several others. At least one person was trapped in the …

Millennial Money: How we renegotiated our bills to cut costs

I know, I know. You’ve probably heard all about how you should renegotiate your bills to save money. But that’s easier said than done, right? That’s why I tried it out. I called up some of …

Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare wind storm with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest on Monday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and …

5 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Vladimir Putin says that a coronavirus vaccine developed in his country has been …

Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 1937, the state of Pennsylvania has had strict rules about who can stand in polling stations and challenge the eligibility of voters. The restrictions are meant to curb the …

Lithuanian FM: Belarus challenger 'safe' in Lithuania

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Lithuanian foreign minister says that the leading opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential election has fled her country and is now “safe” in Lithuania. Linas …

Egypt allows Gazans to leave strip for first time in months

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt on Tuesday reopened Gaza’s main passenger crossing point for the first time in months for thousands of Palestinians who have been stranded on both sides of the …

Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the …

The Latest: Virus reemerges in New Zealand after 102 days

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first cases …

UK lawmaker asks for virtual trial in diplomat's wife crash

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. lawmaker has asked the government to hold a virtual trial for the wife of an American diplomat who left Britain after being involved in a road accident that killed a British …
This combination photo shows Angelina Jolie at the world premiere of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" in Los Angeles on Sept. 30, 2019, left, and Brad Pitt at the special screening of "Ad Astra" in Los Angeles on Sept. 18, 2019.  Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt’s attorneys. In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jolie argues that Judge John W. Ouderkirk should be taken off the divorce case because he was too late and not forthcoming enough about other cases involving Pitt attorney Anne Kiley. Pitt’s attorneys did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. (AP Photo)

Jolie seeks removal of private judge in Pitt divorce case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business …
Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: India adds 1,000 dead, 62,000 new infections

NEW DELHI — India has registered a record 1,007 fatalities in the past 24 hours as fresh coronavirus infections surged by another 62,064 cases. The Health Ministry says the total fatalities …
FILE - Kenya Barris, series creator of “black-ish,” arrives at the ACLU SoCal's Bill of Rights Dinner on Nov. 11, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. A politically charged episode of “black-ish” from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on the streaming service Hulu. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Politically charged 'black-ish' episode gets belated home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A politically charged episode of “black-ish” from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on Hulu, a corporate sibling of the Disney-owned broadcast network. “I …

Pro wrestling star James 'Kamala' Harris dies at 70

James Harris, a Mississippi-born sharecropper who gained international fame as “Kamala the Ugandan Giant,” a massive professional wrestler who terrorized opponents with his trademark …
FILE - A lone traveler heads to the north security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Denver.  Air travel is down sharply during the pandemic, but airport screeners are finding guns at a much higher rate. And about 80% of those guns are loaded. The Transportation Security Administration appealed Monday, Aug. 10,  for travelers to pay attention the restrictions on traveling with guns.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Air traffic is down, gun seizures up at US airports

With air traffic nearing a five-month high, airport security is finding guns in passenger carry-on bags at three times the rate recorded before the pandemic. And 80% of the guns are …

Asia Today: Melbourne virus outbreak steadies, China's falls

BEIJING (AP) — An outbreak in Australia’s second-largest city held steady Tuesday, raising hopes the strict lockdown in Melbourne was working. Victoria state, which includes Melbourne, …

Hong Kong residents buy newspaper to support free press

HONG KONG (AP) — Long lines of people bought up copies of the Apple Daily paper at Hong Kong newsstands Tuesday to support a free press in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The public …

Japan tech giant SoftBank's profits rise on investments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology giant SoftBank Group Corp.'s said Tuesday that its profit rose 12% in April-June from a year earlier as its investments added to its coffers, including sales of its …

Asian shares extend rally; S&P 500 within 1% of record

Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 1.9% and Hong Kong …


Marriott recovering in China, Royal Caribbean posts loss

On land and sea, the travel industry is hurting but holding out hope for a recovery. Marriott said Monday it has reopened most of its hotels around the world, helped by a rebound in business …

US passenger train company drops Virgin as partner

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline has ended with a whimper, less than two years after it …

Virus-linked border moves raise fears on free travel in EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a “second wave” of uncoordinated border restrictions within Europe that threatens …

China business travel returns for Marriott, revenue tumbles

Marriott has reopened 91% of its hotels globally as business travel reemerges in China and worldwide occupancy, which tumbled to 11% in April, reached 34%. The company reported quarterly profits …

Things to do

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.

Arizona arts poised to stage a comeback

With innovative approaches and support from area patrons and other sources, local arts groups are adapting to continue their missions in the community.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Valley Voices

Arizona court gives teachers union tax hike an ‘F’

The Arizona Education Association (AEA) can breathe a sigh of relief — not because state courts just threw the union’s “InvestinEd” near-$1 billion tax hike plan off the ballot for the second time in a row, but because the court’s scathing rebuke dealt only with this one instance of the union’s misinformation playbook.

Thomas: Resident warns widows about policy

A warning to widows and widowers. I married a man in 2012 who lived in Sun City, he added my name to the deed of his home and in 2018 he passed away. This week I received an invoice from …

Crawford: Governor Ducey open our gyms now

Governor Ducey is making a huge mistake by prolonging the agonizing closure of health clubs, fitness centers, and gyms in Arizona. This order is causing irreparable harm to the health, wellbeing, …

Communities must confront short term rentals

What can cities do to halt the general disruption in our neighborhoods, overstuffed trash receptacles and misused recycling containers?

Tuttle: Fontes should foot bill for ballots

It’s your money. Just in case you have not been keeping up with the events within the Secretary of State, the Recorder’s Office, the county supervisors and the Attorney General’s …