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Arizona college students question response to virus case

PHOENIX (AP) — A confirmed case of a virus outbreak from China at Arizona State University has left students feeling alarmed, despite the school's attempts to tamp down panic. From putting …

Arizona education department shares improperly redacted document

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Education said Tuesday it inadvertently released personal information about families that get a state-funded voucher to pay for private …

Architecture school started by Frank Lloyd Wright to close

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The architecture school that architect Frank Lloyd Wright started nearly 90 years ago is closing, officials announced Tuesday. The School of Architecture at Taliesin, …

Nearly 200 Hyatt Hotels Expected to Open in the Americas Region By 2022

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 28, 2020-- (NYSE: H) today announced that Hyatt plans to grow its Americas brand portfolio with the expected opening of more than 50 full service and select service …

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning early ballots for another person violates the Voting …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Skeletal remains were found at a Phoenix home where authorities recently removed three children, authorities said Wednesday. Child welfare authorities first began investigating on …
Scottsdale police are investigating after an officer shot an armed man outside a hospital. The man died from his injuries. No officers were injured.
A Peoria man is accused of robbing a Glendale bank and then using the bills at a casino despite their dyed appearance.
Top sports story

Goodell: Diversity in coach/executive hirings must improve

MIAMI (AP) — Stopping short of saying the Rooney Rule is not working, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell noted Wednesday the league needs change to its minority hiring policy. Though the league …
More sports

Super Bowl features speed worthy of Olympic relay team

MIAMI (AP) — Tyreek Hill has plans for the speedy Kansas City receiving group after the Super Bowl. "If I'm healthy and my mind is in the right place, I'd go try out for the Olympics, put …

DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Gaga to perform during Super Bowl week

MIAMI (AP) — DJ Khaled will be celebrating his first-ever Grammy win in the city where the former radio host built his career: Miami. The hitmaker will perform at multiple pre-Super Bowl events …

Doping case heightens chance of no Russian track at Olympics

Sports authorities heightened the possibility of completely excluding Russian track athletes from this year's Olympics in the wake of a spate of doping scandals that have engulfed the country. The …

Ex-prosecutor: Bryant would have been convicted in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The prosecutor who pursued sexual assault charges against Kobe Bryant 17 years ago believes he would have won a conviction if the case had gone to trial and that the woman who accused …
Daily Independent
Nation

FBI raids Los Angeles church to make immigration fraud bust

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal agents raided a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles early Wednesday in a human trafficking investigation that led to arrests of two church leaders in what prosecutors …

Bond denied for officer in handcuffed man's fatal shooting

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A judge denied bond Wednesday for a Maryland police officer who has been charged with murder after being accused of fatally shooting a handcuffed man in his patrol …

Boeing posts first annual loss since 1997 as Max costs rise

Boeing is posting its first annual loss since 1997, as the financial fallout from two deadly crashes of the 737 Max has mushroomed to more than $18 billion. Boeing said Wednesday that it lost $1 …

Fairbanks man sentenced in 2016 killing of police sergeant

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Fairbanks police officer in 2016 has been sentenced to 119 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy on Tuesday sentenced …

AP source: Jet evacuates Americans from China outbreak zone

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An airplane evacuating as many as 240 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak departed Wednesday before dawn, and is en route to the U.S., a U.S. …
World

Deaths rise to 132 in China outbreak as foreigners leave

BEIJING (AP) — Countries on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus that has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000 on the …

EU to repatriate 600 citizens seeking to flee China virus

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is working to repatriate about 600 citizens from 14 EU countries seeking to leave China because of a spreading new virus that has already killed more than 130 …

Airlines suspend China flights, cut service on virus fears

BANGKOK (AP) — British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 …

AP Explains: The arrest of Peru powerbroker Keiko Fujimori

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian judge on Tuesday ruled that opposition leader Keiko Fujimori must be held in prison for 15 months while she is investigated for possible money laundering. Fujimori is …

Number of migrants trying Channel crossing in boats explodes

PARIS (AP) — A count by French maritime authorities shows that the number of migrants who attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats exploded last year, when more than 2,700 people were …
Entertainment
This cover image released by Flatiron Books shows "American Dirt," a novel by Jeanine Cummins. (Flatiron Books via AP)

Author tour for controversial 'American Dirt' is canceled

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Jeanine Cummins' controversial novel “American Dirt" has cancelled the remainder of her …
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Fetty Wap arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on in Newark, N.J. A judge has agreed to a conditional dismissal of misdemeanor battery charges against the rapper stemming from allegations that he fought with employees last September at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Court records show the 28-year-old defendant, whose real name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, entered an agreement Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, with prosecutors to dismiss the case in July if Maxwell remains out of legal trouble. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper Fetty Wap likely to see charges in Vegas fight tossed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge has agreed to dismiss charges against Fetty Wap stemming from a fight last year at a Las Vegas hotel if the …
In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 photo, Rev. David Kennedy stands outside the Echo Theater holding a photo of his great uncle's lynching, in Laurens, S.C. Kennedy has fought for civil rights in South Carolina for decades. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

Pastor's fight against KKK becomes movie that may aid battle

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Not many years ago in a small, rural South Carolina town stood The Redneck Shop — a racist emporium and Ku …

Groups promoting news literacy to combat misinformation

NEW YORK (AP) — A special effort launched this week is promoting the idea of news literacy education to help the public, …

Publisher of novel 'American Dirt' cancels remainder of author Jeanine Cummins’ tour, citing security concerns

NEW YORK (AP) — Publisher of novel 'American Dirt' cancels remainder of author Jeanine Cummins’ tour, citing security concerns.
Business
Strong earnings reports send stocks higher on Wall Street

Stocks are off to another strong start on Wall Street as strong earnings reports from big U.S. companies got investors to set aside worries about a spreading virus in China. General Electric, Textron …

Fed leaves key rate alone but sees virus among global risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve kept its key interest rate unchanged at a low level Wednesday amid an economy that looks solid but faces potential global threats, including from China’s …

GE's fourth-quarter numbers impress

BOSTON (AP) — General Electric Co. (GE) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $728 million, which was down from the $761 million the company reported during the same period a year …

Prosecutor: Michael Avenatti saw dollar signs in Nike fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor kicked off opening statements at the attempted extortion trial of Michael Avenatti on Wednesday by saying the deep-in-debt California lawyer used the “modern …

Trump looks to sign trade deal, show wins during impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is eager to show off a big policy win during his impeachment trial by signing into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and …

Travel
Steinbeck letters, memorabilia on sale in February in N.J.

LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Steinbeck Collection, an upcoming sale at a New Jersey auction house, might as well be called ``Travels with Elaine.'' Curated Estates in Lincoln Park is offering a …

Hotel design trends: Lobbies and rooms with a point of view

Designers of hotel spaces have traditionally tended to favor either theatrical flair (baroque finishes and opulent flourishes) or the opposite: a low-key insouciance consisting of neutral, …

AP Photos: Beijing hunkers down amid virus outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — In a normal year, the city of Beijing springs to life in the closing days of the annual weeklong Lunar New Year holiday as families leave home for shopping, dining and to visit …

Death toll from New Zealand volcanic eruption rises to 21

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of a New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said …

Historians: Sobibor death camp photos may feature Demjanjuk

BERLIN (AP) — Historians have presented a collection of photos kept by the deputy commander of the Nazis' Sobibor death camp that they say appears to include images of John Demjanjuk, the retired …

Things to do
Ghosts and the Mariachis: Mexican heritage is alive in Mesilla

The magic of the land has already found you on the open road when the Camino Real, or the Royal Road, meets the American West. It is the glimmer of a sign that catches your eye and feeling of …

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 …

Opinion

Legal challenge emerges to airport ride share fee hike

For passengers going to and from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport, Uber and Lyft could be an option that may soon be gone, if the …

Show your community some love next month

Most of us love our community and want the best for it. It’s our home. It’s where we live, work, learn, play, and raise our …

He Died Peacefully

Do you read obituaries? I’m obsessed with them. It makes no difference if I know the person or not, I am just intrigued by what is …

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 …
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