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Grand Canyon on lookout for fungus that can kill bats

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park says it will increase surveillance for a fungus that spreads rapidly among bats and can kill them. The park has been …

Investigators find no evidence Maricopa County assessor neglected duties

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Investigators have found no evidence an Arizona official neglected his duties after he was charged with running an adoption-fraud scheme involving women from the Marshall …

Traffic restrictions in place around Valley on portions of Loop 101

Motorists on multiple portions of Loop 101 in the Valley should use caution as crews work on the roadways over the next several weeks. In the East Valley, drivers on the Loop 101 (Price Freeway) …

Goodyear residents want Trader Joe's, city launches campaign

When you think of Goodyear, what comes to mind? An emerging city that's one of the fastest growing in Maricopa County with companies choosing to locate there, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Nike? But what’s missing?

Asylum-seekers who crossed in Arizona returned to Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government said Friday it had sent nine Venezuelans — including two families — back to Mexico after they tried to make an asylum claim by driving up to a customs officer …
First responders
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is requesting the public’s help in regard to an active homicide investigation.
An unlicensed contractor who was wanted by authorities had a bloody arrest during his encounter with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
PHOENIX (AP) — The head of Arizona’s public safety department has apologized after it was revealed he was pulled over for driving over 90 mph on a state highway nearly two months …
Top sports story

Bonino, Fabbro, Grimaldi lead Predators past Devils 6-4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Yakov Trenin didn’t need his stick to score his first goal and that’s just fine with him. Nick Bonino, Dante Fabbro and Rocco Grimaldi each had a goal and an assist, …
More sports

Charlo stops Hogan in 7th to retain WBC middleweight title

NEW YORK (AP) — Jermall Charlo stopped Dennis Hogan 28 seconds in the seventh round Saturday night to retain the WBC middleweight title. Charlo improved to 30-0. Hogan, the fifth-ranked WBC …

Radulov has goal and assist, Stars beat Islanders 3-1

DALLAS (AP) — Alexander Radulov returned with a goal and an assist on a revitalized Dallas power play, and the Stars beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Saturday night. Andrew Cogliano and Denis …

No. 3 Clemson tops No. 22 Virginia 62-17 for ACC title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, three to Tee Higgins, and No. 3 Clemson won its fifth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title with a 62-17 victory over No. …

Matthews scores twice to lead Leafs to 5-2 win over Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Auston Matthews let out a sigh and broke into a smile. The Toronto center snapped a slump with a pair of goals and Zach Hyman also scored twice as the Maple Leafs downed the St. …
Daily Independent
Nation

Co-inventor of New Orleans 'hand grenade' cocktail dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The co-founder of a chain of bars in New Orleans' French Quarter who helped create an iconic cocktail known as the “hand grenade” has died. Earl Bernhardt died Thursday at …

Trump: Giuliani wants to take information to Barr, Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump indicated Saturday that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wants to take the information he has gathered from his investigations in Ukraine to the U.S. …

NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who …

Hospital identifies man who survived Pearl Harbor shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — A hospital has identified the man who was wounded in Wednesday's shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Roger Nakamine, 36, is a Department of Defense employee who was …

Tuskegee Airman celebrates 100th birthday with flight

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A member of the Tuskegee Airmen celebrated his 100th birthday by taking a flight. Retired Army Air Forces Col. Charles McGee flew a private jet Friday between Frederick, …
World

Hong Kong protests cross half-year mark with rally

Marchers are again expected to fill Hong Kong streets in a rally Sunday that will test the enduring appeal of the city's protest movement marking a half year of demonstrations. Police granted …

A doctor at a government-run hospital says at least 34 people have died in a major fire in central New Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — A doctor at a government-run hospital says at least 34 people have died in a major fire in central New Delhi.

North Korea says it carried out 'very important test'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site. The Korean Central News Agency said the test was conducted at …

North Korea says it has carried out a ‘very important test’ at its long-range rocket launch site

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has carried out a ‘very important test’ at its long-range rocket launch site.

4 dead in shooting steps from Mexican presidential residence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four people were shot to death in the Mexican capital Saturday, just steps from an entrance to the official residence of the president, authorities said. Officials said a man …
Entertainment

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Matt …
This Sept. 30, 2019 photo shows, from left, actress Noémie Merlant, filmmaker Céline Sciamma, and actress Adèle Haenel posing for a portrait in New York to promote their film, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire." (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

The women of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' blaze a new path

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s inside the frame and what’s outside of it are electrifyingly synonymous in French filmmaker Céline …
Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg speaks to gun control advocates and victims of gun violence in Aurora, Colo., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The billionaire former New York City mayor unveiled a gun control policy just steps from one of Colorado's worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons.  (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Bloomberg: His news reporters need to accept restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says employees at his news organization need to accept …
Model Winnie Harlow poses for a photograph before the Christian Dior pre-fall 2020 men's fashion collection presentation during Art Basel on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Billy Joel, Kardashians Diplo descend on Miami for Art Basel

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As gallerists and collectors descend on Miami's most prestigious art fair by day, the Hollywood crowd knows …

Police chief shot in central Mexico city of Cuernavaca

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed attackers shot to death the acting police chief in the central Mexico city of Cuernavaca, a once-tranquil …
Business
New Amazon lease for NY space renews debate over failed deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in …

Reddit bans accounts, suspects possible UK vote interference

LONDON (AP) — The prospect of Russian interference in Britain's election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British …

Protests subside, but economic aftershocks rattle Haitians

Port-au-Prince (AP) — The flaming barricades are mostly gone, protesters have largely dissipated and traffic is once again clogging the streets of Haiti’s capital, but hundreds of thousands of …

Q&A: Does a manufacturing slump threaten the US economy?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying fears and predictions, the U.S. economy is still shrugging off President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts. Employers added a sizzling 266,000 jobs in November, and …

Truckers block roads as French strikes hit weekend travel

PARIS (AP) — Strikes disrupted weekend travel around France Saturday as truckers blocked highways and most trains remained at a standstill because of worker anger at President Emmanuel Macron's …

Travel
Cowboys for Trump sends national monument sand to Washington

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico group Cowboys for Trump faces criticism after members brought iconic gypsum sands from White Sands National Monument to Washington for the U.S. Capitol …

Kosovo leader says EU has double standards on Kosovo, Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president accused the European Union on Friday of maintaining double standards for blocking a visa-free travel deal with his country but opening new chapters in …

CEO: Virgin Galactic marks 'incredible' year of milestones

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic is on the verge of making more history in 2020 following an “incredible” year of progress, the chief executive of billionaire Richard Branson's space …

The Latest: French protesters set fires amid strikes

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on strikes in France (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Small groups of protesters are hurling flares, smashing store windows and setting fires in eastern Paris amid mass …

Fire breaks out at luxury hotel in Greece’s capital

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire broke out at a luxury hotel in the Greek capital Thursday, with fire crews evacuating the building and using ladders to rescue several people. It was not immediately …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Dec. 5-11

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Dec. 5-11. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Dec. 5 - PHOENIX: Moscow …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 14-20

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 14-20. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 14 - MESA: The Magic of Bill …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 7-13

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 7-13. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 7 - SCOTTSDALE: Ferrari Club of …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 31 - MESA: Trick Or Treat …

Opinion

Let’s end 2019 on a safe note

Before you head out on the road, it’s worth taking some time to plan ahead. If you’re attending a holiday party, please make sure …

Simple senior moment or something more serious?

As we become more aware of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as a society, we’re better equipped to spot the early warning …

Burke: Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, …

The 2020 census is on horizon

By law, the U.S. government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years. Getting an accurate …

Young adults for common sense gun safety

We are a group of high school and college students from around the country, concerned about the ongoing gun violence epidemic in our …