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Valley and State

Former Arizona health director: Gyms should reopen

PHOENIX — The former state health director says Gov. Doug Ducey is “scientifically wrong” in lumping gyms and fitness centers with bars as places that cannot be safely operated during the pandemic.

Arizona tourism industry embarks on conservation partnership

While Arizona tourism officials quietly celebrate the successes of 2019 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they aren’t letting some aspects of the industry fall silent.

Arizona congressman tests positive for virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee said Saturday he tested positive for the coronavirus days after he sat close to another member of the panel, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive.

Lawmakers fight for GOP's soul in Arizona Senate primary

PHOENIX (AP) — The biggest knock-down, drag-out primary election fight among the 90 Arizona Senate and House seats up for grabs in November features two sitting Republican lawmakers in a suburban north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the GOP.

Arizona reports 1,465 new coronavirus cases, 18 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 1,465 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 more deaths.
First responders
Police are investigating after a shooting near 163rd Avenue and Jomax Road in Surprise.
TEMPE (AP) — The Tempe Fire Department said Friday that two contract workers were hurt when a chemical they were transporting from a freight train car that derailed earlier this week leaked from a hose.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says detectives followed up on numerous leads and Thursday night and were able to locate Kahlan Diehl in Glendale.
More sports

Baseball teams try to adapt, find safe options on road trips

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gone for now are the days of baseball players, often dirt-stained and still in uniform, gathering in the clubhouse to scarf down a late night meal before heading their separate …

LEADING OFF: Marlins back in action, Ohtani on the shelf

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ FRESH FISH The Miami Marlins are set to in Baltimore following an outbreak that left 21 members of their traveling party infected …

McDavid's hat trick propels Oilers past Blackhawks 6-3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid recorded his first playoff hat trick to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, tying their best-of-five qualifying series at one …

Lakers beat Jazz 116-108 to clinch top seed in West

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Utah Jazz 116-108 on …
Nation

Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is awarding more than $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking. The …

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. The Category 1 storm sets off flooding and sparks multiple home fires in Ocean Isle Beach …

Irksome in Iceland, brusque in Britain? US envoys draw ire

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — In Iceland, a nation so safe that its president runs errands on a bicycle, U.S. Ambassador Jeffery Ross Gunter has left locals aghast with his request to hire armed …

Who's who on the committee vetting Biden's possible VPs

ATLANTA (AP) — Vice presidential searches make for perhaps the most popular of Washington parlor games: Veepstakes. The 2020 version now rests with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. …

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to …
World

Ex-teacher hopes to free Belarus from president's iron fist

BREST, Belarus (AP) — A 37-year-old former English teacher without political experience seems an unlikely challenger to the authoritarian president of Belarus who has been the ex-Soviet nation's …

Record temperatures, pending deals inflame Iraq's power woes

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — In Iraq’s oil-rich south, the scorching summer months pose painful new choices in the age of the coronavirus: stay at home in the sweltering heat with electricity cut off for …

3 men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say. The men had been …

3 New Zealand citizens killed by landslides in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three New Zealand citizens have died after landslides triggered by heavy rains destroyed and buried their vacation cottage near Seoul, South Korean officials said …

Albania transfers IS terror cell suspect to Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Albania has transferred to Germany a Tajik man accused of being part of a cell of the Islamic State group that allegedly planned to attack U.S. military facilities in Germany, …
Entertainment

'Sobering' report shows hardening attitudes against media

NEW YORK (AP) — The distrust many Americans feel toward the news media, caught up like much of the nation's problems in the partisan divide, only seems to be getting worse. That was the …
Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Norwegian entertainment reporter has sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that gives out the Golden Globe Awards, alleging that it acts as a cartel that stifles competition for its members. Reporter Kjersti Flaa filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday. Flaa said that despite reporting on Hollywood for many prominent Norwegian outlets, she has been repeatedly denied membership in the organization because the HFPA won't allow in new members whose work competes with that of existing ones.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Reporter sues Golden Globes organization over member rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Norwegian entertainment reporter on Monday sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that gives out the Golden Globe Awards, alleging that it acts as a …
A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Philippine capital going back under lockdown

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the Philippine capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus …
In this July 2020, photo supplied by Feeonaa and Neville Clifton, Neville and Feeonaa Clifton are pictured by the San Aotea II fishing boat in the Falkland Islands. The Cliftons, a honeymoon couple who were stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus have managed to get home to New Zealand, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020 by hitching a lift of more than 5,000 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers) on an Antarctic fishing boat. (Feeonaa/Neville Clifton via AP)

Stranded by virus, honeymooners hitch home on Antarctic boat

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand honeymoon couple stranded on the remote Falkland Islands in March because of the coronavirus has managed to return home by hitching a ride of more than …
FILE - In this Thursday, May 2, 2013 file photo, Philippe Lefebvre, 64, plays the organ at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart. The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France's largest musical instrument started Monday Aug.3, 2020 and is expected to last nearly four years. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)

Notre Dame Cathedral's organ getting 4-year-long cleaning

PARIS (AP) — Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year's devastating fire. The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning …
Business

Sony's profit up as people staying home play video games

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday that its April-June profit jumped 53% as its video game and other online businesses thrived with people staying …

Asia Today: Manila back under lockdown as virus cases surge

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital Tuesday and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public …

Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won't supply enough test kits to check …

Asian shares mixed on US-China tensions, Wall Street gains

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Monday as investors eyeballed surging coronavirus cases in the region. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's weekend comments that President Donald Trump …

Travel

3 Wyoming sightseeing balloons crash, as many as 20 injured

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Three sightseeing balloons crashed Monday in a popular western Wyoming tourist destination, injuring between 16 and 20 people, officials said. The balloons owned by the …

Outbreak hits Norway cruise ship, could spread along coast

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 4 passengers and …

Relaxed: Dressed-down look is making NBA coaches happy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Going shopping was a top priority for Taylor Jenkins when he was first hired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. The man needed suits. NBA sidelines tend to look …

AP PHOTOS: Year on, India's lockdowns ruin Kashmir's economy

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A year ago, Abdul Rashid was making a living by selling flowers to tourists in hundreds of ornate pinewood houseboats in Dal Lake in Srinagar, the main city in …

Things to do

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.

Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that …

Valley Voices

Brewer: West Coast anarchy could happen in Arizona if we don’t stand against it

The insanity we’re seeing in the Pacific Northwest would have free reign to spread to the rest of the country under a prospective Biden administration.

Petrell: Agrees that palm trees should go

I read with considerable interest the opinion of Rosemary Abrami of Sun City West (“Writer agrees about removing palm trees") about removal of palm trees from Sun City as well as Sun City …

Meyers: U.S. flag should not be upside down

There is a house on Bowling Green Avenue in Sun City that displays an upside down American flag. The U.S. Flag Code states people have faced legal charges for flying an American flag upside …

Lost job due to COVID-19? Consider career as a roofer

Have you been thinking about what career path to take? Have you recently lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Seidemann: Case rates are not best COVID stats

This is from a long-term, all year Sun City resident. The research says the death rate from COVID-19 is .4% worldwide and is appearing the same in the states. In the meantime, the case rate is of …