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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona bald eagle nesting area closing until June 30

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Forest Service says it is temporarily closing to the public a bald eagle breeding and nesting area along the Verde River to the public beginning on Dec. 1. The annual …

Lawsuits defy Arizona initiative taxing wealthy for schools

PHOENIX (AP) — Two lawsuits were filed Monday challenging a proposition that Arizona voters approved to impose an additional 3.5% tax on individuals earning above $250,000 to pay school teacher …

Kelly to take Senate oath of office on Wednesday

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly is scheduled to take is seat in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday after state officials formalized his victory. Kelly is taking office more than a month ahead of …
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Father-daughter team gets to the HeART of 1960s Goodyear

Adam and Addison Turner, a father-daughter team painting the HeART of Goodyear’s 1960s mural at Goodyear Community Park were drawn to the decade for several reasons.

Phoenix police: teen dies week after accidental shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a 14-year-old boy has died after being wounded a week ago when he was shot in an apparent accident while a friend was mishandling a firearm. Sgt. Ann Justus …
First responders
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that left one man dead and a woman wounded, Glendale police said Sunday.
BOUSE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona state troopers shot and wounded a possible suspect in a fatal drive-by killing in Nevada and other incidents when the man allegedly pointed a gun at a trooper …
Phoenix firefighters put out a junkyard fire near 43rd Avenue and Broadway Road in south Phoenix Friday. Firefighters were dispatched Friday afternoon for reports of large amounts of black smoke …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Things have changed in Goodyear since the city's first traffic light, at the intersection of Litchfield Road and Western Avenue, was installed around 1950.

Siegel: Goodyear growth requires planning for the future

As a resident of Goodyear during the past five years, I have seen the amazing growth throughout this community. That growth demonstrates the highly desirable environment in the city.
Steve Trussell

Trussell: State success in adverse times

Why is Arizona thriving despite the adversity we are facing? Great public policy.

Peters: Pedestrians have little protection

Thank you for your article (“Street racers invade Sun City”) regarding street racers. I have not seen or heard the racers but am struck by another part of the article. Specifically, …
Arizona Department of Transportation officials film a traffic incident management training video. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Halikowski: Traffic incidents requires cooperation from everyone

You may have seen this message on our digital message boards statewide: “Fender Bender? Save your rear, Quickly clear.” It was a reminder to move your vehicle safely onto a shoulder or exit and stay out of travel lanes if involved in a minor crash.
President Donald Trump

Collins: Rebuts letter about Trump presidency

About Rita Venice’s recent letter (“Calls fraud allegations ‘clap-trap’”, Daily Independent, Nov. 24, 2020): many of the “down ballots” voting turned a …
More sports

Parkour group urges IOC to reject their sport from Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Organizers of the sport of parkour urged the IOC on Tuesday to reject adding the obstacle course-style street-running event to the 2024 Paris Olympics because of a …

IOC confirms Bach is only candidate for Olympic presidency

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says Thomas Bach will have no opponents for his re-election as president in a vote scheduled in March. More than 100 IOC members …

Williams boosts Stanford; sets up showdown with Tar Heels

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Highly touted freshman Ziaire Williams scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his collegiate debut and Stanford beat Alabama 82-64 in the relocated Maui Invitational …

USA Basketball clinches AmeriCup berth, beats Mexico 94-78

USA Basketball went into a bubble and emerged with a berth in the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup. Yante Maten scored 21 points, Josh Maggette added 19 and the U.S. topped Mexico 94-78 on Monday, moving to 4-0 …
Nation

Fauci: US may see 'surge upon surge' of virus in weeks ahead

The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks, and he does not expect current recommendations around …

Hawaii seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view

HONOLULU (AP) — Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York …
Subscriber Exclusive

Arizona, federal health officials offer holiday safety tips as COVID-19 surges

As federal and local health experts issue warnings and guidance on how to safely celebrate during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, some local residents are considering how the resurgent …

Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to …

NATO, acting US Pentagon chief discuss Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has spoken to the new acting U.S. defense secretary about the alliance’s commitment to stay in Afghanistan as long as necessary, his …
World

Sweden: Mother suspected of locking up her son for 28 years

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police in Stockholm are investigating a woman in her 70s suspected of having kept her son locked up — reportedly for 28 years — in an apartment south of the Swedish capital, …

Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope collapses; many mourning

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has long played a key role in astronomical discoveries collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. The Arecibo Observatory had …

On World AIDS Day, South Africa finds hope in new treatment

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health officials are hoping that new, long-acting drugs to help prevent HIV infection will be a turning point for the fight against a global health threat that’s been eclipsed …

Germany bans far-right, pro-Nazi group; Police raid homes

BERLIN (AP) — More than 180 police officers raided homes in three German states early Tuesday after the German government banned a far-right group, the interior ministry said. The homes of 11 …

Non-essential shops reopen in Belgium as virus numbers drop

BRUSSELS (AP) — Non-essential shops in Belgium were reopening Tuesday in the wake of encouraging figures about declining daily coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions. The government …
Business

OPEC talks on production hit snag as pandemic clouds outlook

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The OPEC oil producers' cartel was to push ahead with a new round of discussions Tuesday about how much oil to pump next year as countries wrestled over whether to extend …

Without patients or staff, Madrid opens new $119M hospital

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's capital on Tuesday held a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients that critics say is no more than a vanity project, a …

Nasdaq seeks more diverse boards from listed companies

Nasdaq is seeking U.S. authority to require more diversity in the board rooms of Nasdaq-listed companies. It is the first major exchange to pursue such a requirment. The proposal filed with the …

Azerbaijan fully reclaims lands around Nagorno-Karabakh

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan on Tuesday completed reclaiming territory ceded by Armenia under a Russia-brokered peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over …

Travel

Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on …

The Latest: Nobel laureate warns of increased trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad says the COVID-19 pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the …

Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheer

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the …

The Latest: Croatia’s Prime Minister tests positive

ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Government spokesman Marko Milic says Plenkovic is feeling fine and will continue to …

Things to do

Southwest Ballet Theatre to perform ‘The Nutcracker’ in Goodyear

Southwest Ballet Theatre will stage two outdoor performances of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at King of Kings Church in Goodyear on Saturday, Dec. 12.

‘Reverse Light Parade’ Saturday in Apache Junction

Join Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, Dec. 5, for a new take on the city’s annual free light parade — keeping the holiday spirit and hosting a Reverse Light …

Barleens Dinner Show Theater has events through April

The Barleens Dinner Show Theater in Apache Junction started the season with eight indoor shows in November and continues with two to seven days of shows each week though mid-April. The business, …

Mesa Arts Center’s art studios reopen Dec. 1

The Mesa Arts Center is reopening its art studios for in-person workshops and classes. The MAC will reopen its glass, ceramics, metals and graphic arts studios for reduced-size, in-person …

Entertainment
FILE - In this Friday, April 27, 2012 file photo, Irina Antonova, Director of the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, speaks in front of a masterpiece by Vittore Carpaccio at a news conference on celebrations marking the museum's 100th anniversary in Moscow, Russia. Antonova, a charismatic art historian who presided over one of Russia's top art museums for more than half-a-century, has died in Moscow on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. She was 98. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts said that Antonova last week tested positive for the coronavirus, which exacerbated her longtime chronic heart ailments.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Irina Antonova, head of top Moscow art museum, dies at 98

MOSCOW (AP) — Irina Antonova, a charismatic art historian who presided over one of Russia's top art museums for more than half a century, has died at 98. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts …
FILE - Bad Bunny performs a medley at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019. The Puerto Rican superstar is the music platform’s most-streamed artist of the year with 8.3 billion streams globally. The Latin Grammy winner and hitmaker, who released a new album last week, leads a top five list that also includes Drake, J Balvin, Juice WRLD and the Weeknd. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)

Bad Bunny is Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — The year's most played artist on Spotify? Globally speaking: Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican superstar is the music platform’s most-streamed artist of the year with 8.3 billion …

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Rhythm of War” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 2. “Daylight” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) 3. “A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 4. …
Rachel Brosnahan appears in a scene from the film "I'm Your Woman." (Wilson Webb/Amazon Studios via AP)

‘I’m Your Woman’ puts a fresh spin on the 1970s crime drama

Director Julia Hart couldn’t stop thinking about Tuesday Weld. She had just watched Michael Mann’s 1981 thriller “Thief” and Weld’s character Jessie had taken over her imagination. Where …
Christian Serratos portrays Selena Quintanilla from "Selena The Series," premiering Dec. 4 on Netflix. (Netflix via AP)

New this week: Selena series, 'Shameless' and Shawn Mendes

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Film history fans …