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Valley and State

Arizona official in human smuggling case seeks to keep seat

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official accused of paying women from a poor Pacific island nation to give their babies up for adoption in the United States made an appeal Wednesday to keep his …

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lists home for $8.75 million

Gov. Doug Ducey is selling off his huge home in Paradise Valley for $8.75 million. But he insists he’s not going anywhere — at least not yet.

Arizona MVD customers to get plates, tabs and documents through mail

The new year will usher in a new way for Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division customers to get license plates, registration tabs and many documents such as vehicle titles.

18 names to appear on Arizona's Presidential Preference Election ballot

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office has determined the order the qualified Democratic candidates will appear on the Presidential Preference Election ballot. 

Arizona reaches $600K settlement with Sun City vacuum business

A Sun City vacuum sales business and its owners have agreed to a $600,000 settlement for violating the national Do Not Call registry.
First responders
A small plane crashed on a Phoenix street Wednesday morning, but authorities said nobody was injured.
Two suspects are now in custody a week after a deadly drug deal in Phoenix.
An officer-involved shooting in west Phoenix appears tied to a shooting that occurred inside a Glendale business earlier in the day.
Top sports story

Morris leads Knicks past Warriors in OT to snap 10-game skid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marcus Morris scored a season-high 36 points and the New York Knicks held off the Golden State Warriors 124-122 in overtime Wednesday night to snap a 10-game losing …
More sports

Patrick Reed hears the hecklers early at the Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It seemed as if Patrick Reed wanted to hear it from the hecklers sooner than later. Playing in his first competitive round since last week's sand rule violation in …

Kings storm back in 4th quarter to stun Thunder, 94-93

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining, and the Sacramento Kings overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Oklahoma City …

Flyers-Avalanche Sums

First Period_1, Colorado, Calvert 6 (Nichushkin, Bellemare), 5:21. Penalties_Niskanen, PHI, (interference), 7:02; Landeskog, COL, (hooking), 7:40; Hagg, PHI, (cross checking), 11:54. Second …

Rantanen scores twice, Avalanche beat Flyers 3-1

DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen had two goals and Pavel Francouz made 32 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Francouz, the 29-year-old …
Daily Independent
Nation

New York could try to keep alive flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's ban on flavored e-cigarettes is still held up in court but the state may try to keep it alive and expand it to include menthol. The state's Public Health and …

Prosecutors can move forward with leaks case against analyst

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has allowed prosecutors to move forward with their case against a former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns to a …

Beyond the hearings: What to watch on Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room. House committee members are debating and voting on articles of impeachment Thursday against President Donald Trump. But the …

Appeals court to rehear arguments in Trump hotel lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to rehear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury …

AP FACT CHECK: The perils of parodying Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is a master at putting words in the mouths of other people. It's one of his favorite forms of mockery and self-aggrandizement. He does not like it when a …
World

Israelis contend with reality of third straight election

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis were grappling on Thursday with the confounding reality of unprecedented third national elections in less than a year, after Parliament was dissolved and the date for the …

Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

BARCELONA (AP) — When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next …

Police arrest protesters amid curfew in India's northeast

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police arrested dozens of people and enforced curfew on Thursday in several districts in India's northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation granting …

Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yoga. Meditation. English. These are some of the skills Rosa Gutiérrez López has learned since Dec. 10, 2018, when she became the first unauthorized immigrant to get refuge …

New Zealand hospitals order skin to treat volcano survivors

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand medical staff were working around the clock Thursday treating severely burned survivors of a volcanic eruption that police said was believed to have …
Entertainment

Rapper Saucy Santana shot, wounded in Florida drive-by

MIAMI (AP) — The rapper known as Saucy Santana said he was one of three people shot and wounded during a drive-by shooting near …
This image released by Lionsgate shows Charlize Theron, from left, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in a scene from "Bombshell." (Hilary B. Gayle/Lionsgate via AP)

Review: 'Bombshell' breezes through a Fox News rebellion

It’s probably a testament to the makeup artists of Jay Roach’s Fox News docudrama “Bombshell” that the movie opens with a …
Ava Phillippe, from left, Reese Witherspoon, Deacon Phillippe and Jim Toth arrive at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Reese Witherspoon honored at Women in Entertainment gala

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon remembered when she met with several film production studios in 2011 to ask them how many …
Fruit tomato tempura

Crispy tempura a treat to try at home

In Japanese cooking, tempura is a delicate dish of batter-fried seafood or vegetables. The light and crispy coating on the food gives …
FILE - This April 1, 2019 file photo shows Boris Epshteyn, former special assistant to President Donald Trump, right, at the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Sinclair group of local television stations said Wednesday, Dec. 11, it is dropping its commentary segments featuring Epshteyn in favor of a greater emphasis on local investigative journalism. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Sinclair dumping former Trump aide Epshteyn's commentaries

NEW YORK (AP) — The Sinclair group of local television stations said Wednesday it is dropping its commentary segments featuring …
Business
Asian shares mixed as Fed leaves rates unchanged

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday after a wobbly day on Wall Street following the Federal Reserve announcement it would leave interest rates unchanged. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 …

Push to accelerate mustang captures draws fire in Congress

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two House committee chairmen are trying to put the brakes on money for a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the West over …

State: Water safe around Detroit River aggregate spill

DETROIT (AP) — Tests performed near where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River have found the water meets all quality standards, Michigan officials announced …

Arkansas temporarily halted from enforcing meat-labeling law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday restricted Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans using terms such as “burger” or “sausage” to sell vegetarian and vegan …

Kim Kardashian West sues doctor over 'Vampire Facial'

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Reality TV star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West is suing an Alabama doctor over claims he wrongly used her image to promote a medical procedure called a “Vampire …

Travel
California's Paso Robles area offers wine-tasters variety

PASO ROBLES, California (AP) — Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a wide diversity of microclimates. Visitors can take a tasting …

Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of …

New Zealand releases 9 names of volcano victims

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police released on Wednesday the names of nine people missing in New Zealand's volcano disaster. They are seven Australian tourists who made a day trip to White …

8 macaroni penguins hatch at Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight fluffy macaroni penguin chicks have been born at the Kansas City Zoo. Their eggs were flown in from SeaWorld San Diego and hatched in incubators in Kansas City, the …

Baby white rhino gets name, frolics in mud at San Diego zoo

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said. The baby is …

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

Arizona needs bold action, not just promises to make medicines affordable

Prescription drug costs are unbelievably unaffordable for millions of Americans, including me, a medical student with a long-term …

Goldwater to DOE: It’s time to follow law

The Goldwater Institute sent a letter to the Arizona Department of Education on Monday regarding the Department’s worsening failures …

Unconstitutional fees threaten ride-sharing at Sky Harbor

The city of Phoenix is attempting to raise rates by 200% for customers using ride-sharing platforms like Uber or Lyft when they travel …

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 …