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Valley and State

Rain sweeps across the Valley, more rain expected Thursday

The calendar year is about a full two months into fall, yet the Valley is seeing rain a week before Thanksgiving. Rain arrived in the Valley for some people Tuesday evening, but Wednesday saw the brunt of it.

Arizona group says it can't be sued for harassing migrants

PHOENIX — An attorney for the Patriot Movement says the group and its members can’t be sued in federal court for harassing migrants and those helping them because the plaintiffs are aiding them in violating federal immigration laws.

Arizona border activist acquitted of harboring immigrants

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A border activist facing charges of harboring immigrants tried to hide two Central American men at a camp in southern Arizona and signaled directions that would help them avoid …

The Latest: Man pleads not guilty in 1979 Reno-area killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a not guilty plea by an Arizona man accused of killing a woman in northern Nevada in 1979 and named by prosecutors as suspect in at least two other late-1970s …

Arizona man guilty of making ammo sold to Las Vegas shooter

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona man’s guilty plea in federal court to illegally manufacturing bullets found in a high-rise hotel suite where a gunman unleashed the Las Vegas Strip …
First responders
Glendale police are seeking the public’s help in solving an assault case from September. According to police, around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 7, officers responded to a fight call at a bar in the …
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Fire Department says a woman and her dog are dead following a house fire Wednesday morning. The home is located near 39th Avenue and Cactus Road. The department …
Police are investigating after a woman was killed in a collision in Glendale. In addition, a pregnant woman was taken to the hospital with injuries. The incident happened before 7 a.m. Tuesday …
Top sports story

Beal’s 33 help Wiz hand Pop, Spurs 7th loss in row, 138-132

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal shot 9 for 9 in a 21-point third quarter en route to scoring 33 in all, and the Washington Wizards beat coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs 138-132 Wednesday night for …
More sports

No. 2 Louisville rallies past USC Upstate 76-50

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ryan McMahon made consecutive 3-pointers and Dwayne Sutton and Darius Perry had one each during a second-half surge that rallied No. 2 Louisville past USC Upstate 76-50 …

No. 9 Maryland breezes past George Washington 88-54

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taylor Mikesell scored 19 points and No. 9 Maryland dominated neighboring rival George Washington from the outset in an 88-54 rout Wednesday night. Shakira Austin had 15 …

Leonard and George to play together for 1st time with Clips

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard returns after missing three games with the Los Angeles Clippers to play with Paul George for the first time against the Boston Celtics. It’s taken nearly a …

Ellsbury released by Yankees, who owe $26 million

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract. Ellsbury, who has not …
Daily Independent
Nation

Review: ‘Dark Waters’ plunges into ‘forever chemicals’

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters,” about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” and hold their corporate makers …

Lawsuit: US border officers questioned journalists at length

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and …

SEALs face review following death of Islamic State militant

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Navy officials on Wednesday notified a SEAL convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State militant and three of his superior officers during a 2017 deployment to Iraq that all four …

Mixed result for Pittsburgh-area official in Detroit trial

DETROIT (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Pittsburgh-area elected official of disturbing the peace but couldn’t reach a verdict on a felony charge of obstructing police at a Detroit …

Defense official says Ukraine asked about military aid hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Defense Department official is testifying that the Ukrainian embassy was asking questions of her staff about a hold on military aid as far back as July 25, the day President …
World

Missing activist found dead in Mexico’s troubled Guerrero

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A human rights activist was found dead in the mountains of the troubled southern state of Guerrero more than a month after he disappeared, authorities and fellow activists said …

Earthquake shakes Thailand, Laos, sways Bangkok high-rises

BANGKOK (AP) — A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday morning, swaying Bangkok high-rises. Residents in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai felt …

Congress adopts bills to support human rights in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The House overwhelmingly approved …

Andrew’s journey took him from ‘party prince’ to pariah

LONDON (AP) — Known for dating models and actresses, Prince Andrew earned a nickname as the “party prince.” But as charities and businesses sought distance from the scandal-tainted royal, some …

Phony `fact check’ account on Twitter raises new concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The deception was easy to pull off and came with barely any consequences. Britain’s Conservative Party of its press office’s Twitter account to “factcheckUK” during …
Entertainment
File - In this Sept. 11, 2009 photograph, interactive displays align the walls of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Miss. Work is starting on the $2.5 million expansion of the museum as a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, for new space at the museum and Delta Interpretive Center. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

B.B. King Museum expanding to add space for his vehicles

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Work is starting on a $2.5 million expansion of a Mississippi Delta museum dedicated to a native son who …
Jason Morsette, of New Town, North Dakota, looks out toward the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge through barred windows during ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers. They then headed to the dock to begin restoring messages painted by occupiers on a former barracks building. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Eloy Martinez, returning to Alcatraz Island meant a joyous reunion with people he hadn’t seen in decades. …

Kanye West denied permit for amphitheater on Wyoming ranch

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Kanye West has been denied a permit to build an amphitheater on his ranch in Wyoming. The Park County Planning …
This image released by A24 shows Kelvin Harrison Jr., left, and Sterling K. Brown in a scene from "Waves." (A24 via AP)

Review: ‘Waves’ explores the ebb, flow of a family’s love

Rarely has a movie’s title been so apt as that of “Waves,” a film that makes you feel like you’ve been knocked flat over by a …
FILE - In this March 26, 2019 file photo, former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Smollett says his $10,000 payment after the close of a criminal case should prevent Chicago from seeking reimbursement for a police investigation of his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack. Smollett's attorneys filed a response to Chicago's lawsuit Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. They also filed a counterclaim against the city, saying Smollett was the victim of a malicious prosecution. Smollett told police he was beaten by two men. Police said it was staged.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Latest: Chicago still trying to recover Jussie probe funds

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on legal battle between city of Chicago and Jussie Smollett (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Chicago …
Business
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claim about Apple plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to take credit Wednesday for opening a plant that’s been in business for years. He also tried to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for closing …

Whistleblower raises safety alarm about air traffic control

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistle-blowing flight controller says changes in air traffic control procedures at a major center in Florida raise the risk of a midair collision, but the Federal Aviation …

Google reins in political advertising

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. …

Amnesty International calls Facebook, Google rights abusers

Amnesty International issued a scathing indictment of the world’s dominant internet corporations, that Google and Facebook should be forced to abandon what it calls their surveillance-based …

Officials: Multistate hepatitis A cases traced to berries

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A hepatitis A outbreak in Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores and federal authorities on Wednesday warned …

Travel
Number of Chinese visitors to Hawaii continues to decline

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of Chinese visitors to Hawaii is decreasing in a trend that has continued for the past four years, officials said. The Hawaii Tourism Authority found Chinese visitors …

Before you travel, take steps to ensure a happy homecoming

People tend to spend a lot of time planning their holiday travel but not a lot preparing for their return home. But returning to a mess — minor bummers like an empty fridge or stinking garbage can, …

Small plane crashes on Utah highway for 2nd time, 3 injured

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a small plane that crashed on a Utah highway made an emergency landing on the same highway last year. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen …

A tour inside a Broadway theater is the place to geek out

NEW YORK (AP) — Walking into a Broadway theater at show time is something special — the electricity, the excited murmurs, the shared anticipation. But, it turns out, walking into an empty …

EasyJet says it will operate net-zero carbon flights

LONDON (AP) — European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. The …

Things to do
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 …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 24-30

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 17-23. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 24-27 - SCOTTSDALE: IGRA World …

Opinion

How Medicare can help you manage pain

If you have Medicare, there are covered options to help you manage pain safely and effectively.

Here is what the judge would do

I earlier wrote a guest commentary inviting you to be the judge. I told you that I’d follow-up and let you know how I address the …
Graduates line up at the Oct. 11 certificate ceremony for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s new full-time Construction Academy program in Camp Verde. The pre-apprenticeship program prepares workers across the state for highway construction jobs. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Construction Academy provides fast track to careers

The two-week Construction Academy offers free training that helps women, minorities, veterans and members of other disadvantaged …

What being Hispanic means to me

The military I know and work in today is a diverse force that encourages the promotion of people with different backgrounds.

How to stay heart healthy during the holidays

Being healthy over the holidays doesn’t mean giving up your favorite things. In fact, the American Heart Association wants you to …