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Arizona governor, GOP lawmakers end sanctuary city ban push

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution. The decision …

Trump to-do list: Raise cash, deliver on policy, excite base

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump is using Day 2 of his swing out West to check off the quintessential to-do list for a president seeking reelection: raising tons of campaign …

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. judge in Arizona sided with migrants who have long-complained about inhumane and unsanitary conditions in some U.S. Border Patrol' facilities in the state. The ruling came …

Settlement approved in discrimination suit against Motel 6

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has given final approval to a $10 million settlement in a class-action discrimination lawsuit that alleged Motel 6 employees in Phoenix shared the whereabouts and private …

Trump to use 'big voice' to boost GOP on 4-day Western trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's ready to use his “big voice” to bolster Republicans' 2020 campaign hopes as he heads west for a four-day visit mixing policy and …
First responders
The Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical department said goodbye to its chief of nearly nine years. Mark Nichols retired from the department Thursday, according to a tweet from the agency. Mr. …
A woman is accused of killing her husband during an argument over an extra-marital affair. Shatay Syreeta Johnson, 39, faces second-degree murder and concealment charges in the shooting death of …
A new multi-agency public safety video is focusing on the critical public safety message, “If You See Something, Say Something.” According to a release from the Surprise Police …
Top sports story

Yeshaneh sets world record in half marathon in Nike shoes

RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ababel Yeshaneh set a world record in the women's half marathon on Friday in the latest breakthrough by athletes wearing high-tech Nike shoes. The …
More sports

Heat retiring Dwyane Wade's No. 3 this weekend

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade says that whenever he would hear the national anthem play before Miami home games, he would take a moment and look to the rafters. “I always imagined my jersey being …

Lake Placid celebrates its Olympic past, and eyes its future

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The benefits of a miracle have been reaped in Lake Placid for 40 years. The plan now is to keep those miracles — and miracle-seekers — coming. Parts of Lake …

American women seek more than $66M in damages from US Soccer

Players on the U.S. women's national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part their gender discrimination suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, part of a slew of court papers …

Vilardi scores quickly in NHL debut as Kings defeat Panthers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabriel Vilardi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut and the Los Angeles Kings began a five-game homestand with a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday …
Daily Independent
Nation

China suspends more penalties on US goods after trade truce

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday suspended more punitive tariffs on imports of U.S. industrial goods in response to a truce in its trade war with Washington that threatened global economic …

10 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 warning raises questions about the integrity of the presidential campaign and whether …

Health care stocks lead Wall Street indexes slightly lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Strocks are opening lower on Wall Street, a day after indexes set their latest record highs. Health care companies were among the biggest losers early Thursday. E-Trade soared after …

Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

When recent heavy rains swelled a private Mississippi lake and began eroding its earthen dam, Yazoo County Emergency Management Director Jack Willingham was scrambling for a plan. He had no …

Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell. Caldwell Police Chief Frank …
World

SKorea declares Daegu as 'special zone' over infections

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has declared the southeast city of Daegu and the surrounding region as a “special management zone” following an explosion in infections of the new …

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. …

China reports further fall in new virus cases, 118 deaths

BEIJING (AP) — China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more than 2,200 deaths and …

Thousands light up joints during Hindu festival in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hindu holy men were joined by devotees and the public Friday at a revered temple in Kathmandu where they lit up marijuana cigarettes during an annual festival despite …

Algeria on cusp of change as protest movement marks one year

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's peaceful "smile revolution" unseated the long-time president of Africa's largest country along with his powerful entourage and struck hard at the corruption they …
Entertainment
Gillian Millane, mother of murdered British backpacker Grace, holds up a photo during her victim impact statement via video link from England, at the sentencing of the man found guilty of her murder at the Auckland High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The killer, who has name suppression, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years. (Dean Purcel/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand man convicted of murdering a British backpacker he met on a dating app has been …
In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, photo, props manager Joo Dong-man, left, speaks as costume manager Yang Hee-hwa listens during an interview at a cafe in Ilsan, South Korea. South Korea's latest hit drama "Crash landing on you" portrays the fantastical story of a billionaire heiress accidentally paragliding into North Korea and falling in love with army captain. (AP Photo/Juwon Park)

Cross-border S Korean drama overcomes political risks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For the South Korean crew behind the latest hit drama “Crash Landing on You," recreating the life in …
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Trump apparently not a fan of 'Parasite'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of “Parasite," his biggest complaint being that the move was made …
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to his friends after giving a press conference at his Chicago home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, one day after having his prison sentence commuted by President Donald Trump. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)/Daily Herald via AP)

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment. Fresh out of …

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows …
Business
German court says Tesla can fell trees at site of new plant

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that clearing of trees from the site of Tesla Inc.'s first electric car factory in Europe can go ahead, days after it issued an injunction temporarily halting …

Japan to let off last healthy cruise travelers, isolate rest

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's health minister said the last cruise ship passengers who tested negative for a new virus will leave the Diamond Princess on Friday after a much-criticized quarantine of the …

Later bar hours during Democratic convention still in play

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Assembly said Thursday he supports allowing bars to stay open later during the Democratic National Convention because after hearing …

IATA: Virus may slash $29 billion from airlines' revenue

TOKYO (AP) — The outbreak of the new virus threatens to erase $29 billion of this year's revenue for global airlines, mostly for Chinese carriers, as travel crashes worldwide, according to the …

California mandate for solar panels on homes' roofs tested

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's mandate for rooftop solar panels on all new low-rise homes was tested for the first time on Thursday, when regulators approved a Sacramento utility's proposal …

Travel
Sanders' 'summer camp' in Vermont becomes fodder in debate

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Can a socialist own a summer house? That's the question unabashed capitalist billionaire Mike Bloomberg posed Wednesday night as he tried to brand Sen. Bernie Sanders a …

Israel calls on Belgium to scrap parade over anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday called on Belgium to scrap this weekend's annual Carnival parade after last year's featured a float with anti-Semitic caricatures. The carnival in the …

New visa rules set off 'panic wave' in immigrant communities

BOSTON (AP) — After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw's brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave …

Iran announces 3 new cases of coronavirus after 2 deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new coronavirus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people …

Japan: 2 former cruise ship passengers with virus have died

TOKYO (AP) — Two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they were infected with a new virus have died, Japan's health ministry said Thursday, becoming the first …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Feb. 20-26

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Feb. 20-26. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Feb. 20-23 - PHOENIX: Cirque Du …

D-Backs ‘Fan Fest’ set for Saturday at Chase Field

Diamondbacks officials announced they will host the 16th Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Fest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

Things to Do in the Valley – Feb. 6-12

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Feb. 5-12. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Feb. 6 - SCOTTSDALE: Western Week …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 - GILBERT: …

Opinion

We recognize the important work of engineers

It has been said that engineers solve problems you didn’t know you had in ways you don’t understand.

Neglect of Arizona schools’ capital needs violates Constitution

School districts all over Arizona are challenged today by aging schools and inadequate funds to repair or replace them.

What Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover

Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare settings. …

Keep your heart healthy for you and your Valentine

Your heart may belong to your Valentine, but it’s truly yours to keep healthy.

Sleep plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heart

Most of us are aware that proper nutrition, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight play a key role in heart health, but what about …
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