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Maricopa County accepting applications for remainder of official's term

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications for the position of County Assessor. The Board officially accepted the resignation of Paul Petersen on Jan. 8 and determined …

Official says Phoenix airport ride-hailing fee is illegal

PHOENIX (AP) — A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is “very likely” unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, upping the ante in the showdown …

US senator from Arizona calls CNN reporter 'liberal hack'

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona lashed out Thursday at a CNN reporter who asked her about the impeachment of President Donald Trump. McSally called CNN reporter Manu Raju a …

Trial on Border Patrol conditions continues after inspection

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The trial to examine allegations of unsafe and freezing conditions in some Border Patrol facilities in Arizona continued Thursday as a federal judge gave a brief synopsis of …

Joe Arpaio leads in fundraising in race for Maricopa County sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Joe Arpaio is leading all candidates in the Maricopa County sheriff's race in fundraising.
First responders
A 50-pound log is getting ready to roll through this weekend’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. But not exactly rolling. Koby McGrew of Surprise is running Sunday’s half-marathon …
A 23-year veteran of the Glendale Police Department has been promoted to  assistant chief of the agency. Chief Chris Briggs announced that Colby Brandt will be the assistant chief effective …
PHOENIX (AP) — A female Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections officer has been fired and arrested after authorities say she had sex with a male teenage offender now on parole. Officials …
Top sports story

Chicago 118, Cleveland 116

Love 10-20 5-5 29, Osman 4-5 4-4 16, Thompson 5-7 4-4 14, Garland 6-14 1-1 16, Sexton 10-17 2-2 26, McKinnie 3-6 3-3 9, Nance Jr. 2-3 0-0 4, Dellavedova 0-0 0-0 0, Exum 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 40-74 21-23 …
More sports

D'Angelo Russell shines, Warriors end 10-game losing streak

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — D'Angelo Russell scored 26 points and dished out a season-high 12 assists, and the short-handed Golden State Warriors snapped their longest losing streak in nearly 18 years at …

LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs 118-116

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine scored 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls rallied from 15 points down in the final period for a 118-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers …

No. 2 Baylor rallies for 75-68 victory over Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Freddie Gillespie and Jared Butler each scored 17 points, and No. 2 Baylor beat Oklahoma State 75-68 on Saturday for its 14th straight victory. Baylor (15-1, 5-0 Big 12) …

Tiano leads National to 30-20 win in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Chattanooga's Nick Tiano threw for 135 yards and a touchdown and was selected the Most Valuable Player of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after leading the National squad to a …
Daily Independent
Nation

Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Saturday the Oval Office requires a wartime veteran, a niche he occupies exclusively in his party's race for the 2020 …

Police: Officer-involved shooting at Atlanta mall

ATLANTA (AP) — Police responded to an officer-involved shooting at one of Atlanta's largest malls, as terrified shoppers scrambled to safety Saturday night. Atlanta police confirmed the shooting …

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island …

Buttigieg trying now to make it to SC for MLK Day events

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been criticized for his slow outreach to blacks and other minorities, is trying to rearrange his schedule to make …

Sanders steps up appeals to women after flap with Warren

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stepped up his pitch to women in early-voting New Hampshire on the heels of a squabble over sexism in politics with fellow …
World

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert. In total, 62 cases …

Puerto Rico governor fires emergency management director

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the director of the island’s emergency management agency Saturday after the discovery of a warehouse filled with water, cots and …

Cult 'anointed by God' kills 7 in Panama Jungle

EL TERRÓN, Panama (AP) — Bibles rest on a wooden altar next to percussion instruments — a guiro and a drum — in the room where a religious sect allegedly forced a pregnant woman and five of …

Migrants, troops slowly build up on Guatemala-Mexico border

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — More than 200 mostly Honduran migrants rested on a bridge at the Guatemala-Mexico border waiting for the arrival of others and hoping sheer numbers will improve their …

Newfoundland reeling after blizzard buries capital

ST. JOHN's, Newfoundland (AP) — Canada's weather agency ended a blizzard warning for the St. John's, Newfoundland, area on Saturday, but a rare state of emergency and storm surge warning remained …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 10, 2018 file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry watch a flypast of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to no longer use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4 million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday, Jan. 18. 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up 'royal highness' titles

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will no longer use the titles "royal highness" or receive …
A blizzard packing winds of 50 mph or more reduced visibility to near zero at the intersections of Interstate 94 and Interstate 29 in Fargo, N.D., on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Interstate 94 was shut down from Fargo to Bismarck, N.D., and Interstate 29 was closed from Grand Forks, N.D., to Sioux Falls, S.D. No travel was advised on secondary roads in states within the blizzard warning, which included parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. (Jim Monk/KFGO Radio, Fargo via AP)

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm that has already caused trouble at airports in Chicago and Kansas City was expected to bring blizzard …
A legacy shuttle drives by the EJI Legacy Pavilion, that features the faces of Civil Rights warriors, in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday January 17, 2020. The Pavilion, which houses the EJI ticket office, a gift shop, a restaurant, a coffee shop, civil rights displays and a shuttle stop for the Legacy Museum and the Peace and Justice Memorial opens on Saturday January 18, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama lynching memorial, museum expanding

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The nation's first memorial to lynching victims is expanding. The Equal Justice Initiative on Saturday …
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Hank Azaria speaks during the AMC Networks TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Azaria told the industry blog, slashfilm.com, that he has no plans to continue voicing his character of Apu on “The Simpsons.” But that isn't to say the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Azaria brought alive for 30 years won't live on. Producers and Fox Broadcasting Co. wouldn't confirm to The Associated Press Azaria's exit or an end to Apu, a recurring character that has drawn criticism for reinforcing racial stereotypes. There was no immediate reply Saturday, Jan. 18 from Azaria’s publicist. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Report: Hank Azaria to quit voicing Apu on 'The Simpsons'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hank Azaria says he has no plans to continue voicing the character of Apu on “The Simpsons,” according to an …
Paris Hilton speaks at the "Untitled Paris Hilton Documentary" panel during the YouTube TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Paris Hilton reveals private side in upcoming documentary

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Having thrown her life open for years, it's hard to believe there isn't much the public doesn't know about …
Business
Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in …

Splits in France's strike movement trigger fears of violence

PARIS (AP) — A French government minister warned that seditious groups bent on violence were hijacking the protest movement against pension reform that has gripped the country, after a fire …

Rare coin of Britain's King Edward VIII fetches record $1.3M

LONDON (AP) — One of the world's rarest coins, a gold piece bearing the image of Britain's King Edward VIII before his abdication, has sold for 1 million pounds ($1.3 million), setting a new record …

St. Louis donations wipe away $13 million in medical debt

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of St. Louis-area families were freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that is increasingly popular among churches and other organizations …

Protesters in Berlin support environment-friendly farming

BERLIN (AP) — Demonstrators in Berlin called for more environment-friendly agriculture practices at a protest Saturday in Berlin that included farmers with more than 150 tractors. Thousands of …

Travel
Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said …

Paris Louvre museum closed amid strikes over pension plans

PARIS (AP) — Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. The Leonardo Da Vinci …

Spain's Balearic Isles crack down on pub crawls, happy hours

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot spots, introducing what they claim is the first law of its kind in …

Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady."

ROME (AP) — Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady.".

Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost carrier said …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 16-22

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 16-22. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 16 - SCOTTSDALE: Demonstrate! …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 9-15

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 9-15. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 10-12 - PHOENIX: 27th Annual …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 2-8

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 2-8. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 2 - SIERRA VISTA: Patterson …

Turf Paradise to celebrate 64 years in Phoenix

Turf Paradise is celebrating 64 sensational seasons as Arizona’s first sports franchise with an anniversary party. The event is 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11. Fans will get free long-sleeve …

Opinion

Gov. Ducey ensuring Arizona’s economic momentum continues

This week’s State of the State address was yet another welcome reminder that Gov. Ducey is focused like a laser-beam on ensuring …

New board chairman shares vision for county

You may have heard I got a promotion of sorts; this year, I’ll be leading the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors as Chairman.

More than ever, it pays to be optimistic

We’re experiencing challenges at every level from local issues to international relations and beyond. Times are tough and we don’t …

The Back Nine

I love it when readers send me emails that pertain to issues on aging. There is so much written, and every once in a while, there is a …

Are fossil fuels an ethical investment?

Saudi oil giant Aramco — the world’s most profitable company — issued its first public offering in December. The IPO has …
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