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Arizona attorney general says police reforms needed

GLENDALE (AP) — Arizona's Republican attorney general on Thursday called for a series of police reforms he said are needed in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Mark Brnovich sent a …

Influencer Jake Joseph Paul faces charges after mall riot

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Social media influencer Jake Joseph Paul faces misdemeanor charges following a riot at a mall outside Phoenix, police said Thursday. Paul, who has 20 million followers, …

Immigrants anxious as they await Supreme Court DACA decision

PHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya’s hands get sweaty and her throat feels like it’s closing just talking about the anxiety of every Monday this spring. The immigrant rights activist who's …

Don’t toss away your stimulus funds

Millions of Americans are still waiting for their stimulus payments from the government. But what if you already received it, only to throw it away by accident?

Sober living homes subject to new laws, fees

PHOENIX — A federal judge has refused to block state health officials from enforcing new regulations and fees on “sober living” homes. Judge James Teilborg said the Arizona …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Video shows at least four minutes passed before paramedics could provide medical assistance to an unarmed man fatally shot last week by an Arizona state trooper, drawing outrage …
The new firestation being built in north Surprise will be known as much for the art in front of it as the building itself when it opens this fall at 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
Three of four teenagers are facing charges after they were arrested in connection with a shooting in Scottsdale. Scottsdale Police Department officers responded to a shots fired call Monday night …
More sports

Saints' Brees takes first step toward mending relationships

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees now realizes he'd fallen out of touch. His contemporaries drove that home when they pilloried him this week for repeating a long-held conviction he'd always felt …

Players send video message to NFL about racial inequality

NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial …

The Latest: Swiss soccer to restart earlier to help Basel

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender …

MLB players reaffirm pay stance, no deal with teams in sight

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of …
Daily Independent
Nation

Raw feelings abound as Senate turns back to Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees have launched election-year investigations into the Justice Department’s Russia probe, resurrecting the issue at the urging of President …

The Latest: Australians draw parallels to inequality in U.S.

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Australians …

9 firefighters hospitalized in Florida after ship explosion

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nine firefighters responding to a fire aboard a ship in Florida have been hospitalized after the ship exploded, injuring eight and sending one to a hospital for heat …

Officials: Police chief in Louisiana took $4k in seized cash

GRAYSON, La. (AP) — A police chief in Louisiana has been accused of taking thousands of dollars seized by officers as evidence in different cases. “I won’t debate the validity of the …

Lauding 'force' against protests, Sen. Cotton raises profile

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton has risen to the ranks of potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders by making all the right enemies. By lining up behind President Donald …
World

UN says eastern Congo fighting has killed 1,300 civilians

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Various conflicts involving armed groups and government forces in Congo have killed more than 1,300 civilians in the past eight months and violence has surged in recent weeks …

Floyd case restokes anger over French custody death

PARIS (AP) — Churning U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd have revived anger in France over police violence, systemic racism and the complicated case of Adama Traore, a black Frenchman who …

Libya official: Tripoli units take key town with Turks' help

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya said Friday they retook another key western town from rival forces, another blow illustrating how Turkey's support has …

Germany investigating McCann suspect in another case

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether a 43-year-old who has emerged as a possible suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal may …

Protesters rally for black lives, remind Australia of past

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands gathered in Australia’s capital on Friday to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by George Floyd’s death was not unique to the United …
Entertainment
In this April, 2020, photo, stranded tourists rest at the Cafe Chill in Ella, a tourist hot spot about 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of the capital Colombo, Sri Lanka. When flights were canceled and airports shut down, cafe owner Darshana Ratnayake decided to organize free food and shelter for several dozen stranded tourists. “We were totally blown away,” one of the tourists, 31-year-old cruise line entertainment director Alex Degmetich, said of the gesture. 40 tourists were stranded in Ella after the Sri Lankan government imposed a nationwide curfew on March 20 to curb the spread of the virus, sealing off entire regions of the Indian Ocean island nation. (Cafe Chill via AP)

Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. …
A medical worker wearing gear to protect against coronavirus infection disinfects a driver of his ambulance after escorting a patient to a hospital for COVID-19 patients in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Latest: Pakistan, India coronavirus cases, deaths spike

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan reported a record single-day spike in coronavirus-related deaths with 82 new fatalities and 4,688 cases that it …
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump attends a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University, on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Hollywood celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered in front of the golden casket of George Floyd whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Protests turn subdued after new charges in Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Demonstrations in cities across the U.S. to condemn racism and police abuses remained large but turned notably …

Dallas Opera postpones opening night from October to March

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Opera is postponing opening night from Oct. 9 to March 5 and cutting its 2020-21 season from five …
FILE - This June 22, 2019 file photo shows the exterior of the New York Times building in New York. Some staff members at The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer called in sick to protest editorial decisions they found insensitive about protests over George Floyd's death. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Headlines, op-ed prompt staff protests at NY Times, Inquirer

NEW YORK (AP) — Some staffers at The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer called in sick Thursday to protest decisions at each …
Business
Twitter disables Trump campaign's George Floyd video tribute

Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the U.S. president, one of its most …

Malaysia's ex-PM to hear verdict in 1st graft case in July

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak was victimized by rogue bankers and should be acquitted of corruption linked to the massive looting of a state investment …

The Latest: India reports biggest single-day spike in cases

NEW DELHI: India on Friday registered more than 9,800 new cases of the coronavirus in another biggest single-day spike. The Health Ministry said the total number of confirmed cases touched 226,770 …

Australia's national news agency to survive with new owners

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's national news agency will continue with new owners, the board confirmed Friday, just weeks before it was due to be shut down. The Australian Associated Press board said …

Travel
American Airlines soars on Wall Street on upbeat flight plan

DALLAS (AP) — Shares of American Airlines posted a record percentage gain Thursday after the carrier said it will aggressively add back flights in July — a bet that the slow recovery in air …

Las Vegas reopening from coronavirus casino closure

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The casino coronavirus closure is ending, with cards to be dealt, dice to roll and slot jackpots to win again starting Thursday in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Hotel-casinos …

COVID-19 puts National WWII Museum 20th anniversary online

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before the pandemic hit, the in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. Now it's working to avoid crowds by selling a limited number of scheduled …

China easing airline access amid conflict with Washington

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators said Thursday more foreign airlines will be allowed to fly to China as anti-coronavirus controls ease but it was unclear whether the change will defuse a fresh …

Things to do
Free Fishing Day in Arizona is June 6

The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to fish at the state's waters for free Saturday, June 6, according to a release. Arizona’s Free Fishing Day is celebrated as part of National …

Desert Diamond casinos are reopening June 5

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise will resume gaming operations at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos near Glendale, Tucson, Sahuarita and Why (Ajo). The TOGE …

Fort McDowell Casino plans to reopen May 15

Fort McDowell Casino and the Wekopa Resort and Conference Center will tentatively have a reopening day of May 15. Casino doors will open at 10 a.m., according to the casino's website.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos reopening its locations May 15

Gila River Hotels & Casinos announced Monday that it will reopen its doors Friday, May 15. The Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva properties will open at noon to the public, according to a release.

Opinion

Northwest Valley Connect seeks your help

Many of us are feeling the need to do something purposeful these days. At Northwest Valley Connect we can connect you to a variety of …
The WHAM mobile arts studio was stolen in from the arts organization’s Surprise headquarters in April; but individual donations and financial support from other local nonprofit agencies provided the funding to replace what was taken. [Submitted photo/WHAM]

Generosity saved WHAM’s traveling arts studio

On April 5, WHAM’s Traveling Art Studio, which is used to take art to the communities of the West Valley, was stolen.
Mary Lynn Kasunic

Kasunic: Social-distancing can mask elder abuse

In a year with many distractions and stressful events, we must not forget that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. …

Proactive measures to ensure your care and safety

In these unsettling times of COVID-19, our advance preparation and putting what we learn into action have positioned us for success. …
Jennifer Chau

Chau: Fair funding, representation hinge on an accurate census count

During this pandemic, we’ve seen our communities step up for one another to help flatten the curve. While we continue to practice …
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