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Valley and State

West Valley blood drives available throughout June

Vitalant has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release. Shelter-in-place orders led to 566 blood drives …

Phoenix march to protest George Floyd death ends with clash

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds rallied in downtown Phoenix to demonstrate against in Minneapolis police custody in a protest that turned into a clash with police. Protesters who marched from Phoenix …

Minneapolis protests spread to other cities across the US

Developments across the United States in connection with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody: COLUMBUS, Ohio — Protesters angry over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis …

VIRUS DIARY: For boy with Down syndrome, new path of therapy

PHOENIX (AP) — The speech therapist held up a book of animals. Our 4-year-old looked curiously at her across the Zoom call screen. “Beig! Beig!” Pablo suddenly shouted, pointing at a …

Grand Canyon to fully open South Rim entrance in June

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The Grand Canyon is expanding access to its more popular South Rim entrance and planning to let visitors in around the clock next month after it shuttered …
First responders
When Avondale Fire Department Capt. Christopher Spire heard the gunshots, he was off duty with his family inside a sandwich shop in Glendale. But he went to work anyway. Officer Destiny …
PHOENIX (AP) — A plane with six people aboard crashed in Arizona in 2018 because it was overweight and had an undetected engine problem, preventing it from climbing after takeoff on a flight to …
Police arrested a suspect in Sun City following an assault at a residence in Goodyear. The assault happened Saturday night in the PebbleCreek community of Goodyear, which is …
More sports

Video game look? Spanish league considering virtual crowds

MADRID (AP) — Spanish soccer matches could have the look of a video game when the competition resumes next month. The league is contemplating adding virtual crowds to the television broadcast of …

Coronavirus crisis restricts Heysel disaster remembrance

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities and fans on Friday marked the 35th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium tragedy where 39 people died during violence at the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and …

Punching through turmoil: Pro boxer helps medical staff cope

PARIS (AP) — Hassan N’Dam, former middleweight boxing champion of the world, wanted to repay the French hospital that cared for his father-in-law through his bout with COVID-19. Perhaps with …

A tough call: Minor league umps squeezed as lost year looms

Any other May weekend, Trevor Dannegger might’ve been in Hartford or Richmond or Akron on a Double-A diamond, wrangling players, coaches and managers. In a day or so, he could be on a field in …
Daily Independent
Nation

Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the kind of personal statement expected from a president in response to the disturbing video of a black man gasping for help as a white policeman pinned him to the street …

Twitter adds 'glorifying violence' warning to Trump tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter has added a warning to one of President Donald J. Trump's tweets about protests in Minneapolis, saying it violated the platform's rules about “glorifying …

Tough words, little drama, familiar champ in virtual bee

The upstart ex-spellers who launched an online spelling bee to fill the void left by the canceled Scripps National Spelling Bee had little trouble running an efficient, and sufficiently challenging, …

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Europe’s extensive social welfare net is under economic strain from the coronavirus, as for a second day in Spain on Friday against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, while Italy’s chief central …

Police across US speak out against Minneapolis custody death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — . Police nationwide, in unequivocal and unprecedented language, have condemned the actions of police in the custody death of a handcuffed black man who cried for help as an …
World

EU weighs China policy amid concern over Hong Kong moves

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers debated Friday ways to manage tense relations with China as it asserts more control over Hong Kong and amid concern about Beijing’s influence over …

Indian authorities probe deaths of migrant workers on trains

NEW DELHI (AP) — A senior Indian railway official said Friday that authorities are investigating whether some migrant workers died of starvation or heat sickness this week while traveling on …

EU says conditions needed in Lufthansa bailout, seeks deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU competition chief said Friday that she is not “creating extra hurdles" for Lufthansa after the airline balked at accepting a 9 billion-euro German government rescue package …

Turkey reopens some mosques amid infection slowdown

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Worshippers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government reopened some mosques as part of its plans to relax measures in place to …

Danes reopen borders to 3 countries, with strings attached

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Friday her country will reopen its borders next month - with strings attached - to residents of neighboring , as well as …
Entertainment
A cafe-restaurant staff stands outside as people drink coffee in Monastiraki district of Athens, on Monday, May 25, 2020.  Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday, and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece: Tourists from 29 countries can fly in as of June 15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday listed 29 countries from where it will accept visitors as of June 15 as the Greek government …
A woman photographs a mural of Cardi B that was updated by the artist Colton Valentine to include a face mask during the coronavirus outbreak in San Antonio, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AP PHOTOS: Street art offers beauty, a laugh, some hope

Scrawled or masterfully crafted on walls and roads are messages of hope and warning. Street art is getting inspiration from the …
25 May 2020, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schaprode: Tourists with backpacks and suitcases wait on a pier for transport with a ferry to the Baltic island Hiddensee in Schaprode, Germany, Monday May 25, 2020. In German state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, after the travel ban due to the coronavirus protection measures, holidaymakers from other federal states are now allowed to travel to the island. ( Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

Roam close to home: Europe's tourists play safe in pandemic

BERLIN (AP) — Many a journey to far-flung corners of Europe starts in a dusty industrial yard in east Berlin, where Felix Rascher …
In this image made from a Skype video interview with Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei comments on the recent security law planned for Hong kong from a location in Cambridge, England, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Ai Weiwei believes the newly passed national security law for Hong Kong augurs the end for the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Park Juwon)

Ai Weiwei says new security law is the end of Hong Kong

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei believes the newly passed national security law for Hong Kong augurs …
In this May 19, 2020, photo, Israeli courier, Mishel Zrian carries a bone marrow transplant donation at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Over the past two months, as air travel has ground to a halt, Zrian has criss-crossed the Atlantic and the United States dozens of times, sleeping in empty airports and unable to return home to see his family in Israel, all in a race against time to deliver life-saving transplants. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Travel disruptions challenge global transplant deliveries

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — Over the past two months, as air travel ground to a halt, Mishel Zrian has crisscrossed the Atlantic and …
Business
US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep …

CNN crew arrested while reporting on Minneapolis protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol on Friday arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white …

New Zealand near eradication, but virus has grim global hold

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Friday had all but eradicated the coronavirus from its shores with just one person in the nation of 5 million known to be still infected, but …

Asia Today: Duterte easing lockdown in Philippine capital

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is relaxing a lockdown in the capital, the country’s epicenter of coronavirus infections, in a tightrope move as the economy …

Travel
The Latest: India sees record jump of COVID-19 cases

The Latest on the The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …

Hawaii governor to extend traveler quarantine past June

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Thursday said he would extend the state's 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers arriving in the state beyond June 30. The state mandated the …

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

India saw another in coronavirus cases while Russia reported a steady increase in its caseload even as it moved to swiftly ease restrictions in sync with the Kremlin’s ambitious political …

Chinese grad students may be next hit by US-China tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration may expel thousands of Chinese graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities in the latest sign of tensions between Washington and Beijing that are …

Things to do
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.

Great Mother’s, Father’s Day gifts for boomers, seniors

Spring flowers are blooming and Mother’s Day ads are on TV and in newspapers. Expect a repeat for Father’s Day June 21. Stumped by what to get parents or grandparents for their special …

Opinion

Pandemic demonstrates importance of U.S. Census

An accurate population count in our city ultimately helps with all types of funding, including dollars allocated for emergencies like …

Candidate calls AZ House bill ‘legislative malpractice’

Arizona’s House Republicans, the majority party running our state, have once again chosen that the mantra of self-responsibility …

Should I require returning employees to wear masks at work?

Arizona does not currently have an Executive Order or law requiring individuals to wear face masks in public; however, the …

Resilience in the face of COVID-19

All can agree that we are in a crisis that is unprecedented. A quick search on Google will tell us that child abuse, domestic …

Michaelis: The health of each of us depends on the health of all of us

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re doing what we can to stay active and healthy. Our winter home is in Arizona, but at this …
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