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Real estate

Scottsdale: A seller's market for home owners

While Scottsdale’s real estate market remains advantageous for sellers, the historically low interest rates have encouraged buyers amid the pandemic. Scottsdale, as well as other cities in …

Arizona lists over 4K more COVID cases for 3rd time in week

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Friday reported more than 4,000 additional known COVID-19 cases for the third time in a week as related hospitalizations continued to increase amid the continuing surge in …

6th Arizona state lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

PHOENIX (AP) — A sixth member of the Arizona Legislature has confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Andrés Cano, a Democrat, announced on social media Wednesday that he is not …

Arrests made in Arizona after Nevada drive-by killing

BOUSE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona arrested at least two possible suspects in a Nevada drive-by homicide after a series of shootings in both states, authorities said. The drive-by attack …

Thanksgiving may harvest COVID-19 banquet for Scottsdale schools

Dedicated teachers, staff, students and parents are among many things Scottsdale Unified School District leaders are thankful for while bracing themselves during the upcoming weeks to digest the Thanksgiving break leftovers.
First responders
Phoenix firefighters put out a junkyard fire near 43rd Avenue and Broadway Road in south Phoenix Friday. Firefighters were dispatched Friday afternoon for reports of large amounts of black smoke …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area from Nov. 19-26:
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from Nov. 19-26:
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Arizona Department of Transportation officials film a traffic incident management training video. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Halikowski: Traffic incident management requires cooperation from everyone, all-year round

You may have seen this message on our digital message boards statewide: “Fender Bender? Save your rear, Quickly clear.” It was a reminder to move your vehicle safely onto a shoulder or exit and stay out of travel lanes if involved in a minor crash.
President Donald Trump

Collins: Rebuts letter about Trump presidency

About Rita Venice’s recent letter (“Calls fraud allegations ‘clap-trap’”, Daily Independent, Nov. 24, 2020): many of the “down ballots” voting turned a …

Shufelt: Giving thanks, even in the midst of pandemic

We all are well aware of how different 2020 has been — a pandemic, a contentious election, social unrest, the hottest summer on record — all of these have frayed everyone’s nerves. …
Greg Donovan

Donovan: CTE needed among aging workforce, skills shortage

America is dealing with an unprecedented shortage of skilled labor. The Department of Labor reports while there are 7.6 million unfilled jobs, only 6.5 million people were looking for work. This is …

Goncalves: Pres. Biden will destroy Trump’s legacy

Jack Hawn in his letter (“Says it’s over, Trump lost election,” Nov. 19, 2020) wants the Trump supporters to take down our signs and flags — really Jack? The election has not, …
More sports

Column: Sports hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar

The games will go on, hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar. Even as the coronavirus rages out of control over wide swaths of the country, and some facets of society are beginning to shut …

Dosunmu scores 24 as No. 8 Illinois holds off Ohio 77-75

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Illinois rallied to beat Ohio 77-75 on Friday. It was Cockburn’s 15th double-double …

COVID-19 outbreak pushes Steelers-Ravens to next Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens' bout with a COVID-19 outbreak has forced the NFL to postpone the team's trip to Pittsburgh for a second time. The league announced Friday the Ravens (6-4) …

No. 22 Irish women fall to Ohio in Ivey debut, 86-85

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Cece Hooks scored 32 points, Erica Johnson added 24 and Ohio rallied to upset No. 22 Notre Dame 86-85 on Friday, spoiling the debut of Irish coach Niele Ivey. Ivey, who …
Nation
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Arizona, federal health officials offer holiday safety tips as COVID-19 surges

As federal and local health experts issue warnings and guidance on how to safely celebrate during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, some local residents are considering how the resurgent …

Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to …

NATO, acting US Pentagon chief discuss Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has spoken to the new acting U.S. defense secretary about the alliance’s commitment to stay in Afghanistan as long as necessary, his …

Here comes Santa Claus - with face masks and plexiglass

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus is coming to the mall — just don’t try to sit on his lap. Despite the pandemic — and the fact that Santa's age and weight put him at high risk for severe …

Election 2020 Today: Biden advisers on virus, pot embraced

Here’s what’s TODAY’S TOP STORIES: ‘HE WON’: President Donald Trump and made clear he would keep trying to overturn the election result. VIRUS TRANSITION: President-elect Biden’s …
World

Brazil's Bolsonaro rejects COVID-19 shot, calls masks taboo

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he won't take any working COVID-19 vaccine himself and calls the use of masks to limit the spread of the disease “the last taboo to …

Thai pro-democracy protesters warn of possible coup

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand, undeterred by arrest warrants and the possibility of violent attacks, staged another rally on Friday, poking fun at their critics and warning …

New cardinals quarantine in pope's hotel ahead of ceremony

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It's now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for this weekend’s ceremony to get their …

Sweden requires more info to reopen 1994 ferry disaster case

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish authorities said Friday they need more information before deciding whether to reopen the case of a 1994 ferry sinking in the Baltic that killed 852 people, in one of …

Students in Burkina Faso fear extremists more than COVID-19

DORI, Burkina Faso (AP) — Balkissa Barro’s been waiting for months to go back to school, but now that she has, the 10-year-old fears classes might once again stop. Children returning to school …
Business

Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections

The Trump administration moved forward Friday on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more …

Pandemic pushes Peru's vital peasant farmers to the brink

PISAC, Peru (AP) — Under a punishing Andean sun, Nazario Quispe digs his plow into the soil where he is growing dozens of different potato varieties — uncertain when he will be able to afford the …

Issa Rae urges participation in Small Business Saturday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With many small businesses struggling to hold on during the coronavirus pandemic, Issa Rae believes now is the time to support independent stores more than ever. The creator …

6 liquor license applications before Mesa council Dec. 1

The Mesa City Council on Dec. 1 is to vote on recommendations to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for six liquor licenses. They are: Fast Market No. 4598, a convenience …

Travel

Travel agents in Mideast, Africa say UAE is blocking visas

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa say the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, a so-far …

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the …

Sakamoto dominates women's short program at NHK Trophy

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Kaori Sakamoto added another jump to her repertoire and came away with the lead after Friday’s short program at the NHK Trophy, the final event of the figure skating Grand …

Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations, miss virus

Americans, millions of whom traveled against the advice of public health officials, tried to stay safe before they hunkered down with their families for Thanksgiving, a holiday remade by the pandemic …

Things to do

Winter Wonderettes Dec. 10-20 at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction

Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Ave. in Apache Junction, reopens Dec. 10-20 with “The Winter Wonderettes” entertaining at their Harper’s Hardware Christmas party. “The Winter …

Girls on the Run to be offered at Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center

Girls on the Run registration for the spring 2021 season is now open. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through fifth …

Why not stop by the Arizona Museum of Natural History or i.d.e.a. Museum?

Have you seen the Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur busting out of the AZ Museum of Natural History? It is at 53 N. Macdonald, close to the i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place. Both museums are open …

Mesa Farmers Market Saturday

Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St., continues to host the Mesa Farmers Market and Flea on Saturdays during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is open 8 a.m.-noon for the fall. “You are strongly …

Entertainment
FILE - This July 17, 2019 file photo shows Jerry Seinfeld at the "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," photo call in Beverly Hills, Calif. In Seinfeld's new book, “Is This Anything?” Seinfeld reveals a timeline of jokes he's written over the past 45 years, showing how a 21-year-old kid from New York's Long Island evolved into arguably one of the greatest stand-up comics of his time. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Jerry Seinfeld digs into 45 years of his jokes for new book

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forget the high-performance sports cars, the luxury Rolls-Royces and all those other classic automobiles in which Jerry Seinfeld ushers his fellow comics to the diner on …
This image released by IFC Films shows a scene from the documentary "Dear Santa." (IFC Films via AP)

A new doc peeks inside the USPS’s Operation Santa program

Filmmaker Dana Nachman wanted to make a documentary about the United States Postal Service’s program for years, but it never seemed like the right time. Then in 2018 she got up some courage and …
FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinary from the international animal welfare organization "Four Paws" comforts to an elephant named "Kaavan" during his examination at the Maragzar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will leave his Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Cher to visit Pakistan to help 'world's loneliest elephant'

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave a …
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, Somali-American model Halima Aden wears a creation part of the Max Mara women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy. Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying that the pandemic slowdown has given her time to see instances when her desire to maintain a hijab was not properly respected. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

Hijab-wearing Somali-US model takes step back from industry

MILAN (AP) — Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying the pandemic slowdown has allowed her to see instances when her desire …
In this photo provided by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, migratory elk cross Granite Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on May 19, 2018. Big-game animals have traveled the same routes across Western landscapes for millennia but scientists only recently have discovered precisely where they go in pursuit of the best places to spend summer or wait out winter. Now the U.S. Geological Survey has published a collection of migration maps based on the latest research using GPS tracking and statistical analysis techniques. (Gregory Nickerson/Wyoming Migration Initiative, University of Wyoming via AP)

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery …