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Arizona reaches $600K settlement with Sun City vacuum business

A Sun City vacuum sales business and its owners have agreed to a $600,000 settlement for violating the national Do Not Call registry.

Virtua Partners and Hotel Equities Celebrate Landmark Hotel in Tolleson, Arizona

TOLLESON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 11, 2019-- , a global private-equity real estate investment manager, and , a leading hospitality management company, announce the grand opening of their …

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis Completes First Phase of Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 11, 2019-- announces the completion of the first phase of its multi-million dollar renovation, which includes the opening of its completely renovated revolving …

Maricopa County confirms first pediatric flu death in 2019

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed the death of an infant due to influenza, saying the infant was too young to be immunized.

Border tunnel found in Arizona after 4 migrants caught

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Another border tunnel from Mexico to the United States has been discovered in Arizona after the U.S. Border Patrol arrested four migrants. Agents in Nogales, Arizona, found …
First responders
At least one suspect has been arrested in connection with a deadly drug deal in northeast Phoenix. Camden Oberndorfer, 19, was arrested Monday on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and …
An officer-involved shooting in west Phoenix appears tied to a shooting that occurred inside a Glendale business earlier in the day.
GILA COUNTY, Ariz. (AP) — Divers Saturday recovered the body of the fourth person to die in Tonto Creek in just over a week, according to media reports.
Top sports story

Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted

Russian boxers will only take part in the Tokyo Olympics if doping sanctions forcing them to compete as neutral athletes are overturned, the general secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation told …
More sports

Balkovec looks forward to breaking barrier as hitting coach

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rachel Balkovec wants to be a hit with the New York Yankees — and the way to do that is to help their minor leaguers get more hits. She was hired in November and starts work …

A look at who is unbeaten or winless in college basketball

The ranks of the unbeaten were thinned out even more Tuesday night. Louisville, Maryland and Butler all lost for the first time, falling to Texas Tech, Penn State and Baylor, respectively. That …

Johnson hopeful of quick return at Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The No. 1 player in the world early in the year, Dustin Johnson didn't show up on the leaderboard the last three months of the PGA Tour and hasn't been seen at all since …

Scott optimistic about ending years of Presidents Cup losses

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — No one at Royal Melbourne has more playing experience in the Presidents Cup than Adam Scott. Not much of it is positive. He was a rookie in 2003 and one of the …
Daily Independent
Nation

Watchdog: "Basic and fundamental errors" in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog will tell Congress on Wednesday that he is concerned that “so many basic and fundamental errors" were made by the FBI as it …

Schools director gets 7-day suspension for flasher costume

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An administrator for a Florida school district has been suspended for seven days because she showed up for work on Halloween dressed as a flasher. The Broward School …

Harvey Weinstein’s bail hiked to $5 million over allegations he mishandled electronic ankle monitor

Harvey Weinstein’s bail hiked to $5 million over allegations he mishandled electronic ankle monitor.

Suspect arrested amid lockdown at Texas naval air station

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A naval air station in Texas was locked down Wednesday after an armed person who was later taken into custody was reported on base, officials said. Naval Air …

Man charged with attacking guards at National Shrine in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man attacked two guards at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday morning, authorities said. A domestic dispute was apparently behind the …
World

Indian lawmakers pass bill giving citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers pass bill giving citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Police: Violence erupts as Pakistani lawyers storm hospital

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers, angered over alleged misbehavior by some doctors toward one of their colleagues, stormed a cardiology hospital in the eastern city of Lahore …

German army to get military rabbis again after 100 years

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government decided Wednesday to reintroduce military rabbis, backing a proposal by the Central Council of Jews to restore religious counseling for Jews serving in the armed …

Greta Thunberg is “a bit surprised” to be named Time's Person of the Year, dedicates honor to young climate activists

MADRID (AP) — Greta Thunberg is “a bit surprised” to be named Time's Person of the Year, dedicates honor to young climate activists.

The main parties and policies in the British election

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s 46 million voters are choosing 650 new lawmakers in Thursday’s elections for Parliament’s lower House of Commons. Here is a look at the main parties and …
Entertainment
The painting ‚Madonna of the Pinks' of Renaissance artist Raphael from London's National Gallery is on display at an exhibition at the Gemaeldegalerie in Berlin, Wednesday, Germany, Dec. 11, 2019. Berlin is opening the first of several Raphael exhibitions as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of his death next year. The show is dedicated to five famous Madonna paintings by the renowned Renaissance master that belong to Berlin's Gemaeldegalerie collections and another masterpiece of the Virgin Mary that is on loan from the National Gallery in London. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary …
In this satellite image taken and released on Dec. 11, 2019, by Maxar Technologies steam rises from the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. A New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud Wednesday in an increase of geothermal activity that again delayed the recovery of victims' bodies from a deadly eruption two days ago. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP)

New Zealand releases 9 names of volcano victims

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police released on Wednesday the names of nine people missing in New Zealand's volcano disaster. They …
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Paul Walter Hauser, center, in a scene from "Richard Jewell." (Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Review: Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ offers a flawed critique

“Richard Jewell” is a typically strong late-period Clint Eastwood docudrama that balances grand American themes while …
Pork stew with pruns and armagnac [Lynda Balslev for TasteFood]

‘Tis the season for spirits — in your food as well as your glass

In this window of time between Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas excess, take a break from fancy feasts and indulge in a robust and …
In this undated photo provided by the Kansas City Zoo, three Macaroni penguin chicks are cared for just days after their birth at the zoo in Kansas City, Kansas. For the first time in the zoo's 110-year history, the zoo is home to Macaroni penguins from eggs provided by SeaWorld San Diego, that hatched eight fluffy chicks in incubators. (Kansas City Zoo via AP)

8 macaroni penguins hatch at Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight fluffy macaroni penguin chicks have been born at the Kansas City Zoo. Their eggs were flown in from …
Business
Mexico to send new regional trade agreement to Senate

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday he will send a new regional trade agreement to the Senate immediately for ratification. The president suggested …

Indie booksellers persevere despite Amazon, rising costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Mulvihill has felt optimistic enough about selling books that he bought a third bookstore within the past two months. “The industry is much better than it was — the last …

Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism’

A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry. She hasn’t stood still since. In a 700-page book, the Harvard scholar skewered tech giants like Facebook and …

US stocks open mixed on reports Trump might delay tariffs

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening mixed on Wall Street following news reports that US President Donald Trump might delay a tariff hike on Chinese goods set to go into effect this weekend. The …

What's next: How UK's election Thursday will affect Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The national election in Britain Thursday will bring a new Parliament to power and may lead to a change at the top if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party does not fare …

Travel
Baby white rhino gets name, frolics in mud at San Diego zoo

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said. The baby is …

'Rumors of War' statue to be installed in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Artist Kehinde Wiley’s monumental bronze sculpture of a young black man astride a galloping horse is set to be permanently installed in Virginia’s capital city, not far …

French pension strikes expand, police gird for new protests

PARIS (AP) — French airport workers, teachers and others joined nationwide strikes Tuesday as unions cranked up pressure on the government to scrap changes to the national retirement …

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said on Tuesday 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Three …

Dominican Republic to require visas for Venezuelans

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic will require visas for Venezuelans, who have moved to the country by the thousands amid an economic and humanitarian crisis, …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Dec. 5-11

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Dec. 5-11. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Dec. 5 - PHOENIX: Moscow …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 14-20

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 14-20. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 14 - MESA: The Magic of Bill …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 7-13

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 7-13. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 7 - SCOTTSDALE: Ferrari Club of …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 31 - MESA: Trick Or Treat …

Opinion

Goldwater to DOE: It’s time to follow law

The Goldwater Institute sent a letter to the Arizona Department of Education on Monday regarding the Department’s worsening failures …

Unconstitutional fees threaten ride-sharing at Sky Harbor

The city of Phoenix is attempting to raise rates by 200% for customers using ride-sharing platforms like Uber or Lyft when they travel …

Let’s end 2019 on a safe note

Before you head out on the road, it’s worth taking some time to plan ahead. If you’re attending a holiday party, please make sure …

Simple senior moment or something more serious?

As we become more aware of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as a society, we’re better equipped to spot the early warning …

Burke: Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, …