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Valley and State

Biden's Texas ad signals opportunity in GOP stronghold

Joe Biden targeted Texas with a modest advertising investment that raised new questions about President Donald Trump's vulnerability in the longtime Republican stronghold as coronavirus infections …

The Latest: India's virus cases jump by another 28,000

India’s number of coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching 1 million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to 906,752. …

Biden's Texas ad signals opportunity in GOP stronghold

Joe Biden targeted Texas with a modest advertising investment on Tuesday that raised new questions about President Donald Trump's vulnerability in the longtime Republican stronghold as coronavirus …

$6M in federal funding to aid families, homeless in Arizona

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced a plan to distribute $5,950,572 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program to …

'Empire' actor arrested in Arizona, accused of abusing wife

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — “Empire” actor Bryshere Gray has been arrested in Arizona on accusations of abusing his wife, police said. The Goodyear Police Department said 26-year-old Bryshere …
First responders
Family, friends and coworkers are laying a longtime Peoria police officer to rest following a fatal motorcycle crash.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two men after they felt an electrical current in the water at a marina on Lake Pleasant.
An actor most known for his role in the television show “Empire” is accused of assaulting his wife in Goodyear.
More sports

AP source: Free agent OF Yasiel Puig, Braves reach 1-yr deal

ATLANTA (AP) — Free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press …

A long summer of basketball isn't new for everyone in NBA

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for Indiana coach Nate McMillan. Turns out, …

With empty new stadium, Rangers furlough about 60 employees

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Rangers indefinitely furloughed about 60 full-time employees, a moved announced 10 days before Texas opens its new ballpark without fans due to the pandemic-delayed …

The Latest: Swiss Indoors tennis tournament canceled

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers …
Daily Independent
Nation

McConnell: GOP virus proposal for schools, others out soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll begin to roll out details of the new package to senators as soon as next week and suggested it will include new funding for …

Trump looks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up the environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure, …

Body camera footage of Floyd arrest could show more of story

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Video from the body cameras of two officers charged in George Floyd's death is being made available for public viewing by appointment on Wednesday, but a judge has so far …

Kansas man who raped, killed Missouri teen to be executed

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas man who raped and killed a 16-year-old girl and fatally beat an 80-year-old woman is scheduled to be among the first three inmates executed when the federal …

Seeking comeback, Sessions faces Tuberville in Alabama race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Seeking to reclaim his old Senate seat from Alabama, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces former college football coach Tommy Tuberville — a political newcomer …
World

Asia Today: Renewed restrictions take effect in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the …

Rescuers looking for 23 missing in deadly Indonesia floods

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers on Wednesday were searching for 23 people still missing after heavy rains in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province swelled rivers and send floodwaters, mud and …

Mexico's president turns attention to cartel-plagued states

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is traveling to three of Mexico’s most violent states this week to counter what many call a “hands-off” strategy toward drug cartels …

Young activists, localists top Hong Kong pro-democracy polls

HONG KONG (AP) — Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong’s unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings …

Flash flood kills 15 in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A flash flood in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province left at least 15 people dead and an unknown number missing, an official said Tuesday. “Fifteen are reported …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Tyra Banks attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Week 2 live show at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Banks will be showing off her moves as solo host of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC said Wednesday, July 15, 2020, that Banks will replace longtime host Tom Bergeron and take on the role of executive producer for the celebrity dance contest. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Tyra Banks waltzing in as new 'Dancing With the Stars' host

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyra Banks will be showing off her moves as solo host of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The supermodel, …
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Viola Davis poses for a portrait at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. The new issue of “Vanity Fair,” featuring a powerful image of Oscar-winning actor Davis, marks the first time the publication has featured the work of a Black photographer on its cover. The issue hits newsstands on July 21, 2020. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

'Vanity Fair' cover shot by Black photographer for 1st time

The new issue of Vanity Fair featuring a powerful image of Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis marks the first time the publication has …
FILE - In this July, 26, 2019 photo, actor and producer Michael B. Jordan poses for a portrait during the 2019 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jordan has partnered with Amazon Studios for “A Night at the Drive-In” that will bring diverse films to drive-in theaters for free screenings. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Michael B. Jordan wants you to view a drive-in movie, on him

NEW YORK (AP) — For Michael B. Jordan, timing is everything. So when the SAG award winner marched in a Los Angeles Black Lives …
FILE - Naya Rivera, a cast member in the television series "Glee," poses at a screening and Q&A for the show, at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles on May 1, 2012. Authorities say a body has been found at a Southern California lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says in a tweet that the body was found Monday morning, July 13, 2020, in the search of Lake Piru for Rivera, five days after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a boat the two had rented. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

'Glee' creators plan college fund for Naya Rivera's son

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A college fund is being created for Naya Rivera's son by the creators of “Glee,” who remembered the performer …
In this Aug. 10, 2018, photo provided by Anderson Gould Jr. hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance performs at the "Hip Hop/Electronic: Indigenous Music & Dance of the Grand Performances" in Los Angeles. LaRance, a champion hoop dancer who traveled the world performing with Cirque du Soleil, died Sunday, July 12, 2020, after he fell while climbing on an old bridge in Rio Arriba County in New Mexico. He was 30. (Anderson Gould Jr. via AP)

World-class hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance dies

Champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, who traveled the world performing with Cirque du Soleil then returned to New Mexico to coach …
Business
Asia shares drop on jitters over virus, China-US friction

TOKYO (AP) — Shares fell in Asia on Tuesday as skepticism set in about the recent upward momentum in global markets given rising confirmed coronavirus cases and percolating tensions between the …

Appeals court temporarily halts Dakota Access line shutdown

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily halted a judge’s order that the Dakota Access Pipeline be shut down in three weeks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the …

Foie gras back on the menu in California after court ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foie gras is back on the menu in California after a federal judge ruled the rich dish can't be prevented from being brought in from out of state. California's ban on the …

Biden proposes overhauling nation's energy sector by 2035

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden released a plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry, with a proposal to …

Travel
Canada, US poised to extend border restrictions to Aug. 21

TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. and Canada are poised to extend their agreement to keep their shared border closed to non-essential travel to Aug. 21, but a final confirmation has not been given, a person …

4 more states added to NY's coronavirus quarantine list

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo added four more states to New York's quarantine list on Tuesday as he sought to contain the spread of COVID-19 from regions of the country where …

Boeing sold 1 plane last month amid pandemic, Max grounding

Boeing reported Tuesday that customers canceled orders for 60 of its grounded 737 Max jets in June, and the aircraft maker removed another 123 planes from its backlog because of doubts that the deals …

Germany eyes local travel bans to prevent 2nd virus wave

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's point person in the coronavirus pandemic said Tuesday that the country is on course to avoid a big second wave of infections but only if people keep practicing social …

Things to do
Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that …

Gila River casinos reopening after coronavirus death of employee

Gila River Hotels & Casinos is reopening its Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva locations this week after the implementation of enhanced safety procedures and health protocols. The …

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 …

Opinion

Watch out for the most vulnerable among us during heat wave

It was a real hot one this weekend as temperatures reached a whopping 114 degrees; the high heat means we all are going need to take …

As consumer habits change, how can businesses keep up?

American consumers don’t act and buy the way they did just a few short months ago — at least most of them don’t. The pandemic …

Michaelis: When the movies get it right!

One of my all-time favorite movies is the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (if you’ve not seen it, put it on your must-see list …
Seema Verma

Verma: Taking action to protect America’s nursing home residents against COVID-19

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness …

Phoenix takes step to address housing crisis

Phoenix's new initiative is a positive step in accommodating the housing needs of residents.
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