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Q&A: Arizona Senate District 15

There are two candidates competing for Arizona’s state senate district 15 in the Republican Primary, Aug. 4 — Nancy Barto and Heather Carter.

Judge: Arizona education measure can't appear on November ballot

PHOENIX — A measure to boost taxes on the state’s most wealthy can’t go on the November ballot because the description of the measure fails to inform voters of what it really does, a judge ruled late Friday.

Court favors Arizona Corporation Commission in utilities control case

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission has the legal right to seize managerial control of utilities that pose a risk to public health and safety, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Arizona Democrats' primary focus: 6th Congressional District

GLENDALE (AP) — Arizona voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in primary races for nine seats in the U.S. House, but much of the attention will be on the Democratic primary in 6th Congressional District.

Arizona tops 174,000 cases of COVID-19

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 174,000 cases of as of Friday morning.
First responders
TEMPE (AP) — The Tempe Fire Department said Friday that two contract workers were hurt when a chemical they were transporting from a freight train car that derailed earlier this week leaked from a hose.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says detectives followed up on numerous leads and Thursday night and were able to locate Kahlan Diehl in Glendale.
TEMPE (AP) — The leak of a flammable liquid from a derailed freight car in Tempe has been stopped and authorities said crews were getting ready to begin a long cleanup process Thursday.
More sports

Magic build big lead, stay on roll in 132-116 win over Kings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Aaron Gordon scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half and the Orlando Magic continued a strong restart with a 132-116 …

Red-hot Judge powers streaking Yankees past Red Sox 9-7

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge homered twice and drove in five runs, connecting for the fifth straight game and breaking an eighth-inning tie with a tape-measure shot that powered the New York Yankees …

Westbrook scores 31 as Rockets get 120-116 win over Bucks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets used strong defense down the stretch for a 120-116 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night. It …

Korpisalo shuts out Maple Leafs 2-0 in first playoff start

TORONTO (AP) — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start, Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Sunday …
Nation

Rosa Parks letter on Martin Luther King Jr. on sale for $54K

A handwritten letter written by Rosa Parks recalling Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in the civil rights movement is on sale for $54,000. The letter, dated Oct. 6, 1981, was sent to a Mr. …

China accuses US of harassing Chinese students, researchers

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday accused the United States of “monitoring, harassing and willfully detaining” Chinese students and researchers in the U.S. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang …

COVID relief bill remains up in air as negotiations resume

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slow, grinding negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill are set to resume, but the path forward promises to be challenging. Both the Trump administration negotiating team and …

5 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. They have long been the Democratic Party’s most reliable and loyal voters, but for …

"If not now, when?": Black women seize political spotlight

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy. “Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked. Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, …
World

Serbian parliament convenes after elections, amid protests

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's new parliament convened Monday amid protests by the some opposition parties and far-right groups claiming that the parliamentary election, overwhelmingly won by the …

Outbreak hits Norway cruise ship, could spread along coast

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 4 passengers and …

Attack on prison in Afghanistan continues; at least 11 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A complex attack by the Islamic State group against a prison in eastern Nangarhar province continued Monday and has killed at least 11 people, a local official …

John Hume, who worked to end N. Ireland violence, dies at 83

LONDON (AP) — Politician John Hume, who won Nobel Peace Prize for work to end violence in his native Northern Ireland, has died, his family said. He was 83. The Catholic leader of the moderate …

Yemen Houthi rebels claim fighters shot down a US-made drone

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim they shot down a U.S.-made drone over the country's northern border with Saudi Arabia. The kingdom and the U.S. military on Monday did not immediately …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Thursday, May 2, 2013 file photo, Philippe Lefebvre, 64, plays the organ at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart. The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France's largest musical instrument started Monday Aug.3, 2020 and is expected to last nearly four years. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)

Notre Dame Cathedral's organ getting 4-year-long cleaning

PARIS (AP) — Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year's devastating fire. The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning …
Mezze means “savor in little bites” in Arabic. [Lynda Balslev for TasteFood]

Mad for mezze

Traveling abroad may be on hold right now, but there’s no reason why we can’t bring the taste and ambience of travel home to our kitchens and gardens with mezze. Mezze is an appetizer …
iBoston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens looks toward Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Relaxed: Dressed-down look is making NBA coaches happy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Going shopping was a top priority for Taylor Jenkins when he was first hired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. The man needed suits. NBA sidelines tend to look …
FILE - Tamar Braxton performs at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in a Sunday, June 25, 2017 file photo, in Los Angeles. Tamar Braxton is thanking her boyfriend for saving her life after her hospitalization last month. Braxton posted a lengthy message on social media late Saturday, August 1, 2020 that paid tribute to David Adefeso being her “angel on earth.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Tamar Braxton pays tribute to boyfriend for 'saving my life'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tamar Braxton is thanking her boyfriend for “saving my life” after her hospitalization last month. Braxton posted a lengthy message on late Saturday that paid tribute to …
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Actor Wilford Brimley attends the premiere of 'Did You Hear About The Morgans' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2020 in a Utah hospital. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

Wilford Brimley, 'Cocoon' and 'Natural' actor, dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky …
Business

Asia Today: Duterte reimposing virus lockdown on Manila area

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus …

Lord & Taylor is latest retailer to file for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — New York landmark retailer Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy, joining a growing list of retailers flummoxed by the pandemic. The company, which was sold to the French rental …

HSBC says net profit plunged 96% in 2Q as pandemic took hold

LONDON (AP) — Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, said Monday that its net profit plummeted 96% in the second quarter of this year as lower interest rates combined with the downturn due to the …

Asian shares mixed on US-China tensions, Wall Street gains

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Monday as investors eyeballed surging coronavirus cases in the region. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's weekend comments that President Donald Trump …

Travel

AP PHOTOS: Year on, India's lockdowns ruin Kashmir's economy

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A year ago, Abdul Rashid was making a living by selling flowers to tourists in hundreds of ornate pinewood houseboats in Dal Lake in Srinagar, the main city in …

Airlines, unions pin hopes for more payroll cash on politics

With tens of thousands of airline workers facing layoffs this fall, labor groups are pushing Congress for more federal money to keep them on the payroll until next spring. The unions have gained …

The Latest: India reports another surge, lifts night curfew

NEW DELHI — A record surge of 55,079 new cases in the past 24 hours took India’s coronavirus caseload past 1.6 million, as the government decided to lift a nighttime curfew that has been in force …

Take a short trip along the long past of the Rio Chama Valley

There’s a scarcer air breezing through the home of the water blessed land. Revealed, where the crystalline flow of the Rio Chama merges with the Rio Grande, is the secreted and sacred treasure …

Things to do

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

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 …

Tailgating tradition takes on new form as opera goes virtual

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tech executive Peter Batty has been making the trip to New Mexico's high desert almost every summer since 1996 to get his opera fix at one of the most famous venues in the …

Valley Voices

Meyers: U.S. flag should not be upside down

There is a house on Bowling Green Avenue in Sun City that displays an upside down American flag. The U.S. Flag Code states people have faced legal charges for flying an American flag upside …

Lost job due to COVID-19? Consider career as a roofer

Have you been thinking about what career path to take? Have you recently lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Seidemann: Case rates are not best COVID stats

This is from a long-term, all year Sun City resident. The research says the death rate from COVID-19 is .4% worldwide and is appearing the same in the states. In the meantime, the case rate is of …

Good things happening despite pandemic

The relentless pace of the novel coronavirus pandemic has challenged hospital and health care workers across the Valley and the country.

Erickson: You should take that money back

This is regarding U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko introducing a bill to allow the federal government to take back the money it gave to any Planned Parenthood clinics that received the federal Small Business …