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Border Patrol agent shoots Russian man in Arizona

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent shot and wounded a Russian man suspected of crossing the border illegally in Arizona. The agency said Friday that the man was flown …

Charges dropped against teen amputee restrained by deputy

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona prosecutors have dropped disorderly conduct charges against a 15-year-old quadruple amputee who was wrestled to the floor of a group home and restrained by a …

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based said …

KB Home Announces the Opening of Northern Ridge Estates, Its Latest New-Home Community in Glendale

GLENDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 15, 2019-- KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today announced the grand opening of Northern Ridge Estates, a new residential community in Glendale. The new community is …

El Mirage event discusses bullying, suicide prevention

The city of El Mirage invites the public to attend its El Mirage Cares Community Forum. The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dysart Elementary School, 12950 W. Varney Road in El Mirage. Officials …
First responders
A 14-year-old is dead after a vehicle struck him near Peoria High School.
A 34-year-old  man is dead after being struck by a Valley Metro bus in El Mirage.
A man was sentenced to life in prison following his attack on a corrections officer at a Buckeye prison last year. Leonard Bacon Jr., 51, was sentenced for the attempted murder of a corrections …
Top sports story

Basketball legend Russell finally accepts Hall of Fame ring

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Bill Russell says he’s finally ready to be a Hall of Famer. The 11-time NBA champion, five-time MVP, Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champ that he was …
More sports

Danny Lee settles for 62 to lead Mayakoba Classic in Mexico

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Danny Lee was 10-under par through 13 holes and had to settle for a 9-under 62 on Friday for a one-shot lead in the Mayakoba Classic. Lee shot 29 on the front …

Alvarez scores career-high 20, No. 25 USF women top VCU

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Maria Alvarez scored a season-best 20 points, with five 3-pointers, to help No. 25 South Florida beat VCU 77-55 on Friday. The Bulls closed the first half on a 16-2 …

AP source: Pirates agree to hire Ben Cherington as GM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to hire Ben Cherington as their general manager. The person spoke to The Associated Press on …

Bell, Custer, Reddick go for Xfinity title before Cup jump

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick are moving up the NASCAR ranks, giving the Xfinity Series motto “names are made here” a little more credence. Each of …
Daily Independent
Nation

Buttigieg backed by former Charlottesville, Va., mayor

The former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, endorsed Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign on Friday, citing him as one of the people whose advice he sought ahead of the deadly 2017 clash …

Marine deserter’s mother names him in fatal shooting

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A federal court filing says the mother of a wanted Marine told investigators that she saw her son kill her boyfriend. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in …

Court denies ex-Detroit mayor’s motion to get out of prison

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has denied ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s latest effort to get out of prison. The order was filed Friday on Kilpatrick’s motion …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump portrays ex-ambassador as wrecking ball

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Friday that a U.S. diplomat was responsible for Somalia’s descent into chaos decades ago, a tweet that Democrats branded witness …

Texas parole board recommends delaying Rodney Reed execution

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday recommended delaying the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters …
World

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels …

Chileans agree to replace dictatorship-era constitution

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s most important political parties agreed Friday to call for a new constitution to replace one imposed by a military dictatorship almost 40 years ago, a move that …

AP PHOTOS: Flooding threatens Venice and its treasures

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Severe flooding in Venice is threatening the Italian city famed for its canals and architecture. Tourist favorites like St. Mark’s Square have been deluged since Tuesday, …

Ukraine feels abandoned amid US impeachment drama

Ukraine is at the center of today’s east-west geopolitical battle, but it’s feeling increasingly alone and abandoned by its U.S. backers amid the impeachment drama unfolding in Washington. The …

Toronto woman pleads guilty to tossing chair from high rise

TORONTO (AP) — A woman accused of throwing a chair off a 45th story balcony from a downtown Toronto high-rise has pleaded guilty to mischief causing danger to …
Entertainment
This undated image released by the National Symphony Orchestra shows the orchestra performing  Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in Washington. Entering his prime at age 55, conductor Gianandrea Noseda is lifting the reputation of the Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, where he is in his third season as music director. He also is principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and will become general music director of the Zurich Opera in the 2021-22 season. (Scott Suchman/National Symphony Orchestra via AP)

Noseda, in his prime, lifting National Symphony Orchestra

NEW YORK (AP) — After a piano rehearsal, two orchestra sessions and one concert performance together, soprano Christine Goerke …
This cover image released by Motown Records shows the soundtrack for "Queen & Slim." (Motown via AP)

‘Queen & Slim’ soundtrack a perfect mix of new and old songs

Various artists, “Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack” (Motown) The trailer for upcoming film “Queen & Slim” packs a ton — …
This combination photo shows, from left, Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, rapper Lil Nas X  and Lizzo, who are predicted to earn Grammy nominations in key categories, from album of the year to record and song of the year. Nominations for the 62nd annual Grammys will be announced on Nov. 20. (AP Photo)

And the Grammy nomination goes to...

NEW YORK (AP) — L may typically stand for “loser” but artists like Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Lil Nas X and Lewis Capaldi are likely to …
This cover image released by earMUSIC shows "The Gospel According To Water" by Joe Henry. (earMUSIC via AP)

Review: Joe Henry faces down illness with creative gush

Joe Henry, “The Gospel According to Water” (earMUSIC) Given a few months to live released a in Joe Henry and the result is …
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2015 file photo, Ayesha Curry arrives at the Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala in Santa Monica, Calif. Curry is currently working on her second cookbook among her other projects, and has been testing out new recipes using her family as her guinea pigs. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Ayesha Curry Thanksgiving recipe debuts on Google Assistant

NEW YORK (AP) — Ayesha Curry is used to a holiday on the road with lots of people, but with three-time NBA champion Steph Curry …
Business
Private prison firm preps for 2020 ‘worst case scenario’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a giant private prison company is preparing for the “worst case scenario” should a Democratic presidential candidate win the 2020 election and attempt to …

Oklahoma judge reduces J&J order in opioid lawsuit by $107M

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount by $107 million in …

Oklahoma judge reduces amount Johnson & Johnson must pay state to help clean up opioid crisis by $107M to $465M

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma judge reduces amount Johnson & Johnson must pay state to help clean up opioid crisis by $107M to $465M.

FDA warns Dollar Tree about flagged Chinese manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government regulators have again warned Dollar Tree’s parent company about importing drugs and cosmetics that could be tainted due to improper product testing during …

Supreme Court steps into Google-Oracle copyright fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will referee a high-profile copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google. Oracle says it wants nearly $9 billion from Google. The …

Travel
Venice flooded again 3 days after near-record high tide

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Waters are rising in Venice where the tide is reaching exceptional levels just three days after the Italian lagoon city experienced its worst flooding in more than 50 …

Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Hyatt Hotels Corp. is the latest hotel company to say it’s removing small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste. Hyatt says it is shifting to large, multi-use …

Caltrans plans Highway 1 closures when storms are forecast

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Transportation plans to temporarily close landslide-plagued Highway 1 on the southern Big Sur coast when there are forecasts of significant rains …

Paella for one: Barcelona dazzles when you're traveling solo

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — They were on girls' trips, guys' trips, family vacations and honeymoons. They were on the train, sharing massive platters of seafood paella and packed into Anton Gaudí's …

Tourists, Venetians slosh through flooded lagoon city

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Tourists and Venetians alike have donned high boots and taken to raised walkways to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city. Venice's tide forecast …

Things to do
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 …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 24-30

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 17-23. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 24-27 - SCOTTSDALE: IGRA World …

Opinion
Graduates line up at the Oct. 11 certificate ceremony for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s new full-time Construction Academy program in Camp Verde. The pre-apprenticeship program prepares workers across the state for highway construction jobs. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Construction Academy provides fast track to careers

The two-week Construction Academy offers free training that helps women, minorities, veterans and members of other disadvantaged …

What being Hispanic means to me

The military I know and work in today is a diverse force that encourages the promotion of people with different backgrounds.

How to stay heart healthy during the holidays

Being healthy over the holidays doesn’t mean giving up your favorite things. In fact, the American Heart Association wants you to …

Shale oil boom makes Middle East war less likely

It looks like the decade-old U.S. shale oil boom may keep us out of war.

‘Made in Arizona’ is an international enterprise

I’ll sometimes hear a pundit lament that “Nothing is made in America anymore.” In reality, there are nearly 13 million …