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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 …

Hail drops on parts of metro Phoenix for 2nd time in 18 days

PHOENIX (AP) — For the second time in 18 days, large hail coated the desert in parts of the Phoenix metro area.

Pima County judge denies change of venue in Barksdales' case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Pima County judge has denied a motion to change venue for a husband and wife accused of killing a Tucson man earlier this year. Prosecutors say the next court hearing …

Abrazo Arrowhead surpasses 5,000 surgical robotics procedures

GLENDALE — Surgeons at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus have completed more than 5,000 total robot-assisted surgical procedures, a milestone for the Northwest Valley hospital known for its surgical …
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

Bulls' Porter to miss another month with broken foot

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. will miss at least another month because of a broken left foot that was initially diagnosed as a bruise. The Bulls said the injury was …
More sports

English clubs on the march again in the Champions League

The English are on the march again in the Champions League. Liverpool and Chelsea completed a sweep of Premier League clubs into the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday, a season …

Young, McFadden, White head to Hall of Fame without Heismans

NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Young put up dizzying dual-threat numbers at Texas before it was common in college football. Arkansas' Darren McFadden was one of the first great running backs to get swept …

Russia doping saga likely heads back to Switzerland's courts

GENEVA (AP) — Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency. Now, the sports lawyers can enter the field — yet again, in a doping …

New Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering …
Daily Independent
Nation

Trump to rally voters after impeachment articles unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is traveling to the key swing state of Pennsylvania on a momentous day in his presidency after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment, …

Longtime Patriot Ledger editor Chazy Dowaliby dies at 69

BOSTON (AP) — Chazy Dowaliby, a longtime newspaper editor and consultant and a onetime aide to former U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, has died. She was 69. Dowaliby died Monday after a long battle with …

In South Carolina, Steyer investing in black voters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the waning weeks before South Carolina's president primary, Democrat Tom Steyer is renewing his focus on the black voters who play a pivotal role in the first-in-the-South …

Ex-marketing executive gets prison for $855K fraud plot

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an airline and a hospitality company that both …

New York City concert to honor Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — New York City will host a concert in February to mark the 80th anniversary of Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie's classic song, “This Land Is Your Land.” The Woody Guthrie …
World

AP Analysis: Trump faces narrow but consequential charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump are narrow, but consequential. They are also likely to be approved by Democrats alone. The impending vote will thrust …

Thousands rally around Holocaust survivor in Milan

MILAN (AP) — A Holocaust survivor who has been put under police protection due to anti-Semitic threats was escorted Tuesday evening through the center of Milan by hundreds of Italian mayors and …

Painting found inside gallery walls might be stolen Klimt

ROME (AP) — A Gustav Klimt painting, stolen almost 23 years ago, might have been hidden all this time inside an Italian gallery's walls. A gardener at the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the …

US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights …

Photo of sick boy on floor roils British election campaign

LONDON (AP) — A photo of a sick boy sleeping on a hospital floor because no beds were available has become one of the defining images of Britain’s bruising election campaign. It forced Prime …
Entertainment

Publisher Skyhorse plans to release impeachment report

NEW YORK (AP) — A second publisher plans to release the Impeachment Report in book form, and this edition will feature a defense …
This Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 photo from the San Diego Zoo shows a 19-day old white rhino that has been named Future for what the baby represents to rhino conservation worldwide, at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. The calf is bonding with her mother and frolicking in the maternity yard left wet by recent storms. "Future's new favorite thing is mud," zookeeper Marco Zeno said in a statement. "She sees a puddle and she wants to roll in it!" The female southern white rhino was born Nov. 21 to to an 11-year-old mother named Amani. (Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo via AP)

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 …
This Dec. 9, 2019 photo released by Dance Magazine shows Sara Mearns performing at the 62nd Annual Dance Magazine Awards at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York. (Steve Zak/Dance Magazine via AP)

Dancer Sara Mearns channels Isadora Duncan at awards gala

NEW YORK (AP) — First, Sara Mearns performed a crisp, classical solo by George Balanchine. Then she left the stage while others sang …
FILE- In this July 28, 1996, file photo, security guard Richard Jewell poses  across from the tower where he found a bomb and warned visitors at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. When a bomb exploded in a downtown Atlanta park midway through the 1996 Olympics, it set news reporters and law enforcement on a collision course that upended the life of a security guard, turning him from hero to villain overnight. Now, more than 20 years later, a recent book and upcoming movie explore Jewell's ordeal and the roles played by law enforcement and the media. (William Berry/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Newspaper criticizes film's take on Olympic bombing reporter

ATLANTA (AP) — After a bomb exploded in a downtown Atlanta park midway through the 1996 Olympics, a security guard initially cast as …
FILE - This Oct. 27, 2018 file photo shows Lizzo performing at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. The singer-rapper got up and twerked, revealing a cut out at the back of her short black T-shirt dress, and was shown on the stadium's huge television screens during Sunday night's Los Angeles Lakers game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Lizzo claps back with gratitude after twerking controversy

NEW YORK (AP) — Lizzo is going to keep doing Lizzo after social media exploded with fat shaming over her exposed, thong-covered …
Business
How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks edged lower as a deadline approached for trade talks between Washington and Beijing. A new round of US tariffs are scheduled to take effect on Chinese goods Sunday, the latest escalation in a …

Trump pays up: $2M to charities as fine for foundation abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is paying up after conceding that he used his charitable foundation at times as a personal piggy bank. Trump has wired $2 million to pay a court-ordered …

Stitch Fix, Auto Zone gain; Casey's, Designer Brands fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday: Agilent Technologies Inc., up $1.31 to $82.93 Hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management disclosed a stake of …

Facebook rebuffs US AG over access to encrypted messages

Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and …

NYC lawmakers vote 43-3 to require 'bird-friendly' glass

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's City Council voted 43-3 Tuesday to mandate in new buildings in hopes of cutting down on the tens of thousands of birds that die by flying into the city's buildings every …

Travel
'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, …

Feds defend creation of fake school to fight visa fraud

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Federal agencies have pushed back against criticism that they entrapped hundreds of foreigners who enrolled in a fake school the agencies opened in an effort to fight …

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, …