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Valley and State

Ducey appoints new director of Arizona insurance department

Gov. Doug Ducey announced the appointment Friday of Evan Daniels as the new director of the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions. Mr. Daniels currently serves as the Unit …

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the …

Bar owners contend Arizona governor can't shut them down

PHOENIX — Bar owners from around the state are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to rule that Gov. Doug Ducey does not have the constitutional authority to shut them — or any other business — down.

The Latest: India reports nearly 25,000 new virus infections

NEW DELHI — India has reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections and 487 new deaths. The new infections announced by the Health Ministry on Thursday bring the nationwide total to 767,296, …

Tucson police reveal suspect died in March arrest attempt

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have concluded that Tucson police officers used an appropriate amount of force in a violent struggle three months ago with a man who died while resisting arrest and told …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — A procession that included fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles on Friday escorted a white hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Arizona helicopter pilot killed in a crash while helping fight a wildfire.
A piece of Peoria was in Kentucky Thursday when the NASCAR Xfinity Series took to the racetrack. Mike Harmon Racing sported the name of Peoria police Officer Jason W. Judd on the No. 47 vehicle …
The city of El Mirage named Assistant Fire Chief Chris Richardson as Interim Fire Chief following the departure of Chris DeChant.
More sports

The Pac-12 to play only conference games in fall sports

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 to play only conference games in fall sports.

Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rosters

PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan …

NHL, players approve deal to resume season Aug. 1, extend CBA

NEW YORK (AP) — NHL, players approve deal to resume season Aug. 1, extend CBA.

White Sox top pitching prospect Kopech opts out this year

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech chose Friday not to play this season and the team put star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz on the 10-day …
Daily Independent
Nation

Justice Department plans to appeal ruling halting execution

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that halted the first federal execution in nearly two decades after family members of the victims raised concerns they …

Protester: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag’s removal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Counterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said “All Lives Matter,” as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina’s capitol …

Tropical Storm Fay moves toward mid-Atlantic, New England

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay was expected to move closer inland Friday, with forecasters projecting flooding along the mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England. The U.S. National Hurricane …

Police: Gunman shoots 2 officers in Texas, 1 hit in holster

RENO, Texas (AP) — Two law enforcement officers were shot and a third was nearly wounded when a suspect accused of threatening others opened fire on them in Texas, a police spokesperson …

Church singing ban strikes sour note with California pastor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he's drawing the line at a new California …
World

Turkish court rules to let Hagia Sophia return as mosque

Turkey’s highest administrative court issued a ruling Friday that paves the way for the government to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia - a former cathedral-turned-mosque that now serves as …

Brazil's Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education minister

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to the …

Serbia's leader not worried about losing power amid protests

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's president said Friday he's not worried about losing political power amid large protests against his handling of the coronavirus crisis and hard-line rule, but …

Croatia, Bulgaria take big step toward joining the euro

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Croatia and Bulgaria took a big step toward joining the shared euro currency Friday, underlining the currency bloc's attraction despite its 2010-2015 debt crisis and the …

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

HAVANA (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a …
Entertainment
A patrol boat with a search and rescue dog heads out on Lake Piru Reservoir, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said Thursday that they believe Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Authorities search for 'Glee' star believed to have drowned

Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who is believed to have drowned in a Southern …
This olivada is made from three kinds of  olives. [Lynda Balslev for TasteFood]

An ode to olives

When the weather is hot, and it’s too stifling to cook or move, this salty, briny olive concoction will hit the spot. It’s called …
Trace Adkins performs during the funeral service for Charlie Daniels at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Friday, July 10, 2020. The Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a hemorrhagic stroke. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP)

Country stars talk of Charlie Daniels' faith at funeral

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars, veterans and longtime friends talked about the faith and patriotism of Charlie Daniels at …
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2019 file photo, Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and her husband Will Smith attend the premiere of "Gemini Man" in Los Angeles. Pinkett Smith has admitted to having a relationship with musician August Alsina when she and her husband were separated. In a conversation on her series "Red Table Talk," she said she was reluctantly discussing Alsina's comments because of the public speculation they provoked. Will Smith appeared on the show to discuss the chapter in their lives. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)

Jada and Will Smith address relationship in ‘Table Talk’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With their marriage under social-media scrutiny, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith reaffirmed their commitment to …
FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Bob Geldof appears at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards in London. Geldof's Live Aid concerts have raised millions. Those shows included performances by Queen, U2, Led Zeppelin and Madonna. He has hosted Live 8 concerts and convinced industrialized nations to pledge an increase in aid to Africa by $25 billion. (Photo by Mark Allan /Invision/AP, File)

35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll

NEW YORK (AP) — The legendary Live Aid concerts 35 years ago did a lot of good — helping reduce African famine and putting a …
Business
Reports: Amazon bars video app TikTok on workers' phones

Amazon has told employees to delete the from phones on which they use Amazon email, citing security risks from the China-owned app, to and posts by Twitter users who said they were Amazon …

Virus surge visible across Texas: 'The tsunami is here'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Urgent calls for field hospitals. Cars lined up for hours at drive-thru testing centers. Bars boarded up and grocery stores enforcing masks. Texas today resembles the state …

American Airlines threatens to cancel some Boeing Max orders

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is warning Boeing that it could cancel some overdue orders for the grounded 737 Max unless the plane maker helps line up new financing for the jets, which has become …

Amazon's homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism

SEATTLE (AP) — A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown …

Travel
Summer getaway can begin: New UK quarantine rules in place

LONDON (AP) — The traditional British summer getaway to the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean Sea is set to pick up steam Friday as U.K. quarantine restrictions are removed from dozens of …

Bed Bath & Beyond closing stores, cruises prepare to sail

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and …

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forget about up-close “meet-and-greet" sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck when Walt Disney World parks reopen. There will be no firework shows or parades — those …

Country rocker Charlie Daniels honored at memorial service

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Country Music Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels received military honors at a memorial service in Tennessee on Wednesday night. The country music icon, who penned …

Things to do
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 …

Fort McDowell Casino plans to reopen May 15

Fort McDowell Casino and the Wekopa Resort and Conference Center will tentatively have a reopening day of May 15. Casino doors will open at 10 a.m., according to the casino's website.

Opinion

Phoenix takes step to address housing crisis

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

A big step forward for ADOT’s wrong-way detection and warning system

The use of thermal detection cameras to spot wrong-way vehicles on freeway off-ramps along Phoenix-area freeways will continue to …
Mimi Rogers

Rogers: The crisis of the pandemic on individuals who have intellectual disabilities

COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities, and people, …

Five reasons Gov. Ducey should issue an executive order for short-term rentals

As many of us have heard in the Media, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have issued executive orders forcing …

Lack of persuasion as a failure against virus

Reopening safely out of the current pandemic ought to be done via persuasion, not coercion. It has been more than five months since …
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