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Pending New Home Sales Show Continued Strength in the Housing Market According to Meyers Research

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 23, 2020-- Today, the experts at , the housing industry’s foremost advisors, released the New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) for December 2019. The New …

Judge hints he may rule for migrants in Border Patrol suit

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge indicated Wednesday he may side with migrants in a lawsuit that alleges extreme overcrowding and inhumane conditions at some of the Border Patrol's facilities in …

Ex-pharma CEO gets over 2 years in prison for bribery scheme

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of drug company was sentenced Wednesday to two and a half years in federal prison in a that prosecutors say helped fuel the opioid crisis. Michael Babich, a …

Police: 3 children killed by their mother were suffocated

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman arrested on suspicion of killing her three young children told investigators that she suffocated her son and two daughters with her hands, police said in court …

APS Sets Course for 100 Percent Clean Energy Future

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 22, 2020-- Today marks a historic milestone in the 134-year history of Arizona’s largest electricity provider as Arizona Public Service (NYSE: PNW) announces a goal …
First responders
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a known violent and wanted fugitive from California has been fatally shot by police in Mesa. Tempe police detectives who are part of the Fugitive Task …
Buckeye officers seized nearly 15,000 fentanyl pills in the past couple of weeks that were likely slated for sale on Valley streets, according to police. The drug seizures were the result of …
Preliminary statistics show overall declines in both violent and property crime in the first half of 2019 in the United States compared to the same time frame the previous year, according to FBI …
Top sports story

Red dust, rain hit weather-plagued Australian Open

Some of the so-called true blue courts at the Australian Open were coated in red after a rain front that lashed Melbourne overnight pushed through a dust storm from the northwest and left its mark on …
More sports

Royals star catcher Salvador Perez to become US citizen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez is about to become a U.S. citizen. Perez passed his citizenship exam earlier this month and will be be joined by Chief U.S. …

Major League Baseball to sponsor US Olympic softball team

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is using its financial muscle to support the U.S. women's softball team, which already is assured a spot in the Tokyo Olympics while the American men's …

The Latest: morning rain delays play on outside courts

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Morning rain has delayed the start of play on outside courts at the Australian Open by one …

Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Shelters made of cardboard start popping up in the basement of Tokyo's Shinjuku train station right before the shutters come down at 11 p.m., in corridors where “salarymen” rushing …
Daily Independent
Nation

Authors defending college employee fired for Facebook post

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Prominent authors, academics and free speech advocates have come to the defense of a Massachusetts college employee who was fired over a satirical Facebook post about Iran …

Cleveland bishop named Philadelphia’s next archbishop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Vatican announced Thursday that the bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the …

AP Explains: Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Even as destroyed U.S. military aircraft smoldered from an al-Shabab attack that this month in Kenya, the al-Qaida-linked group issued a taunting message to African troops: The …

Asian shares reverse gains on growing impact of China virus

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares reversed early gains Thursday as health authorities around the world moved to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading …

Democrats face risks and limits in Trump's impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The challenge is becoming increasingly clear for House Democrats prosecuting President Donald Trump's impeachment case as the Senate convenes for a second day of arguments in the …
World

Sweden: Fake officer didn't spy at NATO or hurt security

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man who duped the Swedish military for 18 years by using forged credentials and who even worked at NATO headquarters and was a contact for Russia's security services …

Migrant caravan crosses into Mexico, walks along highway

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed the Guatemala-Mexico border at dawn Thursday without resistance and began walking up a rural highway. Some carried …

El-Sissi dubs Egypt 'oasis of stability' amid clampdown

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Thursday his country has become “an oasis of security and stability” under his rule, amid reports of a new clampdown on dissent in the …

China closes off large city to stop spread of deadly virus

BEIJING (AP) — China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that …

US talks up trade deal with post-Brexit Britain this year

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The U.S. is talking up the prospects of tying up a trade deal with Britain this year and thinks it should be pretty straightforward to accomplish given how similar the two …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, Annabella Sciorra attends HBO's "The Sopranos" 20th anniversary at the SVA Theatre in New York. Sciorra is set to confront Harvey Weinstein at his New York City rape trial, more than a quarter-century after she says he pinned her to a bed and raped her. She is expected to testify Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Weinstein trial turns to accusers, starting with Sciorra

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, actress Annabella Sciorra felt powerless against Harvey Weinstein, keeping to all but a few friends the …
This combination of photos shows, top row from left, Jack Antonoff, Joshua Bell, Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr., bottom row from left, Common, ballerina Misty Copeland, Lang Land and Cyndi Lauper who will perform "I Sing The Body Electric" along with John Legend and War and Treaty at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. (AP Photo)

After 40 Years, Grammy show producer bows out his way

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With this Sunday’s Grammy ceremony to be his last after 40 years of producing it, Ken Ehrlich could be excused …
FILE - In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting a practice known as “birth tourism." That refers to cases when women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is unveiling new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism," in which women …
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, an Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that it is taking special precautions to screen the droves of Chinese tourists expected for the Lunar New Year holiday after the outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus that has led to China's lockdown of the entire city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Dubai airport implements special screening for China flights

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, announced on Thursday …
Jamie Foxx arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Jamie Foxx, Jordan Peele among honorees at AAFCA awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx has won a plethora of major awards including an Oscar and Grammy. But after the African American Film …
Business
Why credit card rewards are targeting ‘convenience’ spending

If you’re spending a lot on convenience — whether in the form of grocery delivery, ride-hailing or meal delivery — your credit card wants to reward you for it, while encouraging you to spend …

The Latest: Ukraine premier downplays resignation talk

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Ukraine’s prime minister says he is “not planning to go anywhere,” …

Cyprus backtracks on claim Turkey stole offshore gas data

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman on Thursday backpedaled on a claim that Turkey may have stolen technical data it used to pinpoint a target for gas drilling in waters where the …

American Airlines profit rises 27% on strong travel demand

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines' fourth-quarter profit rose 27% to $414 million on strong travel demand that resulted in record occupancy levels on its planes. However, American continues to be …

European Central Bank keeps interest rates, stimulus programs on hold, launches review of strategy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank keeps interest rates, stimulus programs on hold, launches review of strategy.

Travel
'Birth tourism' faces new restrictions from State Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can …

Outbreak from new virus rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead

BEIJING (AP) — The number of cases of a new virus has risen to 440 in China and the death toll has risen to 9, Chinese health authorities said Wednesday. Deputy Director of the National Health …

US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes

Airlines might soon be able to turn away cats, rabbits and all animals other than dogs that passengers try to bring with them in the cabin. The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday …

Trump: Travel ban expansion coming, nations aren't yet final

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. would soon be imposing visa restrictions on more countries — though it's not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his …

China virus outbreak may wallop economy, financial markets

BANGKOK (AP) — News that a new virus that has afflicted hundreds of people in central China can spread between humans has rattled financial markets and raised concern it might wallop the economy …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 16-22

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 16-22. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 16 - SCOTTSDALE: Demonstrate! …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 9-15

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 9-15. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 10-12 - PHOENIX: 27th Annual …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 2-8

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 2-8. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 2 - SIERRA VISTA: Patterson …

Turf Paradise to celebrate 64 years in Phoenix

Turf Paradise is celebrating 64 sensational seasons as Arizona’s first sports franchise with an anniversary party. The event is 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11. Fans will get free long-sleeve …

Opinion

Arizona must support the success of all students

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal begins to address many important funding needs, including a number of the short-term priorities …

Sky Harbor ride-sharing fees may violate Constitution

The Goldwater Institute has argued that the Phoenix City Council’s imposition of new ride-sharing fees at Sky Harbor Airport is …

Watson: Ducey education plan supports bright horizon for local educators

There are some big changes on the horizon for education in Maricopa County, if Gov. Ducey’s legislative agenda continues to get a …

Gray: Raising airfare taxes would hurt Phoenix businesses

Sky Harbor International Airport just collected $3.6 million in taxpayer money from the Federal Aviation Administration to upgrade a …

Still time to change your Medicare health plan

Did you sign up for a Medicare Advantage health plan last year only to find that it doesn’t meet your needs? Not to worry. You still …
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