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Valley and State

Virus puts event planning industry on brink of devastation

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona caterer Pat Christofolo has been orchestrating high-end events for over a quarter-century: A lavish spread for a wedding dinner back-dropped by red rocks in Sedona, a holiday …

Groups ask for break on petition signatures in Arizona

PHOENIX — Groups trying to put measures on the November ballot are asking courts to let them gather the remaining signatures they need online. In a new lawsuit last Thursday, lawyers for six …

New assistance available to support Arizona small businesses

Arizona small businesses impacted by COVID-19 have limited time to benefit from provisions passed along with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Known as the …

ASU launches drive-thru testing for essential workers only

PHOENIX — After more than a week of delays, the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute began its drive-thru testing for COVID-19 on Thursday and it will not be open to the general …

Prosecutors: Suspect in Iraq slayings should remain jailed

PHOENIX (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant who ran a Phoenix driving school and was arrested two months ago on charges of participating in the killings of two police officers in Iraq nearly 15 year ago …
First responders
Glendale police continue to investigate after a woman and her daughter were killed in a collision.
In response to short-notice mobilization orders, several members of the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron deployed Sunday to aid in the COVID-19 response in New York City and surrounding …
Keeping the community safe is thePhoenix Fire Department’s top priority. Along with that, officials also need to keep firefighters healthy, so they can continue to deliver the highest level …
More sports

Former Fox executives charged with bribes in World Cup bid

NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of former sports marketing executives of 21st Century Fox have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to soccer officials to obtain confidential bidding information during …

Sportsbooks are dark and odds are long in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nobody would have given odds on this. Inside the glittering casinos that line the Las Vegas Strip, the slot machines were turned off and the sportsbooks were dark. On what would …

The Latest: Bayern Munich players return to training

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of …

8 unanimous picks for All-Decade Team include Brady, Watt

Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced Monday by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also chosen on every …
Daily Independent
Nation

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The United States is bracing for a painful week, with a wave of coronavirus deaths expected across the nation. “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment,” U.S. Surgeon …

Debate heats up over using an anti-malaria drug for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and members of his administration are growing emphatic in promoting an anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting COVID-19, even though …

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

TORONTO (AP) — Manufacturing giant 3M said Monday it has an agreement with the Trump administration that will allow the company to continue to export N95 protective masks to Canada and Latin …

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Authorities in Rwanda say a valley damn that could contain about 30,000 bodies has been …

White House: States need to better calibrate supply requests

The White House said Monday that some states are requesting far more medical supplies than they need to fight the coronavirus pandemic, pushing back against criticism that the distribution of vital …
World

Australian court dismisses convictions against Cardinal Pell, most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian court dismisses convictions against Cardinal Pell, most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

UN chief warns of violence at home, Japan nears emergency

TOKYO (AP) — With more than 1.2 million people infected with the new coronavirus, the U.N. chief appealed for “peace at home” — all homes — out of concern that domestic violence was rising …

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

The pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …

Navy leader calls fired carrier captain 'naive' or 'stupid'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary broadside punctuated with profanity, the Navy’s top leader accused the fired commander of the COVID-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt of being “too naive or …

Israeli leader announces lockdown over Passover holiday

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to control the country's coronavirus outbreak, but offered …
Entertainment
This combination photo shows award winning cast members of "Modern Family", from left, Ty Burrell with the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy series at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014, Eric Stonestreet with his award for best supporting actor in a comedy series at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 23, 2012 and Julie Bowen with her award for best supporting actress in a comedy series at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 23, 2012. Each actor has won two supporting awards during the series' 11-season run. The two-hour finale airs at 9 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. (AP Photo)

'Modern Family' cast shares memories as series finale nears

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group crying began after the final scene of the last episode of ABC’s “Modern Family” was taped — …
FILE - This Feb. 9, 2020 file photo shows actress Catherine O'Hara, star of “Schitt’s Creek,” at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. After six seasons, “Schitt’s Creek” is coming to a close. Its last episode airs Tuesday on Pop TV.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

O'Hara says 'Schitt's Creek' went beyond her expectations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Moira Rose, Catherine O’Hara has created a character that will arguably go down as one of the best in TV …
This image released by Pop TV shows, from left, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Dan Levy from the series "Schitt's Creek." After six seasons, “Schitt’s Creek” is coming to a close. Its last episode airs Tuesday on Pop TV.  (Pop TV via AP)

Beloved 'Schitt's Creek' ending at its peak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After five years on TV, it seemed like “Schitt’s Creek” was just starting to hit its stride. The …
Passengers look out from the Coral Princess cruise ship while docked in Miami, Monday, April 6, 2020. Authorities say 14 people have been taken to hospitals from the cruise ship that docked in Florida with coronavirus victims aboard and one of them has died at a hospital. Two fatalities were reported earlier aboard the Coral Princess. The Coral Princess had more than 1,000 passengers and nearly 900 crew members. It began disembarking fit passengers Sunday. Any with symptoms of COVID-19 or recovering were being kept on ship until medically cleared. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

US travelers wait days to leave cruise ship with virus cases

MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of Americans aboard a cruise ship that docked last weekend in Miami with coronavirus cases still waited Monday …

Wayfair, Carnival rise on Wall Street; Zoom, Peloton fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Monday: Wayfair Inc., up $20.87 to $71.50. The online …
Business
After virus fades, service industries may be changed forever

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, personal trainer Amanda Tikalsky didn’t have to worry much about her job. The U.S. economy’s record-breaking 11-year expansion offered security to service workers …

Airbus asked to cancel contract; Japan offers stimulus

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

Businesses wait for word, money after applying for SBA loans

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners hoping for quick loans from the government were in a holding pattern Monday — waiting on their bank to either take their application or, if it did, send them …

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Monday that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border despite calls from tribal …

Travel
FACT CHECK: Trump pitches drug not approved for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pitching a medicine for COVID-19 sufferers that science has not concluded is effective or safe for their use. “Take it,” he said of the drug. For …

The Latest: Americans take last chance to leave Nepal

The us pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …

No need to swim: Germans stuck in New Zealand fly home

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — German tourist Steffen Schmieg joked on Monday that his last option for getting home from New Zealand was to swim. Schmieg is among an estimated 100,000 tourists …

Florida mayor: 1 more death tied to virus-stricken cruise

MIAMI (AP) — Fourteen people from a cruise ship that docked in Florida over the weekend with coronavirus victims aboard were hospitalized and one of them later died, authorities said Sunday. Two …

Things to do
Catch these 8 movie classics newly streaming for April

Have some free time on your hands? Here are 8 classic movies newly available to stream on Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix as of April 1.

Blues guitarist Carvin Jones to stream concert to raise money

      Blues guitarist Carvin Jones to stream concert to raise money Virtuoso on a mission to help elderly during COVID-19 shutdown By Steve Stockmar Independent …

Litchfield Park trio gets back to basics during downtime

If there is any sort of positive spirit to consider during social isolation’s downtime for an otherwise very active live band, it may be each individual’s renewed focus on …

Fun at home: Hilarious movies & TV shows to watch online

While our communities practice social distancing waiting for the latest COVID-19 news updates (keep checking out this website for up-to-date coverage), we thought those suddenly forced to spend more time indoors could use some suggestions for funny, fun shows and movies currently available on popular video streaming services.

Opinion

Staying socially connected while social distancing

With all the discussion and encouragement around “social distancing” for our physical health, it brings up a whole new array of …
Portraits for OptumCare

Schnitzer: Tips to help seniors boost their physical, mental health during coronavirus quarantine

There is an ongoing conversation about the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to be prepared. According to the …

Michaelis: We can each be a candle in the darkness

We are experiencing a very dark time in our history. Everyone I talk to says the same thing: “I’ve never seen anything like …

What’s missing from the $2.2T stimulus bill?

The $2.2 Trillion CARES Act will help a lot of Arizona businesses; but relief for investors, private partnerships, large developers …

Quarantine burdens children and families

These are truly unchartered waters: Families are confined to quarters and avoiding interactions with others; while parents are working …
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