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Valley and State

Desert Financial, St. Mary's food bank host turkey drive

Starting this weekend, Valley residents will see the impact of their Thanksgiving generosity doubled, thanks to a match from Desert Financial Credit Union.

Influenza cases in Arizona are three times higher in 2019

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported Friday that influenza cases in the state have tripled compared to previous seasons at this time. More than half of reported cases this season are …

House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona

WASHINGTON — A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back …

Meyers Research Launches Monthly New Home Pending Sales Index Beginning with October 2019

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 22, 2019-- Today , the housing industry’s foremost advisors, launched the inaugural New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) for October 2019. The New Home …

Snow-like hail in Phoenix-area desert caps days of storms

PHOENIX (AP) — Large hail coated the desert in parts of the Phoenix metro area as a string of storms that unleashed three days of wet weather blew out of Arizona. National Weather Service …
First responders
Glendale police are releasing new details about an officer-involved shooting last month that ended in a 17-year-old shooter’s death. In addition, Glendale police are making the body-camera …
Glendale police are seeking the public’s help in solving an assault case from September. According to police, around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 7, officers responded to a fight call at a bar in the …
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Fire Department says a woman and her dog are dead following a house fire Wednesday morning. The home is located near 39th Avenue and Cactus Road. The department …
Top sports story

Column: MLB ignores grassroots with plan to whack minors

Baseball is already struggling to attract new fans — especially younger ones. So, what brilliant idea have the powers-that-be come up with to expand the popularity of the national …
More sports

When NFL needed change, Paul Tagliabue was choice in 1989

The NFL needed a change. And team owners knew one thing in 1989 when they sought a successor to Pete Rozelle: They wanted a commissioner who was going to bring the league out of the dark decade of …

Davis Cup organizers already looking at changes for 2020

MADRID (AP) — Organizers are already considering changes to the new Davis Cup. The first edition of the Davis Cup Finals is not yet over but the CEO of the group behind the revamped team …

Ohio State star Young returns with “chip on my shoulder”

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chase Young, who returns from a two-game suspension on Saturday, took to social media this week with what could be an ominous warning for No. 9 Penn State: “Chip on my …

Russia beats Serbia 2-1 to reach Davis Cup semifinals

MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic played singles and doubles matches Friday but couldn’t keep Serbia from losing to Russia 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. Djokovic defeated Karen …
Daily Independent
Nation

Biden files papers for South Carolina presidential primary

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden has made his South Carolina presidential bid official. The former vice president filed his paperwork as a candidate in next year’s Democratic primary during a …

Auburn retiring golden eagle mascot Nova

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University is retiring its 20-year-old golden eagle mascot two years after it was grounded from flying at football games because of heart disease. A university …

New judge assigned to Rodney Reed’s execution case in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new judge has been assigned to death row inmate Rodney Reed’s case a week after Texas’ highest criminal court canceled his execution scheduled this month. The Austin …

Family of black Alabama man killed by police filing suit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Parents of a black man who was shot to death by police who mistook him for a shooting suspect at an Alabama shopping mall are filing a federal lawsuit on the first …

Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly …
World

Rabbi who challenged Brazil’s dictatorship dies in Miami

SAO PAULO (AP) — Rabbi Henry Sobel, a leading human rights activist during Brazil’s military dictatorship, has died of lung cancer in a Miami hospital. Sobel’s family said in a statement the …

Bosnian govt fires care home overseers over abuse claims

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The government of one of Bosnia’s two autonomous parts on Friday fired members of the oversight team of a public care home, yielding to popular pressure after …

Maltese police search yacht amid journalist slaying probe

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese police on Friday searched the yacht of a prominent local businessman who is being questioned about the car-bomb slaying of an investigative journalist as the …

Milan hospital displays X-rays of women attacked by men

MILAN (AP) — A Milan hospital is exhibiting X-rays of women attacked by men to highlight what one doctor calls the “daily horror” of violence against women. The San Carlo Hospital mounted …

Ivory Coast arrests 2 of EU’s most wanted criminals

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities in Ivory Coast say they have arrested two of Europe’s most wanted criminals who were sentenced to life for the murder of a British national in Belgium in …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. For readers of some prominent regional newspapers, following the impeachment inquiry is a far different experience depending on whether you seek out newsprint or go digital. Copies of the Charlotte Observer, Tampa Bay Times, Indianapolis Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Idaho Statesman that arrived on doorsteps Thursday all had a story about Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony at the top of their front pages. Yet if you clicked onto each newspaper’s web site mid-morning, you’d see a different lead story. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Impeachment story illustrates news industry changes

NEW YORK (AP) — For readers of some prominent regional newspapers, following the impeachment inquiry is a far different experience …
This cover image released by Parlophone/Atlantic shows "Everyday Life," a release by Coldplay. (Parlophone/Atlantic via AP)

Review: Coldplay do a 180-degree turn from arena pop-rock

Coldplay, “Everyday Life” (Parlophone/Atlantic) At the end of a year that saw musicians like Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran …
FILE - In this June 11, 2018 file photo,  Bono of U2 performs during a concert at the Apollo Theater in New York.  U2 raked in over $1 billion in sales to be named the artist of the decade by Pollstar. The touring trade publication tracks data on tours globally. It says U2 grossed $1.03 billion in ticket sales from November 2009 to November 2019. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Pollstar says U2 top touring act over the last decade

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a beautiful decade for U2 on the touring front, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers raked in over $1 billion …
This May 2019 photo shows a plate of turkey, mash potatoes and gravy and a side of sauteed broccoli rabe, corn and onions with crispy bacon, on a table in New York. If you remember that the turkey breast will take less time to cook than the legs, and that you can get a head start on your gravy, Thanksgiving will be a whole lot less stressful. (Cheyenne Cohen/Katie Workman via AP)

Set the table early, and other tips for Thanksgiving hosts

Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t for the faint of heart. There are more dishes than you might usually serve. More timing concerns because …

Winfrey, Coates among speakers at tribute to Toni Morrison

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Angela Davis have spoken at a tribute to the late Toni Morrison, the Nobel …
Business
US regulators bar govt telecom funds for Huawei, ZTE

U.S. communications regulators have cut off government funding for equipment from two Chinese companies, citing security threats. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Friday to …

Mexican Congress approves budget after protests

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s lower house of Congress has approved the 2020 federal budget after protests and blockades by farm groups forced legislators to meet at a Mexico City convention …

In a first, IBM’s computer debater faces off against itself

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — The chamber hushed as the debate got underway at the Cambridge Union and the teams launched into their carefully crafted opening statements. The topic - whether …

Equatorial Guinea says pirates kidnap 7 foreigners off coast

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Equatorial Guinea says seven people of various nationalities have been kidnapped by pirates off its coast in the Gulf of Guinea. A statement by the country’s information …

Boeing settles half of lawsuits tied to Indonesian crash

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing has settled about half of the lawsuits filed in federal court over the October 2018 crash of a 737 Max jet off the coast of Indonesia. A Boeing spokesman said Friday that …

Travel
US approves expanding Delta venture with European airlines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department is letting Delta Air Lines, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic expand their joint venture on flights between the U.S. and Europe without worrying …

Study: Yellowstone bison mow, fertilize their own grass

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A study of grazing in Yellowstone National Park found that bison essentially mow and fertilize their own food. This allows them to graze in one area for two to three months …

Person shot by police at Vegas airport, reportedly on tarmac

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say a person was shot and injured by police at McCarran International Airport and media outlets are reporting that the shooting happened on the tarmac. A police …

British Airways says flights disrupted by ‘technical issue’

LONDON (AP) — British Airways says flights are being disrupted by a “technical issue.” Information from Heathrow, Britain’s busiest airport, shows some trans-Atlantic flights delayed …

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Eloy Martinez, returning to Alcatraz Island meant a joyous reunion with people he hadn’t seen in decades. It also brought a renewed sense of pride and hope. Martinez …

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

How Medicare can help you manage pain

If you have Medicare, there are covered options to help you manage pain safely and effectively.

Here is what the judge would do

I earlier wrote a guest commentary inviting you to be the judge. I told you that I’d follow-up and let you know how I address the …
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 …