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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Phoenix on cusp of breaking November heat record set in 1949

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix is on track to finish a warmer than usual month of November, the National Weather Service said. If temperatures hit at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) …

Trump endorses 2 Arizona audit supporters for state Senate

PHOENIX (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has given his influential endorsement to two Arizona legislative candidates who gained national notoriety for promoting the state Senate's partisan …
Social services

Phoenix Rescue Mission looks to curb homelessness in Valley

Arizona is among the leading states for homelessness. Everyday families and individuals struggle to find a place to sleep in safe settings. As of January 2020, Arizona has 10,979 total homeless …

Police: Teen shot and wounded at a west Phoenix high school

PHOENIX (AP) — A teenager was shot and wounded at a high school in west Phoenix on Monday afternoon and police were searching for a suspect. They said the incident occurred at Cesar Chavez High …

Tucson officer investigated in pinning women to ground case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An off-duty Tucson police officer who was seen on video pinning a woman and her grown daughter to the ground in a restaurant parking lot two weeks ago faces administrative and …
First responders
Peoria police seek the public’s help in locating a child that ran away from home on Thanksgiving.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Nov. 18-25: Theft of vehicle reported at 7:19 a.m. Nov. 20 in the 4900 block of South Pinal Parkway …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area Nov. 15-25: Sexual assault of a minor reported at 7:28 p.m. Nov. 18 in the 1000 block of West …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Experts: WHO needs harm reduction to escape unsuccessful tobacco strategy

Tobacco kills roughly 8 million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.”

Expert: Biden taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — But what does that mean?

President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations  — the U.K., India, Japan, Korea and China  — are said to be releasing about 11 million barrels in total.

Merrill: Get ready for winter; the first Arizona highways close in November

It seems like just weeks ago that Arizona was sweltering under one of the hottest summers on record, with many Arizonans seeking refuge in pools or under tall trees in high country. But those days are in the rearview mirror.

Llywelyn: Prayer apps are flooding the market, but how well do they work?

Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app that claims over a million downloads, has raised more than $52 million in investments. Prayer apps are not new. Silicon Valley startups popularized mindfulness and meditation apps as early as 2010, although many have criticized those apps for being spiritually shallow.
Kyle Thompson volunteers with the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance.

Adopt a Highway: ‘All the Way to the Border’ welcomes volunteers for 45-mile cleanup along SR 286

January 2022 will mark the seventh anniversary of Melissa Owens’ annual celebration of sun, fun and litter. Owens has been a part of Adopt a Highway for more than 22 years and began collaborating with neighbors and the community for more involvement seven years ago. January 2021 was similar to previous years.
More sports

Monday Sports in Brief

COLLEGE FOOTBALL LSU is hiring Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, a stunning move by one of the most accomplished coaches in college football jumping from the sport’s most storied program to a …

Streaking Bucks rebounding from slow start to season

The defending champions are beginning to look the part again. It wasn't long ago that the Milwaukee Bucks were languishing under .500, but after a seven-game winning streak, they've moved back …

No. 19 Iowa State plays with surprise ranking in 6-0 start

No one expected much from Iowa State as T.J. Otzelberger started his coaching tenure with the Cyclones. Things have changed less than a month into the season. Iowa State hosts Arkansas …

Fickell: No. 3 Cincinnati isn't looking past AAC title game

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell won't get drawn into the debate over whether the Bearcats deserve inclusion in the College Football Playoff if they win the AAC title Saturday. …

Analysis: Misfortune follows Miller from Denver to Hollywood

After Von Miller left his Russian sable hat and the tears behind in Denver following his trade from the Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams, he cracked, “I went to bed 4-4 and woke up 7-1.” Talk …

Valanciunas scores career-high 39, Pelicans top Clips again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonas Valančiūnas scored 29 of his career-high 39 points in a spectacular first half, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the second time this month, …
Most recent
Migrant crisis front and center in pope's Greece-Cyprus trip

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — When Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, he was so moved by the stories he heard from families fleeing war in Iraq and Syria that he wept and brought a …

Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R and The Weeknd win Apple Music Awards

Asia shares slip as investors weigh omicron economic risks

Iran makes maximalist demands as Vienna nuclear talks open

Nation

California father arrested after 4 kids, grandmother killed

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A security guard whose online posts talked about following a good and religious life remained jailed Tuesday on suspicion of shooting to death his four children, including …

Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When attorneys begin sifting through potential jurors on Tuesday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when …

Oakland mayor seeks to reverse police cuts amid crime spike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a reversal of plans to divert funding from police to social services, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Monday that she'll push to reverse planned cuts to the city's police …

Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When attorneys sift through potential jurors for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte …

Father held after 4 California children, grandmother slain

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Four children, including an infant, and their grandmother were found shot to death in a Southern California home and the children's father was arrested on suspicion of …
World

Honduras leftist leader could present opportunities for US

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — If Xiomara Castro’s wide lead in Honduras’ presidential election holds, her leftist government could present challenges, but also opportunities for a Biden …

Myanmar court readies verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar prepared to deliver its verdict Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of spreading information that could disturb public order and …

Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, Honduras' 1st female president?

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, the wife of ousted former president Mel Zelaya, has taken a commanding lead in Honduras’ elections, capping a 12-year effort. If …

Black Eyed Peas frontman defies Israel boycott calls

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am said Monday that politics don’t dictate his actions, with pressure from pro-Palestinian activists unable to deter him from performing in Israel …

France beefs up anti-smuggling agency after migrant deaths

PARIS (AP) — France will double the staff of the agency in charge of fighting smugglers after 27 people died trying to reach Britain in an overcrowded boat last week and will talk with Britain …
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Business

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher …

China manufacturing improves as power shortages ease

BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing activity rebounded in November as orders improved and power shortages eased, a survey showed Tuesday. An industry group and the national statistics agency …

LA begins enforcing strict mandate requiring proof of vax

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of shots for everyone entering a wide …

States, cities running out of rental assistance monies

Several large states and cities have exhausted their federal rental assistance, the Treasury Department said Monday, in a sign that spending on a massive program aimed at averting evictions has …

Neighbors

Pet drive at Apache Junction library

For the third year, the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road, joins with Apache Junction Paws & Claws Care Center to collect donations for the city’s homeless pets this …

Sock donation drive at Apache Junction library

Through Jan. 8, the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road, will collect new, white crew socks for the Genesis Project — a faith-based community effort dedicated to feeding, …

19th Annual Patriotic Luncheon honors military heroes, veterans

The 19th Annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon was held Nov. 10, at the Arizona Biltmore, where the Veterans Medical Leadership Council welcomed guests to celebrate America’s heroes. The …

Mesa Community College academic advisor receives national recognition

Jocelyn Mandal, student services analyst-advising at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus, recently received the Certificate of Merit as part of the Outstanding Advising Award-Primary …

Things to do

Grand Menorah lighting ceremony coming to Glendale

Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale will host a Menorah Lighting to celebrate Hanukkah.

Holiday festivities at Apache Junction Public Library

A holiday class and event are slated the first two Saturdays of December at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. They are:• 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, make a fairy wand …

Train layouts showcased at Christmas open houses in December

Arizona Big Train Operators will hold annual Christmas open houses in December. Members open their train layouts to the public to view different style layouts both inside and outside and …

Apache Junction holiday program, light parade Dec. 4

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the city’s annual holiday program and light parade 3-11 p.m. Dec. 4 at Flatiron Community Park, 100 N. Apache Trail. There …

Obituaries & Memorials

Donna Bobit

Donna Louise Foster Bobit. 90, left this world on November 13, 2021 She passed away peacefully of natural causes. Donna was born in Alma, MI on December 31, 1930. She grew up in St. Louis, MI …

Robert "Bob" Louis Siegel

Age 97 passed away on July 25,2021. Born February 20,1924 in Chicago, Illinois Robert Louis Siegel was the first born son of Louis Siegel and Lucile Bolbeck. He married Mildred Arnold (Millie) in …

Elizabeth Zeitler

Elizabeth (Betsy) Eklin Zeitler, age 75, of south of Calumet, MN and Sun City, AZ, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at her daughter’s home surrounded by family. Elizabeth was born in …

Michael D. Hamerski

Michael D. Hamerski, 76 of Mesa, AZ passed away suddenly on 11/12/2021 at his home in Sunland Springs Village. Michael was born in Stevens Point, WI to Peter and Helen Hamerski on 11/22/1944. He …

Leah Ann Center

Leah passed during a roadtrip with her cherished partner Carl of 17 years on 11/03/21. Born in 1937, Leah graduated from NIU where she met her husband of 45 years. Leah left 2 children, 4 …
Entertainment
FILE - Marilyn Manson attends the 9th annual "Home for the Holidays" benefit concert in Los Angeles, on Dec. 10, 2019. Authorities searched the home of the rocker on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Home of Marilyn Manson searched in abuse investigation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities searched the home of rocker Marilyn Manson on Monday after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women. Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Eva …
FILE - Actress Arlene Dahl arrives at the 54th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 29, 1982. Dahl, the actor whose charm and striking red hair shone in such Technicolor movies of the 1950s as “Journey to the Center of the Earth" and “Three Little Words,” died Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at age 96. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Arlene Dahl, who shone in films of the 1950s, dies at 96

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arlene Dahl, the actor whose charm and striking red hair shone in such Technicolor movies of the 1950s as “Journey to the Center of the Earth" and “Three Little Words,” has …
This combination of photos shows promotional art for "The Power of the Dog," a film premiering on Netflix on Dec. 1, left, "Annie Live!," premiering Dec. 2 on NBC, and "The Rescue," a documentary premiering Dec. 3 on Disney+. (Netflix/NBC/Disney+ via AP)

New this week: 'Power of the Dog,' 'Annie' live and Kenny G

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Jane Campion, whose …

Bryan Adams unveils Pirelli calendar from COVID quarantine

MILAN (AP) — Bryan Adams took a break Monday from his coronavirus quarantine in Milan to virtually unveil the 2022 Pirelli Calendar that he shot featuring fellow musicians including Iggy Pop, Cher …
This cover image released by Grove shows "Small Things Like These" by Claire Keegan. (Grove via AP)

Review: 'Small Things Like These' is a gem of a slim novel

“Small Things Like These,” by Claire Keegan (Grove Press) “Small Things Like These” is a gem of a slim novel about a family man faced with a moral decision. In just 114 pages, the …