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Official: Solving wild horse problem with take $5B, 15 years

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It will take $5 billion and 15 years to get an overpopulation of wild horses under control on federal lands across the West, the acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday, adding that several developments have made him more optimistic about his agency’s ability to get the job done.

Historic Hotels of America Announces the Top 25 Haunted Hotels

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 23, 2019-- Historic Hotels of America has over 300 hotels with long and storied histories. Some hotels have reported ghosts and paranormal activity throughout the …

Arizona court dismisses objection to balloon-launching facility

PHOENIX — The State Court of Appeals threw out the latest legal objection to a high-altitude balloon-launching facility in Pima County, saying challengers waited too long to sue.

Governor orders flags lowered to honor fallen Peoria soldier

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff until sunset Tuesday in honor of a fallen soldier from Peoria. U.S. Army …

Peoria native among 3 training deaths at Fort Stewart in Georgia

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — The commanding general of the Georgia Army post where three soldiers died in a weekend training accident says their armored vehicle rolled off a bridge and was submerged …
First responders
A hero in the form of a Chevrolet Cruz may have saved the lives of a couple pushing a stroller through a Phoenix crosswalk, police said.
A woman is in custody following a hit and run that has claimed the lives of a man and his 12-year-old son.
PHOENIX (AP) — Two Phoenix police officers involved in separate incidents that drew national outrage have been fired.
Top sports story

Column: Astros have shown disdain for media over and over

There's no cheering — or jeering — in the press box. Impartiality should be the guiding tenet of any journalist. Yet, the Houston Astros are making it really, really tough to abide by that …
More sports

Mahomes or not, Packers-Chiefs matchup takes center stage

Just last week, the Green Bay-Kansas City game was looming as one of the largest in the NFL this season. Then Patrick Mahomes went down with a dislocated kneecap, tainting a bit this …

Federer eases past Albot into Swiss Indoors quarterfinals

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer eased to a 6-0, 6-3 win over 49th-ranked Radu Albot in the second round of the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday. The top-seeded Federer had to save two break …

SEC showing off most promising crop of 1st-round NFL talent

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference produces more NFL talent than any other league. It's not even close. The football powerhouse had a in 2019, and dozens more made rosters and …

Harbaugh tells players' parents he's not leaving Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has sent an email to parents of players on his team, refuting a report saying representatives are working on his departure from his alma …
Daily Independent
Nation

Shutdown of nuke plant has a surprising stinging consequence

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The shutdown of one of the nation's oldest nuclear power plants last year is having a surprising, stinging consequence for a New Jersey bay considered one of the …

Harvard paper blasted for seeking immigration agency comment

For student and professional journalists alike, it's a matter of ethical standards: The Harvard Crimson student newspaper, in its coverage of a campus protest against a federal immigration agency, …

Minnesota mayor target of racist threats in trash dispute

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, has received racist threats amid a long-simmering dispute over how the city should collect its trash. Police in Minnesota's capital …

Mom's murder case raises questions about what doctors knew

DENVER (AP) — The case of a Colorado mother accused of killing the daughter she presented as a dying girl with a host of diseases and a bucket list of wishes is raising questions about whether a …

New Sept. 11 exhibit stages the hunt for Osama bin Laden

NEW YORK (AP) — Declassified U.S. government documents and artifacts will be part of a new exhibit about the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden at the site of the New York terrorist attack he …
World

Mexican agency says gov't must pay fishermen to save vaquita

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday the government must renew payments to fishermen who were ordered to stop using nets in order to save the last few vaquita …

Syria's Assad gets a prize with US withdrawal, Russia deal

BEIRUT (AP) — Once again, Syrian President Bashar Assad has snapped up a prize from world powers that have been maneuvering in his country's multifront wars. Without firing a shot, his forces are …

President says sorry but Chile faces more protests, strike

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets Chile's capital as an apology and promises of reform from President Sebastián Piñera failed to quell turmoil that …

Teachers who don't flee Venezuela get side gigs to survive

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Daixy Aguero holds her chin up when students wander by and are surprised to find their teacher selling makeup at a weekend Caracas street market. Aguero says it's the only …

Is boom, then slump, behind fiery Latin American protests?

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia's is socialist. Yet, from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators …
Entertainment
FILE- In this Oct. 27, 2017, file photo, actress Rose McGowan speaks at the inaugural Women's Convention in Detroit. McGowan has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Harvey Weinstein and two of his former attorneys engaged in racketeering to silence her and shut down her career before she accused Weinstein of rape. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Rose McGowan sues alleging intimidation by Weinstein, others

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Rose McGowan filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Harvey Weinstein and two of his former …
FILE - This undated photo shows Mark Twain, whose adventures overseas, and the irreverent book which helped make him famous, will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.  “Mark Twain and the Holy Land” opens Friday and runs through Feb. 2, the society announced Wednesday.  (AP Photo, File)

Upcoming exhibit highlights Twain's overseas adventures

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Twain's adventures overseas, and the irreverent book which helped make him famous, will be featured in an …
Musical artist Lizzo performs at The Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lizzo extends the writing credits for her hit 'Truth Hurts'

NEW YORK (AP) — Lizzo is sharing writing credit on her hit song "Truth Hurts" with the creator behind the song's signature line, but …
FILE - This Aug. 20, 2016 file photo shows Chuck D of the band Prophets of Rage performing during their "Make America Rage Again Tour" in Camden, N.J. Chuck D is this year’s winner of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award that recognizes artists who speak out for the less fortunate. Chuck D was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as part of the groundbreaking hip-hop group Public Enemy. He’ll be honored at a ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 16. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Woody Guthrie Center to honor rapper Chuck D

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Rapper Chuck D is this year's winner of the Woody Guthrie Prize, an award that recognizes artists who speak out …
FILE - This Jan. 23, 2017 file photo shows actress Geena Davis posing for a portrait to promote the film, "Marjorie Prime" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Davis will receive an honorary Oscar on Sunday at the annual Governors Awards. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

Governors Awards honoree Geena Davis on advocacy and equity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Geena Davis got a message on a Saturday morning that the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and …
Business

Texas Instruments, Norfolk Southern dip; Anthem, Boeing rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday. Texas Instruments Inc., down $9.62 to …
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo a Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is displayed in New York. Microsoft Corp. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Microsoft racks up more cloud customers

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday reported its latest solid quarterly report card to Wall Street, buoyed by another round …

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

A late wave of buying left stocks modestly higher on Wall Street after a day of bobbing between small gains and losses. The gains …
FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo a wheel on a 2019 Ford Expedition 4x4 is displayed at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Ford Motor Co. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Ford 3Q profit falls nearly 60% on restructuring costs

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s third-quarter net income tumbled nearly 60% as the company booked $1.5 billion in charges …
FILE - In this May 29, 2019 file photo, Eric Olson, right, gathers his tools as contractor Robert Radotich uses a backhoe to dig areas so the soil stratification can be observed, which will help them engineer and design the infiltration pods for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. The Minnesota Court of Appeals is deciding whether to grant requests by opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine to cancel two of its most important permits and order further proceedings. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP, File)

PolyMet opponents ask appeals court to overturn mine permits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine urged the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday to …
Travel
Jamaican citizens sue exclusive Yellowstone Club over wages

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Five Jamaican citizens who were recruited to work at a Montana ski resort for the ultra-rich just north of Yellowstone National Park say they and more than 100 other Jamaicans …

Honolulu to consider limits on South Shore surfing contests

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is considering setting limits on the number of surfing contests held on Oahu's South Shore, officials said. The restrictions may be similar to those for North Shore …

Secret criteria for US no-fly list upheld by appeals court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The largely secret criteria for the government's no-fly list have been upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving four people who sued over being …

Realism of Harvard's Glass Flowers still dazzles

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Tucked inside a museum on the Harvard University campus is a gallery teeming with plants so lifelike in appearance you'd be forgiven for swearing they're real. But this …

$416M luxury resort under construction at Big Sky

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The southern Montana resort community of Big Sky is getting a new $416 million luxury resort soon. The Billings Gazette that the new Montage Big Sky resort is under …

Things to do
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 …

Harkins celebrates The Addams Family with free event Oct. 19

Oh snap! The Addams Family is back on the big screen with a brand-new animated comedy and Harkins is celebrating with a free event for the entire family. Join Harkins from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 17-23

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. 17 - PHOENIX: Steve Hackett …

Opinion

FAIR Act doesn’t treat consumers, workers fairly

The House of Representatives just passed a bill that would make it harder and more expensive for Americans to resolve conflicts with …
Today’s drug development pipeline is a well-oiled machine. The FDA approved 59 novel drugs last year, targetting everything from cancers and lung diseases to migraines. Currently, nearly 6,700 projects are in clinical development.

How drug invention really works

The FDA just greenlit a new treatment for osteoporosis, a therapy for advanced bladder cancer, and a pill that can cure smallpox. All …

Yee: Arizona high school students will receive financial education this fall

By Kimberly Yee Special to the Independent As the back-to-school season is finally upon us, it is encouraging to think about all …

Chucri: Maricopa County elections are changing for the better

Building on a year’s worth of momentum, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors just took an important step to restore our …

INI launches Think Tank Initiative

I’ve been serving as your daily news editor at Independent Newsmedia for about 16 months. In that time, I’ve strived to bring a …