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Valley and State

Suspect arrested in February 2019 fatal shooting in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — A suspect in a homicide case from last year in Phoenix has been arrested, according to police. They said 40-year-old William McCoy was taken into custody Tuesday with the help of …

Game and Fish says javelina was unlawfully killed in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the unlawful killing of a javelina in Tucson. The javelina was found …

Former border officer sentenced to prison in bribery case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge in Tucson has sentenced a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from Nogales to 2.5 years in prison on a bribery conviction. U.S. District Judge …

Navajo Nation reports 94 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 94 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths. The latest figures bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the …

Trump pardons ex-Arizona congressman in corruption case

PHOENIX (AP) — Rick Renzi, the former three-term Republican congressman in Arizona who served nearly two years in prison for extortion and money laundering convictions and complained that he was …
Your Health
First responders
The San Tan Valley woman who was missing for six days before being found in the Gila River Indian Community on Sunday is improving. A spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said …
The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of burglaries and thefts Jan. 10-14: Residential burglary, reported at 2:17 a.m. Jan. 10 in the 2100 block of North Meridian …
The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following robberies Jan. 8-14: Robbery of an individual at a convenience store Jan. 10 in the 2000 block of North Power Road. Robbery of an …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Crislip: Why older adults should set New Year’s resolutions and goals

A new year brings new resolutions for many and those New Year’s resolutions could also lead to some health benefits. According to a report published in JAMA, “setting resolutions …
Barbara Duncan

Duncan: Here’s what I see for the future of Arizona education

What do you think Arizona’s K-12 schools will look like in 2031? Does the prospect excite or dishearten you? After a year of countless hardships for families, we could use some positivity.
Giselle Alexander

Alexander: 6 things to know about PPP loans and your taxes

Last year was monumental to say the least. Life as we once knew it became a thing of the past, for individuals and businesses alike.
Merrill Edelstein

Edelstein: Arts options abound as 2021 begins

Well, it’s 2021, and like a lot of you, I’m on the couch staying safe.
The first doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine arrive in Maricopa County, Dec. 14.

Kirschner: Vaccine is a victory for science, humanity

With the approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the major tasks are now distribution and vaccination. Developing the vaccines has been a technological marvel, but until we get shots in the arms of 80% of the population, the COVID-19 pandemic will not be aborted.
More sports

AP source: Twins bolster rotation with $8M deal for Happ

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and veteran starting pitcher J.A. Happ agreed Wednesday to an $8 million, one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person …

Packers realize how much Rodgers has at stake this weekend

Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers teammates understand what this NFC championship game means to the All-Pro quarterback’s legacy. Rodgers has delivered the kind of season that which would match …

Comfort TV viewing gives ratings boost to football, dramas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unprecedented impeachment hearing failed to keep TV viewers from settling back into familiar, escapist habits last week. NFL and college football and sturdy drama …

Ovechkin on COVID list, Caps fined $100K; Canes games off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and three other Washington Capitals players were added to the NHL's COVID-19 list Wednesday and the team was fined $100,000 by the league for violating coronavirus …
Nation

Inauguration sows doubt among QAnon conspiracy theorists

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — For years, legions of adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan" as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military …

Some COVID-19 mutations may dampen vaccine effectiveness

Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19 may modestly curb the effectiveness of two current vaccines, although they stress that the shots …

New studies clarify which genes may raise breast cancer risk

Two large studies give a much sharper picture of which inherited mutations raise the risk of breast cancer for women without a family history of the disease, and how common these flawed genes are in …

VIRUS TODAY: US states report COVID-19 vaccine shortage

Here's what's happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — A number of states are reporting they are , and tens of thousands of people who …

Rape charges denied by lawyer for '70s Show' actor Masterson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson pleaded not guilty on his behalf Wednesday to the rapes of three women in the early 2000s. Defense lawyer Tom …
World

Report: Witness implicates Mexico's army in abduction of 43

MEXICO CITY (AP) — New testimony by a cooperating witness directly implicates Mexico's army in the disappearance of 43 college students in a 2014 incident that continues to haunt the country, …

Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its …

Portugal sets records in one of world's worst virus surges

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s new daily COVID-19 cases jumped by more than 14,600 to set a new national record Wednesday, as the country weathers one of the worst pandemic surges in the …

Italian police find stolen copy of Leonardo 'Salvator Mundi'

ROME (AP) — Italian police have recovered a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century “Salvator Mundi” painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church during the …

Belgium religious faiths want more worshippers at services

Representatives of the religious faiths recognized in Belgium have joined forces to urge federal authorities to increase the number of people admitted inside places of worship during the coronavirus …
Business

Biden plans temporary halt of oil activity in Arctic refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced plans Wednesday for a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Trump …

Yellen taps Obama administration vets for key Treasury roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that Didem Nisanci will serve as Janet Yellen's chief of staff once Yellen is confirmed by the Senate. Nisanci, who most recently …

United Airlines posts $1.9 billion loss in pandemic-laden 4Q

United Airlines said Wednesday that it finished one of the worst years in its history by losing $1.9 billion in the last three months of 2020, and it predicted more of the same in the first quarter …

CenturyLink to end Prism IPTV service in Litchfield Park

The city of Litchfield Park announced that CenturyLink will discontinue its Prism Internet Protocol Television service to city residents on March 31.

Neighbors

Family seeks help with World War II photos

When Army veteran Richard Perkins passed away at the age of 92 in 2014, he left behind a treasure trove of hundreds of photos he took while stationed in Hawaii after the attack on Pearl …

West Valley food bank among those applying for grant help

The Hope for Hunger Food Bank, located at 5605 N. 55th Ave., which serves Glendale residents and parts of Peoria, provides a lot more than just food distribution.

Apache Junction food bank adds little library with books, snacks, water

The Superstition Community Food Bank in Apache Junction has a new Little Snack Book Bank. The box at 575 N. Idaho Road Suite No. 701 holds new children books, non-perishable snacks and water for …

Scottsdale church feeds families experiencing homelessness

In an effort to help one of the most vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, members of Chaparral Christian Church volunteered to shelter and provide meals for families experiencing …

Things to do

WHAM ends month with pair of painting classes

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends January with several classes.

Zao Theatre presents ‘Songs for a New World’ Jan. 29-Feb. 14

“Songs for a New World” is the next musical production to be presented at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction. Performances are Jan. 29-Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. …

Surprise's MLK celebration going virtual this year

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is going virtual for the city of Surprise.

Arizona Speedway serving hot wings Jan. 22-24

Advanced reserved seats for the inaugural Wild Wing Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway are available for online purchase The 410 c.i. Winged Sprint Car …

Entertainment
This image released by Netflix shows ​Rajkummar Rao, from left, Priyanka Chopra and Adarsh Gourav ​in a scene from "The White Tiger." (Tejinder Singh Khamkha​/Netflix via AP)

Review: In 'The White Tiger,' an epic for modern-day India

Ramin Bahrani, the Iranian-American filmmaker, started out small, with the simple story of a pushcart vendor, a Pakistani immigrant selling coffee and doughnuts in New York, in 2005’s In the years …
This image released by IFC Films shows, from second left, George Lopez, Frank Grillo, Andie McDowell and Jake Allyn in a scene from "No Man's Land." (IFC FIlms via AP)

Review: A showdown at the border in ‘No Man’s Land’

Border tensions are boiled down to two families in “ ,” an uneven independent thriller with some redeeming qualities. Its heart, and homages to classic Westerns, are in the right place even if …

West Valley Arts Council sets Black History Month events

In observance of Black History Month and in recognition of the contributions African American artists have made in the community and the greater culture, West Valley Arts Council will present its newest exhibition, Imprint: African Americans in the Arts.
This cover image released by BMG shows "Silver Dream" by Moon Taxi. (BMG via AP)

Review: Moon Taxi, a cab simply not worth hailing anymore

Moon Taxi, “Silver Dream" (BMG) Moon Taxi have a new album with a dozen songs, but you may be forgiven for losing track of them. One unmemorable, formulaic tune bleeding into another leaves …
This image released by Netflix shows ​Adarsh Gourav ​as ​Balram​ ​in a scene from "The White Tiger." (Tejinder Singh Khamkha​/Netflix via AP)

How Netflix helped 'The White Tiger' movie become a reality

Priyanka Chopra Jonas was scrolling through Twitter a few years ago when she saw a headline that a film adaptation of “The White Tiger” was in the works. She immediately got on the phone to her …
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