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Arpaio pushes bid to erase conviction pardoned by Trump

PHOENIX (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments Wednesday in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bid to erase his now-pardoned contempt of court conviction from …

Shooter wants to prove civil rights violated in ousting from Arizona legislature

PHOENIX — Former Rep. Don Shooter has hired new legal help in his claim he was wrongfully ousted from the House, a firm that has built a reputation on defending civil rights of college students accused of sexual misconduct.

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 …

Arizona quietly suspends Medicaid work requirement

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona quietly suspended plans to require about 120,000 people to work, volunteer or go to school to receive Medicaid benefits, as courts have taken a dim view of similar mandates in other states.

Deadline this week to update credit card information for 2020 spring draw

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds hunters who applied for 2020 spring hunt permit-tags that Thursday is the deadline to update credit card or debit card account information. The same …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Two Phoenix police officers involved in separate incidents that drew national outrage have been fired.
As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. The blood drive is …
Chandler police are looking for a dark-colored SUV with heavy front-end damage following a hit-and-run that killed a man and his 12-year-old son.
Top sports story

Brand Name: 76ers GM goes full circle in championship hunt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While his front office contemporaries enjoyed the spoils of splashy signings and bold trades, Elton Brand flew halfway across the world to serve as perhaps the most …
More sports

No. 9 Tar Heels add Anthony at helm an overhauled offense

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina needs freshman Cole Anthony to live up to his lofty billing right away. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels must replace their top five scorers, including three …

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life. That day came Tuesday in her native Belgium, her death confirmed in a …

Very complex: Nats, Astros share spring site, meet in Series

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Asked how his Washington Nationals figured out Gerrit Cole in the World Series opener, Juan Soto didn't have to look far for an answer. "I'm glad I face him in …

PGA Tour hopes to 'never leave Japan'

INZAI CITY, Japan (AP) — Joining forces with a celebrity tycoon who dreams of going to the moon, the PGA Tour is committed to being in Japan for the long haul with its first tournament starting …
Daily Independent
Nation

TV reporter climbs on classic cars, is handed walking papers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Maybe the "Good Day Sacramento" reporter just thought he'd drive a little more traffic to his television station's website when he climbed on top of a classic 1950s …

5-year-old girl's body found in South Carolina landfill

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina police chief 400 people searched through 4 million pounds (1.8 million kilograms) of trash to find the body of a 5-year-old girl in a landfill, months after a …

The diplomat took notes. Then he told a story.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret cable. A disembodied voice. A coded threat. William Taylor, a career diplomat, went behind closed doors in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday and that added up to …

Ballistics database helps bring Houston gang war into focus

HOUSTON (AP) — Kenneth Roberson's lyrics chronicled the gang violence he saw in his hometown of Houston. "Momma's crying, son is dying on this crime scene," he rapped. Those words became …

Key takeaways from ambassador's testimony on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe it was a quid pro quo after all. A top U.S. diplomat told House impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine unless the …
World

The Latest: Bulgaria to work with UK on the 39 truck deaths

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the death of 39 people in a truck container in southeastern England (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The Bulgarian embassy in London says it will work with the …

Greece: Migrant child killed in boat collision

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek coast guard patrol boat collided with a dinghy carrying migrants to the island of Kos from Turkey on Wednesday, leaving a child dead and another person missing, …

UN says 1st local polio case found in Zambia since 1995

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995, in a 2-year-old boy paralyzed by a virus derived from the vaccine. In a report this …

China says US has 'weaponized' visas to target exchanges

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday accused the U.S. of having "weaponized" the issuance of visas following the reported inability of a top Chinese space program official to obtain permission to …

Canada's Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in Canada's national elections, losing the majority but saying Tuesday he was given a clear mandate despite an increasingly divided …
Entertainment

French police detain man who was holed up in Riviera museum

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a man has been detained by police after he was holed up for several hours in a museum in …

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 …
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019 photo, McGregor Scott, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, stands next to a 1967 Ford Shelby GT 500, that was seized along with other cars by the federal government that are now housed in a warehouse in Woodland, Calif. Two employees of a defunct San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, to participating in what federal prosecutors say was a massive $2.5 billion fraud scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion. It’s the largest single-owner car collection ever auctioned by the U.S. Marshals Service, with vehicles to be auctioned off on Wednesday.  (Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

2 guilty in $1B fraud as feds auction Burt Reynolds Trans Am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two employees of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in …
Actor Alec Baldwin holds a Josh Cole campaign sign after accidentally knocking it off a window during a visit to the Leeland Station Clubhouse in Stafford County, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Cole, right, who is running for the Virginia House of Delegates 28th District, reacts to the situation. (Peter Cihelka/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

The Latest: Alec Baldwin campaigns for Virginia Democrats

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Alec Baldwin campaigning for Democratic candidates in Virginia (all times local): 3:45 …
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.  Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents face new charges in the college admissions scandal. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, that the parents were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Lori Loughlin, other parents charged again in college scheme

BOSTON (AP) — "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband and nine other parents faced new federal charges …
Business
In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 photo, Carrie Gross speaks during an interview with The Associated Press along the Mariner East pipeline in Exton, Pa. The pipeline route traverses those suburbs, close to schools, ballfields and senior care facilities.  "It's absolutely traumatic and I don't say that to exaggerate or cry wolf," said Gross, referring to the project that runs through backyards in her middle-class Philadelphia suburb of Uwchlan Township. "It's devastated my neighborhood."  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania's gas politics churn as Trump embraces industry

EXTON, Pa. (AP) — For a second time in three months, President Donald Trump is headed to Pennsylvania to promote his support for the …
A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Wednesday after major companies reported mixed earnings and an EU leader said he would recommend the trade bloc allow Britain to delay its departure. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Stocks turn lower amid earnings reports, Brexit delay

BEIJING (AP) — Global markets mostly dipped Wednesday after more corporate earnings reports weighed and as Brexit seemed due to be …
SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh, left, and Sheikh Khalid bin Saud Al Qasimi, a son of Ras al-Khaimah ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, right, pose for photographs during a news conference in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. India's low-cost airline SpiceJet announced plans Wednesday to build its first international hub in the United Arab Emirates, offering a pledge of support to Boeing Co. by saying it would use now-grounded 737 MAX aircraft in the operation once regulators approve the planes for flight. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

India's SpiceJet to open hub in UAE with Boeing 737 Maxs

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India's low-cost airline SpiceJet announced plans Wednesday to build its first …
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons in London following the debate for the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, Tuesday Oct. 22, 2019. British lawmakers have rejected the government’s fast-track attempt to pass its Brexit bill within days, demanding more time to scrutinize the complex legislation and throwing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s exit timetable into chaos. (Jessica Taylor, UK Parliament via AP)

UK prime minister mulls early election over Brexit impasse

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was weighing Wednesday whether to push for an early election or try again to pass …
In this Sept. 18, 2019, photo a new heavy duty Caterpillar grader awaits modification at Puckett Machinery Company in Flowood, Miss. Caterpillar Inc. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Slowing global economy hits Caterpillar in 3Q

NEW YORK (AP) — A slowing global economy is taking a toll on Caterpillar, which is cutting its outlook for the year after profits …
Travel
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 …

German cabin crew union strikes at Lufthansa subsidiaries

BERLIN (AP) — A German union representing cabin crew has called members at several Lufthansa subsidiaries out on strike — a walkout that was extended by 13 hours at short notice. The UFO union …

Things to do
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 …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 10-16

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 10-16. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 10 - PHOENIX: Bring Me The …

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 …