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Valley and State

The Latest: India cases pass 800,000 with record daily jump

NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus cases have passed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases in the past 24 hours, causing nearly a dozen states to impose a partial lockdown in high-risk …

Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day …

Tribes struggle to meet deadline to spend virus relief aid

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As the coronavirus ripped through the Navajo Nation, it spotlighted longstanding inequities on the reservation where thousands of tribal members travel long distances for …

Peace Corps, ASU partner to provide digital libraries across the globe

The Peace Corps and Arizona State University announced a new strategic partnership agreement that will advance their shared interest in meeting the needs of learners in remote, offline …

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — A procession that included fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles on Friday escorted a white hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Arizona helicopter pilot killed in a crash while helping fight a wildfire.
A piece of Peoria was in Kentucky Thursday when the NASCAR Xfinity Series took to the racetrack. Mike Harmon Racing sported the name of Peoria police Officer Jason W. Judd on the No. 47 vehicle …
The city of El Mirage named Assistant Fire Chief Chris Richardson as Interim Fire Chief following the departure of Chris DeChant.
More sports

Lakers G Rajon Rondo breaks thumb in practice, out 6-8 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rajon Rondo broke his right thumb in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers in Florida. The veteran point guard will be out for six to eight weeks, the Lakers said Sunday night. …

What Would Have Been: MLB All-Star Game and British Open

Instead of MLB All-Stars gathering this week for the Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium, players who haven't opted out of the season are at their home ballparks. They are going through summer camp …

Reports: Washington to shed 'Redskins' name Monday

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports. It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the …

The Latest: Brewers' Lauer on IL without testing positive

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Eric Lauer said Sunday that he’s on the injured list because he was in close …
Daily Independent
Nation

Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 …

US grapples with pandemic as its origins are traced in China

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — The United States was grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world on Monday, as Florida shattered the national record for a state’s largest …

Asian shares gain on hopes for recovery, despite outbreaks

TOKYO (AP) — Shares rose in Asia on Monday, cheered by upbeat projections for a global economic rebound that were tempered by worries over expanding coronavirus outbreaks. Investors were looking …

Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned …

Feds to execute 1st inmate in 17 years for Arkansas murders

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government is planning to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Monday, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a …
World

EU ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia, drilling

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia …

UK tries new campaign to prepare public for Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Brexit moved back to the front-burner of British politics on Monday, months after COVID-19 knocked it out of the headlines, with the government launching a new public information …

Israeli court rejects petition to curb spyware company

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has rejected a request to strip the controversial Israeli spyware firm NSO Group of its export license over the suspected use of the company's technology in …

3 Azerbaijani troops die in clashes with Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other Monday for skirmishes on their volatile border that has left three Azerbaijani soldiers dead and several troops wounded on both …

Near final results show Polish president Duda wins 2nd term

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative President Andrzej Duda won a narrow majority in a bitterly fought weekend election, defeating the liberal Warsaw mayor, according to a near complete …
Entertainment
American actor Johnny Depp poses for the media as he arrives at the High Court in London, Monday, July 13, 2020.  Depp is expected to wrap up his evidence at his libel trial against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of abusing ex-wife Amber Heard. The Hollywood star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.”  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Depp in witness box for 5th day at lawsuit over abuse claims

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp is expected to wrap up his evidence Monday at his libel trial against a tabloid newspaper that accused him …
This image released by Doubleday shows Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Nickel Boys." On Monday, the Library of Congress announced that Whitehead had won its Prize for American Fiction. Whitehead, 50, is the youngest winner of the lifetime achievement prize, which the library has previously given to Toni Morrison, Philip Roth and Denis Johnson. (Madeline Whitehead/Doubleday via AP)

Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being …
This photo provided by Random House shows the cover of Andrew Weissmann’s "Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation." A lead prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Random House announced Monday, July 13, 2020, that “Where Law Ends” will be published Sept. 29. (Random House via AP)

Former Mueller prosecutor writing book on investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation …
FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the premiere of "Gotti" at the SVA Theatre in New York. Preston, whose credits included the films “Twins” and “Jerry Maguire,” died Sunday, July 12, 2020, her husband Travolta said. She was 57. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, dies at 57

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” to …

Kelly Preston dies at 57 after battle with breast cancer, husband John Travolta confirms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Preston dies at 57 after battle with breast cancer, husband John Travolta confirms.
Business
Analog Devices buying Maxim Integrated in all-stock deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Computer chip maker Analog Devices is buying Maxim Integrated in an all-stock deal that will create a company worth about $68 billion, and strengthen's its position in the analog …

UAE wants Libya to 'return to oil production' amid war

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates wants Libya to “return to oil production” as soon as possible, a top Emirati official said Monday, after officials with Libya’s …

Liz Weston: Probate workarounds can save heirs time, money

A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died, asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren. Because she lived in …

IMF: Mideast loses $270B oil income amid virus, recession

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's energy producers are expected to earn $270 billion less in oil revenue compared to last year as the region's economic heavyweight, Saudi Arabia, …

Travel
New Orleans' 1st Black subdivision officially historic

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic …

Florida reports largest, single-day increase in Covid cases

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. According to state …

Petr Yan stops Aldo, claims vacant UFC bantamweight belt

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Petr Yan won the vacant UFC bantamweight championship with a fifth-round stoppage victory over José Aldo at UFC 251 on Saturday night. Former strawweight …

As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers

BOSTON (AP) — At this time of the year, The Friendly Fisherman on Cape Cod is usually bustling with foreign students clearing tables and helping prepare orders of clam strips or fish and …

Things to do
Gila River casinos reopening after coronavirus death of employee

Gila River Hotels & Casinos is reopening its Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva locations this week after the implementation of enhanced safety procedures and health protocols. The …

Free Fishing Day in Arizona is June 6

The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to fish at the state's waters for free Saturday, June 6, according to a release. Arizona’s Free Fishing Day is celebrated as part of National …

Desert Diamond casinos are reopening June 5

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise will resume gaming operations at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos near Glendale, Tucson, Sahuarita and Why (Ajo). The TOGE …

Fort McDowell Casino plans to reopen May 15

Fort McDowell Casino and the Wekopa Resort and Conference Center will tentatively have a reopening day of May 15. Casino doors will open at 10 a.m., according to the casino's website.

Opinion

Phoenix takes step to address housing crisis

Phoenix's new initiative is a positive step in accommodating the housing needs of residents.

A big step forward for ADOT’s wrong-way detection and warning system

The use of thermal detection cameras to spot wrong-way vehicles on freeway off-ramps along Phoenix-area freeways will continue to …
Mimi Rogers

Rogers: The crisis of the pandemic on individuals who have intellectual disabilities

COVID-19 poses extreme obstacles for people who have intellectual disabilities and thrive on routine, familiar activities, and people, …

Five reasons Gov. Ducey should issue an executive order for short-term rentals

As many of us have heard in the Media, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have issued executive orders forcing …

Lack of persuasion as a failure against virus

Reopening safely out of the current pandemic ought to be done via persuasion, not coercion. It has been more than five months since …
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