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The Latest: India reports biggest single-day spike in cases

NEW DELHI: India on Friday registered more than 9,800 new cases of the coronavirus in another biggest single-day spike. The Health Ministry said the total number of confirmed cases touched 226,770 …

The Latest: Australians draw parallels to inequality in U.S.

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Australians …

Arizona attorney general says police reforms needed

GLENDALE (AP) — Arizona's Republican attorney general on Thursday called for a series of police reforms he said are needed in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Mark Brnovich sent a …

Influencer Jake Joseph Paul faces charges after mall riot

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Social media influencer Jake Joseph Paul faces misdemeanor charges following a riot at a mall outside Phoenix, police said Thursday. Paul, who has 20 million followers, …

Immigrants anxious as they await Supreme Court DACA decision

PHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya’s hands get sweaty and her throat feels like it’s closing just talking about the anxiety of every Monday this spring. The immigrant rights activist who's …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Video shows at least four minutes passed before paramedics could provide medical assistance to an unarmed man fatally shot last week by an Arizona state trooper, drawing outrage …
The new firestation being built in north Surprise will be known as much for the art in front of it as the building itself when it opens this fall at 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
The Scottsdale Police Department has announced the arrest and/or charges of nine additional individuals following Saturday night’s civil unrest --- including social media star Jake Paul.
More sports

Colin Kaepernick has more support now, still long way to go

When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice in 2016, he was mostly alone. Politicians, team owners and fellow players …

With governor's approval, Memorial Tournament to have fans

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine approved a plan for Muirfield Village Golf Club to have at least some fans for the Memorial in July, which would make it the first PGA Tour event with a crowd since the tour was …

DePaul AD Jean Lenti Ponsetto retires after 18 years

CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto is retiring. Ponsetto, who played four sports at DePaul, has served as athletic director for the past 18 years and worked in …

Back on track: IndyCar delayed debut all-in-one Texas affair

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Things are starting to feel a little more normal for Ed Carpenter with IndyCar finally about to start its season, though the timing still has him a bit out of sorts. The …
Daily Independent
Nation

Fire destroys Southern California warehouse linked to Amazon

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire early Friday destroyed a Southern California distribution facility that was used to ship items to Amazon customers but authorities said employees got out and there were no …

Trump evokes Floyd after hailing strong jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared it was “a great day” for George Floyd as he discussed a strong jobs report for the country and efforts to bring about racial …

Tennessee official: Don't send forms yet for expanded voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s election coordinator told his local counterparts Friday not to send absentee voting applications to some Tennesseans just yet, guidance issued the day after a …

Witness: Floyd didn't resist arrest, tried to diffuse things

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who was with George Floyd on the night he died said his friend did not resist arrest and instead tried to diffuse the situation before he ended up handcuffed on the ground …

NYC calmer as Buffalo police draw ire for protester injury

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest night of protests in New York City sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police was markedly calmer, while video of a police officer appearing to shove an …
World

French forces kill al-Qaida's North African commander

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French forces have killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, the France’s defense minister announced late Friday, in what would be a major …

Suriname finally issues vote results showing opposition win

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Suriname's electoral authorities have finally announced preliminary results from the May 25 elections won by opposition parties, which on Friday accused the government …

Protests shift to memorializing Floyd amid push for change

ATLANTA (AP) — The tenor of the protests set off by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police has taken a turn from the explosive anger that has fueled the setting of fires, breaking of …

French military says it killed commander of al-Qaida's North Africa branch in long-awaited victory

PARIS (AP) — French military says it killed commander of al-Qaida's North Africa branch in long-awaited victory.

Vatican arrests businessman in shady London real estate deal

ROME (AP) — Vatican police on Friday arrested an Italian businessman involved in a controversial London real estate deal on suspicion of extortion, fraud and money laundering, the Holy See …
Entertainment
President Donald Trump speaks after signing the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House forces reporters to ditch social distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House abandoned social distancing for reporters attending President Donald Trump's Rose Garden event …

Study: Black Americans most interested in COVID-19 news

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Americans, who have suffered disproportionately from the coronavirus, have shown a more intense interest in …
President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with commercial fishermen at Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine, Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump moves to allow commercial fishing in conservation area

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump took action Friday to allow commercial fishing at a marine conservation area off the New …
FILE - This Nov. 17, 2019 file photo shows Kanye West on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston.  West has donated $2 million dollars to support the families and legal teams for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. A representative for the rapper confirmed that some of the money donated would fully cover college tuition costs for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna. Floyd died last month after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes as he pleaded for air. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

Kanye West attends Chicago protest, donates $2M to victims

Kanye West has donated $2 million to support the families and legal teams for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. A …
Moviegoers watch the movie "Grease" at the Autocine Madrid Race drive-in cinema during the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, June 4, 2020.(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

EU hopes to free borders of virus restrictions by end June

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe could have its free travel zone up and running again by the end of the month, but travelers from further …
Business
Reddit co-founder leaves board, urges black replacement

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the board of the social media site and urged the board to replace him with a black candidate. Ohanian implicitly linked his move to …

Facebook removes nearly 200 accounts tied to hate groups

Facebook has removed nearly 200 social media accounts linked to white supremacy groups that planned to encourage members to attend protests over police killings of black people — in some cases with …

Asian shares higher after jobless data snaps Wall St rally

Shares advanced in Asia on Friday, with Tokyo's Nikkei 225 closing at its highest level since late February. Investors were awaiting more updates on the U.S. jobless situation Friday after …

US unemployment drops unexpectedly to a still-high 13.3%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell unexpectedly in May to 13.3% — still on par with what the nation witnessed during the Great Depression — as states loosened their coronavirus …

Travel
Nations try to get back on their feet but job cuts continue

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the …

Virginia city removes 176-year-old slave auction block

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A 176-year-old slave auction block has been removed from a Virginia city's downtown. The 800-pound (363-kilogram) stone was pulled from the ground at a Fredericksburg …

Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. But then the pandemic hit, and they were stranded in Sri …

The Latest: Pakistan, India coronavirus cases, deaths spike

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan reported a record single-day spike in coronavirus-related deaths with 82 new fatalities and 4,688 cases that it says resulted from increased testing in the past 24 …

Things to do
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.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos reopening its locations May 15

Gila River Hotels & Casinos announced Monday that it will reopen its doors Friday, May 15. The Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva properties will open at noon to the public, according to a release.

Opinion

The Salvation Army makes statement on death of Floyd and ongoing protests

The Salvation Army joins in the sorrow, anger and confusion felt by Americans all across the country following the death of George …

Northwest Valley Connect seeks your help

Many of us are feeling the need to do something purposeful these days. At Northwest Valley Connect we can connect you to a variety of …
The WHAM mobile arts studio was stolen in from the arts organization’s Surprise headquarters in April; but individual donations and financial support from other local nonprofit agencies provided the funding to replace what was taken. [Submitted photo/WHAM]

Generosity saved WHAM’s traveling arts studio

On April 5, WHAM’s Traveling Art Studio, which is used to take art to the communities of the West Valley, was stolen.
Mary Lynn Kasunic

Kasunic: Social-distancing can mask elder abuse

In a year with many distractions and stressful events, we must not forget that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. …

Proactive measures to ensure your care and safety

In these unsettling times of COVID-19, our advance preparation and putting what we learn into action have positioned us for success. …
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