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Valley and State

Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

ATLANTA (AP) — It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days, as it began years of furloughs due to budget cuts. As a …

Virus protection adds new wrinkle to Southwest heat relief

PHOENIX (AP) — Trying to stay safe during a global pandemic is hard enough, but people in Southwest desert cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas where temperatures can soar into the triple digits are …

Traffic, pollution staging a comeback in Valley

Everyone from cable news pundits to neighborhood soccer moms are cheering on economic recovery and a return to normal after months of changes and challenges in the wake of the novel coronavirus …

New director appointed for Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a new director. Michael Wisehart will replace Tom Betlach, who announced May 24 that he will be stepping down as DES director June 3, according to a …

Court rules on social security benefits for survivors of gay marriages

PHOENIX — A federal magistrate has voided policies of the Social Security Administration that deny benefits to the survivors of some gay marriages. In a precedent-setting decision, Bruce …
First responders
Hundreds of people in Phoenix gathered to protest the death of a man in Minnesota, but the event quickly turned violent with several properties damaged and people arrested. On Thursday, Phoenix …
When Avondale Fire Department Capt. Christopher Spire heard the gunshots, he was off duty with his family inside a sandwich shop in Glendale. But he went to work anyway. Officer Destiny …
PHOENIX (AP) — A plane with six people aboard crashed in Arizona in 2018 because it was overweight and had an undetected engine problem, preventing it from climbing after takeoff on a flight to …
More sports

The Latest: Training camp for Sri Lanka cricket squad

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Sri Lanka’s national cricket squad will start training from Monday after more than two months of …

Liga to resume with Real Madrid playing at training center

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league is resuming in less than two weeks with Real Madrid playing its games at the club's training center. Madrid will host Eibar on June 14 at the 6,000-capacity …

College Football Hall of Fame damaged in Atlanta protests

ATLANTA (AP) — The College Football Hall of Fame is boarded up and assessing damage from a destructive night of protests in downtown Atlanta. The facility’s most valuable trophies and …

Thuram tribute to Floyd as Gladbach beats Union 4-1

BERLIN (AP) — Marcus Thuram took a moment in apparent tribute to George Floyd after scoring in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-1 win over Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday. The Gladbach …
Daily Independent
Nation

Police praised for joining front line of Floyd protests

Police officers in one of New Jersey's largest and most violent cities were praised on social media for marching alongside protesters in rallies held this weekend over George Floyd's death. Camden …

National Guard patrols Los Angeles after night of violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed National Guard soldiers patrolled the streets of Los Angeles early Sunday as the city began cleaning up after a night of violence that saw demonstrators clash repeatedly …

NYC reels after days of unrest amid nationwide protests

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials braced for the possibility of more violence after three days of protests, which have left police cars burned out and led to the arrest of hundreds of people, …

Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials sought to determine Sunday whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful …

The Latest: Saudi mosques reopen for 1st time in 2 months

The Latest on the The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …
World

With cheap gasoline scarce, Venezuelans can buy at a premium

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolás Maduro said that starting Monday Venezuelans will be able to buy gasoline at international market prices, marking a historic break in the socialist …

Cyprus to launch SMS campaign to stem migrant arrivals

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is launching a multilingual SMS campaign to head off more migrant arrivals by dispelling the mistaken belief the European Union member country is a gateway to the …

Massive protests raise fears of new waves of virus outbreaks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of U.S. cities hit by massive protests after the police killing of a black man, has a message for demonstrators: “If you were out protesting …

World uneasily watches US protests but US racism seen before

LONDON (AP) — Nations around the world have following the death of a black man being detained by police. But they have not been surprised. Racism-tinged events no longer startle even America’s …

Police disperse anti-Bolsonaro protesters in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police say they used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Brazil's largest city on Sunday as groups protesting and supporting President Jair Bolsonaro neared a clash. The …
Entertainment
FILE - In this August 1956 file photo, Herbert Stempel appears in New York. Stempel, a whistle blower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s quiz show helped drive a national scandal and join his name in history to winning contestant Charles Van Doren, has died age 93. Stempel's former wife, Ethel Stempel, told The Associated Press on Sunday, May 31, 2020, that he died at a New York nursing home on April 7. She cited no specific cause of death. (AP Photo, File)

Herbert Stempel, TV quiz show whistleblower, dies at 93

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbert Stempel, a fall guy and whistleblower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s …

Christo, artist known alongside late wife Jeanne-Claude for massive, fleeting displays, dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Christo, artist known alongside late wife Jeanne-Claude for massive, fleeting displays, dies at 84.
Police in riot gear walk through a cloud of blue smoke as they advance on protesters near the Minneapolis 5th Precinct, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

More journalists injured covering George Floyd protests

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first time officers shot rubber bullets at MSNBC host Ali Velshi and his crew Saturday night in Minneapolis, …
In this Sept. 12, 2019 photo, provided by Patsy Fulhorst-Kirtland, students at Yosemite Valley School work on their school newspaper in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park has been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. They are student journalists who put out the Yosemite Valley School newspaper, the product of one of America’s most historic and unique public schools.   (Patsy Fulhorst-Kirtland via AP)

Dispatches from Yosemite: Alone with the bears and beauty

The glacier-carved valleys of Yosemite National Park have been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids …
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, a bar is boarded-up at a Bourbon Street intersection in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Bars have been closed in New Orleans since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some residents of the historic French Quarter, while acknowledging the economic pain and suffering, say the lack of tourists has been a relief.  (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

French Quarter sans tourists: 'An old neighborhood again'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For Jack Greenwood, New Orleans' COVID-19 lockdowns brought sadness, but also a revelation: He was making more …
Business
Target temporarily closing stores due to protest dangers

Target is temporarily closing 105 stores in 10 states after several were broken into during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The company is closing 46 stores in …

Infected workers, parts shortages slow auto factory restarts

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely …

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it fires staff amid virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Sunday it fired an undisclosed number of employees as the coronavirus pandemic has halted global aviation, becoming the …

Average US gas price up 8 cents over 2 weeks to $2.05

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.05 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says …

Travel
Locals take back tourist-free Waikiki during pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in Hawaii, Amber Lethem's family avoided Waikiki, the world-famous tourist mecca. “I reflect back on my childhood, Waikiki has always been this pinnacle of like …

The Latest: Pakistan allows international flights to resume

The Latest on the The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …

Greece clarifies policy, to allow tourists from all nations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials said Saturday that the country will not limit arriving airline passengers next month to people coming from 29 countries but that travelers who departed from …

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide …

Things to do
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.

Great Mother’s, Father’s Day gifts for boomers, seniors

Spring flowers are blooming and Mother’s Day ads are on TV and in newspapers. Expect a repeat for Father’s Day June 21. Stumped by what to get parents or grandparents for their special …

Opinion

A tribute to the men and women who serve in our armed forces

The Town of Paradise Valley was able to participate and honor the military veterans and all those who have served in all branches of …

Pandemic demonstrates importance of U.S. Census

An accurate population count in our city ultimately helps with all types of funding, including dollars allocated for emergencies like …

Candidate calls AZ House bill ‘legislative malpractice’

Arizona’s House Republicans, the majority party running our state, have once again chosen that the mantra of self-responsibility …

Should I require returning employees to wear masks at work?

Arizona does not currently have an Executive Order or law requiring individuals to wear face masks in public; however, the …

Resilience in the face of COVID-19

All can agree that we are in a crisis that is unprecedented. A quick search on Google will tell us that child abuse, domestic …
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