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Maricopa County detention officer killed in auto collision

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County sheriff's officials say one of their detention officers has died after his car was rear-ended in Buckeye. Authorities said the collision that killed Officer Justin …

Arizona high court revives challenge over immigrant tuition

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday revived part of a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general over immigrants in the country illegally paying in-state university tuition — …

Vegas man found slain in Arizona; 2 other Vegas men arrested

MEADVIEW, Ariz. (AP) — A Las Vegas man has been found slain in a remote desert area of northwestern Arizona, leading to the arrests of two other Las Vegas men, authorities said …
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Old shipping containers may get new life as storage for homes on less than 1.25 acres

The Apache Junction council on Dec. 1 is set to direct city staff on amending cargo container regulations in the zoning code, possibly allowing smaller ones on residential lots of less than 1.25 …

Arizona stops some transfers of patients from other states

PHOENIX (AP) — With Arizona hospitals admitting increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients, the Department of Health Service has suspended some transfers of patients from other states, officials said …
First responders
EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (AP) — An El Mirage police officer shot and wounded a man after nearly being run down during a traffic stop, according to authorities. They said Theron William Rood suffered a …
PHOENIX (AP) — Police have identified an 18-year-old woman who was fatally shot at an illegal party in an empty Phoenix warehouse. They said Lalaina Baldison was one of five people shot early …
First responders in Florence now have a state-of-the-art tool to help them care for patients in cardiac distress.The new device also protects first responders from COVID-19 infection while caring for …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Shufelt: Giving thanks, even in the midst of a pandemic

We all are well aware of how different 2020 has been — a pandemic, a contentious election, social unrest, the hottest summer on record — all of these have frayed everyone’s nerves. …
Greg Donovan

Donovan: Aging workforce, technical skills shortage and the importance of CTE

America is dealing with an unprecedented shortage of skilled labor. The Department of Labor reports while there are 7.6 million unfilled jobs, only 6.5 million people were looking for work. This is …

Goncalves: Pres. Biden will destroy Trump’s legacy

Jack Hawn in his letter (“Says it’s over, Trump lost election,” Nov. 19, 2020) wants the Trump supporters to take down our signs and flags — really Jack? The election has not, …
Steve Trussell

Trussell: Arizona economy built to withstand COVID-19

I recently had the opportunity to hear from the Richard Stavneak, director of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee followed by revered economist Jim Rounds at the Arizona Tax Research …
Steve Chucri

Chucri: Your right to vote is paramount

In recent days, constituents of District 2, candidates for office, state lawmakers and congressmen have asked questions and made statements regarding Maricopa County’s voting system, hand counts, recounts and legal challenges.
More sports

Vatican: Pope prays for Maradona, fondly recalls meeting him

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has remembered Diego Maradona in his prayers after learning of the soccer legend’s death on Wednesday, the Vatican said. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said …

Transfers lead No. 4 UVa to rout of Towson in Bubbleville

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Trey Murphy III scored 21 points a day after learning he was cleared to play and fellow transfer Sam Hauser added 19 points as No. 4 Virginia opened the season Wednesday …

A Thanksgiving Feast? Maybe Ravens-Steelers on Sunday

What are we to make of the Thanksgiving Day schedule? First off, we get a rare meeting of the Texans and Lions, which wouldn't draw any headlines had it been played on another day. Sorry, but 3-7 …

Diego Maradona's legend will always live on in Napoli

If there’s one place outside Argentina that will likely match — or possibly even exceed — the outpouring of mourning for Diego Maradona, it’s in Naples. While Maradona was revered around …
Nation
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Arizona, federal health officials offer holiday safety tips as COVID-19 surges

As federal and local health experts issue warnings and guidance on how to safely celebrate during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, some local residents are considering how the resurgent …

Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to …

NATO, acting US Pentagon chief discuss Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has spoken to the new acting U.S. defense secretary about the alliance’s commitment to stay in Afghanistan as long as necessary, his …

Here comes Santa Claus - with face masks and plexiglass

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus is coming to the mall — just don’t try to sit on his lap. Despite the pandemic — and the fact that Santa's age and weight put him at high risk for severe …

Election 2020 Today: Biden advisers on virus, pot embraced

Here’s what’s TODAY’S TOP STORIES: ‘HE WON’: President Donald Trump and made clear he would keep trying to overturn the election result. VIRUS TRANSITION: President-elect Biden’s …
World

Azerbaijani leader vows to revive region ceded by Armenia

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's president vowed Wednesday to rebuild and revive the Kalbajar region, the latest territory that Armenian forces have ceded in a truce that ended six weeks of …

Berlin police: Car hits chancellery gate, little damage

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say a car crashed into the front gate of the German chancellery building housing Angela Merkel's offices on Wednesday morning but appears to have caused little …

Ethiopian leader rejects international 'interference' in war

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister is rejecting a growing international consensus for dialogue and a halt to deadly fighting in the country’s Tigray region as “interference,” …

Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of …

A migrant's odyssey from boat to COVID nursing job in Spain

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The six migrants listen attentively to Mbaye Babacar Diouf, whose own journey across the Atlantic to a job nursing COVID-19 patients in Spain and giving back to the community …
Business

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

NEW YORK (AP) — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding. A century later, during another pandemic, movies …

Former executive faces prison time in SC nuclear debacle

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The executive who spent billions of dollars on two South Carolina nuclear plants that never generated a single watt of power is almost certain to spend time in …

Pandemic gave locals fleeting taste of a tourist-free Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Line-Noue Memea Kruse lives on Oahu's famed North Shore, where marveling at sea turtles, epic waves and sunsets that paint the sky orange and purple are a must for many tourists in …

Cannabis stocks surge as US election opens new markets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cannabis stocks are flying high after voters in New Jersey, Arizona and three other states cleared the way for expanding legal sales of marijuana. Shares in some of the …

Travel

Sen. Alexander nears finish line of decades in public office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than four decades ago, Lamar Alexander won a ticket to the governor's mansion after he walked more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) around Tennessee in a plaid shirt …

As season nears, Europe ponders skiing during pandemic

MILAN (AP) — Though the first real snow has yet to fall across much of Europe, ski buffs are imagining with dread a once-unthinkable scene: Skiing in Zermatt in Switzerland while lifts idle across …

The Latest: Honolulu councilman wants return of virus unit

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu city councilman has called on the city’s police chief to reinstate its coronavirus enforcement unit. The unit was suspended after allegations that officers abused …

Precautions help Aspen remain a destination during pandemic

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — March is Aspen's moneymaking season as spring breakers and families head to the mountains to ski. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, all four Aspen/Snowmass ski mountains …

Things to do

Gold Canyon Strong Small Business and Vendor Fair Saturday

The Gold Canyon Strong Small Business and Vendor Fair is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Gold Canyon Executive Suites, 6589 S Kings Ranch Road. “Join us for some holiday shopping, a food …

Fifth Annual Trolls Teddy Bear Run Dec. 5

The Fifth Annual Trolls Teddy Bear Run, benefiting the Mesa Family Resource Center and Mesa’s first responders, takes place Saturday, Dec. 5, in Gilbert. The entry fee is $10 plus the …

Mesa Historical Museum book fair in December

The Mesa Historical Museum, 2345 N. Horne, is holding a fundraising book fair 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, with all books half-price on Sunday. “We have over 10,000 books, …

Breakfast with Santa Drive-Thru Dec. 12

Registration is being accepted for the Mesa Parks and Recreation’s “Breakfast with Santa Drive-Thru” event. “Even though it might look a little different, we are keeping …

Entertainment
This image released by HBO Max shows Kaley Cuoco, left, and Michiel Huisman in a scene from "The Flight Attendant." The eight-episode series debuts on HBO Max on Nov. 26. (Phil Caruso/HBO Max via AP)

Kaley Cuoco judged a book by its cover for her new TV series

NEW YORK (AP) — Kaley Cuoco knew she wanted to turn Chris Bohjalian’s best-selling novel “The Flight Attendant’ into a TV series when the book caught her eye online. “The cover of the …
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus arrive at the train station in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo asks drinking places to close early to curb virus rise

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor on Wednesday asked bars and other places where alcohol is served to close earlier for three weeks to help prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections from turning …
Susannah Remillard, middle, speaks to one of her sixth-grade students at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in East Harwich, Mass. In a growing number of U.S. schools, students are now learning a more complex Thanksgiving story that involves conflict, injustice and a new focus on the native people who lived in New England for hundreds of years before European settlers arrived. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Thanksgiving lessons jettison Pilgrim hats, welcome truth

BOSTON (AP) — A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story. Students in many U.S. schools are now learning a more complex …
This image released by Hulu shows Mackenzie Davis, left, and Kristen Stewart in a scene from "Happiest Season." (Hulu via AP)

Review: A breezy, lighthearted rom-com in ‘Happiest Season’

Who we are with our parents and who we are in a romantic relationship can seem like different people. For Harper (Mackenzie Davis), a newspaper reporter living a nice adult life in Pittsburgh with …
This image released by Netflix shows Michael Potts, from left, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."  (David Lee/Netflix via AP)

Review: 'Ma Rainey' is Boseman's final, perhaps finest gift

Chadwick Boseman surges onto the screen as fast-talking trumpeter Levee in like a man on an electrified tightrope -- balancing precariously between hope and cynicism, humor and sadness, joy and pain, …