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Homeless count shows rise in Maricopa County

More than 7,000 people experienced homelessness in Maricopa County on the night of Jan. 27, continuing a troubling upward trend, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments.
TRAVEL

New Arizona specialty plates available

Arizonans now have more options to show their support for charitable and other worthy causes with five new specialty license plates that debut Monday.
Excessive Heat

Salvation Army reactivates heat relief stations

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is reactivating its heat relief stations throughout the Valley for Sunday, Aug. 9 and Monday, Aug. 10.
COURT

Arizona wins $22.5M judgment against vaping firm

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s attorney general has obtained a $22.5 million judgment against a New Jersey-based vaping company along with a court order permanently barring the company from selling its products in the state.

Arizona officials report record 800K ballots; race for county sheriff still close

With a record turnout, Valley voters made clear who they wish to represent them in the November general election, with all but a few races likely decided as elections officials continue counting ballots following Tuesday’s primary election.
First responders
A man was arrested in connection with a wrong-way incident in the Northwest Valley.
FLORENCE (AP) — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is seeking clarification about a county sheriff's new "citizens posse."
Goodyear police say they have arrested five people in connection with the illegal sale of drugs out of a home.
More sports

Safe at home? Blue Jays end nomadic journey in Buffalo

The signage is familiar. And well, really, that's about it. But hey, it beats nothing. Or, to be more precise for the Toronto Blue Jays, it beats seeing their name on the bottom of a scoreboard in a …

AP Interview: Rodchenkov lives in fear after exposing doping

His head covered in a black balaclava, adjusting dark goggles obscuring his eyes, Grigory Rodchenkov grows anxious if any part of his face can be seen. Exposing Russia’s state-sponsorship doping …

Pro wrestling star James 'Kamala' Harris dies at 70

James Harris, a Mississippi-born sharecropper who gained international fame as “Kamala the Ugandan Giant,” a massive professional wrestler who terrorized opponents with his trademark …

Mets' Marcus Stroman opts out of season over virus concerns

Marcus Stroman’s recovery from a torn left calf muscle was almost complete, and he was in line to possibly make his season debut for the New York Mets next week against the Miami Marlins. But …
Nation

Board of evangelical Liberty University names interim leader while Jerry Falwell Jr. on leave after photo uproar

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Board of evangelical Liberty University names interim leader while Jerry Falwell Jr. on leave after photo uproar.

In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to blink. The Democratic leader has been here before, negotiating a deal with the White House to save the U.S. economy, and lessons from the …

Explosion levels 3 Baltimore homes; 1 dead, 1 trapped

BALTIMORE (AP) — An explosion completely destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday, killing one person and critically injuring several others. At least one person was trapped in the …

Democrats, Biden still juggling virtual convention details

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden’s presidential nominating convention will highlight the U.S. political spectrum from the left flank of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Republican old guard …

Shots fired as crowds clash with police in downtown Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people smashed windows, stole from stores and clashed with police early Monday in Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city's …
World

11 members of family die in Panama flooding

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian officials traveled Monday to a remote riverside community where floodwaters over the weekend drowned 11 members of a family, nine of them children. The victims were …

Belarusian Interior Ministry says one protester has died in clashes with police in the capital

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarusian Interior Ministry says one protester has died in clashes with police in the capital.

Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans demanded answers Monday after botched primaries forced officials to reschedule voting at centers lacking ballots, an unprecedented decision being called a …

El Salvador waits for president, congress to act on pandemic

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — If El Salvador President Nayib Bukele and the country’s congress can’t reach an agreement in the next two weeks on how to regulate the country’s economic …

Greek national security council to meet amid Turkey tension

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister is to convene the government’s national security council after Turkey announced its research vessel would be conducting exploratory drilling in the …
Entertainment
FILE - Katherine Schwarzenegger, left, and Chris Pratt arrive at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019. Pratt and Schwarzenegger say they are “beyond thrilled” and “extremely blessed after she gave birth to their first child together. The ”Avengers" actor and the children's book author announced the birth of daughter Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt in a joint post on their Instagram accounts Monday. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger greet baby daughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger say they are “beyond thrilled” and “extremely blessed" after she gave birth to their first child together. The 41-year-old …

Money offered for info on former ‘Tiger King’ star husband

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The family of a Florida man who disappeared in 1997 and who appeared on the hit TV series “Tiger King,” has hired a lawyer and is offering $100,000 in exchange for …

French publisher's jarring memoir to be released in English

NEW YORK (AP) — An English-language edition of “Le Consentement,” a French publisher's jarring memoir about her abusive relationship as a teenager with a prominent writer in his 50s, will come …
This combination photo shows, from left, Lynn Nottage, Lydia R. Diamond and Regina Taylor, who are contributing microplays for the “Theatre for One: Here We Are” project, all written and directed by Black, indigenous and women of color. Performances will begin on Aug. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET and will be held each subsequent Thursday through Sept. 24. (AP Photo)

The always intimate Theatre for One goes online

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus hasn't stopped the world's smallest theater. “Theatre for One,” where one audience member sees one short play performed by a single actor in a portable …
FILE - Will Forte arrives at the premiere of "Good Boys" in Los Angeles on Aug. 14, 2019. “MacGruber,” a parody skit on “Saturday Night Live” that became a movie, is coming back to the small screen. The NBCUniversal streaming platform Peacock said Monday that Forte will once again play the mullet-haired hero for a new half-hour series. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Will Forte to bring parody 'MacGruber' to Peacock service

NEW YORK (AP) — “MacGruber,” a parody skit on “Saturday Night Live” that became a movie, is coming back to the small screen. The NBCUniversal streaming platform Peacock said Monday that …
Business

Pentagon offers military airwaves for 5G wireless networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to free up a big chunk of its military airwaves in the U.S. for high-speed internet service, part of a broader push to get ahead of China in the deployment of …

Asian shares mostly higher on stimulus moves, jobs data

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Monday after President Donald Trump issued executive orders to provide tax relief and stopgap unemployment benefits for Americans hit by the fallout from the …

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

Stocks closed mostly higher on Wall Street Monday, nudging the S&P 500 within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. The gains came on the first trading day since President Donald …

Marriott recovering in China, Royal Caribbean posts loss

On land and sea, the travel industry is hurting but holding out hope for a recovery. Marriott said Monday it has reopened most of its hotels around the world, helped by a rebound in business …

Travel

Air traffic is down, gun seizures up at US airports

With air traffic nearing a five-month high, airport security is finding guns in passenger carry-on bags at three times the rate recorded before the pandemic. And 80% of the guns are …

US passenger train company drops Virgin as partner

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline has ended with a whimper, less than two years after it …

Virus-linked border moves raise fears on free travel in EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a “second wave” of uncoordinated border restrictions within Europe that threatens …

China business travel returns for Marriott, revenue tumbles

Marriott has reopened 91% of its hotels globally as business travel reemerges in China and worldwide occupancy, which tumbled to 11% in April, reached 34%. The company reported quarterly profits …

Things to do

Arizona volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway program

A lot has changed over the last few months, but there is still a need for volunteers to help keep Arizona looking its best.

Arizona arts poised to stage a comeback

With innovative approaches and support from area patrons and other sources, local arts groups are adapting to continue their missions in the community.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Valley Voices

Arizona court gives teachers union tax hike an ‘F’

The Arizona Education Association (AEA) can breathe a sigh of relief — not because state courts just threw the union’s “InvestinEd” near-$1 billion tax hike plan off the ballot for the second time in a row, but because the court’s scathing rebuke dealt only with this one instance of the union’s misinformation playbook.

Thomas: Resident warns widows about policy

A warning to widows and widowers. I married a man in 2012 who lived in Sun City, he added my name to the deed of his home and in 2018 he passed away. This week I received an invoice from …

Communities must confront short term rentals

What can cities do to halt the general disruption in our neighborhoods, overstuffed trash receptacles and misused recycling containers?

Tuttle: Fontes should foot bill for ballots

It’s your money. Just in case you have not been keeping up with the events within the Secretary of State, the Recorder’s Office, the county supervisors and the Attorney General’s …

Shufelt: 250+ birthdays celebrated each and every month, even in the pandemic

Through the Birthday Dreams program at Arizona Helping Hands, 1,823 children in foster care have had birthdays made special in 2020. More than 250 boys and girls each month have received gifts …