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Maricopa County officials approve voting plans for 2020 elections

In preparation for the March 17, 2020 Presidential Preference Election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors recently approved the first Election Day and Emergency Voting plan, while Recorder Adrian Fontes approved the Early Voting Plan.

ADOT remains committed to opening full South Mountain Freeway by end of 2019

The East and West valleys will soon have another connection without having to go through downtown Phoenix once the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway opens its full 22 miles.

$1.8M grant to help Maricopa County reduce risk of lead poisoning

Homes in Youngtown, Tolleson, Gila Bend and Guadalupe will benefit from a federal grant that aims at reducing the number of children who get sick in their homes due to poisoning from lead-based …

Airbnb reports $53.3 million in tax revenue in Arizona

Airbnb, one of the world’s largest marketplaces for short-term rentals, has announced its community generated $53.3 million in tax revenue in the State of Arizona since the company began …

Arizona Public Service CEO apologizes for billing tool error

PHOENIX (AP) — The new head of Arizona's largest electric utility apologized Wednesday for a faulty bill calculator that was supposed to help customers find the cheapest rate plan but instead …
First responders
A Surprise police officer was injured in a collision while finishing up a traffic stop on Loop 303.   Around 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, the Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to …
A Peoria man is facing charges after police say he shot at a home that was occupied by six people. Trevon Darionte Harlston, 18, was booked on charges of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm …
Glendale police is releasing video and photos of on an officer-involved shooting of a man who was wielding forceps in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.
Top sports story

Nikola Jokic scores 25 points, Nuggets beat Knicks 111-105

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic made a late go-ahead 3-pointer and finished with scored 25 points to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the New York Knicks 111-105 on Sunday night. Will Barton had 16 …
More sports

Kopitar scores 2, Kings beat Red Wings 4-2

DETROIT (AP) — Anze Kopitar scored two goals and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Sunday night. Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli also scored for Los Angeles, which has won three …

Mavs star Doncic won't play at Bucks because of ankle injury

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic didn't make the trip to Milwaukee and will miss the game against the Bucks after spraining his right ankle against Miami. The club listed the …

Wild-Blackhawks Sums

First Period_1, Chicago, Kane 16 (Nylander), 7:42. 2, Chicago, Kane 17 (Toews, Strome), 11:33 (pp). 3, Minnesota, Staal 12 (Zucker, Suter), 12:37 (pp). Penalties_Greenway, MIN, (interference), 10:32; …

Kings-Red Wings Sums

First Period_1, Los Angeles, Carter 10, 12:15. Penalties_Los Angeles bench, served by Wagner (too many men on the ice), 0:44; Athanasiou, DET, (hooking), 9:35; Doughty, LA, (high sticking), 13:13; …
Daily Independent
Nation

Five aides to party-switching House lawmaker resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to become a Republican are resigning, saying his party switch “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his …

Precautionary decontaminations after Houston mercury spill

HOUSTON (AP) — Dozens of people were decontaminated as a precaution Sunday after trace amounts of mercury was spilled at three locations in Houston, city officials said. Fire Chief Sam Pena said …

Women's soccer team placed on probation after hazing probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — La Salle University has placed its women's soccer team on disciplinary probation through the end of next year — including restrictions on competition for the spring season — …

Report: Whistleblower says ICE denied healthcare to migrants

HOUSTON (AP) — A whistleblower report provided to BuzzFeed News alleges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has “systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care” to …

Senate Democrats propose calling Bolton, Mulvaney as witnesses for Trump impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats propose calling Bolton, Mulvaney as witnesses for Trump impeachment trial.
World

US says it won’t accept North Korea-set nuclear deadline

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat said Monday that Washington won’t accept a year-end deadline set by North Korea to make concessions in stalled nuclear talks and urged Pyongyang …

Police fire tear gas at Hong Kong protesters, ending lull

Police fired tear gas against protesters in Hong Kong before meetings Monday between the territory's leader and Communist Party officials in Beijing, ending a lull in what have become regular clashes …

Rescuers search building rubble after in Philippines quake

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — Search and rescue efforts continued Monday at a three-story building in the southern Philippines that collapsed in a strong earthquake. The Bureau of Fire Protection …

Standing ovation in Milan for Domingo's 50th anniversary

MILAN (AP) — Opera star Placido Domingo received a standing ovation for his 50th anniversary gala concert at La Scala on Sunday and returned the appreciation with a rare a cappella …

New Zealand observes silence 1 week after volcano killed 18

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders observed a minute's silence on Monday at the moment that a volcano erupted a week earlier, killing 18 people and leaving others with severe …
Entertainment
Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a news conference at the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Thunberg is in Madrid where a global U.N.-sponsored climate change conference is taking place. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

Going home: Thunberg stuck on floor of crowded German train

BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg has tweeted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a German train surrounded by …
This photo released by the New Zealand Defence Force shows an operation to recover bodies from White Island after a volcanic eruption in Whakatane, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. A team of eight New Zealand military specialists landed on White Island early Friday to retrieve the bodies of victims after the Dec. 9 eruption. (New Zealand Defence Force via AP)

Toxic air, gases hamper search for last 2 volcano victims

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A second land search of New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday failed to locate the bodies of …
This Sept. 19, 2018 photo shows the last standing building above the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. Documents show the Trump administration intervening in a U.S. Forest Service decision so that a Canadian company could write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. (Riley Bunch/Idaho Press-Tribune via AP)

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Adam …
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, people celebrate carnival during the yearly procession in Aalst, Belgium. The famed Belgian carnival town of Aalst on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 is renouncing its place on the U.N.'s cultural agency heritage list saying it was sick of the widespread complaints that this spring's edition contained blatant anti-Semitism and insisted no one should try to muzzle humor of any kind. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

Belgian carnival removed from UNESCO list over racism row

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A famous Belgian carnival was removed from the U.N.'s cultural heritage list on Friday following complaints …
Business
Report: Boeing considers cutting production of 737 Max

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing may cut production of the grounded 737 Max jet or temporarily stop making it after being told that its timetable for a return to the skies was not realistic, according to a …

Mexico trade negotiator: We'll never accept US 'inspectors'

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s trade negotiator for North America said Sunday that Mexico categorically opposes allowing foreign labor inspectors to operate in the country, saying that was not …

Hallmark draws criticism after pulling same-sex wedding ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel was facing some bitter criticism on social media Sunday over its decision to pull ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the …

AP EXPLAINS: How Madrid talks fell short on climate ambition

MADRID (AP) — This year's U.N. climate negotiations in Madrid, the longest in 25 nearly annual such gatherings, ended Sunday with major polluters resisting calls to ramp up efforts to keep global …

Retiring Farmers Union president: Family farms still viable

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As Roger Johnson prepares to step down after 11 years leading the National Farmers Union group, he’s well aware of the many challenges facing its members: a painful trade …

Travel
Macron pushes ahead with pension plan amid damaging strikes

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron remains determined to push ahead with an overhaul of the nation's pension system despite more than a week of nationwide strikes that paralyzed public …

California library gains hundreds of presidential documents

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California's Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical …

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade …

US academics detained, removed from Russia over visa mix-up

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Five academics from New York's University at Buffalo were ordered to leave Russia after authorities there determined they had violated their tourist visas by giving a lecture, …

Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Dec. 12-18

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Dec. 12-18. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Dec. 12 - PHOENIX: Arana Grande: …

Things to Do in the Valley – Dec. 5-11

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Dec. 5-11. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Dec. 5 - PHOENIX: Moscow …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 14-20

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 14-20. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 14 - MESA: The Magic of Bill …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 7-13

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 7-13. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 7 - SCOTTSDALE: Ferrari Club of …

Opinion

Health care systems are committed to keeping Arizona healthy

Our hospitals and health care professionals have served the people of Arizona in the most critical times — from your most joyful to …

Arizona needs bold action, not just promises to make medicines affordable

Prescription drug costs are unbelievably unaffordable for millions of Americans, including me, a medical student with a long-term …

Goldwater to DOE: It’s time to follow law

The Goldwater Institute sent a letter to the Arizona Department of Education on Monday regarding the Department’s worsening failures …

Unconstitutional fees threaten ride-sharing at Sky Harbor

The city of Phoenix is attempting to raise rates by 200% for customers using ride-sharing platforms like Uber or Lyft when they travel …

Let’s end 2019 on a safe note

Before you head out on the road, it’s worth taking some time to plan ahead. If you’re attending a holiday party, please make sure …