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Valley and State

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 …

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 …

West Valley blood drives available throughout June

Vitalant has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release. Shelter-in-place orders led to 566 blood drives …

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 …
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

D-backs cut about quarter of staff with layoffs, furloughs

The Arizona Diamondbacks have laid off or furloughed about one-quarter of the team’s employees because of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization made the moves on Friday. …

Big 12 revenue distribution down only slightly amid pandemic

The Big 12's revenue distribution to its 10 schools decreased only slightly because of the pandemic that led to the cancellation of spring sports, though there is still plenty of uncertainty …

The Latest: Pan Pacific swimming won't be held until 2026

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded …

Power Five leagues ask Congress for athlete compensation law

The Power Five conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes. The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast …
Daily Independent
Nation

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 …

Before Floyd death, activists saw progress on police reforms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Years of dialogue about police and criminal justice reforms in Minneapolis had improved the relationship between the African American community and law enforcement, activists say …

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical …

National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency early Saturday to activate the state National Guard as violence flared in Atlanta and in dozens of cities nationwide following the …

Merkel won't attend G7 summit in person if US goes ahead

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will not personally attend a meeting in the U.S. with the leaders of the world’s major economies if President Donald Trump goes ahead with it, unless the …
World

Asia Today: S Korea has another 39 cases linked to warehouse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday reported 39 new cases of the coronavirus, most of them in the densely populated Seoul area where officials have linked scores of infections to …

Trump cuts WHO funding as US economy clouds speedy recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grim employment and spending numbers darkened the prospects for a speedy recovery in the U.S. as the economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, even …

Nepal's parties show rare unity on border dispute with India

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — While Nepal's latest border dispute with India has strained relations between South Asian neighbors with centuries-old historical, cultural and economic ties, it also has …

$10 billion bailout for Germany's Lufthansa passes hurdle

BERLIN (AP) — German flagship airline Lufthansa agreed Saturday to a compromise worked out between the government and the European Union, overcoming a major hurdle toward final approval of a 9 …

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 …
Entertainment
FILE - In this April 18, 2020 file photo people gather during the Utah Business Revival rally, calling for Utah's economy to be re-opened, in Salt Lake City. A Utah judge has blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions, siding with county health officials who said the event expected to attract thousands of people could worsen the pandemic. Judge Dianna Gibson decided Friday, May 29, 2020, there was a real risk of spreading the virus among the audience and others they could bring it back to. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer,File)

Coronavirus protest concert blocked by Utah judge

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions Friday, siding with county health officials …
Police move through an area during demonstrations Thursday, May 28, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. Protests over the death of George Floyd, the black man who died in police custody broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

CNN crew arrested while reporting on Minneapolis protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol on Friday arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on following the death of …
FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, Kylie Jenner attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York. Forbes magazine, which once declared Jenner a billionaire on its cover, says she no longer deserves the title if she ever did, but Jenner is pushing back. Forbes said in a story posted Friday that an examination of financial filings after the reality star and beauty mogul sold 51% of her company Kylie Cosmetics to Coty in a January deal valued at $1.2 billion reveal that Jenner’s worth was inflated. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Kylie Jenner, Forbes spar over story on billionaire status

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forbes magazine, which once declared Kylie Jenner a billionaire on its cover, says she no longer deserves the …
A passenger waits to check his luggage at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Serbia's national carrier Air Serbia has resumed commercial flights as the government eased the lockdown against the new coronavirus. Crisis authorities have said the situation in the country has stabilized despite virus clusters in the southern area. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Nations ease more restrictions, air travel opening up more

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday …
Wood-grilled shrimp and yellow peppers.

Expand your grilling horizons

Grilling is a great way to cook many different types of foods. Burgers, chicken or steaks may be grilling staples, but many other …
Business
The Latest: Russia has highest daily spike in virus deaths

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 …

Twitter and Trump: a feud years in the making finally erupts

On one side of this fraught moment: the president of the United States, facing multiple crises less than six months before the election. On the other: Twitter, the social media giant, which has …

US cuts WHO ties over virus, takes action against Hong Kong

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak in China and will …

New Zealand near eradication, but virus has grim global hold

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Friday had all but eradicated the coronavirus from its shores with just one person in the nation of 5 million known to be still infected, but …

Travel
Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Large cruise ships will continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's transport …

Turkey reopens some mosques amid infection slowdown

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Worshippers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government reopened some mosques as part of its plans to relax measures in place to …

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Europe’s extensive social welfare net is under economic strain from the coronavirus, as for a second day in Spain on Friday against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, while Italy’s chief central …

No Eiffel, Mona Lisa or Versailles: Iconic sites stay closed

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Hold that smile, Mona Lisa. The Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles will remain off-limits for the immediate future, too. None of France's three most iconic tourist …

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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