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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona reports 482 new COVID-19 cases with 7 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 482 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths amid growing vaccination rates. The state Department of Health Services said …

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb launching a streaming network

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff is launching his own streaming network featuring sheriff’s departments from across the country. Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb said this is a passion project …

Navajo Nation reports 15 new COVID-19 cases and 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and one additional death. Tribal health officials said the latest figures released Saturday evening …

22 people rescued after roller coaster in Arizona gets stuck

PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly two dozen people who were stranded after a roller coaster stalled mid-ride at an Arizona amusement park are safe. News reports and the Phoenix Fire Department say the ride …

Republican Arizona election official says Trump "unhinged"

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican who now leads the Arizona county elections department targeted by a GOP audit of the 2020 election results is slamming former President Donald Trump and others in his …
First responders
A man claiming to have a bomb at a Queen Creek Walmart was shot by Sheriff's deputies last night.   According to the Maricopa County Sheriff;s Office, yesterday at about 7:30 p.m., …
When the City of Surprise selected Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Piña to serve as the neighboring city’s next police chief, well, some were surprised. But more than that, they are …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area April May 6-13: Theft of property reported as 7:58 a.m. May 7 in the 1300 block of South Main …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Fairall: May highlights plight of seniors

May is Older Americans Month. This elder awareness protection program was started in 1963 by President John Kennedy and was originally known as Senior Citizens Month. The 2021 theme of Older …
John L. Smallwood

Smallwood: Key factors to know about the greatest disruptor of wealth

Paying taxes isn’t a favorite pastime of most Americans. And in retirement, paying higher taxes can be an unwelcome surprise when the financial plan did not account for them.
Carol Gaxiola

Gaxiola: We have an opportunity to save lives, protect our communities

My 14-year-old daughter, Jasmine, was taken by gun violence nearly 20 years ago. Her murder still haunts me, and I have done everything I could since then to see that no one else experiences a similar loss.
Dr. Barry Goodfield

Goodfield: Our treatment offers hope, healing to those with PTSD

I founded the Goodfield Institute LLC in the USA and The Netherlands and am also founder and CEO of Operation New Outlook, a nonprofit organization that works for and with veterans, first responders and their families to enhance their quality of life by treating post-traumatic stress.

Maricopa County Chairman Sellers: Senate’s allegations ‘dangerous,’ ‘lies’

Yesterday, I received a letter from the Senate President asking that members of the board and other Maricopa County subject matter experts come to a meeting and resolve “three serious …
More sports

Dutch Results

AMSTERDAM (AP) - Results from Dutch football:

Danish Results

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (AP) - Results from Danish football:

Philadelphia Flyers Stax

THROUGH GAMES OF SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2021

Tampa Bay Lightning Stax

THROUGH GAMES OF SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2021
Nation

Cedar Rapids tries to turn city of stumps into tree oasis

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Until one afternoon last August, Cedar Rapids had always been a lush, leafy island surrounded by a sea of corn and soybeans, with its giant oaks, sycamores and other trees …

Sharks use Earth's magnetic field as a GPS, scientists say

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sharks use the Earth's magnetic field as a sort of natural GPS to navigate journeys that take them great distances across the world's oceans, scientists have …

Israeli military targets home of Gaza's top Hamas leader

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it has targeted the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader after nearly a week of heavy airstrikes and rocket fire into Israel from the territory ruled …

AP PHOTOS: Fear and grief grip Gaza anew amid familiar glare

To the outside world, the scenes of rocket fire, bombing raids and angry protests in the Middle East this week may have looked familiar. To the people of Israel and especially the Gaza Strip, they …

Police: Missing Texas tiger has been found safe, healthy

HOUSTON (AP) — A tiger that frightened residents after it was last seen briefly wandering around a Houston neighborhood has been found and appears to be unharmed, police announced Saturday …
World

Turkey eases COVID-19 restrictions but keeps many curfews

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s interior ministry on Sunday lifted a full lockdown that had ordered people to stay home to fight COVID-19 infections, shifting to a less-restrictive program that still …

Afghan cease-fire ends amid calls for fresh peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A three-day cease-fire marked by violent attacks — most claimed by the Islamic State group — ended Sunday in Afghanistan amid calls for renewed peace talks between the …

Myanmar junta attacks western town that resisted coup

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Myanmar expressed concern about reports of fierce government attacks on a town in a western Chin state, where the ruling junta declared martial law …

Media demand Israel explain destruction of news offices

NEW YORK (AP) — News organizations demanded an explanation Saturday for an Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a Gaza City building housing the offices of The Associated Press, …

Merkel to youth: Build political support for climate action

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she understands young people's frustration about the pace of efforts to combat climate change, but is stressing the need to build political …
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Business

US rail industry defends safety record amid staffing cuts

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Even as railroads are operating longer and longer freight trains that sometimes stretch for miles, the companies have drastically reduced staffing levels, prompting unions to …

Pipeline operator says "normal operations" have resumed

ATLANTA (AP) — The operator of the nation's largest gasoline pipeline — hit earlier this week by a ransomware attack — announced Saturday it has resumed “normal operations," delivering fuel …

Detroit tourism seeks rebound after year lost to pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Timothy Tharp has owned businesses in Detroit long enough to remember when parts of downtown resembled a ghost town. He’s also seen its resurgence with new restaurants, hotels and …

Granholm: Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest …

Neighbors

Occupational therapy assistants use creative treatment including hippotherapy

Occupational therapy assistants play an important role in helping people with challenges and disabilities participate in everyday life activities. They are not confined to an office or desk for …

Meet Your Neighbor: Michelle Edwards, Arches Academy founder

Name: Michelle Edwards, founder and principal of Arches Academy, 1150 W. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction. Town/Neighborhood: Apache Junction When/Why I moved here: We originally moved …

Mesa resident Erin Connors graduates from Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University, Mankato, celebrated its 2021 spring semester student commencement by providing graduates “commencement-in-a-box” packages and personalized photo opportunities …

Maricopa Community Colleges honor MCC emerging artists

Eight Mesa Community College students recently received honors in Artists of Promise, a competition hosted by the Maricopa County Community Artists of Promise College District to highlight student …

Things to do

Salt River Tubing’s 41st anniversary ‘Rocking Rodeo Roundup’ May 15

Join Salt River Tubing at its 41st Anniversary Rocking Rodeo Roundup celebration on Saturday. Salt River Tubing’s hoedown is 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 15 with a cost of $19 plus tax and fees per …

West Valley Arts Council helps to unify community

Just over year ago, the West Valley Arts Council was missing something.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum has summer exhibitions

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 E. Main St., has four new summer exhibitions. They are: Passage, a collaborative site-specific installation of more than 7,000 unfired clay beads, each bead …

Western musical comedy opens at Fountain Hills Theater

The Ballad of Buzzard Basin, a brand-new, old-time cowboy musical that celebrates the essence, and yes, dag-nab-it, the quintessence of the old, old, old west, will be opening at Fountain Hills …

Entertainment
FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, American singer Janet Jackson, performs at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Janet Jackson’s entire ensemble she wore in the “Scream” music video opposite of her brother Michael Jackson are among the items up for bid in a three-day auction, Saturday, May 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File)

Janet Jackson's ensembles from "Scream" video sold for $125K

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Janet Jackson’s ensembles she wore in the “Scream” music video opposite of her brother Michael Jackson are among the items up for bid in a three-day …
FILE - IN this Dec. 21, 2020 file photo, A family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Florida's major theme parks are adjusting their face mask policies after the federal government loosened its recommendations as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday, May 15, 2021 to remove their masks when they are outdoors except when they are on attractions, in line or riding a tram or other transportation.(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Florida's amusement parks loosen pandemic mask requirements

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's major theme parks are adjusting their face mask policies after the federal government loosened its recommendations as more people get vaccinated for the …

'Well, that's it.' 96-year-old DJ bids farewell in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — After more than seven decades in radio, a 96-year-old Hong Kong DJ bid farewell to his listeners Saturday with “Time to Say Goodbye,” sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea …
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley listen during a news conference by their lawyer Philip Kent Cohen in Newport Beach, Calif. State prosecutors want to drop most sex crime charges filed against a reality TV doctor and his girlfriend, who are accused of drugging and raping several women at their Southern California home. The attorney general's office, which took over the case last year, asked an Orange County judge on Friday, May 14, 2021, to drop charges involving six of seven alleged victims. (Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

Prosecutors ask to drop most charges in doctor rape case

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — State prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to dismiss most sex crime charges filed against a reality TV doctor and his girlfriend, who are accused of drugging and raping …
These photos show the PopStroke franchise in Fort Myers, Florida, which features designs for the building and property that will be replicated in Glendale.

Tiger Woods’ putting complex coming to Glendale

Tiger Woods’ brand of putting courses is coming to Glendale.