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Parts of Phoenix airport briefly evacuated; flights delayed

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of travelers were temporarily evacuated from parts of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Friday after American Airlines called police to deal with a disruptive passenger, airport …

Man cited for using fake skeleton to drive in HOV lane

PHOENIX (AP) — A 62-year-old man was cited in Arizona this week after trying to disguise a fake skeleton as a passenger just to use the HOV lane. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a …

Australia tries to recover bodies of 3 from US wildfire crew

SYDNEY (AP) — A tanker plane that crashed and killed its three American crew members as they fought wildfires in Australia had just dropped liquid to suppress the flames, investigators said …

Woman charged with killing kids faced child-welfare scrutiny

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman charged with murder in the deaths of her three young kids in Phoenix was the subject of several home visits by police and child-welfare authorities when she previously lived …

Desert Financial Credit Union Will Donate $3M To Phoenix Children’s ‘1 Darn Cool School’

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 24, 2020-- In early 2018, Desert Financial Credit Union made a big announcement -- it had committed $2M in funding over three years to ‘1 Darn Cool School’, the …
First responders
Sheriff's deputies are investigating after an 83-year-old man was pulled from a pond in Sun City.
Glendale police have made an arrest in an armed robbery at a liquor store in October. Samuel Robert Rivard, 31, faces charges of armed robbery and drug possession. The incident happened Oct. 15 …
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a known violent and wanted fugitive from California has been fatally shot by police in Mesa. Tempe police detectives who are part of the Fugitive Task …
Top sports story

Herbert wins 1st European Tour title on Australia Day

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Lucas Herbert marked Australia Day in his native country by capturing his first professional title, beating Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa at the second …
More sports

Federer overcomes slow start, reaches Australian Open QFs

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer needed some time to get going in the Australian Open's fourth round, a match after a draining and difficult escape in which he was two points from …

Sofia Kenin stops Coco Gauff in Australian Open's 4th round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Coco Gauff's latest history-making Grand Slam run at age 15 ended with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0 loss in the Australian Open's fourth round to Sofia Kenin on Sunday. Like …

The Latest: Kvitova 1st player into Australian Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has become the first player to advance to the Australian …

Australian Open Glance: Nadal, Kyrgios duel in 4th round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO MONDAY All the ingredients are there for a classic fourth-round match between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios at …
Daily Independent
Nation

Netanyahu hopes to 'make history' with White House visit

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he hopes to “make history” during his upcoming trip to the White House for the expected unveiling of President Donald …

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal …

Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial …

Sharpton to lead memorial service for teen killed by trooper

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Family and friends of a 19-year-old Connecticut man killed by a state trooper earlier this month are set to gather Sunday for a memorial service featuring the Rev. Al …

Police: 6 people shot at party at North Carolina restaurant

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Six people were treated for gunshot wounds after a shooting inside a restaurant in North Carolina, police said Sunday. The Salisbury Police Department said via social …
World

Virus death toll in China rises to 56 with about 2,000 cases

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a new virus in China has risen to 56 with 1,975 total cases reported, as China's leader called the accelerating spread of the disease a grave situation. The …

Pope on Holocaust atrocities: Let's all say never again

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is inviting prayers and reflection about the “atrocity” of the Holocaust, urging people to vow in their heart “never again.” In remarks to the public …

19 killed in attack on Mali army base near Mauritania border

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Armed men attacked an army camp in Mali near the border with Mauritania, killing 19 soldiers Sunday, the armed forces said. The camp in Sokolo in the Segou region remains …

UN says 'blatant' violations of Libya arms embargo continue

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations decried “continued blatant violations” by several countries of an arms embargo on war-torn Libya, flying in the face of recent pledges made last week at an …

Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq's capital and southern provinces on Sunday, defying a powerful Iraqi religious leader who recently withdrew his …
Entertainment
This combination of photos shows, from left, Lizzo performing at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans on Oct. 27, 2018, Lil Nas X performing "Old Town Road" at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 23, 2019 and Billie Eilish performing during the "When We All Fall Asleep" tour in Chicago on June 9, 2019. Lizzo, Eilish and Lil Nas X lead in nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards. (AP Photo)

Dark cloud looms over new artists celebrating at Grammys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are walking into what should be one of the most exciting days of their careers …
This undated photo provided by HBO Documentary Films shows a scene from "Welcome to Chechnya." In documentary film, the anonymous source has often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure, or worse, a pixelated blur. But the new documentary premiering Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the Sundance Film Festival has with the aid of advanced digital technology gone to greater lengths to preserve the secrecy of its sources while still conveying their humanity. (HBO Documentary Films via AP)

New documentary cloaks anonymous sources in 'face doubles'

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In documentaries, anonymous sources have often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure — or …
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, Jan, 23, 2020. The event marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz under the title 'Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism' is held to preserve the memory of the Holocaust atrocities by Nazi Germany during World War II.  (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)

Israel to allow citizens to visit Saudi Arabia

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Interior Ministry said Sunday that it will now allow Israelis to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious or …
Sean Combs walks on stage to accept the 2020 Industry Icon award at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Diddy calls out Grammys and demands change in fiery speech

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs called out the Grammy Awards for in a blazing speech that earned him a standing …
Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar poses with his trophy after winning the best film award for "Dolor y gloria" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Malaga, southern Spain, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The annual Goya Awards are Spain's main national film awards. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Almodóvar, Banderas triumph with “Pain and Glory” at Goyas

MADRID (AP) — Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” swept the top prizes at the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards, including …
Business
Ringing in Brexit? Plans to celebrate UK exit divide country

LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just days away, Britons are fighting over the chimes of Big Ben. And the White Cliffs of Dover are a battleground. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European …

Britain's EU Journey: When the EU faced its biggest crisis

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult …

India, Brazil agree to boost ties in IT, biofuel and mining

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Brazil on Saturday agreed to boost trade and investment across a range of fields such as defense, mining, biofuel, cybersecurity, food, the environment and …

French automaker PSA Group says it will evacuate employees from Wuhan, take them out of China after a quarantine period.

PARIS (AP) — French automaker PSA Group says it will evacuate employees from Wuhan, take them out of China after a quarantine period.

Trump envoy hails deal to resume Serbia-Kosovo rail service

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Serbia and Kosovo said Saturday that an agreement to resume railway service between the two Balkan rivals is important for …

Travel
Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands can return home

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more …

Outbreak casts pall over China new year as deaths surpass 40

BEIJING (AP) — China's most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and …

Campaign crunch time forces progressives to eye private jets

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have spent the past year courting the Democratic Party's base with appeals to the working class and sweeping promises to curb climate …

First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a …

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 16-22

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 16-22. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 16 - SCOTTSDALE: Demonstrate! …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 9-15

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 9-15. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 10-12 - PHOENIX: 27th Annual …

Things to Do in the Valley – Jan. 2-8

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Jan. 2-8. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Jan. 2 - SIERRA VISTA: Patterson …

Turf Paradise to celebrate 64 years in Phoenix

Turf Paradise is celebrating 64 sensational seasons as Arizona’s first sports franchise with an anniversary party. The event is 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11. Fans will get free long-sleeve …

Opinion

A home-grown solution to rising rents in Arizona

Even working a second job in addition to teaching I have found it tough to find and afford quality housing and apartments to rent. …

CEO: APS committed to clean energy future

Imagine a world with 100 percent clean energy. We are. For more than 130 years, our company has been providing safe, affordable and …

Arizona must support the success of all students

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal begins to address many important funding needs, including a number of the short-term priorities …

Sky Harbor ride-sharing fees may violate Constitution

The Goldwater Institute has argued that the Phoenix City Council’s imposition of new ride-sharing fees at Sky Harbor Airport is …

Watson: Ducey education plan supports bright horizon for local educators

There are some big changes on the horizon for education in Maricopa County, if Gov. Ducey’s legislative agenda continues to get a …
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