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Valley and State

Navajo Nation: No COVID-19 related deaths for 5th day in row

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 43 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fifth consecutive day. The latest numbers released by tribal health …

Arizona reports another 2,289 COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is reporting 2,289 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, a figure nearly identical to a day earlier, and 11 more deaths. The state dashboard released the latest numbers …
Subscriber Exclusive

Surprise Aquatic Center pool mural a step closer

The Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Ave., is a step closer to become a little more colorful outside.
Subscriber Exclusive

Scottsdale photo radar sees ‘an explosion’ of high-speed citations

Scottsdale police officials say they’re seeing a growing trend across the city, and it’s a dangerous one. Clocking speeds up to 100 mph — specifically on Scottsdale and Pima …

2 top aides to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey leaving for new jobs

PHOENIX (AP) — Two top aides to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey are moving on. Ducey's office announced Thursday that Chief of Staff Daniel Scarpinato will join a Washington-based advertising and …
First responders
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from July 29-Aug. 5.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area June July 29-Aug. 5.
After so many smoke-filled summers and record-setting burns, residents of Western North America are no strangers to wildfires. Still, many questions are circulating about why forest fires are …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Letter: Arizona's senators should foster cultured-meat research

I imagine Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, like most people, want to leave a legacy of some kind. They can do this by supporting federal funding for open-access cultured-meat research. For …

Letter: Claims other side in politics has no morals

I have been asked why liberals seem to have an advantage over conservatives when it comes to politics. Liberals seem to do whatever they please even if it is illogical. For example, they are the …

Letter: Don’t be lazy; just do some actual research

Without being accusatory, I ask the question: Are Americans inherently lazy? I’m not referring to work ethic. Americans are among the hardest working people in the world. I’m talking …

Rep. Kavanagh: Arizona's legislative session produced significant accomplishments

The 2021 session of the Arizona Legislature was one of the most productive sessions I have experienced in my 15 years serving you as both your state senator and state representative. The session …

Letter: Infrastructure bill proves Washington, D.C. 'broken,' needs 'repair'

Here we go again … Chuck Schumer has introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure bill containing 2,700 pages. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act was brought to the floor by Speaker of the House …
More sports

Cincinnati Team Stax

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Seattle Team Stax

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Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Runs

Reds first. Jonathan India homers to left field. Jesse Winker hit by pitch. Nick Castellanos walks. Jesse Winker to second. Joey Votto lines out to first base to John Nogowski. Jesse Winker doubled …

Seattle-N.Y. Yankees Runs

Yankees second. Giancarlo Stanton singles to right field. Joey Gallo doubles to deep right field. Giancarlo Stanton to third. Gleyber Torres out on a sacrifice fly to right field to Mitch Haniger. …

Toronto Team Stax

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Cleveland Team Stax

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Most recent
Hiroshima marks 76th anniversary of US atomic bombing

TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshima on Friday marked the 76th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing, as the mayor of the Japanese city urged global leaders to unite to eliminate nuclear weapons, just …

Joel Dahmen leads Barracuda Championship with 16 points

Cleveland-Toronto Runs

FTC official raps Facebook for booting political ads probe

Nation

3 erupting Alaska volcanoes spitting lava or ash clouds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three remote Alaska volcanoes are in various states of eruption, one producing lava and the other two blowing steam and ash. So far, none of the small communities near …

Apple to scan U.S. phones for images of child abuse

Apple is planning to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be misused by …

Embattled HFPA announces reforms to bylaws, membership

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Thursday announced reforms to its bylaws and an overhaul of its membership process in a bid to diversify its ranks and potentially restore …

House lawmaker suing Pelosi over mask rule says he has COVID

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Rep. Ralph Norman, one of the three congressional Republicans suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi over fines for not wearing masks during a vote on the U.S. House floor, has contracted …

Chicago police officer charged in downtown subway shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who as he tried to escape capture by running up an escalator in a busy subway station has been charged with felony aggravated battery with a firearm and …
World

Haiti boosting security for judges amid assassination case

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian authorities have secured armed guards to bolster security for court personnel as they prepare to announce the judge who will oversee proceedings involving the …

People fleeing Hong Kong crackdown get temporary US haven

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden granted temporary refuge Thursday to people from Hong Kong amid the Chinese government's effort to crush the pro-democracy movement and tighten its control on …

South Africans protest killings in Durban suburb in rioting

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Supporters of South Africa’s leftist opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, on Thursday demonstrated against the killings of 36 people in Phoenix, a suburb of …

Saudi case against Twitter user may have its roots in US

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi humanitarian aid worker's anonymous Twitter account used for satire about Saudi Arabia's economy landed him in prison in the kingdom over three years …

French constitutional court to scrutinize law on health pass

PARIS (AP) — A special French court is set to decide Thursday whether a new law that takes effect next week and would only allow access to cafes, restaurants, long-distance travel — and in some …
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Business

Virgin Galactic restarts space-trip sales at $450,000 and up

The ticket window is open again for space flights at Virgin Galactic, with prices starting at $450,000 a seat. The space-tourism company said Thursday it is making progress toward beginning …

CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN has fired three employees who violated company policy by coming to work unvaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. CNN chief Jeff Zucker told staff members of the firing in a …

Casino giant MGM Resorts selling land to New York-based firm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A New York-based real estate investment firm will emerge as the largest landholder on the Las Vegas Strip under a $17.2 billion property deal between landholding affiliates of …

Beyond Meat sees Q2 sales jump on restaurant demand

Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat said Thursday that its revenue jumped 32% in the second quarter as demand from restaurants returned. But the company's shares dropped after it forecast …

Neighbors

Job fair Aug. 24 in Mesa

A job fair will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Salvation Army, 241 E. Sixth St. in Mesa. “Save the date. National and local companies will be doing interviews, discussing job …

Peoria Unified student dies in OHV accident

A student set to enter Sunrise Mountain High School this week has succumbed to a head injury he received after an OHV accident in Payson.

Ralston named Hometown Hero for entrepreneurial spirit

Since his formidable years Queen Creek resident Jerome J. Ralston knew he wanted to be in business for himself. “I told my mom that I was going to be a businessman and she just …

Developmental, sensory screenings needed for young children, First Things First says

As Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First recognizes that while every child develops at their own pace, developmental and sensory screenings are a way parents can learn about …

Things to do

Salt River Tubing open seven days a week

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, with safety protocols in place. “SRTR will strive to do its best to …

Coheed and Cambria at Mesa Ampitheatre Aug. 28

Coheed and Cambria and The Used 2021 — with special guests Meet Me at the Altar — perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Mesa Amphitheatre. 263 N. Center St. The event is presented by …

Surprise mayor’s art exhibit reflects on 9/11

Submissions are being accepted for the first-ever Mayor’s Exhibit: A Tribute to Our Heroes, a partnership of the West Valley Arts Council, the Dysart Unified School District and The Vista …

Family day Aug. 7 at Commemorative Air Force Museum

Take a trip through 100 years of military aviation with inspiring and educational programs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Airbase Arizona flying museum at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport, …

Entertainment
This image released by 20th Century Studios shows Ryan Reynolds in a scene from "Free Guy." (20th Century Studios via AP)

Review: In 'Free Guy,' a videogame 'Truman Show'

In upside-down simulations, time loops and videogames turned inside out, a growing body of movies trade on the feeling of living in a false reality — of being a glitch in the matrix. Virtual …
FILE - Yola performs at the fifth annual Love Rocks NYC concert to benefit God's Love We Deliver in New York on June 3, 2021. Yola's latest album "Stand For Myself" released on July 30. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Yola embraces wide musical range on empowering new record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — British-born singer Yola broke through in 2019 with her critically acclaimed solo record “Walk Through Fire” that earned her four Grammy nominations after decades …
Hong Kong singer and pro-democracy activist Anthony Wong arrives at a court Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Wong, who was charged with corrupt conduct for allegedly providing entertainment to voters to sway their votes in a by-election, had the charges dropped on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matthew Cheng)

Corruption charges dropped for Hong Kong singer, activist

HONG KONG (AP) — Prosecutors in Hong Kong on Thursday dropped corruption charges against a prominent singer and pro-democracy activist, after initially accusing him of providing entertainment to …
FILE - Charlie Watts, of the Rolling Stones, performs during a concert of the group's No Filter Europe Tour at U Arena in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, Oct. 22, 2017. Watts will likely miss the band’s upcoming U.S. tour to allow him to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. A spokesperson for the musician said Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, the procedure was “completely successful” but that Watts needs time to recuperate. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Drummer Charlie Watts likely to miss Rolling Stones' tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will likely miss the band's upcoming U.S. tour to allow him to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. A spokesperson for the …

Blues man Carvin Jones has 2 Glendale stops on statewide tour

Arizona blues fans — you are out of reasons to miss seeing Carvin Jones live this month.