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Valley and State

Lesko, Gosar push for Peoria as headquarters of Space Force

Space Force in Peoria? That's what U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) and Congressman Paul A. Gosar (AZ-04) have in mind after sending a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara …

CORE Industrial Partners Announces Investment in Arizona Natural Resources

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 2, 2020-- CORE Industrial Partners (“CORE”), a Chicago-based private equity firm, today announced it has completed an investment in Arizona Natural Resources …

Pressure mounts over Confederate monuments in Arizona

New pressure is building on Gov. Doug Ducey to reverse his defense of having monuments to the Confederacy on state-owned property.

The Latest: Tokyo Disneyland reopens, but no Mickey photos

TOKYO — Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea reopened after being closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, with hundreds of visitors applauding as they were let in Wednesday. The two …

Group says it has ample signatures to get pot on ballot

PHOENIX (AP) — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona said Wednesday they turned in 420,000 petition signatures — far more than needed to get the measure on the November …
First responders
A tip from a citizen led to Glendale officials discovering nearly 4,000 pounds of illegal fireworks. The seizure took place June 25 near 75th and Northern avenues. According to a release, a …
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all state buildings Tuesday to honor the elite firefighters from Prescott who died in 2013 while battling a wildfire …
Over 30 homes have been evacuated as crews from multiple agencies battle a brush fire near Phoenix Raceway.
More sports

Trio of former UConn greats leading social justice charge

NEW YORK (AP) — Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes appreciated what former UConn teammate Maya Moore was doing when the All-Star forward stepped away from basketball two years ago to focus on …

Watkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekend

The roar is back at New York's Thunder Road. Three months after its opening day was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, Watkins Glen International is hosting car clubs again as NASCAR weekend …

Formula 1 season starts 4 months later in a different world

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Four months after the opening race was called off at the last minute, the Formula One season finally gets underway this weekend on another continent and in a …

The Latest: Russian soccer league calls of another game

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Russian soccer league says another game involving FC Orenburg has been called off following an outbreak …
Daily Independent
Nation

Richmond removes second Confederate statue as crowd cheers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews have removed a second Confederate statue in Richmond, a monument to Navy officer and scientist Matthew Fontaine Maury. A crowd cheered Thursday morning as a crane …

Kansas governor orders masks to be worn in public, at work

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Thursday directing Kansas residents to wear masks in public places and their workplaces, likely provoking a backlash from the …

American and 4 other airlines reach loan agreements with US

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and four smaller carriers have reached agreement with the government for billions more in federal loans, a sign of the industry’s desperate fight to survive a …

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from through the November election. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump …

A predicted surge in US job growth for June might not last

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely rehired several million more workers in June, thereby reducing a Depression-level unemployment rate, but the most up-to-date data suggests that a resurgent …
World

Asia Today: Outbreak grows in Australia's 2nd-largest city

A coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second-largest city continued to grow Thursday and the Northern Territory detected its first case in three months. Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha …

'Incident' damages construction near Iran nuclear site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An “incident” has damaged an under-construction building near Iran's Natanz nuclear site, but there was no damage to its centrifuge facility, a spokesman said …

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 50 people

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed 50 people Thursday, the central government said, though a local lawmaker said the toll was nearly twice as high. The …

India to buy 33 Russian fighter aircraft for $2.43 billion

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s defense ministry on Thursday approved the purchase of 21 Russian MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft costing $2.43 billion to augment its air force as the …

Study: World's pile of electronic waste grows ever higher

BERLIN (AP) — The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday. The …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leaves after attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London.  Court documents have revealed that Meghan felt “unprotected” by Britain’s monarchy and was “prohibited from defending herself” against negative media reports when she was pregnant, according to documents submitted Thursday July 2, 2020, as part of Meghan’s lawsuit against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday newspaper and MailOnline website. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Court papers: Meghan felt 'unprotected' by monarchy

LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, felt “unprotected by the institution” of Britain’s monarchy and was “prohibited …
This image released by Screen Media shows Scott Eastwood in a scene from "The Outpost." The film tells the story of the heroic Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan in 2009, where the Taliban attacked a remote American Combat Outpost that was nearly impossible to defend. (Screen Media via AP)

Eastwood's ankle forced production shift for 'The Outpost'

LONDON (AP) — An accident requiring two screws in his ankle nearly prevented Scott Eastwood from portraying a real life soldier in …
A view of the Trevi fountain in Rome, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

European jobless rise contained by government help

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The unemployment rate in the 19 countries that use the euro currency inched higher to 7.4 % in May from …
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, actor Johnny Depp arrives for the screening of the film Minamata during the 70th International Film Festival Berlin, Berlinale in Berlin, Germany. A British judge on Thursday July 2, 2020, rejected an attempt by tabloid newspaper The Sun to quash a libel suit from Johnny Depp over an article claiming he abused ex-wife Amber Heard. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

UK judge rejects tabloid's bid to throw out Depp libel suit

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday rejected an attempt by tabloid newspaper The Sun to quash a libel suit from actor Johnny …
An aerial view of the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Saturday, April 25, 2020. The 6th-century building is now at the center of a heated debate between conservative groups who want it to be reconverted into a mosque and those who believe the World Heritage site should remain a museum. (AP Photo)

Court considers status of Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s highest administrative court on Thursday began considering a request to turn Istanbul’s iconic …
Business
Court could end claims Nestle, Cargill abetted child labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider ending a lawsuit that claims Nestle and Cargill facilitated the use of child slave labor on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, a case that could further …

Social media companies face revenue hit from boycotts

Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue. Advertising accounts for nearly …

Tesla 2Q deliveries rise over 1Q despite factory shutdown

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla says it delivered more electric vehicles worldwide in the second quarter than it did in the first. The increase came even though coronavirus restrictions forced it to shut down …

US trade deficit rises 9.7% in May to $54.6 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose for the third straight month in May. Both exports and imports fell as the coronavirus outbreak continued to take a toll on world commerce. The …

Travel
Mississippi retires its rebel-themed former flag to museum

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law removing …

Atlantic City casinos reopen in a changed pandemic world

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For the first time in 108 days, slot machines will beep, dice will tumble and cards will be dealt at Atlantic City's casinos Thursday as they reopen amid a coronavirus …

Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials plan to reconsider how they manage Yellowstone National Park's famous wild bison herds following longstanding complaints over thousands of the animals …

Report: Tourism to Latin America hammered by COVID

MIAMI (AP) — With the coronavirus keeping Americans at home during the summer, countries south of the U.S. border are bracing for an economic reckoning from a decline in tourism. A t Wednesday …

Things to do
Free Fishing Day in Arizona is June 6

The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to fish at the state's waters for free Saturday, June 6, according to a release. Arizona’s Free Fishing Day is celebrated as part of National …

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.

Opinion

May we all breathe easy

I can’t breathe — We heard these harrowing words repeatedly in recent years from dying Black Americans, including George Floyd. …
A statue of a musician stands on a corner in Winslow. [Arizona Department of Transportation]

Highway history: Standin’ on a corner … but which one?

In 1972, the Eagles made a Route 66 stop in Arizona nationally famous with the No. 12 (No. 8 in Canada!) hit “Take it Easy.”

Doctor’s tips for making workplace safe

The offices, warehouses, and manufacturing plants that America’s workers are starting to return to may look the same as they did …
(Arianna Grainey/Independent Newspapers)

Henninger: Your Scottsdale vote is a paramount decision this August

In this heated political season that is upon us, just about any issue can be made into a platform for public discourse. Masks are …
Dan Shufelt

Shufelt: Never know when you might need a helping hand

When the work van pulled up in front of Arizona Helping Hands, I recognized the company name. I thought my friend Dale was coming …
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