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Valley and State

Arizona Republicans reelect fervent Trump ally as chair

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans on Saturday reelected Kelli Ward as party chair, giving a second term to one of Donald Trump's most unflinching supporters even after the GOP lost ground in the …

Arizona sheriff's office investigating fatal tour bus crash

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona sheriff's office was investigating a tour bus crash that killed one person and injured dozens of others, including five seriously, officials said Saturday. The …

COVID-19 vaccination site to open in Prescott Valley arena

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A multipurpose arena in Prescott Valley will be the latest large venue in Arizona to become a COVID-19 vaccination site. Cottonwood-based on Monday will open an …

Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one person and critically injuring two others, authorities …

Storms expected to drop 19 to 29 inches of snow in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two winters storms in northern Arizona over the next five days are expected to drop a combined 19 to 29 inches of snow in the Flagstaff area. A storm from Friday through …
Your Health
First responders
Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Jan. 22 announced 27-year-old Louis Broadway-Phillips pleaded guilty to sex trafficking three women, including one minor.A Superior Court judge sentenced Mr. …
Funds from the Arizona Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will pay for a new armored vehicle to replace one built in 1993 and used by the Apache Junction Police Department Special …
The Apache Junction Police Department was visited recently by volunteers from Thank You AZ Blue. The organization, made up of pro-law-enforcement people from all over the Phoenix metropolitan …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Arnot: Resident upset with inverted U.S. flag

On Jan. 19, 2021, on the eve of what we all hoped will be a peaceful transition of power to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, I walked in my neighborhood in Sun City West. This …
Chris Orestis

Orestis: What the Biden presidency means for older Americans

In his run for the presidency, Joe Biden laid out a “Plan for Older Americans” that reflected the Democratic party philosophy that health care and living with dignity after retirement are an inalienable right for all.

Miller: Calls for new leadership for state GOP

As a result of President Trump’s recent controversial statements and — especially since the riots at the US Capitol — there have been many concerns expressed in the media, such as …
Dr. Anil Seetharam

Seetharam: Don’t forget about your liver health in 2021

2020 taught us a lot, and as the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, perhaps we all gave thanks we made it to 2021 with our health intact and with a renewed focus on maintaining it.

Kuby: Working toward a sustainable and livable Tempe

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the growing inequalities in our world, country, state, and city. With crisis, however, comes opportunity and the challenge to tackle the racial, economic, …
More sports

Michigan athletic department on pause because of COVID-19

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The entire University of Michigan athletic department is pausing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued the mandate …

Embiid hits late free throws, 76ers beat Pistons 114-110

DETROIT (AP) — Joel Embiid had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and his two free throws with 7.2 seconds left helped the Philadelphia 76ers seal a 114-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday …

Da Silva's buzzer-beat lifts Stanford over No. 24 UCLA

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Oscar da Silva scored off an inbound pass as time expired in overtime to lift Stanford over No. 24 UCLA 73-72 on Saturday, ending the Bruins’ unbeaten streak in the …

AP source: Lions looking into trading QB Matthew Stafford

The Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford are planning to part ways. The Lions and Stafford have mutually agreed to explore the possibilities of trading him, according to a person with …
Nation

Reaction to the death of Larry King

Reaction to the , whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century. King died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical …

Citizenship data is latest rollback of Trump census efforts

The U.S. Census Bureau is suspending efforts to create neighborhood-level statistics on the citizenship of residents, using 2020 census data, in the latest rollback of Trump administration …

Character concerns go beyond PEDs in this Hall of Fame vote

Like many baseball writers, C. Trent Rosecrans viewed the Hall of Fame vote as a labor of love. The ballot would arrive around the end of November, and it would keep him occupied for much of …

1 winner of Mega Millions $1B prize; 3rd largest ever in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the in U.S. history. The winning numbers drawn Friday are: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 …

Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a made-for-TV moment: A 100-year-old World War II veteran getting a vaccine against the coronavirus. “An American hero,” the governor …
World

French leader tells child sex abuse victims 'we believe you'

PARIS (AP) — Amid a national French reckoning with sexual abuse of children by family members, President Emmanuel Macron told victims Saturday: “We believe you. You will never again be …

Tunisia extends curfew, ban on protests as virus cases jump

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is extending its virus curfew and banning demonstrations as it tries to stem a rapid rise in infections and calm tensions after a week of protests and rioting over …

Cyclone weakens in central Mozambique, but flooding a threat

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Mozambican port city of Beira breathed a sigh of relief Saturday as Cyclone Eloise caused less damage than feared as it passed through, but the danger of flooding remained …

EXPLAINER: A look at Portugal's presidential election

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal will hold a presidential election Sunday, choosing a head of state to serve a five-year term as the country suffers through a national lockdown and a worsening …

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

WUHAN, China (AP) — A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world's first coronavirus lockdown that would last 76 days. Early Saturday morning, residents in the …
Business

MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories …

Insurers add food to coverage menu as way to improve health

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat? Oscar Health wanted to know if people had adequate food for the …

Diplomats contact Canadian held for over 2 years in China

BEIJING (AP) — Canada said its officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China for more than two years in a case related to an executive of Chinese …

Top 3 home sales eclipse the $1M mark this week in Peoria

Three new home sales eclipsed the $1 million mark in Peoria for the week of Jan. 12-21, according to Realtor. com. They were located in the 85383 ZIP code, the city’s hot spot for luxury …

Neighbors

Steve Barnhart named arrivia CFO

arrivia has announced Steve Barnhart as the company’s chief financial officer, bringing his long track record of financial leadership at public and private companies.

Mesa resident Kaz Nascimento authors book on his life

Kaz Nascimento of Mesa has written “REACH: It’s All You Have To Do In Life,” about him growing up in poverty in California to working at a prison on death row and now as a …

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.

New Leaf tax assistance program starts this month

Surprise has partnered once again with A New Leaf to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Things to do

Desert survival class offered at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

Dutch-oven cooking class offered at Superstition Mountain Museum

Award-winning chuckwagon chefs Sue and Russ Richins will be presenting their “Intro to Dutch Oven Cooking” class 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

WHAM ends month with pair of painting classes

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends January with several classes.

New digital platform for artists of all ages emerges at Scottsdale Artists’ School

Scottsdale Artists’ School’s has announced that a new online platform for youth and adults has been added to its catalog of fine art programs. Artists of all ages and experience …

Entertainment

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Joe Biden's nominee to be …
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, Peter Bevacqua, then CEO of the PGA of America, speaks during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. NBC will shut down the NBC Sports Network at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Bevacqua announced the move Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in an internal memo to staff. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at end of 2021

The NBC Sports Network, which is best known for its coverage of the NHL and English Premier League, will be going away at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua announced the …
FILE - "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw delivers his closing remarks during his final broadcast, in New York on Dec. 1, 2004. Brokaw says he is retiring from NBC News after working at the network for 55 years. The author of "The Greatest Generation" is now 80 years old and his television appearances have been limited in recent years as he fought cancer. He says he will continue writing books and articles. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Tom Brokaw says he's retiring from NBC News after 55 years

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News veteran Tom Brokaw said Friday that he is retiring from the network after 55 years. Brokaw, author of “The Greatest Generation,” was NBC's lead anchor at “Nightly …
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian poses in front of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, home of the revival of " A Chorus Line," in New York. Avian died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 of cardiac arrest at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, He was 83. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada, File)

Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Avian, a Tony Award-winning choreographer who had a role in some of the most beloved and influential shows on Broadway, including “Dreamgirls,” “A Chorus Line,” …
This Jan. 1, 2021 photo shows a collection of empty beer cans, consumed during the pandemic, at a home in North Andover, Mass. This year's Dry January came as many people had seen an uptick in their alcohol intake. Addiction treatment experts note that a month of forced sobriety might not have a lasting impact and could lead to binge drinking in February. But others believe the annual show of sobriety can’t hurt. (Mary Schwalm via AP)

Dry January is moist for some at the rocky start of 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — A raging pandemic, tumultuous presidential election and deadly Capitol insurrection have combined to make the annual tradition of Dry January more moist than air-tight for …
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