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Valley and State

Gas line break causes fire under Phoenix's 7th Street Bridge

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities were trying to determine what caused a 10-inch main gas line to rupture and cause a fire under the Seventh Street bridge in Phoenix. Officials with the Phoenix Fire …

Phoenix police investigate fatal shooting of man at a hotel

PHOENIX (AP) — A man is dead after a shooting at a Phoenix hotel., police said Sunday. They said officers arrived on the scene about 8 p.m. Saturday and found 31-year-old Dominicko Howell with …

Arizona reports 1,075 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 1,075 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths as the state’s death toll from the recently slowing coronavirus outbreak approached …

Arizona Supreme Court task force refocuses on disinformation

PHOENIX (AP) — Shortly after the Arizona Supreme Court created a task force on countering disinformation in 2019, its members realized their approach was a losing battle. They thought they could …

Navajo Nation reports 7 new COVID-19 cases and 3 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is continuing on a downward trend in the number of daily coronavirus cases. Tribal health officials on Saturday evening reported seven new cases of …
First responders
The Queen Creek Town Council voted to approve a contract worth $130,254 with Axon Enterprises through the Sourcewell national cooperative contract for the purchase of hardware, professional services …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Feb. 18-25: Warrant arrest reported at 1:16 p.m. Feb. 18 in the 100 block of South Pinal Parkway …
Apache Junction Police Department officers responded to the Fry’s Grocery Store at 150 E. Old West Highway at about 9 p.m. Feb. 18 for a report of a man who had forcibly groped a woman in the …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Cravens: Searching for definition of impeachment

I would like to correct Carolyn Copeland’s letter (“Reader says Trump was never impeached”) in which she continues to assert that Donald Trump was never impeached. In the first …
Naomi Lopez

Lopez: Two cheers for COVID-19 vaccines

The U.S could — and should — be doing more to get medical innovations to the public more quickly.
Leonard Kirschner poses near the precipice during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park. [Courtesy of the Kirschner family]

Kirschner: America’s national parks beckon ... and you must go!

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.
Hospice of the Valley social worker Erin Butler worked with Valley Metro to help her patient, Tressie Jennings, ride a train — virtually. [Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley]

Social workers are essential — especially at Hospice of the Valley

It’s only fitting that the theme of the upcoming Social Work Month in March is: “Social Workers Are Essential.”
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.
More sports

MASS.-LOWELL 72, NEW HAMPSHIRE 64

Percentages: FG .551, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Noel 2-4, Withers 1-1, Mitchell 1-2, Daley 1-3, Thomas 1-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Boudie 3, …

MEMPHIS 80, CINCINNATI 74

Percentages: FG .429, FT .765. 3-Point Goals: 7-26, .269 (Ellis 4-8, Nolley 2-8, Quinones 1-6, D.Williams 0-2, Jeffries 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: None. Blocked Shots: 2 (Cisse, …

No. 25 Rutgers 60, Penn St. 55

Percentages: FG 39.063, FT .571. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Gilles 2-4, Johnson 2-5, Mack 2-5, Guirantes 0-2, Martino 0-6) Blocked Shots: 3 (Gilles 2, Guirantes 1) Turnovers: 10 (Gilles 4, …

Florida St. 59, Wake Forest 51

Percentages: FG 42.105, FT .818. 3-Point Goals: 2-13, .154 (Jackson 1-3, Weber 1-1, Lassiter 0-2, Puisis 0-6, England 0-1) Blocked Shots: 4 (Myers 1, Baldwin 1, England 1, Wilkinson …
Most recent
Mississippi 73, No. 19 Kentucky 69

Percentages: FG 44.444, FT .840. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .5 (Collins 4-7, McGee 0-1) Blocked Shots: 2 (Collins 1, Scott 1) Turnovers: 19 (Nesbitt 7, Austin 2, Scott 2, Johnson 2, Collins 1, …

No. 17 Georgia 95, Florida 80

McAvoy, Rask lead Bruins to 4-1 win over Rangers

No. 2 NC State 68, Syracuse 61

NHL Expanded Glance

Nation

Israel approves plan to vaccinate West Bank laborers

Israel on Sunday announced plans to vaccinate tens of thousands of Palestinians who work inside Israel and its West Bank settlements, at a time of vast disparities in access to vaccines between the …

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ventured out Sunday to install support frames for new, high-efficiency solar panels arriving at the International Space Station later this …

Make-A-Wish Recognizes Rare Disease Day with Oscar's Wish

PHOENIX, Feb. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Make-A-Wish estimates, 27,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed annually with a qualifying critical illness, including many children who have rare …

LA police probe fire, vandalism at Japanese Buddhist temple

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are investigating a vandalism and fire at a Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Surveillance video caught a man jumping the …

Virginia lawmakers vote to legalize marijuana in 2024

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, but not until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also …
World

Nigerian families await news of 300 kidnapped schoolgirls

JANGEBE, Nigeria (AP) — Families in Nigeria waited anxiously for news of their abducted daughters after more than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped by gunmen from a government school in the country's …

Pope prays for liberation of 317 kidnapped Nigerian students

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried the kidnapping of 317 students from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria and prayed for the girls' quick release. Addressing the public …

U.S. is 'gravely concerned' by reports of abuses in Ethiopia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. is “gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation” in Ethiopia's Tigray region, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in the …

Germany limits travel from French region over virus variant

BERLIN (AP) — Germany announced Sunday that travelers from France’s northeastern Moselle region will face additional restrictions due to the high rate of variant coronavirus cases …

Long-time mayor of Croatian capital of Zagreb dies at 65

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Milan Bandic, the controversial long-serving mayor of Croatia’s capital of Zagreb, has died from a heart attack, his office said Sunday. He was 65. Bandic felt unwell …
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Business

Warren Buffett again encourages investors to bet on America

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett encouraged investors to maintain their faith in America's economy and the businesses his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate owns in a reassuring letter to …

Yellen's encore: Lending economic heft to Biden's virus plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a cold, gray February afternoon, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stepped out of the West Wing wrapped in a puffy black parka and clutching a folder of documents, seemingly …

Judge approves $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the …

Airline CEOs, Biden officials consider green-fuel breaks

Chief executives of the nation's largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for …

Neighbors

Queen Creek gets new church

Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) is opening a campus in Queen Creek next month. It’s one of 11 campuses CCV has throughout the Valley. The church’s first service is Sunday, March …

Queen Creek donor gives Scottsdale butterfly facility large collection

Butterfly Wonderland recently received a large, private donation of over 60 preserved butterfly, moth, dragonfly, spider, and other insect specimens from Queen Creek resident Della Johnson. The …

Scenic Arizona: Flooded area of the desert

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …

Meet Your Neighbor: UK transplant Andrew Pavey now 20-year Mesa resident

Name: Andrew Pavey Age: 51 Town/neighborhood: I live in the Alta Mesa neighborhood near the Higley and Brown Road cross streets in Mesa. When and why I moved here: I moved to the USA in January …

Things to do

Scottsdale reinvents Western Week with new date, modifications

The city of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which honors Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences.

Desert survival class March 6 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 …

How to communicate with your mule and donkey topic of March 6-7 clinic

An in-person clinic on how to communicate with a mule or donkey is being held at the Queen Valley Mule Ranch March 6-7. “Maybe you’re feeling a bit down about how your animal is …

Engvall ready for 2 shows in Surprise

Grammy Award-nominated comedian Bill Engvall is scheduled to perform two shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.

Entertainment
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, Elisabeth Moss attends the "The Handmaid's Tale" season three finale red carpet at the Regency Village Theatre, in Los Angeles. The drama series’ fourth season begins April 28, 2021, and will include 10 episodes. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

As 'Handmaid's Tale' returns, creator sees no end in sight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns in April for season four, its creator is reluctant to predict when the dystopian drama will be ready for its final act. “Every time I …

Laying out data, Netflix touts its record on inclusivity

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix on Friday released a study it commissioned from top academic researchers that shows the streaming giant is outpacing much of the film industry in the inclusivity of its …
Maren Morris performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., on  June 15, 2019 , left, and Chris Stapleton performs during Marty Stuart's Late night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on June 7, 2018. Morris and Stapleton lead the nominations for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo)

Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton lead ACM Awards nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, but only Stapleton joined the all-male ballot for the top prize of …
File---File photo taken Nov.20, 2020 members of South Korean K-pop band BTS pose for photographers during a press conference to introduce their new album "BE" in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-Man, file)

German radio station apologizes for comment on K-pop's BTS

BERLIN (AP) — A Bavarian radio station apologized Friday for a host's comments comparing popular South Korean K-pop band BTS to the coronavirus, saying his choice of words had gone too far but was …
This image released by Apple TV+ shows Billie Eilish in a scene from "Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry." (Apple TV+ via AP)

Review: Billie Eilish, unfiltered, in new documentary

If you're coming to “ ” hoping for a primer on the music sensation, you’ve come to the wrong place. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler’s two hour and 20-minute documentary about the “Ocean Eyes” …