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Valley and State

Navajo Nation reports 96 new cases, 4 COVID-19 deaths Sunday

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Officials on the Navajo Nation reported 96 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths Sunday. The latest figures bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the …

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital …

Crews contain 2nd-alarm fire at a Phoenix recycling center

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a second-alarm fire at a recycling center in Phoenix. There were no reported injuries from Sunday morning’s blaze. Phoenix …

Thinning project provides firewood for northern Arizonans

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tall stacks of logs left over from a forest thinning project in mountains overlooking Flagstaff are being processed into thousands of cords of free firewood to provide a …

Arizona reports 6,981 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 6,981 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths as the state remains among the worst in the nation for the coronavirus surge. The latest …
Your Health
First responders
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Road rage was the suspected motive in a fatal shooting of a man initially believed to have died due to a Tucson car crash, police said Saturday. Dallas Combs, 40, was jailed …
A contract to purchase a $298,075 four-door diesel Lenco BearCat armored vehicle with a seven-inch vertical gun-port upgrade for the Apache Junction Police Department’s SWAT unit will be …
The Scottsdale Police Department has made two arrests in a Dec. 8, 2020, deadly shooting of 53-year-old Andrea Marina Garcia, officials say. Just after 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2020, officers responded …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Timothy Sandefur

Sandefur: Supreme Court decides to follow different constitution

In a 4-3 decision with important consequences for online privacy in Arizona, the state’s highest court ruled Jan. 11 that the Arizona Constitution’s “private affairs” clause does not protect individual rights any more than the federal Constitution.
Jake Hoffman

Arizona legislature introduces first-in-nation resolution to protect against Democrat 'court packing'

The United States Supreme Court isn't merely one of America's most important institutions, it is also one of the most important elements of our constitutional system of checks and balances, not to …

Enroth: Diverse culture brings new phrases, outlooks

This is in response to Norman Webb’s letter (“Do not force your opinions on others"). I read your response to a previous letter about the use of the term Happy Holidays. As I read it, …

Seetharam: Don’t forget about your liver 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. While …
John Halikowski

Halikowski: Extending driver license renewals for older adults

For many of us, thinking about renewing our driver license rarely crosses our mind. Sure, we update it with a new address when we move, and some change their name after getting married, but the first time most of us will actually renew our driver license is when we turn 65 years old.
More sports

Blend it with Beckham: Neville hired to coach Inter Miami

MIAMI (AP) — Phil Neville and David Beckham won Premier League championships together at Manchester United. They’re teaming up again with hopes of winning more trophies with Inter …

Archie Bradley, Phillies finalize $6 million, 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Reliever Archie Bradley and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized their $6 million, one-year contract on Monday. The deal had been agreed to Thursday, pending a successful …

The Latest: World Cup ski director tests positive for virus

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The race director of the men’s World Cup will miss the biggest race in skiing after testing positive for …

Lockdown: Tennis players getting on with life in Australia

With no way out, tennis players in lockdown are figuring out ways to keep themselves fit within the confines of their Melbourne hotel rooms as they prepare for the Australian Open. Angelique …
Nation

AP Top News at 12:00 a.m. EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting …

The Latest: State capitol protests quiet, some already over

The Latest on Sunday at statehouses across the country. ___ Some of the protests at statehouses have begun breaking up after drawing only modest crowds — in most places, no more than a couple …

Dog and goat serving as mayor raise money for a playground

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor have helped raise money to renovate a Vermont community playground. The oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money to …

Biden vows rapid steps to battle virus after inauguration

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Here’s what’s happening Sunday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — President-elect Joe Biden plans immediate moves aimed at …

Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week

The threat of extremist groups descending on state capitals in a series of demonstrations Sunday prompted governors to roll out a massive show of force and implement tight security measures at …
World

EU insists virus shots will remain voluntary

The European Union sought Monday to ease concerns that citizens might be obliged to get shots against the coronavirus before they’re allowed to travel, as debate swirls over the use of vaccination …

Russia ready for quick extension of last arms pact with US

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow is ready for a quick deal with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last remaining arms control pact, which expires in just over two …

Michelin France stars awarded in virtual ceremony

PARIS (AP) — France's Michelin Guide, which has long served as a bible for foodies, is adapting its awards ceremony in Paris for the year that was like no other - 2020. It is handing out its stars …

Court in Central African Republic upholds election results

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's constitutional court on Monday upheld President Faustin Archange Touadera’s re-election, raising the specter of more violence …

UK seafood trucks protest at Parliament over Brexit red tape

LONDON (AP) — Trucks owned by British shellfish firms descended Monday on Parliament in London to protest the Brexit-related red tape they claim is suffocating their businesses. About a dozen …
Business

Carmaker Stellantis shares jump in Milan, Paris on first day

MILAN (AP) — Stellantis, the car company combining PSA Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler, was launched Monday on the Milan and Paris stock exchanges, giving life to the fourth-largest auto company in the …

Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Rohit Chopra as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm …

Italy court weighs extradition to Vatican in fair trial case

ROME (AP) — A Milan court on Monday begins weighing whether to extradite an Italian woman to the Vatican to face embezzlement-related charges in a case that could test whether Italy considers the …

Investments focus of Benevilla financial planning workshop

Benevilla will host a financial planning workshop via the Zoom online video platform at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Neighbors

Mesa resident named to president’s list at Gonzaga University

Thomas Boesch of Mesa has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2020. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Gonzaga …

Volunteers needed to foster outdoor ‘barn cats’ in new program

Have rodents running rampant? Our cats can help. There are times when our rescue takes in cats that are not suited to live in a home. Generally, these cats are pregnant or have a new litter of …

Surprise invites teens to justice project

The Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is accepting applications for the Surprise Youth Justice Project.

3 Mesa residents named to dean’s list at Gonzaga University

Mesa residents Katelin Herrmann, Jennifer Wirth and LeeAnne Wirth have earned placement on the Gonzaga University dean’s list for fall semester 2020. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 …

Things to do

Zao Theatre presents ‘Songs for a New World’ Jan. 29-Feb. 14

“Songs for a New World” is the next musical production to be presented at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction. Performances are Jan. 29-Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. …

Surprise's MLK celebration going virtual this year

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is going virtual for the city of Surprise.

Arizona Speedway serving hot wings Jan. 22-24

Advanced reserved seats for the inaugural Wild Wing Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway are available for online purchase The 410 c.i. Winged Sprint Car …

Jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz presented by Mesa Arts Center online Jan. 21

Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live series, jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz performs online at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The performance will be prerecorded for Mesa Arts …

Entertainment
In this image from video, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks as the Senate reconvenes to debate the objection to confirm the Electoral College Vote from Arizona, after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

Sen. Josh Hawley has new publisher for 'Big Tech' book

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley has found a new publisher after his book was dropped by Simon & Schuster in the wake of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald …
Sheet Pan Chicken With Wild Mushrooms and Onions [Lynda Balslev for Tastefood]

Sheet pan comfort

How do you define comfort food? For me, it’s a meal or dish that is easy to make and undemanding, yet deeply flavorful and homey, as though it has been tended to for hours to reap delicious …
This Nov. 19, 2019 booking photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Phil Spector. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his "Wall of Sound" method and who later was convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. He was 81. (California Department of Corrections via AP)

Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction from skeptics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phil Spector was viewed as a man with two distinct personas: The late music producer was regarded as a rock ‘n’ roll genius who elevated the genre with his “Wall of …
FILE - This May 15, 2013 file photo shows hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre as he announces a $70 million dollar donation to create the new "Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts and Technology and Business Innovation," at the University of Southern California, in Santa Monica, Calif. Music mogul Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday, Jan 16, 2021, after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the rapper and producer, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the music mogul, said Dre was …
FILE - Actress Betty White poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on June 9, 2010. White will turn 99 on Sunday, Jan. 17. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Betty White marks 99th birthday Sunday; up late as she wants

LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she …
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