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Valley and State

Settlement moves Arizona closer to resuming executions

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office has reached a settlement to conclude a lawsuit challenging the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry’s lethal injection procedures.

Arizona interstate pavement, bridges rated among nation’s best

The conditions of pavement and bridges on Arizona’s interstate freeways rank among the nation’s best in an annual report by a nonprofit transportation research group.

Valley Metro reinstating some services beginning July 27

Valley Metro is reinstating select Express bus trips beginning July 27 on several routes, according to a release.

Hyatt Unveils Miraval Berkshires and Wyndhurst Manor & Club

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 15, 2020-- Today, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the introduction of the internationally acclaimed Miraval spa and wellness brand to Lenox, Mass., with …

Biden's Texas ad signals opportunity in GOP stronghold

Joe Biden targeted Texas with a modest advertising investment that raised new questions about President Donald Trump's vulnerability in the longtime Republican stronghold as coronavirus infections …
First responders
The memorial service for Peoria police motorcycle officer Jason Judd, who died while on-duty July 1, honored a servant described by many as a family man, hard worker and teacher, using adjectives like selfless, compassionate and passionate.
Family, friends and coworkers are laying a longtime Peoria police officer to rest following a fatal motorcycle crash.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two men after they felt an electrical current in the water at a marina on Lake Pleasant.
More sports

Ex-gymnastics coach faces sentencing in Nassar-related case

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and MSU doctor …

Reds hope search for leadoff hitter ends with Akiyama

PHOENIX (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds hope their long-running search for a consistent leadoff hitter comes to an end with Shogo Akiyama. The first Japanese-born player in franchise history and is …

Puig picks Braves, Glasnow makes strong return to Rays

Opening day rosters gained clarity on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves reached an agreement with Yasiel Puig, while Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow provided hopes for teams awaiting players to be …

Twins relieved Buxton's left foot injury just a sprain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has a sprained left foot but no structural damage, further testing revealed Tuesday following his injury in an intrasquad game. The …
Daily Independent
Nation

Microsoft cuts MSN news staffers in move toward AI editors

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft cut dozens of full-time staffers from its MSN news service, continuing an initiative to move away from human editors in favor of artificial intelligence. The change …

New York's Met Museum to open 5 days a week starting Aug. 29

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen five days a week starting Aug. 29 after being shuttered since March 13 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, museum officials …

In defeat, Sessions still says Trump right for the nation

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions took the stage Tuesday night near the Alabama gulf coast with the same certitude he’d displayed on another, bigger stage across town almost five years ago. …

US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans for rights abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are …

John Hickenlooper reports $5.2 million haul in Senate bid

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. reports a $5.2 million fundraising haul over the past three months, calling it a record for any Senate candidate in state history. Hickenlooper's haul is …
World

Afghan official: Pakistani mortars kill 4 Afghan civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Several mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops landed in a border village in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four civilians and wounding nine others, an Afghan …

US imposes restrictions as pressure builds on Guyana leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Wednesday that it has imposed visa restrictions on people in Guyana who were involved in “undermining democracy" in the South American nation, which held …

Rules once lifted are reimposed to try to curb new outbreaks

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Virus restrictions once lifted are being reimposed, shutting businesses and curbing people's social lives as communities try to curb a disease resurgence before it spins …

German police find 31 migrants hidden inside Turkish truck

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa says police and customs officers discovered some 31 migrants hidden inside a refrigerated truck near the border with the Czech Republic. The truck was …

Police partner at Americans' murder trial recounts knifing

ROME (AP) — An Italian police officer testified Wednesday at the murder trial of two Americans about trying in vain to stop blood pouring out like a “fountain” from his partner who was fatally …
Entertainment
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen marries Bo Tengberg in Magleby Church on Zealand, Denmark, Wednesday July 15, 2020. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Danish prime minister gets wedding on third scheduling try

HELSINKI (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has managed to get married after her wedding was postponed and then …
In this combination photo, recording artist Ellie Goulding performs at BLI Summer Jam 2019 in Wantagh, N.Y. on  June, 14, 2019, left, and Juice WRLD performs during his "Death Race for Love Tour" in Philadelphia on May 15, 2019. Goulding collaborated with the late rapper Juice WRLD on “Hate Me," which is featured on her new album being released Friday. (AP Photo)

Ellie Goulding on Juice WRLD's death: 'It really hit me'

NEW YORK (AP) — Joining forces on a song with another artist is a big deal for Ellie Goulding, and she remembers working together …
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo Nick Cannon poses for a portrait in New York. Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the performer, the media giant said. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism," the company said in a statement Tuesday, July 14, 2020. It is terminating its relationship with Cannon, ViacomCBS said. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon, cites 'anti-Semitic' comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and …
In this July 6, 2020 photo, British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding poses for portraits in Oxfordshire to promote her new album, "Brightest Blue", scheduled to be released on July 17. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Singing the blues, Ellie Goulding turns darkness into light

NEW YORK (AP) — Ellie Goulding’s fourth album is a perfectly crafted artsy pop record full of songs built with epic production and …
Actress Amber Heard gestures as she arrives at the High Court for a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case, in London, Wednesday July 15, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” The Sun’s defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp’s violence. He strongly denies all of them. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Depp ex-employee: Heard asked him to lie in court over dogs

LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp’s former estate manager said Wednesday that Amber Heard asked him to lie under oath after she was …
Business
Asian markets mostly higher on hopes for coronavirus vaccine

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday as investors were encouraged by news that an experimental COVID-19 vaccine under development by Moderna and the U.S. National Institutes of Health …

Trump looks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up the environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure, …

Goldman 2Q profit tops forecast on strong trading revenue

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s second-quarter profit blew past Wall Street's expectations thanks to strong results from its investment banking and trading businesses. Goldman …

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all its stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise …

Travel
Disney World's last two theme parks reopen to visitors

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on Wednesday welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been …

Asia Today: Renewed restrictions take effect in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the …

French tourism gets boost with reopening of Disneyland Paris

PARIS (AP) — The French tourist industry received a further boost Wednesday with the partial reopening of Disneyland Paris and the opening up of the top floor of the Eiffel Tower. Disneyland …

Canada, US poised to extend border restrictions to Aug. 21

TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. and Canada are poised to extend their agreement to keep their shared border closed to non-essential travel to Aug. 21, but a final confirmation has not been given, a person …

Things to do
Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that …

Tailgating tradition takes on new form as opera goes virtual

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tech executive Peter Batty has been making the trip to New Mexico's high desert almost every summer since 1996 to get his opera fix at one of the most famous venues in the …

Gila River casinos reopening after coronavirus death of employee

Gila River Hotels & Casinos is reopening its Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva locations this week after the implementation of enhanced safety procedures and health protocols. The …

Opinion

Watch out for the most vulnerable among us during heat wave

It was a real hot one this weekend as temperatures reached a whopping 114 degrees; the high heat means we all are going need to take …

As consumer habits change, how can businesses keep up?

American consumers don’t act and buy the way they did just a few short months ago — at least most of them don’t. The pandemic …

Michaelis: When the movies get it right!

One of my all-time favorite movies is the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (if you’ve not seen it, put it on your must-see list …
Seema Verma

Verma: Taking action to protect America’s nursing home residents against COVID-19

Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness …

Phoenix takes step to address housing crisis

Phoenix's new initiative is a positive step in accommodating the housing needs of residents.
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