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Valley and State

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 …

Arizona Metals Corp Announces South Zone Branch Hole

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 15, 2020-- Arizona Metals Corp. (TSX.V:AMC) (the “Company” or “Arizona Metals”) is pleased to announce that drilling at both the North and South Zones of its …
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

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 …

Coyotes return to training camp

Phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play Plan began on Monday with the first official day of training camp, and the Arizona Coyotes have begun full preparation for a qualifying round …
Daily Independent
Nation

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 …

Police charge suspect in slaying of 8-year-old Atlanta girl

ATLANTA (AP) — A teen suspect has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the shooting that killed an 8-year-old Atlanta girl near the site of an earlier police shooting, police …

US bars Pakistani flights after pilot-license scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States downgraded the safety rating of Pakistan's aviation system and will block Pakistan's airlines from launching service to the U.S. The move announced Wednesday …

Cost of ensuring school safety complicates reopening plans

As school districts across the country decide how and when they can bring students back to campus safely, a major sticking point is emerging: the money to make it happen. Keeping public schools …

Tech entrepreneur's dismembered body found in luxury condo

NEW YORK (AP) — The dismembered body of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was found inside his luxury Manhattan condo, police said Wednesday. The victim, identified as Fahim Saleh, was found at …
World

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 …

The Latest: India reimposes lockdown as cases near 1 million

NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload is approaching 1 million with a surge of 29,429 in the past 24 hours, prompting authorities to reimpose lockdowns in high-risk areas in nearly a dozen …

US warns firms about sanctions for work on Russian pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hardened its efforts to prevent the completion of new German-Russian and Turkish-Russian natural gas pipelines by ending sanctions exemptions …

Ethiopia denies reports government has started filling dam

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s water minister is denying reports citing him as saying the government had begun filling the massive hydroelectric dam that has caused severe tensions with …

Portugal heat wave heightens risk of wildfires

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is experiencing a heat wave with hot and dry weather, sweltering nights and a heightened risk for wildfires. Portugal’s weather authority, IPMA, is warning …
Entertainment
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 …
This undated image released by DKC/O&M shows Jason Kim playwright of the musical "KPOP." The musical, exploring the world of Korean pop, is conducting a video-based global casting call in hopes of being ready whenever live performances resume. (DKC/O&M via AP)

Despite coronavirus, 1 musical is holding auditions, online

NEW YORK (AP) — Most theaters in America may be closed, but one musical isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic stop it from getting …
Business
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 …

With elective procedures delayed, UnitedHealth profit spikes

The nation’s largest health insurer more than doubled its profit in the second quarter, as COVID-19 shutdowns kept patients out of doctor’s offices and off operating tables. UnitedHealth Group …

Lockdowns reimposed in India as virus cases near 1 million

NEW DELHI (AP) — As India’s coronavirus caseload approaches 1 million, lockdowns are being reimposed in parts of the country as governments try to shield the health system from being …

German railway orders 30 high-speed trains for $1.1 billion

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's national railway operator is ordering 30 new high-speed trains from industrial conglomerate Siemens for some 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion). State-owned Deutsche Bahn …

Travel
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 …

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 …

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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