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Valley and State

Virus protection adds new wrinkle to Southwest heat relief

PHOENIX (AP) — Trying to stay safe during a global pandemic is hard enough, but people in Southwest desert cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas where temperatures can soar into the triple digits are …

New director appointed for Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security has a new director. Michael Wisehart will replace Tom Betlach, who announced May 24 that he will be stepping down as DES director June 3, according to a …

Court rules on social security benefits for survivors of gay marriages

PHOENIX — A federal magistrate has voided policies of the Social Security Administration that deny benefits to the survivors of some gay marriages. In a precedent-setting decision, Bruce …

West Valley blood drives available throughout June

Vitalant has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release. Shelter-in-place orders led to 566 blood drives …

Virus protection adds new wrinkle to Southwest heat relief

PHOENIX (AP) — Trying to stay safe during a global pandemic is hard enough, but people in Southwest desert cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas where temperatures can soar into the triple digits …
First responders
Hundreds of people in Phoenix gathered to protest the death of a man in Minnesota, but the event quickly turned violent with several properties damaged and people arrested. On Thursday, Phoenix …
When Avondale Fire Department Capt. Christopher Spire heard the gunshots, he was off duty with his family inside a sandwich shop in Glendale. But he went to work anyway. Officer Destiny …
PHOENIX (AP) — A plane with six people aboard crashed in Arizona in 2018 because it was overweight and had an undetected engine problem, preventing it from climbing after takeoff on a flight to …
More sports

Big 12 revenue distribution down only slightly amid pandemic

The Big 12's revenue distribution to its 10 schools decreased only slightly because of the pandemic that led to the cancellation of spring sports, though there is still plenty of uncertainty …

The Latest: Pan Pacific swimming won't be held until 2026

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded …

Power Five leagues ask Congress for athlete compensation law

The Power Five conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes. The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast …

NCAA offers plan to bring athletes back to campus

The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring athletes back to campus during a pandemic. was announced as schools across the country prepare for the return of football …
Daily Independent
Nation

Merkel won't attend G7 summit in person if US goes ahead

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will not personally attend a meeting in the U.S. with the leaders of the world’s major economies if President Donald Trump goes ahead with it, unless the …

Crowds protest Floyd killing and Trump outside White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crowds gathered around the White House late Friday to protest the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis — and President Donald Trump's response. Protesters threw …

Louisville PD apologizes for targeting news crew at protest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A police officer was seen on camera firing what appeared to be pepper balls at a news crew during a live television broadcast of the second night of Louisville protests, …

Biden speaks of racial 'open wound,' contrasting with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden lamented the “open wound” of the nation's systemic racism on Friday as he responded to the police killing of a black man in Minnesota. He drew an implicit contrast …

Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 …
World

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide …

China says US action on Hong Kong 'doomed to fail'

BEIJING (AP) — The mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party said U.S. moves to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interfere” in China’s internal affairs and are …

Street dog helps see Chinese nurse through virus traumas

BEIJING (AP) — Zhang Dan was among the first to respond to the call for help in China's coronavirus epicenter. The 36-year-old nurse worked through grueling days, ministering to patients who needed …

China home-built aircraft carrier conducting sea trials

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry said the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment and enhance training of the crew. Ministry …

AP Explains: What's behind latest India-China border tension

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tensions along the China-India border high in the Himalayas have flared again in recent weeks. Indian officials say the latest row began in early May, when Chinese soldiers …
Entertainment
FILE - In this April 18, 2020 file photo people gather during the Utah Business Revival rally, calling for Utah's economy to be re-opened, in Salt Lake City. A Utah judge has blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions, siding with county health officials who said the event expected to attract thousands of people could worsen the pandemic. Judge Dianna Gibson decided Friday, May 29, 2020, there was a real risk of spreading the virus among the audience and others they could bring it back to. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer,File)

Coronavirus protest concert blocked by Utah judge

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge blocked a concert protesting coronavirus restrictions Friday, siding with county health officials …
Police move through an area during demonstrations Thursday, May 28, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. Protests over the death of George Floyd, the black man who died in police custody broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

CNN crew arrested while reporting on Minneapolis protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol on Friday arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on following the death of …
FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, Kylie Jenner attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York. Forbes magazine, which once declared Jenner a billionaire on its cover, says she no longer deserves the title if she ever did, but Jenner is pushing back. Forbes said in a story posted Friday that an examination of financial filings after the reality star and beauty mogul sold 51% of her company Kylie Cosmetics to Coty in a January deal valued at $1.2 billion reveal that Jenner’s worth was inflated. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Kylie Jenner, Forbes spar over story on billionaire status

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forbes magazine, which once declared Kylie Jenner a billionaire on its cover, says she no longer deserves the …
A passenger waits to check his luggage at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Serbia's national carrier Air Serbia has resumed commercial flights as the government eased the lockdown against the new coronavirus. Crisis authorities have said the situation in the country has stabilized despite virus clusters in the southern area. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Nations ease more restrictions, air travel opening up more

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. …
Business
Asia Today: S Korea has another 39 cases linked to warehouse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday reported 39 new cases of the coronavirus, most of them in the densely populated Seoul area where officials have linked scores of infections to …

The Latest: Russia has highest daily spike in virus deaths

The Latest on the The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or …

Twitter and Trump: a feud years in the making finally erupts

On one side of this fraught moment: the president of the United States, facing multiple crises less than six months before the election. On the other: Twitter, the social media giant, which has …

US cuts WHO ties over virus, takes action against Hong Kong

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak in China and will …

Travel
Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Large cruise ships will continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's transport …

Turkey reopens some mosques amid infection slowdown

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Worshippers in Turkey have held their first communal Friday prayers in 74 days after the government reopened some mosques as part of its plans to relax measures in place to …

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Europe’s extensive social welfare net is under economic strain from the coronavirus, as for a second day in Spain on Friday against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, while Italy’s chief central …

No Eiffel, Mona Lisa or Versailles: Iconic sites stay closed

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Hold that smile, Mona Lisa. The Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles will remain off-limits for the immediate future, too. None of France's three most iconic tourist …

Things to do
Desert Diamond casinos are reopening June 5

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise will resume gaming operations at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos near Glendale, Tucson, Sahuarita and Why (Ajo). The TOGE …

Fort McDowell Casino plans to reopen May 15

Fort McDowell Casino and the Wekopa Resort and Conference Center will tentatively have a reopening day of May 15. Casino doors will open at 10 a.m., according to the casino's website.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos reopening its locations May 15

Gila River Hotels & Casinos announced Monday that it will reopen its doors Friday, May 15. The Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva properties will open at noon to the public, according to a release.

Great Mother’s, Father’s Day gifts for boomers, seniors

Spring flowers are blooming and Mother’s Day ads are on TV and in newspapers. Expect a repeat for Father’s Day June 21. Stumped by what to get parents or grandparents for their special …

Opinion

A tribute to the men and women who serve in our armed forces

The Town of Paradise Valley was able to participate and honor the military veterans and all those who have served in all branches of …

Pandemic demonstrates importance of U.S. Census

An accurate population count in our city ultimately helps with all types of funding, including dollars allocated for emergencies like …

Candidate calls AZ House bill ‘legislative malpractice’

Arizona’s House Republicans, the majority party running our state, have once again chosen that the mantra of self-responsibility …

Should I require returning employees to wear masks at work?

Arizona does not currently have an Executive Order or law requiring individuals to wear face masks in public; however, the …

Resilience in the face of COVID-19

All can agree that we are in a crisis that is unprecedented. A quick search on Google will tell us that child abuse, domestic …
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