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Grand Canyon on lookout for fungus that can kill bats

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park says it will increase surveillance for a fungus that spreads rapidly among bats and can kill them. The park has been …

Investigators find no evidence Maricopa County assessor neglected duties

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Investigators have found no evidence an Arizona official neglected his duties after he was charged with running an adoption-fraud scheme involving women from the Marshall …

Traffic restrictions in place around Valley on portions of Loop 101

Motorists on multiple portions of Loop 101 in the Valley should use caution as crews work on the roadways over the next several weeks. In the East Valley, drivers on the Loop 101 (Price Freeway) …

Goodyear residents want Trader Joe's, city launches campaign

When you think of Goodyear, what comes to mind? An emerging city that's one of the fastest growing in Maricopa County with companies choosing to locate there, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Nike? But what’s missing?

Glendale to bring Portillo’s, Lou Malnati’s and more in 2020

Glendale is getting ready to welcome four restaurants that are well-known at other cities in the Valley, adding to the food choices in the northwest. Since the opening of Arrowhead BMW, …
First responders
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is requesting the public’s help in regard to an active homicide investigation.
An unlicensed contractor who was wanted by authorities had a bloody arrest during his encounter with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
PHOENIX (AP) — The head of Arizona’s public safety department has apologized after it was revealed he was pulled over for driving over 90 mph on a state highway nearly two months …
Top sports story

Former Wizards player Glen Rice Jr. released from NZ club

Former Washington Wizards shooting guard Glen Rice Jr. has been dismissed by his New Zealand club for breaching bail conditions imposed after his arrest on as assault charge. The son of NBA All …
More sports

Davis scores 50, powers Lakers to 142-125 win over T-Wolves

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis had a season-high 50 points and the Los Angeles Lakers improved to a league-best 21-3 with a 142-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Davis …

Thunder opens road trip with 108-96 win in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Dennis Schroder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each scored 21 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder opened a four-game trip with a 108-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on …

Rams stay in playoff hunt, end Seahawks' 5-game streak 28-12

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Goff passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns, Todd Gurley ran for 79 yards and a fourth-quarter TD and the Los Angeles Rams prevented the Seattle Seahawks from clinching a …

Miller lifts Sabres to 3-2 overtime win over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Colin Miller scored 1:13 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night. Kyle Okposo and Johan Larsson also scored to …
Daily Independent
Nation

Impeachment another hurdle for Democrat on GOP turf

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — In the midst of a difficult harvest slowed by muddy fields, Jeff Ampe wasn’t thinking much about elections or impeachment. When prodded on his congressman, he’s all …

Nevada third to vote, still up for grabs for 2020 Democrats

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada won its coveted early date in the presidential primary because it was supposed to offer Democrats something different. It’s more racially diverse than the two states …

What's next in impeachment: Articles, and committee vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is rapidly headed toward the real work of impeachment this week, with articles expected to be introduced and voted on in the House Judiciary Committee. If the …

Accidental shootings raise questions about arming teachers

SEATTLE (AP) — As the country looks for ways to deal with mass shootings at schools, some have responded by saying more people should carry guns, including teachers. “The only way to stop a …

Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia …
World

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The …

New Zealand police say 1 person has been confirmed killed in volcanic eruption on island popular with tourists

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say 1 person has been confirmed killed in volcanic eruption on island popular with tourists.

Polio scare as Malaysia reports first case in 27 years

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia began a vaccination campaign in a rural town on Borneo island after a 3-month-old boy was confirmed to have polio in the country's first case of the highly …

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says people are unaccounted for on White Island after volcanic eruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says people are unaccounted for on White Island after volcanic eruption.

Japan empress turns 56, still recovering her mental health

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Empress Masako, still recovering from stress-induced mental health issues, said Monday she was happy to have completed her duties as part of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement …
Entertainment
In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, photo, a wooden figure is displayed in the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As visitors descend on Bethlehem this Christmas, they have the option of staying in restored centuries-old guesthouses, taking food tours of local markets, and perusing the dystopian art in and around a hotel designed by the British graffiti artist Banksy. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, …

New Zealand volcano erupts

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities say a volcano on White Island has erupted. The agency GeoNet on Monday …

Mudslides strand hundreds of tourists in New Zealand town

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nearly 1,000 tourists are stranded in the small New Zealand town of Franz Josef after stormy weekend …
In this Dec. 4, 2019 photo, gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin poses next to Maurizio Cattlelan's "Comedian" at the Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach, Fla. The work sold for $120,000. (AP Photo/Siobhan Morrissey)

Idris Elba DJs, banana art sells for $120k at Art Basel

MIAMI (AP) — 3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a …
FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The Chicago-area rapper, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Sunday, Dec. 8 after a "medical emergency'' at Chicago's Midway International Airport, according to authorities. Chicago police said they're conducting a death investigation. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area rapper Juice WRLD, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Sunday after a "medical …
Business
AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP misfires on Ukraine, Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are blasting the into whether he abused his office as illegal and declaring him completely free of …

Japan economy markets 4th straight quarter of growth

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8% in July-September, according to revised government data, better than the modest annual pace of 0.2% it gave as an earlier …

State AGs look to head off T-Mobile-Sprint deal in court

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-drama telecom deal is heading to court. T-Mobile, in its attempt to buy Sprint for $26.5 billion, has already from key federal regulators. Now it must convince a federal …

Business economists see US slowing but avoiding recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s business economists expect U.S. economic growth to decelerate this year and next but for the economy to avoid stumbling into recession, extending a record-breaking …

Average US price of gas drops 1 penny per gallon to $2.65

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dipped 1 penny per gallon (3.8 liters) to $2.65 over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the …

Travel
Police chief shot in central Mexico city of Cuernavaca

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed attackers shot to death the acting police chief in the central Mexico city of Cuernavaca, a once-tranquil tourist destination just south of Mexico City, city officials said …

Cowboys for Trump sends national monument sand to Washington

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico group Cowboys for Trump faces criticism after members brought iconic gypsum sands from White Sands National Monument to Washington for the U.S. Capitol …

Kosovo leader says EU has double standards on Kosovo, Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president accused the European Union on Friday of maintaining double standards for blocking a visa-free travel deal with his country but opening new chapters in …

CEO: Virgin Galactic marks 'incredible' year of milestones

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic is on the verge of making more history in 2020 following an “incredible” year of progress, the chief executive of billionaire Richard Branson's space …

The Latest: French protesters set fires amid strikes

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on strikes in France (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Small groups of protesters are hurling flares, smashing store windows and setting fires in eastern Paris amid mass …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Dec. 5-11

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Dec. 5-11. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Dec. 5 - PHOENIX: Moscow …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 14-20

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 14-20. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 14 - MESA: The Magic of Bill …

Things to Do in the Valley – Nov. 7-13

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Nov. 7-13. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Nov. 7 - SCOTTSDALE: Ferrari Club of …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 31 - MESA: Trick Or Treat …

Opinion

Let’s end 2019 on a safe note

Before you head out on the road, it’s worth taking some time to plan ahead. If you’re attending a holiday party, please make sure …

Simple senior moment or something more serious?

As we become more aware of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as a society, we’re better equipped to spot the early warning …

Burke: Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, …

The 2020 census is on horizon

By law, the U.S. government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years. Getting an accurate …

Young adults for common sense gun safety

We are a group of high school and college students from around the country, concerned about the ongoing gun violence epidemic in our …