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Valley and State

EyeOn LifeLine Deployed to Hospital ICUs to Offer Potentially Life-Saving Communication Tool for Intubated Patients to Combat COVID-19

MESA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 2, 2020-- EyeTech Digital Systems, a leader in eyetracking for health, launches FDA-registered EyeOn LifeLine, a potentially life-saving eye tracking …

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had …

West Valley zoo welcomes new baby giraffe

A zoo in the West Valley recently welcomed a newborn reticulated giraffe to the family. Baby Jackie was born March 7, bringing the total number of baby giraffes at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium …

Arizona tops 1,400 cases of coronavirus, with 29 deaths

Arizona continues to add roughly 100 cases of coronavirus each day, with over 1,400 cases and 29 deaths in the state as of Wednesday, April 1. The Arizona Department of Health Services released …

April 1, rent's due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

It's the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent's due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since outbreak turned the economy upside …
First responders
The 100 Club of Arizona is offering two mobile apps, sponsored by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, to help first responders find mental health resources from a distance, as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
A woman was arrested in connection with the arson of her Glendale business last month. Claudia Ramirez, 44, faces one count of arson of an occupied structure. According to court documents, a …
A Phoenix police commander was shot and killed in the line of duty after responding to a disturbance call.
More sports

Brescia ready to forfeit matches if Italian season resumes

BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — The president of Italian soccer club Brescia said Thursday he will forfeit his team's remaining Serie A matches if the league resumes. Brescia is the third-worst hit …

Spanish league wants mini-camp, testing before resuming

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league is putting together a detailed plan to get teams ready for when the league restarts, recommending a mini-preseason and a large number of tests for players, their …

Hockey players in the minors face uncertainty, job fears

Tom Parisi made the long drive from South Carolina to his home just south of Boston with a lot on his mind. The ECHL season had just been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the …

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer …

Column: Nothing smart about staging UFC fights or NFL draft

Dana White must be a smart guy. He did, after all, build UFC from almost nothing into the entertainment and sports juggernaut it is today. Roger Goodell is pretty smart himself. He’s been able …

AP source: Cowboys sign DE Aldon Smith, suspended since 2015

The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is uncertain. A person with direct knowledge of the …

Beijing 2022 planners assessing impact of postponing Tokyo

BEIJING (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing say they will conduct a “detailed assessment” of the impact on their plans of the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics to next …
Daily Independent
Nation

The Latest: Protective gear shortage hits Fukushima workers

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. 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 …

Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The vehicles have air bags with volatile …

Fauci says he feels safe despite threats, is focusing on job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said Thursday he feels safe despite reports he's received online threats and has had uncomfortable personal encounters …

Feds seek breakup of Altria-Juul deal on antitrust grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. business regulators are suing to break up the multibillion-dollar deal between tobacco giant Altria and e-cigarette startup Juul Labs, saying their partnership amounted to an …

Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will end an and dramatically cut production. The global gut in production, coupled with a slowing …
World

Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine.

Africa faces an 'existential threat' as virus cases spread

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some African countries will have more than 10,000 coronavirus cases by the end of April, health officials projected Thursday, as the continent least equipped to treat serious …

South African cops storm Cape Town church to expel migrants

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African police wearing riot gear forced their way into a church in central Cape Town on Thursday to remove hundreds of foreign migrants who had been sheltering …

AP Week in Pictures, Middle East

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between March 26 – April 1, …

Virus masks, apps: The race is on to avoid hidden carriers

PARIS (AP) — The worldwide race to protect people against being infected by unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified Thursday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear …
Entertainment
CORRECTS MAYOR'S LAST NAME TO CANTRELL INSTEAD OF CAMPBELL - FILE - This April 28, 2019, file photo, shows Ellis Marsalis during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that Marsalis has died. He was 85. (AP Photo/Sophia Germer, File)

New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis dead at 85

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical family that includes famed musician …
This undated image released by Vintage Español shows Valeria Luiselli, author of “Lost Children Archive" (Desierto sonoro). (Diego Berruecos/Gatopardo via AP)

'Lost Children' author: Writers must 'document' pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer …
FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York. Patterson announced #SaveIndieBookstores, a partnership with the American Booksellers Association and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. He is contributing $500,000 and is urging others to contribute this month. Patterson has a history of helping independent bookstores. The best-selling novelist has donated millions in recent years to booksellers. He's also given millions to schools and libraries and literacy programs.(Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

James Patterson sets up fund to help indie booksellers

NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson has a history of helping independent bookstores. The best-selling novelist has donated millions …
Two cruise ships are anchored offshore past a lifeguard tower, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Ill-fated cruise ships awaiting approval to dock in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two ill-fated cruise ships waited just off Fort Lauderdale's shores on Thursday to learn when they'll …
This image released by Scholastic shows concept art for the "Cat Kid Comic Club," new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey to be launched by Scholastic on Dec. 1. (Scholastic via AP)

Dav Pilkey launches new "Cat Kid Comic Club" series

NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey is going to the cats. The million-selling author of the “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man” …
Business
What to do when the coronavirus crisis delays your wedding

Couples are often told to prepare for anything when it comes to their wedding, but a global pandemic isn’t typically something to consider. Now that most Americans have been ordered to stay at …

Infrastructure often embraced by both parties, to no avail

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure projects to create jobs and help the collapsing economy rebuild from the coronavirus' stunning blows. House …

Outbreak: bankruptcies, layoffs and quiet skies

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread …

Stocks open slightly higher even after applications for unemployment benefits surge as millions of jobs are lost

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks open slightly higher even after applications for unemployment benefits surge as millions of jobs are lost.

US trade gap falls to $39.9 in February, lowest since 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit tumbled in February to the lowest level since 2016 as exports fell and imports fell more. The politically sensitive gap in the trade of goods with China …

Travel
AP-NORC poll: Broad support for efforts to control outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll from finds that a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike approve of how state and local governments are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Fewer than half of …

Tourists stranded in India because of coronavirus lockdown

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tourists from Australia, Britain and Canada are stranded in India's capital after their vacations were abruptly ended by a three-week lockdown and international flights were halted …

The Latest: Experts say virus could kill up to 240,000 in US

The Latest on the pandemic. 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 …

Migrant dies in Mexico detention center riot over virus fear

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan migrant died during a riot at an immigration detention center in Mexico, where detainees burned mattresses to protest conditions that they say could expose them to …

Things to do
Blues guitarist Carvin Jones to stream concert to raise money

      Blues guitarist Carvin Jones to stream concert to raise money Virtuoso on a mission to help elderly during COVID-19 shutdown By Steve Stockmar Independent …

Litchfield Park trio gets back to basics during downtime

If there is any sort of positive spirit to consider during social isolation’s downtime for an otherwise very active live band, it may be each individual’s renewed focus on …

Fun at home: Hilarious movies & TV shows to watch online

While our communities practice social distancing waiting for the latest COVID-19 news updates (keep checking out this website for up-to-date coverage), we thought those suddenly forced to spend more time indoors could use some suggestions for funny, fun shows and movies currently available on popular video streaming services.

Goodyear, local artists develop virtual arts program

The spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, may have canceled events that bring Goodyear and Southwest Valley residents together at venues around the region, but it can’t stop the city from …

Opinion

COVID-19: Tips to protect consumers, from price gouging to student loans

We urge consumers to be on the lookout for an escalating number of pandemic-related scams, hazards and financial challenges.

Abrazo hospitals observe National Doctors’ Day

Abrazo Health hospitals are celebrating National Doctors’ Day by paying tribute to physicians for their service, skill and …

Give docs the info needed to treat virus

In the tumult of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, there is an enormous amount of confusion about potential treatments.

Newlon: Remote online notarization a critical need in Arizona

To help keep our communities healthy, the need for social distancing is imperative right now. As such, on March 18, two U.S. …

Medicare and coronavirus: What you need to know

Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help …
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