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Valley and State

Draft of Arizona GOP's vote review finds wider Biden win

PHOENIX (AP) — A draft report of the election review in Arizona's largest county by supporters of former President Donald Trump found that President Joe Biden did indeed win the 2020 presidential …

Police arrest 6 in catalytic converter thefts in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Mesa have arrested six people who allegedly were stealing catalytic converters from the undersides of cars and vans, authorities said. The arrests came after an …

Scottsdale workers to be trained how to identify trafficking

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Over 2,400 municipal employees of Scottsdale, a Phoenix suburb with a tourism industry serving large numbers of visitors, are to undergo training in how to identify, report …
2020 arizona election audit

Open session on audit results slated for Friday

PHOENIX — Arizonans will learn Friday whether a firm hired by the Senate will confirm or dispute official results which showed that Joe Biden outpolled Donald Trump in Maricopa County in 2020 …

Navajo Nation reports 45 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 45 more COVID-19 cases and one additional death. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,682 confirmed COVID-19 …
First responders
The Mesa Police Department and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office this summer conducted an undercover operation — Operation Heavy Metal — to combat a surge in catalytic converter …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Sept. 16-Sept. 23: Robbery reported at 11:05 p.m. Sept. 16 in the 2300 block of North Monticello …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area Sept. 16-23: Burglary at residence reported at 6:42 p.m. Sept. 16 in the 700 block of West …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers about the draft Senate audit report

You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did, in fact, win. This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.  That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.

Hague: Stripe app builds roads to business success

Patrick was the oldest of three boys, born in 1988 in a small village in Ireland. His mother, a microbiologist. His father, an electrical engineer. Patrick took his first computer course at the University of Limerick when he was only eight and was programming computer code by the age of ten.

Walp: ADOBE rejects Gold Canyon survey questions

Data distributed by Gold Canyon Community Inc. indicates the proposed results of the community survey are hoped to be used to develop a Gold Canyon Plan that will ultimately be placed in the Pinal …

Rakowsky: Sen. Sinema should support voting rights bill

My name is Mike Rakowsky and I am a lifelong activist. The political climate we are confronting right now is as dire as any I have seen in my 70 years. Sen. Sinema has a unique opportunity to take …

Hoffman: Support Open App Markets Act to bolster app developers

Thank you, State Rep. Jennifer Longdon for informing me about the Open App Markets Act, where she is encouraging U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton to cosponsor the bill in order to rein in monopolies like Apple …
More sports

USC LB Jackson aims to keep cashing in after key strip-sack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Junior outside linebacker Drake Jackson’s “money year” got off to a slow start as he failed to record a sack in the first two games of what he has said will be his final …

Texans must improve run and defense as QB Mills settles in

HOUSTON (AP) — Since the start of training camp Houston coach David Culley has insisted the Texans would have to run the ball effectively and force turnovers to win this season. Houston didn’t …

Column: Nassib coming out barely a blip for unbeaten Raiders

There are all sorts of storylines swirling around the Las Vegas Raiders. They go into Sunday's game against Miami looking for their first 3-0 start in almost two decades. Quarterback Derek Carr is …

Shoes, fashion and grit mark P.J. Tucker's journey to Heat

MIAMI (AP) — To realize how challenging it was for P.J. Tucker to begin getting settled at a new home in Miami, consider all the places in this country where he stores his collection of sneakers. …

Veteran forward Brian Boyle hoping to catch on with Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Boyle skated off the ice, visibly and blissfully drained after his first training camp practice in years. The pain — the good kind, the kind that comes when trying to …

Venezia makes waves with American imports to Italian league

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The team bus is a team boat for American midfielder Gianluca Busio and his Venezia teammates when they play home games in one of Italy's most picturesque cities. “We drive …
Most recent
Minister: Iran will return to nuclear talks `very soon'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s new foreign minister said Friday the country will return to nuclear negotiations “very soon,” but accused the Biden administration of sending contradictory …

PG&E charged in California wildfire last year that killed 4

EXPLAINER: Who's eligible for Pfizer booster shots in US?

Abbas issues ultimatum to Israel in harsh UN address

Nation

Officer in Daniel Prude death faces departmental discipline

One of several police officers seen on video pinning down Daniel Prude, a Black man who died after being detained on a street in upstate New York, could face departmental discipline, the Rochester …

In battle to restore power after Ida, a tent city rises

AMELIA, La. (AP) — When Hurricane Ida was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, the grass was chest high and the warehouse empty at this lot in southeastern Louisiana. Within days, electric officials …

New homes sales rise for second straight month in August

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Sales of new homes in the U.S. rose modestly in August as rising prices continue to sideline potential buyers. Sales of new homes last month rose 1.5%, the Commerce …

Woman arrested on suspicion of starting California blaze

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of starting a Northern California wildfire that spread rapidly, burning homes and prompting evacuation orders Thursday in a rural …

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Sept. 17-23, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP …
World

To protect Afghan girls, UN panel urges conditions on aid

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Aid to Afghanistan should be made conditional to ensure the protection of women’s rights and access to education under the rule of the Taliban government, a …

Justice Dept: Huawei exec poised to resolve criminal charges

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors are prepared to resolve criminal charges against the chief financial officer of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies, the Justice Department disclosed …

His country mired in crises, Lebanese leader calls for help

BEIRUT (AP) — The reverberations of terrorism across the oceans and war in their own neighborhood have left Lebanon and its fellow nations in the Middle East struggling with the consequences, …

Severe Brazil drought reignites debate over daylight saving

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dyane Rodrigues used to enjoy strolling along Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema beach after a hot summer's day. Daylight saving time meant her workday went by faster, and ended …

Polish protesters warn that health care crisis is looming

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a priest arrives at a hospital in Chorzow to perform the last rites, nurse Mariusz Strug can see the fear in dying patients' eyes. “After the sacrament, they knew what …
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Business

Chinese banks try to calm fears about developer's debts

BEIJING (AP) — Trying to dispel investor fears, some Chinese banks are disclosing what they are owed by a real estate developer that is struggling under $310 billion in debt and say they can cope …

Biden: Budget talks hit 'stalemate,' $3.5T may take a while

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate" in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the …

Shortages cause 'bottleneck recession' for German industry

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shortages of semiconductor chips and other raw materials are continuing to hit Germany's manufacturers, as bottlenecks leave companies struggling to fill orders from a …

Foundations offer cities help convincing workers to relocate

A year ago, Robin Bruce never thought she would be living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and liking it. That was before she took advantage of a program, largely financed by the Walton Family Foundation, …

Neighbors

Valley organizations react to surprise grants given by Virginia G. Piper Trust

After Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust donated a record-amount of funds to 71 Arizona organization on September, many local leaders are voicing shock and appreciation. Catholic Charities …

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awards $123 million in surprise grants to 71 nonprofits

Trustees of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded a total of $123 million in surprise grants to 71 Arizona nonprofits — the largest single-day grant initiative in Arizona’s history, …

Non-profit distributing 10M bottles of donated hand sanitizer

Arizona non-profit Arizonans for Children has received a donation of 10 million bottles of hand sanitizer from Healing Solutions in both 2-ounce and 16-ounce bottles. The organization is donating …

Candy Valentino named Paradise Valley’s Person of Distinction for mentorship

No one knows the value of a dollar more than Paradise Valley resident Candy Valentino, who came from humble beginnings. After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Valentino spread her …

Things to do

Salt River Tubing open weekends in September

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, weather and water flow conditions permitting. The cost is $19 plus tax per person or tube, …

Artists of the Superstitions Fall Studio Tour Nov. 6-7

The free self-guided Artists of the Superstitions Fall Studio Tour is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6-7. The annual studio tour has become an anticipated event for art lovers since it began in 2007, …

No Glitters in Glendale, but lights will still shine

Glendale won’t be hosting Glendale Glitters this year, but lights will shine nonetheless — and even earlier than usual.

Obituaries & Memorials

Sherry Rae Barrett

Sherry, age 85, of Sun City West, AZ, passed away peacefully at her home May 9, 2021.Sherry and her husband Bill relocated to Sun City West in 1992 after moving from their home in Honolulu, where …

Alice “Kelly” T. Kelly

Alice, age 96, of Sun City West, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, in Surprise, Arizona.  She was born on July 5, 1925, to the late Patrick and Anne (McVeigh) Kelly in Aglish, …

Esther S. Coffman

Esther, 98, died peacefully in the early morning hours of August 29, 2021, in Peabody, Massachusetts.  With her two companion cats, Snowball and Tiger, at her side, Esther closed her eyes for …

Barbara M. Imbrie

Barbara of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.Barbara was born in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Education and from San …

Junia “June” Dorothea Fisher Hoffman

Sun City, AZ -  Junia left this life on August 10, 2021, just one month before her 106th birthday.  She was born in 1915 in Pratt, Kansas to Chester Harry Fisher and Lula Hope Gould …
Entertainment
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris, right, speaks as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens during an event at the Treasury Department in Washington on Sept. 15, 2021. Harris will appear on the daytime talk series "The View" on Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Harris 'View' interview delayed, hosts positive for COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — A live televised interview with Vice President Kamala Harris was delayed on Friday after two hosts of the “The View” learned they tested positive for COVID-19 moments before …
Actor Tom Felton is helped after collapsing on the 18th hole during a practice day at the Ryder Cup at the Whistling Straits Golf Course Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Tom Felton of 'Harry Potter' fame collapses at Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — British actor Tom Felton, known for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies, collapsed while playing a celebrity golf exhibition Thursday at the Ryder …
FILE - Roger Michell poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'The Duke' during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 4, 2020. Michell, the British stage, television and film director whose movies include the indelibly popular romcom “Notting Hill,” has died, his family said Thursday. He was 65. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

'Notting Hill,' 'The Duke' director Roger Michell dies at 65

LONDON (AP) — Roger Michell, the British stage, television and film director whose movies include the indelibly popular romcom “Notting Hill,” has died, his family said Thursday. He was …
Daniel Craig, right, receives the honorary Royal Navy rank of Commander from the Head of the Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC, left, in London, Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021. (LPhot Lee Blease/Ministry of Defence via AP)

Commander Craig: 007 star made honorary Royal Navy officer

LONDON (AP) — The name’s Craig, Commander Craig. Britain’s Royal Navy said Thursday that James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the service — the same rank …
This undated image provided by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s office of public affairs shows a 3,500-year-old artifact, known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet. The tablet contains a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, considered one of the earliest surviving works of notable literature. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Ancient clay tablet from Assyrian king going back to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 3,500-year-old clay tablet discovered in the ruins of the library of an ancient Middle Eastern king, then looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago, is finally headed back to …