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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lists home for $8.75 million

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and his wife have listed their Paradise Valley home for $8.75 million, a spokesman for the governor confirmed Wednesday.

Arizona MVD customers to get plates, tabs and documents through mail

The new year will usher in a new way for Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division customers to get license plates, registration tabs and many documents such as vehicle titles.

18 names to appear on Arizona's Presidential Preference Election ballot

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office has determined the order the qualified Democratic candidates will appear on the Presidential Preference Election ballot. 

Arizona reaches $600K settlement with Sun City vacuum business

A Sun City vacuum sales business and its owners have agreed to a $600,000 settlement for violating the national Do Not Call registry.

Virtua Partners and Hotel Equities Celebrate Landmark Hotel in Tolleson, Arizona

TOLLESON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 11, 2019-- , a global private-equity real estate investment manager, and , a leading hospitality management company, announce the grand opening of their …
First responders
A small plane crashed on a Phoenix street Wednesday morning, but authorities said nobody was injured.
Two suspects are now in custody a week after a deadly drug deal in Phoenix.
An officer-involved shooting in west Phoenix appears tied to a shooting that occurred inside a Glendale business earlier in the day.
Top sports story

NCAA: 'Highly probable' Congress passes athlete comp rules

NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday it is “highly probable” federal legislation will be passed that sets national guidelines for how college athletes can be compensated …
More sports

Titans host Texans in battle for AFC South lead

Remember the Titans? You'd better do so. The Tennessee Titans suddenly look like world beaters. Or, at least, a solid choice to win the AFC South. They have won four straight and six of seven …

Heisman Trophy candidates: Burrow, Fields, Hurts, Young

A capsule look at the four Heisman Trophy finalists: JOE BURROW YEAR/POSITION/SCHOOL: Senior, QB, LSU BIO: His feel-good story is well-known by now. He grew up hoping to play for Nebraska, …

Kawhi Leonard expects mixed reception in return to Toronto

TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard expects to hear a mix of cheers and boos when he faces the Toronto Raptors for the first time since helping them win the NBA Finals. Leonard and the Los Angeles …

Ohio State leads the pack in AP All-Big Ten top honors

Heisman Trophy finalists Justin Fields and Chase Young head an Associated Press All-Big Ten football team dominated by players from conference champion Ohio State. Fields is the offensive player …
Daily Independent
Nation

Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is leaving its benchmark interest rate alone and signaling that it expects to keep low rates unchanged through next year. The Fed's decision follows …

US calls UN meeting on North Korea missiles _ not rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council on Wednesday was meeting for the second time in a week on North Korea’s increasing ballistic missile and nuclear-related activities, this time at the …

US seeks dismissal of New Mexico's immigration lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. lawyers want a judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico that immigration officials shirked their duties earlier this year by quickly releasing thousands of mostly Central …

Justices appear split in Arizona death sentence case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over whether an Arizona death row inmate should get a new sentencing trial nearly 30 years after being convicted of killing two people …

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. …
World

President adviser: 70 soldiers dead in Niger after attack

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants ambushed a military post in western Niger and killed at least 70 soldiers, a presidential adviser said late Wednesday, marking the deadliest attack …

France's pension overhaul: a look at the planned changes

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government on Wednesday unveiled details of a planned pension system overhaul that will make younger generations work longer and has sparked …

Adviser to Niger's president says at least 70 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in deadliest attack yet.

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Adviser to Niger's president says at least 70 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in deadliest attack yet.

UN: Targeted killings continue against Iraq protesters

BAGHDAD (AP) — Deliberate killings, abduction and arbitrary detention are among abuses that continue against Iraqi anti-government demonstrators by unknown groups, according to a U.N. report …

Diplomats in Paris discuss aid for battered Lebanese economy

PARIS (AP) — Diplomats met behind closed doors in Paris on Wednesday to consider measures to help Lebanon as it grapples with ongoing political turmoil and its worst economic crisis in …
Entertainment
This Dec. 4, 2019 photo shows Meek Mill posing for a portrait at Jungle City Studios in New York. Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, is competing for a Grammy Award for best rap album with the platinum-seller “Championships,” his passionate project detailing his life. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

With ‘Championships,’ Meek Mill might become a Grammy champ

NEW YORK (AP) — On “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies,” a song on Meek Mill’s latest album, he raps about childhood struggles …
This Oct. 13, 2019 photo shows the tasting room at the Paix Sur Terre winery in Paso Robles, Calif. Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a wide diversity of microclimates. The wine-growing area around Paso Robles is nearly three times the size of Napa Valley. (AP Photo/Sally Carpenter Hale)

California's Paso Robles area offers wine-tasters variety

PASO ROBLES, California (AP) — Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a …
This image released by Sony shows Kevin Hart, from left, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan in a scene from "Jumanji: The Next Level." (Hiram Garcia/Sony via AP)

Review: New 'Jumanji' sticks with the formula and just adds

The creators of the latest “Jumanji” sequel have begun from an age-old premise — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And they've …
This Nov. 25, 2019 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, right, appears with soprano Lise Davidsen in a scene from Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Ken HowardMetropolitan Opera via AP)

Tenor moves out of Anna Netrebko's shadow

NEW YORK (AP) — Married to a world-famous opera star, Yusif Eyvazov found in building his own career that “the most difficult …
Danai Gurira, left, and America Ferrera announce nominations for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Pacific Design Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. The show will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Complete list of nominees for 26th SAG Awards

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A list of the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday in West …
Business
Federal Reserve leaves benchmark interest rate unchanged, signals no moves in 2020

Federal Reserve leaves benchmark interest rate unchanged, signals no moves in 2020.

How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits. Installments of the elaborately …

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins …

AP honors journalist executed in 1951 by Chinese officials

New York (AP) — Y.C. Jao was a respected Chinese correspondent working for The Associated Press in April 1949 when Mao Zedong’s Red Army stormed into Nanjing, defeating the Nationalist forces of …

Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Coal ash is leaking from a dump complex at the largest coal-fired plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the utility is monitoring whether it's affecting …

Travel
Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of …

New Zealand releases 9 names of volcano victims

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police released on Wednesday the names of nine people missing in New Zealand's volcano disaster. They are seven Australian tourists who made a day trip to White …

8 macaroni penguins hatch at Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight fluffy macaroni penguin chicks have been born at the Kansas City Zoo. Their eggs were flown in from SeaWorld San Diego and hatched in incubators in Kansas City, the …

Baby white rhino gets name, frolics in mud at San Diego zoo

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said. The baby is …

'Rumors of War' statue to be installed in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Artist Kehinde Wiley’s monumental bronze sculpture of a young black man astride a galloping horse is set to be permanently installed in Virginia’s capital city, not far …

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

Goldwater to DOE: It’s time to follow law

The Goldwater Institute sent a letter to the Arizona Department of Education on Monday regarding the Department’s worsening failures …

Unconstitutional fees threaten ride-sharing at Sky Harbor

The city of Phoenix is attempting to raise rates by 200% for customers using ride-sharing platforms like Uber or Lyft when they travel …

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, …