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Education Secretary pushes school vouchers at Arizona event

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday touted her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, telling a room of supportive parents and lobbyists …

Point Hospitality Group Debuts Sky Rock: An Immersive Sedona Experience

SEDONA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 5, 2019-- Situated amidst ancient spiritual vortexes, Sedona emits a sacred spirit charged by powerful energy. This energy is magnified by the geography: …

Arizona bill would require students say Pledge of Allegiance

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker wants to make it harder for schoolchildren to avoid saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning. Republican Rep. John Fillmore of Apache Junction …

Arizona man sues after being shot in head by New Mexico sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff who shot an Arizona man in the head following a slow-speed chase in a front-loading tractor used excessive force and violated the man's civil …

Principal Names Chris Littlefield as New General Counsel

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 4, 2019-- Principal Financial Group ® today announced Christopher (Chris) Littlefield (53), former president and CEO of Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance …
First responders
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 …
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety released statistics on a statewide DUI enforcement over the holiday weekend, and the overall numbers are down, partially due to the lower number …
Two of three people are fighting for their lives after they were stabbed in Avondale on Thanksgiving. A Peoria man was arrested in connection with the Thursday night incident. Around 8:30 p.m. …
Top sports story

Thursday's College Basketball

EAST No scores reported from the EAST. SOUTH Emmanuel (Ga.) 74, Augusta 71 MIDWEST No scores reported from the MIDWEST. SOUTHWEST No scores reported from the SOUTHWEST. FAR …
More sports

NFL or college? Alabama's Tagovailoa still weighing options

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa said being assured he'd likely remain a high NFL draft pick could make “the biggest decision of my life" a little easier. The Alabama quarterback is …

Arsenal endures worst run since 1977; Newcastle wins in EPL

LONDON (AP) — Not since 1977 have things been this bad at Arsenal. The struggling Gunners slumped to a 2-1 home loss to Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday, taking the team's winless …

Woman seeks dismissal of lawsuit against Luke Walton

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former sportscaster Kelli Tennant is seeking dismissal of her sexual assault lawsuit against Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton, a court document shows. The request for …

Long awaited indoor ski slope debuts at New Jersey megamall

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — An indoor ski slope that has been the most visible feature of the long-delayed American Dream megamall in New Jersey for more than a decade has finally …
Daily Independent
Nation

Democrats move toward impeaching Trump, with scant grumbling

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are charging toward impeaching President Donald Trump but not without pockets of division, as lawmakers who began the summer divided largely rallied Thursday …

Lawyer: Accused Texas school shooter sent to mental hospital

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school was moved to state mental health hospital Thursday after a judge ruled last month that he was to …

Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, fatalities

MIAMI (AP) — A UPS driver was kidnapped by at least two robbery suspects who led police on a two-county chase that ended in gunfire and multiple fatalities Thursday at a busy Florida intersection …

GOP senator bows to White House on Armenian genocide measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator blocked a resolution Thursday that would recognize the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide. North Dakota Sen. Kevin …

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex …
World

US persuades judge to stop pro-Trump border wall group

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government persuaded a federal judge to prevent a private fundraising group from building its own wall next to the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico, despite the …

Palestinians outraged over ICC report into war crimes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian officials expressed “great concern” Thursday over a report by the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor that includes a warning that Palestinian stipends …

Mexico president hosts US AG behind closed doors in capital

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president and the U.S. attorney general have met behind closed doors about a week after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested his government could classify Mexican …

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates …

Israel: Hezbollah undeterred after recent setbacks

SHTULA, Israel (AP) — A year after uncovering a network of cross-border Hezbollah tunnels, the Israeli military says the Lebanese militant group has beefed up its presence along the volatile …
Entertainment

Royal Opera, The Met removes tenor Vittorio Grigolo

New York (AP) — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found …

San Francisco Opera names its first female music director

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into …

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 …
This image released by Neon shows Adèle Haenel in a scene from "Portrait of a Lady on Fire." (Neon via AP)

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Portrait' top AP's 2019 best films list

Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle name their choices for the best films of 2019. LINDSEY BAHR 1. : …
This Nov. 18, 2019 photo shows Grammy award-winning rapper Chamillionaire posing for a portrait in New York. A co-founder of popular underground Texas group the Color Changin’ Click, is best known for his hit “Ridin Dirty.” (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

Chamillionaire wants to add diversity to tech space

When Grammy award-winning rapper Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki began learning the ropes of venture capitalism in the tech space, …
Business
Energy company leaves debris in Michigan, delays report

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian-based energy transportation company's preparation of a proposed tunnel that would house a petroleum pipeline caused a borehole to collapse in Michigan, which left …

Uber reports more than 3,000 U.S. sexual assaults on 2018 rides in long-awaited safety report

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber reports more than 3,000 U.S. sexual assaults on 2018 rides in long-awaited safety report.

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said …

Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public …

Wedding planning sites change policies on slave plantations

NEW YORK (AP) — Four major websites used for wedding planning are revising their policies on content referencing former slave plantations, responding to an advocacy group's campaign urging the …

Travel
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 …

Fire breaks out at luxury hotel in Greece’s capital

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire broke out at a luxury hotel in the Greek capital Thursday, with fire crews evacuating the building and using ladders to rescue several people. It was not immediately …

New Zealand leader finds perfect spokesman: Stephen Colbert

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has relied on hobbits, bungy jumping and rugby to entice tourists in the past. Now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have found the perfect spokesman …

Mass strike over pensions tangles transport across France

PARIS (AP) — France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still Thursday, schools across the country shut down and the Eiffel Tower warned visitors to stay away as unions held nationwide strikes and …

Much anticipated Star Wars-based ride debuts at Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The resistance is rising. “Rise of the Resistance,” the highly anticipated Star Wars-based ride at Walt Disney World is debuting Thursday, three months after a land …

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

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 …

Consider a year-end gift to a community non-profit

It’s the time of year when nonprofit organizations reach out to supporters and donors — current, past and new — to consider a …