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G7 officials make progress but no final deal on money for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies said they had moved toward agreement on a U.S. proposal to squeeze more money for Ukraine from Russian assets …
HIGHWAY SAFETY

ADOT receives $72K for crash data reporting

The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety has provided state transportation officials with $72,000 to continue processing crash date submitted by law enforcment. The GOHS has allocated the …

What's open and closed on Memorial Day

In what had long been celebrated every May 30 to honor America’s fallen soldiers, Memorial Day officially became a federal holiday in 1971, observed on the last Monday in May. Businesses …
Valley & State
LEGAL

Traffic stop in Phoenix leads to sentencing of fentanyl trafficker

A fentanyl trafficker has been sentenced to seven years in prison following his arrest last year in Phoenix, federal authorities said. Angel Valencia-Avendano, 20, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, was …
business

EPCOR highly certified by OSHA

EPCOR achieved the Voluntary Protection Program Star certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which Paradise Valley Town Council recognized at its meeting May 23. …
WEST VALLEY

Juneteenth celebration coming to Glendale

A Glendale event will celebrate what has come over the generations to be known as the oldest African-American holiday.

Tribes say their future is at stake as they push for Congress to consider Colorado River settlement

Navajo officials are celebrating the signing of legislation outlining a proposed water rights settlement that will ensure supply from the Colorado River and other sources for three Native American …
technology

Peoria aims to make water meters smarter

Smart technology seems ubiquitous these days. Now it could be coming to home and business water meters throughout Peoria, which officials say, will help conserve water and provide other benefits to the city.
Community

University of Phoenix continues Memorial Day flag-planting endeavor

University of Phoenix this week planted more than 10,000 flags in its annual tradition of honoring Memorial Day. This marks the 15th year employees and volunteers of the university have …
holiday

County offers lake, trail safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

With Memorial Day Weekend right around the corner, Maricopa County is reminding the public to keep safety top of mind while enjoying outdoor activities like swimming, boating, and hiking.
POLICE

Mesa police call death of 7-year-old girl in collision ‘very tragic accident’

A 7-year-girl died Thursday night after being struck by a truck while riding her scooter in what police term a “very tragic accident.” Mesa authorities initially said the girl died …
Wildfire

Second desert fire reported south of Florence

Fire crews have gotten the upper hand on another fire burning south of Florence – the second one this week. The Dotbug Fire started Thursday evening in the desert area along State Route 79 …

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Opinions with Civility
It might be the most significant public policy challenge in the United States with the most straightforward answer.
Gov. Katie Hobbs said Thursday she has no solution to the problem of available housing being converted into vacation rentals.
I enjoyed and appreciated your profile of an outstanding judge in our municipal court, Steven Cohen.
In reply to the letter by Patricia Casey in the May 22 issue, I am very disappointed that someone in Sun City West is so dishonest.
Technology has changed, and keeps changing, but no one changed the babies, young children, teens and adults. They all still need the same tender loving care they always did. There is nothing …
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Local sports

Kilfoyl allows 3 hits as Oklahoma State beats Arizona 8-0 in Game 1 of super regional

Lexi Kilfoyl pitched a complete game shutout, Karli Godwin, Claire Timm and Micaela Wark each hit a home run and No. 5 national seed Oklahoma State beat Arizona 8-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three …

This Date in Baseball - Willie Mays goes hitless in his MLB debut

This Date in Baseball, May 25 - Willie Mays goes hitless in his MLB debut

Diamondbacks start 3-game series at home against the Marlins

The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Miami Marlins to begin a three-game series.
National sports
Today in Sports, May 26 - First Grand Slam Tournament in over 30 years a U.S. man didn’t make the 3rd round
This might not turn out to be Rafael Nadal’s last French Open, after all. The 14-time champion at Roland Garros said Saturday that he is not 100% sure that he will not play again at the Grand Slam …
The heat is off Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever. The WNBA rookie sensation and her team won their first game of the season on Friday The Fever rallied from 11 points down in the first half to …
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Valley business

Slick City action park slides into Peoria

Slick City Action Park will open in Peoria in June.

Slick City action park – an indoor dry-slide and air court park designed for all ages – is excited to announce its new location in Peoria, 7586 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite 100, according to a news release.

Antiques abound at west Chandler vendor boutique

Mollie Leone, left, and her husband opened Momo’s Mercantile boutique last fall, where daughter Ali Leone, right, is one of about two dozen vendors.

When Mollie Leone was looking for a place to set down permanent roots for her vendor boutique Momo’s Mercantile, west Chandler seemed like the logical place to do so. Hours and days, on …

The Maggiore Group opens sixth restaurant, the Italiano

The Italiano, will be the six restaurant opened by the Maggiore Group. It will feature dishes from all over Italy.

The Maggiore Group is opening the Italiano restaurant. Lead by Chef Joey Maggiore, The Italiano located at 9301 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottdale, will be the group’s sixth concept introduced to …

Royse Contemporary art gallery featuring ‘Primitive’ exhibition

Royse Contemporary is presenting “Primitive,” a solo exhibition of Phoenix Artist Daniel Shepherd through June 23. Shepherd explores in this collection color, line, abstraction while incorporating new materials and concepts in an exciting and fresh way.

Royse Contemporary is presenting “Primitive,” a solo exhibition of Phoenix Artist Daniel Shepherd through June 23. With this new exhibition, Shepherd is exploring color, line, …

Neighbors

The Saguaros Raise $775K for children’s charities at 2024 Olympiad

The Saguaro’s raised more than $775,000 for children’s charities during their 2024 Olympiad at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Saguaros’ annual Olympiad event, held April 19, 2024, at Scottsdale Stadium, brought together around 700 real estate professionals to celebrate the culmination of months of fundraising. And …

Glendale grad walks across stage, 3 months after debilitating car crash

Jett Weinstein was one of 650-some Mountain Ridge High School graduates Thursday in Glendale.

Even inside State Farm Stadium – home to Super Bowls and other megaevents – a few footsteps brought down the house.

Jordin Sparks, raised in Glendale, will sing National Anthem before Indy 500

Jordin Sparks, seen performing the National Anthem before the Indy 500 on May 24, 2015, will again sing the National Anthem before the big race on May 26.

Grammy-nominated Jordin Sparks will sing the National Anthem before the 108th running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over Memorial Day Weekend.

Miss Arizona set for next chapter in life

Miss Arizona Tiffany Ticlo, who was previously Miss Scottsdale, graduated from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with a degree in computer science and is starting a career as a solutions analyst with Deloitte. She will also be handing her crown over to the new Miss Arizona in June.

Miss Arizona 2023 Tiffany Ticlo (Formerly Miss Scottsdale) graduated suma cum Laude this month with a 3.9 GPA from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU with a degree in computer science …

Things to do

The Marías will bring summer tour to Phoenix

The Marías arrive at Billboard Power 100 on Jan. 31, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Grammy-nominated band The Marías announced that their anticipated The Submarine Tour will include a Phoenix stop.

Grammy winner Lucky Daye to bring summer tour to Phoenix

Lucky Daye performs at All Points East Festival on Aug. 18, 2023, in London.

Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Lucky Daye will bring his summer tour to Phoenix.

Danny Ocean to bring new tour to Phoenix

Danny Ocean performs during the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Laura Pausini in Seville, Spain, on Nov. 15, 2023.

Latin music star Danny Ocean will bring his anticipated North American Reflexa Tour to downtown Phoenix.

Memorial Day ceremony coming to Phoenix

Residents are invited to a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans in Phoenix.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Evelyn Eunice Ammeson (Jacobsen)

Evelyn Ammeson died peacefully Sunday, May 19, at home in Sun City surrounded by family. She was 94 years old. Her last days were full of anticipation and longing to be with her Savior Jesus, whom …

Larry Duane Lindquist

On April 30, 2024, Larry Duane Lindquist passed away from this life surrounded by wife and children at the Banner Hospital in Sun City, Arizona. His departure comes as a great shock and a deep wound …

Keith Vernon Cunningham

Keith Vernon Cunningham, 88, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2024. He was born to the late Hugh Wilson and Vera Maureen (Windell) Cunningham in Corydon, Indiana on September …

Gerald Wayne Helmich

Gerald W. Helmich, 81, passed away in his sleep after a short illness the morning of May 12, 2024 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in East St. Louis, IL on April 28, 1943 to Orville and Emma (Detchman) …

Bonnie Rae Temperley

Bonnie Rae Temperley (Harder) was born July 15th, 1948, in Maquoketa, Iowa and entered eternity in the arms of Jesus her Savior, surrounded by loved ones on May 13th, 2024, at the age of 75. A …
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Nation

What will win the Palme d'Or? Cannes closes Saturday with awards and a tribute to George Lucas

The 77th Cannes Film Festival draws to a close Saturday with the presentation of its top award, the Palme d'Or, along with an honorary tribute for George Lucas. The closing ceremony is set to …

What we know about the young missionaries and religious leader killed in Haiti

The local director of a mission group in Haiti and a missionary couple from the U.S. were attacked and fatally shot by gang members after leaving a youth group activity at a church, a family member …

Bird flu virus detected in beef from an ill dairy cow, but USDA says meat remains safe

Bird flu has been detected in beef for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday, but officials said the meat from a single sickened dairy cow was not allowed to enter the …

Louisiana governor signs bill making two abortion drugs controlled dangerous substances

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — First-of-its-kind legislation that classifies two abortion-inducing drugs as controlled and dangerous substances was signed into law Friday by Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry. The …

American Airlines drops law firm that said a 9-year-old girl should have seen camera on toilet seat

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines has replaced the law firm that told a judge a 9-year-old girl was negligent in not noticing there was a camera phone taped to the seat in an airplane …
World

The US defense secretary will visit Cambodia, one of China's closest allies, after regional talks

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is scheduled to make an official visit to Cambodia, one of China's closest allies in Southeast Asia, after holding talks with his …

UN court order demanding Israel to halt Gaza offensive further isolates US position

An order by the top United Nations court for Israel to halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah deepens its disconnect with the United States. The operation faces mounting …

Millions vote in India's grueling election with Prime Minister Modi's party likely to win a 3rd term

NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of Indians are voting Saturday in the next-to-last round of a grueling national election with a combined opposition trying to rattle Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s …

Notre Dame cathedral cross reinstalled in Paris amid restoration efforts

PARIS (AP) — The cross at the apse of Notre-Dame de Paris, which survived the devastating 2019 fire, was reinstalled atop the cathedral’s framework Friday after a meticulous restoration by …

US Defense Secretary Austin expected to meet with Chinese counterpart in Singapore

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Admiral Dong Jun, at a major defense conference in Singapore next week, the Pentagon …
Entertainment
FILE - Usher performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2016 at Barclays Center in New York on Oct. 27, 2016. He was added to the lineup for the Essence Festival of Culture, which runs July 4-7 in New Orleans. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

Essence Festival adds Usher to 2024 talent headliners

R&B superstar Usher joins the night concert lineup for this summer’s 30th anniversary of the Essence Festival of Culture. Organizers late Thursday announced that Usher will perform during the …

Caleb Carr, military historian and author of best-selling novel "The Alienist," dies at 68

Caleb Carr, the scarred and gifted son of Beat poet Lucien Carr who endured a traumatizing childhood and became a best-selling novelist, accomplished military historian and late-life memoirist of his …
This image released by BigHit shows “Right Place, Wrong Person” by RM. (BigHit via AP)

Music Review: RM of BTS has a new solo album, ‘Right Place, Wrong Person,’ an elastic experiment

All seven members of BTS are currently serving South Korea’s compulsory enlistment for men of a certain age — and in what should feel like an absence, the K-pop boy band is keeping their fans …
FILE - Bruce Johnston, from left, David Marks, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine of The Beach Boys pose backstage at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2012. A new documentary about the band premieres May 24 on Disney+. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

The Beach Boys, going into the sunset, look back on years of harmony and heartache in documentary

The Beach Boys are looking back on a life of sunshine and sorrow in a new Disney+ documentary. Titled just “The Beach Boys,” director Frank Marshall tried to capture the widest range of voices to …
Demi Moore poses for photographers upon arrival at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, during the 77th Cannes international film festival, Cap d'Antibes, southern France, Thursday, May 23, 2024. (Photo by Scott A Garfitt/Invision/AP)

Demi Moore, Cher and more stars raise money for AIDS research at annual amfAR gala near Cannes

ANTIBES, France (AP) — Some of the biggest stars in the French Rivera for the Cannes Film Festival made appearances at the 30th annual amfAR gala to raise money for AIDS research. Demi Moore, …