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Troubled Boeing stays close to the ground at a major UK air show

LONDON (AP) — European planemaker Airbus plans to show off its newest passenger jet with daily flight demonstrations during one of the world's biggest aviation trade fairs. But an ongoing safety …

Man dies after being struck by lightning on Germany's highest peak

BERLIN (AP) — A man died after being struck by lightning near the summit of Germany's highest peak, police said Monday. The 18-year-old German resident was one of a group of three young men who …

Israel-Hamas war latest: Israeli military orders evacuation of part of humanitarian zone in Gaza

The Israeli military has ordered the evacuation of part of an area in the Gaza Strip it has designated a humanitarian zone. The military said Monday it is planning to begin an operation against Hamas …
Valley & State

Kamala Harris is now in a bright spotlight as she fights to secure the Democratic presidential nod

Vice President Kamala Harris is suddenly being thrust into the most scrutinizing of spotlights as she becomes, for now, the leading candidate to succeed President Joe Biden as the presumptive …

Biden's decision to drop out leaves Democrats across the country relieved and looking toward future

Voters nationwide reacted with relief and hope to news that President Joe Biden would drop his reelection bid. Biden announced his decision to withdraw from the race for the Democratic nomination in …
SATURDAY NIGHT COLLISION

Speed appears factor in deadly 3-car crash: Phoenix PD

Phoenix Police Department detectives are investigating a three-car collision that killed a man and sent two others with serious injuries to a hospital Saturday night. Speed appears to be a …
BREAKING

Arizona's political leaders react to Biden's withdrawal from presidential race

President Joe Biden has ended his re-election campaign for president. In a letter, Biden cited his accomplishments but stated: “I believe it is the best interest of my party and the …
U.S. ATTORNEY

Sentencing date set for Phoenix man convicted in assault of Border Patrol agent

Michael Leroy Witt of Phoenix will be sentenced Oct. 8 after being convicted this month of several charges, including assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The 55-year-old was found guilty by a …

Suspect arrested in triple-homicide of victims found after apartment fire in suburban Phoenix

Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a triple homicide in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee. Phoenix police say 30-year-old Chase Christman remains jailed on suspicion of …
42 COUNTS

Man indicted in connection with thefts from Maricopa County Home Depot stores

A 30-year-old man has been indicted on 42 counts involving organized retail theft and shoplifting connected to items taken from The Home Depot stores in Maricopa County, including those in Chandler, …
ARIZONA ELECTIONS

Border prop opponents try again to block measure from November ballot

PHOENIX - Foes of Proposition 314 are making a last-ditch effort to convince the Arizona Supreme Court that allowing local police to arrest border crossers and enhanced penalties for selling deadly …

Behind Biden's asylum halt: Migrants must say if they fear deportation, not wait to be asked

Border Patrol agents are breaking from a practice in effect since 1997 by no longer asking migrants if they fear deportation. President Joe Biden's administration suspended asylum at the border last …
DOUGLAS EMHOFF

U.S. second gentleman rides Tempe streetcar, advocates for transit investment

Douglas Emhoff, husband of Kamala Harris, visited Tempe Friday to discuss transit and the expansion of the Tempe streetcar route. Joined by representatives of Valley Metro, and officials from Mesa, …
Election 2024

GOP shift to more inclusive language on same-sex marriage welcomed by LGBTQ+ Republicans

MILWAUKEE – The year Donald Trump won the presidency, the Republican platform declared that “traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the …
INVESTIGATION

Fight over gun leads to teen girl’s death: Phoenix police

A 16-year-old girl has died after being shot in front of an apartment complex near 7 th Avenue and Alta Vista Road, Phoenix police said. Yadira Duarte Rodriguez died at a hospital following the …

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Well after 50 years from the end of the Civil War, black Americans in much of the country were not allowed to enter the homes of whites by the front door.
Small businesses are the backbone of Arizona’s economy, but skyrocketing prescription drug prices are making it difficult for employers to offer their employees flexible and affordable health …
Immediately after the assassination attempt on former president Donald Trump, we have heard Republicans and Democrats calling for a change in campaign rhetoric.
I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the renomination of Lauren McFerran as chair of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This decision poses a significant threat to …
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Local sports

Rays rout Yankees 9-1

NEW YORK (AP) — Taj Bradley pitched one-hit ball over seven innings to remain unbeaten in eight straight starts, Randy Arozarena hit two of Tampa Bay’s four home runs and the Rays routed the New …

Carroll, Thomas homers lead D'backs to 3-0 win over Cubs

Corbin Carroll hit a two-run homer and Alek Thomas had a solo shot in Arizona’s three-run fifth inning to help the Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 for their sixth win in seven games. Zac …
IFL

Rattlers back in playoffs after downing SA 41-34

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The streak continues. The Arizona Rattlers are back in the Indoor Football League playoffs.
National sports
Xander Schauffele used to get questions about whether he could win the big one. Now he has two majors and his keeping some elite company. Schauffele won the PGA Championship in May in a nail-biter. …
Juan Soto has come and gone. The San Diego Padres don’t seem to have changed much. The Padres were 12 games over .500 in August 2022 when they acquired Soto in a blockbuster deal with the …
Boston Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen will not be with the team during its series in Colorado due to health issues. Jansen said after Sunday’s 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers that doctors had to …
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Valley business

Chandler leadership responds to recent layoffs

Northrop Grumman, one of the largest companies with a presence in Chandler, recently announced the potential layoff of 543 employees. Chandler city staff has attempted to connect many employees from that company and others that have recently announced layoffs to new employment openings.

​In light of a dearth of private-sector layoffs at Chandler companies, the city of Chandler recently issued a statement. “It is unfortunate anytime a Chandler or neighboring resident …

Cornerstone Healing Center launches virtual mental health program

Cornerstone Healing Center has launched its Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program to address a variety of mental health conditions. 

Cornerstone Healing Center announced the launch of its Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program, which is designed to address a wide variety of mental health conditions. 

WeRIDE gains traction in West Valley

Surprise officials, including Mayor Skip Hall, celebrate the soft launch of the WeRIDE microtransit program in April 2023 at City Hall.

Surprise has no regular bus service, no link to light rail and very few options for residents without cars to get around the growing city.

Sun City Safeway may be sold

The Safeway stores in Sun City and Sun City West are on a long list of grocery stores to be sold if the Kroger-Albertsons merger is approved.

The Sun City Safeway, 10926 W. Bell Road, and the Sun City West Safeway, 13503 W. Camino Del Sol, are both listed among the more than 100 stores Albertsons, which owns the chain, may be selling in …

Neighbors

NOAH offers free childcare supplies in Scottsdale office

Free hair cuts are just one of the supplies and services the Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) is offering at its Community Care Day event, Saturday, July 27.

Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) will provide free diapers, baby wipes, school supplies, wellness kits, food boxes, haircuts, and other essentials at its Community Care Day event, …

Lawsuit to block Scottsdale parks funding ballot measure to be decided by July 19

The lawsuit brought by the Goldwater Institute attempting to block a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot to fund the maintenance, capital improvement projects and safety personnel in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, as well as capital improvements in the city parks and WestWorld should be decided July 19, barring any appeals.

The attempt to remove the proposed Protect and Preserve sales tax from the Nov. 5 ballot had its day in court July 18 and an answer as to whether it can stay should be clear shortly. Maricopa …

2 Phoenix natives serve Navy during exercise series

Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Colton Donis-Thorpe, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Charlie Padilla-Garcia, right, are both from Phoenix.

Scottsdale nonprofit appointments new executive director

Claudia Chavez has been appointed the new executive director of STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services). Chavez has been with STARS for 13 years, most recently as director of operations.

Claudia Chavez has been appointed the new executive director of STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services). Chavez has been with STARS since 2011. She has held various roles, most …

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Phoenix restaurant to host search for Arizona’s next country star

Foley Ranch in Desert Ridge Marketplace will launch of the Rising Star Vocal Competition, a new event for vocal performers.

Keshi planning Glendale tour stop Halloween night

Keshi will perform in Glendale on Halloween night.

Keshi will embark on a headlining world tour this fall and winter in support of his forthcoming sophomore album, “Requiem,” and is planning a West Valley stop on Halloween night.

Scottsdale’s ‘Fashion Week 4 Kids’ returns Nov. 16

The ninth annual Fashion Week 4 Kids event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Open casting calls will be held between Aug. 10 and 25 for children ages 5 to 12 years old who are interested in walking in the fashion show.

Fashion Week 4 Kids and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations announce the ninth annual Fashion Week 4 Kids event to take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. …

Rapper Don Toliver to bring fall tour to Phoenix

Don Toliver brings his headlining tour to Phoenix on Oct. 18.

Multi-platinum rapper Don Toliver is bringing his biggest headline tour to date to downtown Phoenix.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Mary M. Pongracz

Loving wife and mother Mary Molnar Pongracz passed peacefully on July 15 at the age of 85, surrounded by her immediate family husband George, daughters Katherine and Rosie in Sun City AZ. It was the …

Virginia Monroe

Virginia Monroe (83) died June 26, 2024, after a brief battle with cancer. Born Helen Virginia Wingfield on July 22, 1940, she was the third daughter of Ruby Hagerud Wingfield and George Wingfield. …

Janice Jons-Sherman

On Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, Janice Jons-Sherman passed away at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her parents Zara “Sally” and Orville Jons, sisters Ruth Jons, Jean Hackett, Kay …

Jane Frances Zimmerman

Jane Frances Zimmerman was born on August 18, 1926, in New Orleans, LA to Byron A Armstrong and Frances Berdami Armstrong. She passed away July 9, 2024, in Glendale, AZ. She was an only child. Jane …

Lloyd Edward Findlay

Lloyd, age 89, of Sun City West, passed away Monday, June 17, 2024 due to complications of coronary artery disease. Lloyd was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia on April 8, 1935 to parents George …
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Nation

EPA awards $4.3 billion to fund projects in 30 states to reduce climate pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $4.3 billion in grants to fund projects in 30 states to reduce climate pollution. The money will go to 25 projects targeting greenhouse gas emissions …

Trump's campaign quickly pivots to Harris after Biden announces decision to leave the race

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign has spent the last year-and-a-half viciously attacking Joe Biden, ridiculing his policies, mocking his fumbles and relishing a rematch they felt they were …

On a summer Sunday, Biden withdrew with a text statement. News outlets struggled for visuals

In an intensely visual news world, a seismic week of politics was transformed again in an instant on Sunday by something almost old-fashioned: a printed statement. President Joe Biden's …

Delta Air Lines says cancellations continue as it tries to restore operations after tech outage

NEW YORK (AP) — Airlines, including Delta Air Lines, continued to struggle to restore operations two days after a faulty software update caused technological havoc worldwide and resulted in several …

Anti-whaling campaigner arrested in Greenland and police say he may be extradited to Japan

BERLIN (AP) — Greenland police said they arrested a veteran environmental activist and anti-whaling campaigner on Sunday on an international arrest warrant issued by Japan. Paul Watson was …
World

Israel orders evacuation of part of Gaza humanitarian zone

The Israeli military has ordered the evacuation of part of an area in the Gaza Strip it has designated a humanitarian zone. The military announced on Monday that Hamas militants have embedded …

Rescuers search for dozens missing after flooding and a bridge collapse in China kill at least 25

BEIJING (AP) — Rescuers on Monday were searching for dozens missing after heavy rains caused flash flooding and a bridge collapse in different parts of China, killing at least 25 people. Flash …

Venezuelan opposition voters band to safeguard election, warning of the ruling party's tricks

SABANETA, Venezuela (AP) — Tears roll down the face of Tanyia Colmenares when she recalls her truncated dream of being a lawyer, which ended after two semesters in law school when she had to drop …

Biden's withdrawal injects uncertainty into wars, trade disputes and other foreign policy challenges

Joe Biden's withdrawal from the U.S. presidential race injects greater uncertainty into the world at a time when Western leaders are grappling with wars in Ukraine and Gaza, a more assertive China in …

UAE orders a trial of Bangladeshi nationals arrested for protesting their home government

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates ordered an investigation and an expedited trial of Bangladeshi nationals arrested for protesting against their home …
Entertainment
Barbra Streisand, George Takei, Mark Hamill post reactions to President Joe Biden dropping out of 2024 White House race after disastrous debate, age concerns. (July 21)

Hollywood reacts to Joe Biden exiting the presidential race

Hollywood was quick to react to the news that President Joe Biden was ending his bid for reelection and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris. Democratic supporter Barbra Streisand wrote Sunday on X …
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Glen Powell, right, and Daisy Edgar-Jones in a scene from "Twisters." (Universal Pictures via AP)

‘Twisters’ whips up $80.5 million at box office, while ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ looms

Moviegoers ran toward the tornadoes this weekend, propelling “Twisters” to a blockbuster opening. The standalone sequel to the 1996 hit made $80.5 million in ticket sales from 4,151 theaters in …
A second-floor balcony at the Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Florida, on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Ernest Hemingway and his then-wife, Pauline, bought the home in 1931. It was turned into a museum in 1964. (AP Photo/David Fischer)

Ernest Hemingway fans celebrate the author's 125th birthday in his beloved Key West

Ernest Hemingway spent the 1930s in Key West, Florida, and more than six decades after his death, fans, scholars and relatives continue to congregate on the island city to celebrate the author’s …
FILE - D'yan Forest, 89, who holds the Guinness World Record for Oldest Working Female Comedian, poses in her apartment, Thursday, July 19, 2024, in New York. Forest is recovering after being randomly punched and knocked to the ground while waiting to cross a street in New York earlier this month.(AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)

89-year-old comedian recovering after she was randomly punched on New York street

NEW YORK (AP) — An 89-year-old comedian is recovering after being randomly punched and knocked to the ground while waiting to cross a street in New York earlier this month. D’yan Forest said …
FILE - Sean Kingston arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles, on Nov. 18, 2012. Kingston and his mother have been indicted in South Florida on federal charges of committing more than 1 million worth of fraud. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper Sean Kingston and his mother indicted on federal charges in $1M fraud scheme

Rapper and singer Sean Kingston and his mother have been indicted in South Florida on federal charges of committing more than $1 million worth of fraud. Court records show that 34-year-old Kingston …