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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Police ID driver who rammed bike riders during Arizona race

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities on Monday identified the man accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists taking part in a weekend race in an Arizona mountain town, critically injuring …

Crews search Lake Havasu for teen last seen going underwater

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Divers are resuming a search Monday morning in Lake Havasu for a missing California teen who was last seen struggling in the water. Mohave County Sheriff's …

Man allegedly fired shots toward 2 Phoenix police officers

PHOENIX (AP) — A man is facing charges after he allegedly fired shots toward two uniformed Phoenix police officers who were working off-duty security, authorities said. Police said the two …

Phoenix area, metro Las Vegas expecting cooler weather

PHOENIX (AP) — After five consecutive days of 115-plus degree heat, the Phoenix metro area is expected to get some cooler weather this week. But there’s no break from wildfires that continue …

Mesa wig store gets support after backlash over mask mandate

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A wig store in suburban Phoenix serves people who have lost their hair from chemotherapy and continues to require shoppers to wear masks to protect people with cancer from …
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First responders
Scottsdale Fire Department recently announced the creation of three 56-hour community risk reduction captain positions. Captains Pete Earls, Steve Hunter and Kelly Cavner were named to fill these …
The Telegraph Fire in the Globe Ranger District has burned 176,122 acres and is 72% contained. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. June 4 south of Superior, was human caused and is under …
Overnight, the Telegraph Fire pushed south to Troy Mountain where firefighters worked to contain the fire’s edge. “Crews scouted State Route 177 corridor for opportunities to construct …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Lindstrom: Reader speaks on LWV

I read your article (“League of Women Voters honors Fontes”) and would like to make one correction to your story. I believe the League of Women Voters is not a nonpartisan …

Durfey: Realtor offers warnings during an out-of-balance real estate market

It is a challenging residential real estate market in a number of ways right now.

Menconi: Resident thankful for news

I wanted to let you know that I subscribed to my local newspaper because Rachel Maddow, one of my favorite pundits, told her viewers to subscribe to their local newspapers in order to keep their very …
Dr. David Bray

Bray: We can’t wait for the next pandemic for a better PPE plan

Right now, Americans can purchase nearly limitless quantities of masks, hand sanitizer and other personal protective equipment. But this time last year, it was an entirely different story.
Leonard Kirschner

Kirschner: Obamacare ruling a relief to GOP, too

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It has been a source of political debate since day one.
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Nation

The Latest: Policy switch aims to boost India's vaccinations

NEW DELHI — Every adult in India is now eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The changed role for the federal government starting Monday ends a complex system of …

Photo shows Dubai princess, focus of UN concern, in Spain

A Dubai princess who has been the subject of concern from a United Nations panel after being seized trying to flee the sheikhdom in 2018 appeared in a social media post early Monday that described …

Asian markets skid on jitters over future Fed action

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets skidded on Monday, with Japan's Nikkei 225 index down 3.4%, after a sell-off Friday on Wall Street gave the S&P 500 its worst weekly loss since February. Investors …

Will Smith opening up, releasing memoir 'Will' in November

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith is ready to open up about his life story. Penguin Press announced Sunday that Smith will release his memoir called “Will” on Nov. 9. The actor-rapper shared a …

1 killed and 5 wounded in shooting in Oakland; motive sought

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 22-year-old man was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting in Oakland near the city’s Juneteenth celebration, though it wasn't known whether the violence was …
World

Germany gets 1st military rabbi in over a century

BERLIN (AP) — The German military got its first rabbi in over a century Monday, with the inauguration to the post of Hungarian-born Zsolt Balla at a synagogue in Leipzig. The German government …

Ambassadors recalled after latest Nicaragua arrest

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Mexico and Argentina recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations Monday, a day after President Daniel Ortega's government arrested yet another presidential …

Scottish leader, Manchester mayor spar over virus travel ban

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader has defended a ban on nonessential travel between the country and the northwest English city of Manchester after its mayor lambasted the decision and called for …

Debate over Myanmar upends start to UN rights body session

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body opened its latest session on Monday and was immediately embroiled in a debate over the representation of Myanmar, where a military takeover toppled …

Merkel's bloc pledges stability, renewal to German voters

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s center-right bloc is pledging to boost the economy without raising taxes and make the country “climate neutral” by 2045 while still preserving industrial jobs. The …
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Business

UK infected blood probe focuses on school where dozens died

LONDON (AP) — A public inquiry into Britain’s contaminated blood scandal, which led to the deaths of more than 2,000 people in the 1970s and ’80s, began hearing evidence Monday from former …

Spielberg's Amblin to make several films a year for Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker synonymous with big-screen enchantment, has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature …

Albania holds 1st wind power tender to diversify energy base

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania launched a tender Monday for its first onshore wind power program, trying to diversify its water-based energy production. Albania produces more than 99% of its …

Mr Brews Taphouse to open in Mesa June 23

Mesa will have a new destination for craft beer and food including gourmet burgers as Mr Brews Taphouse makes its debut June 23.The business at 1113 S. Signal Butte Road No. 106 marks the first Mr …

Neighbors

Pet therapy returns to Banner Children’s following COVID hiatus

Following more than a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers — including pet therapy dogs — have returned to Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Children’s at …

Orthopedic practice in Mesa welcomes new spine specialist

Dr. William C. Thompson IV is now working at The CORE Institute’s orthopedic practice in Mesa. Thompson is a double board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist who is …

Central Arizona College graduates recognized

Central Arizona College recognized the May 2021 graduating class and celebrated their success during a recent virtual graduation ceremony.Students Sarah Lautzenheiser and Alexsondra Nathan were …

Meet Tony and Jessica – Energetic siblings look to share joyous life with family

The energy is contagious when you spend time with siblings Tony and Jessica. The teenagers are full of life, love, and positivity.

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Things to do

Juntos Project brings Latinx voices to the MCC virtual mainstage in July

Mesa Community College and Arizona theatre company Teatro Bravo partner in the Juntos Project to present the world premiere of “Three’s A Party,” written by Justin Santory and …

The Improv Syndicate live June 20 in Gold Canyon

Celebrate Father’s Day June 20 with PG-13 improvised humor from The Improv Syndicate at the Gold Stallion restaurant, 6030 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. The show starts at 6 …

Dive-in movie event June 19 at Brimhall Aquatic Complex

Rock on and float away at the Brimhall Aquatic Complex, 4949 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa, for a showing of “Trolls World Tour” 7-10 p.m. June 19. Inner tubes will be available to rent on …

Professional tour of pickleball at Legacy Sports Park in 2022

Legacy Sports USA announced recently that it has added another premier pickleball event to its roster of elite sports at Legacy Sports Park, which is set to open in January 2022 in Mesa. It is …

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Entertainment
FILE - Finished Actor statuettes are displayed during the 25th annual Casting of the Screen Actors Guild Awards at American Fine Arts Foundry on Jan. 15, 2019, in Burbank, Calif. The 2022 SAG Awards will take place on Feb. 27. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

SAG Awards will return in February 2022 with 2-hour show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild Awards are returning to a two-hour format for its 2022 edition, which will air the last weekend in February. The SAG Awards adopted a , which saw …
This combination of photos shows promotional art for "LFG," o documentary premiering June 24 on HBO Max, left, "The Mysterious Benedict Society," a series on Disney Plus premiering June 25 and "Fathom," a documentary premiering June 25 on Apple TV Plus. (HBO Max/Disney+/Apple TV+ via AP)

New this week: Whales, 'LFG,' 'Mysterious Benedict Society'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — In between Euro 2020 …
FILE - Britney Spears supporter Kiki Norberto holds a hand fan outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship on March 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she'll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

EXPLAINER: Calls to #FreeBritney and court conservatorships

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When , who turns 40 this year, speaks to a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday, she'll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life …
FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, a conference worker passes a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Facebook is launching podcasts and live audio streams in the U.S. Monday, June 21, 2021, to keep users engaged on its platform and to compete with emerging rivals.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Facebook launches podcasts, live audio service

Facebook is launching podcasts and live audio streams in the U.S. on Monday to keep users engaged on its platform and to compete with . Facebook says it is allowing public figures with verified …
FILE - In this Friday, June 18, 2021, file photo, journalist Katie Couric attends a screening during the 20th Tribeca Festival at The Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, in New York. Little, Brown and Company and Live Nation announced Monday, June 21, 2021, that Couric will embark on an 11-city in-person promotional tour for her book “Going There,” beginning with an appearance at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on Oct. 28.(Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Couric book tour this fall will be in-person, in theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — For her tour this fall to promote her memoir “Going There,” Katie Couric is anticipating not only the interest of her fans but a return to something like a pre-pandemic …
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