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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Phoenix man rams girlfriend's car with his 3 kids inside it

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man has been arrested after allegedly ramming his girlfriend’s car that had his three children inside and then fleeing after the vehicle caught fire, according to …

6 Phoenix police officers, 4 others exposed to pepper spray

PHOENIX (AP) — Ten people including six police officers were taken to a hospital as a precaution Monday after they were exposed to pepper spray and an unknown substance in the air. Police said …

DPS: Driver facing manslaughter in Mesa crash that killed 2

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A Queen Creek man is facing manslaughter charges for allegedly driving impaired and causing a multi-vehicle crash in Mesa that killed a van driver and a motorcyclist, according …

Navajo Nation reports 7 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Tribal health officials said the latest figures pushed the total number of cases …

Arizona sheriff's immigration patrols to cost public $200M

PHOENIX (AP) — The costs to taxpayers from a racial profiling lawsuit stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols in metro Phoenix a decade ago are expected to reach $202 …
First responders
Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jessica Devore, a 17-year-old runaway.
A man claiming to have a bomb at a Queen Creek Walmart was shot by Sheriff's deputies last night.   According to the Maricopa County Sheriff;s Office, yesterday at about 7:30 p.m., …
When the City of Surprise selected Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Piña to serve as the neighboring city’s next police chief, well, some were surprised.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Gilchrist: Help promote mental health in May

May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All. …
Emily Greene

Greene: Five ways the pandemic could change education for the better

The shift to remote learning during the pandemic caused angst for parents, but it also led to unexpected benefits that they may find hard to let go of as their children return to school.

Fairall: May highlights plight of seniors

May is Older Americans Month. This elder awareness protection program was started in 1963 by President John Kennedy and was originally known as Senior Citizens Month. The 2021 theme of Older …
John L. Smallwood

Smallwood: Key factors to know about the greatest disruptor of wealth

Paying taxes isn’t a favorite pastime of most Americans. And in retirement, paying higher taxes can be an unwelcome surprise when the financial plan did not account for them.
Carol Gaxiola

Gaxiola: We have an opportunity to save lives, protect our communities

My 14-year-old daughter, Jasmine, was taken by gun violence nearly 20 years ago. Her murder still haunts me, and I have done everything I could since then to see that no one else experiences a similar loss.
More sports

Los Angeles faces Arizona after Buehler's strong outing

Arizona Diamondbacks (18-24, fourth in the NL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (23-18, third in the NL West) Los Angeles; Tuesday, 10:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Merrill Kelly …

National League Team Pitching

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National League Team Statistics

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National League Team Batting

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Nation

US report: Allies of El Salvador's president deemed corrupt

MIAMI (AP) — Allies of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, including his Cabinet chief, have been included in a list of senior officials in Central America deemed corrupt by the U.S. State …

EXPLAINER: Do I still have to wear a mask? What about kids?

The government's new guidance on masks for vaccinated people has left some Americans confused and sent businesses and states scrambling to adjust their rules. Target and CVS on Monday became the …

Ariana Grande, Dalton Gomez tie the knot

NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande is a newlywed. A representative for the singer confirmed that she recently married real estate agent Dalton Gomez. Grande's rep told People that they tied the …

EXPLAINER: How Ohio's Vax-a-Million lottery will work

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With the first drawing for Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery system scheduled for May 26, state officials announced a change to the process Monday that will require participants …

1K LA residents still under evacuation orders amid wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 1,000 Los Angeles residents remained under evacuation orders Monday as firefighters protected canyon homes from a smoky wildfire that churned through vegetation that hasn't …
World

Energy agency: End new fossil fuel supply investments

BERLIN (AP) — A report by the International Energy Agency says immediate action is needed to reshape the world's energy sector in order to meet ambitious climate goals by 2050, including ending …

Bangladesh arrests journalist known for unearthing graft

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital have arrested a journalist known for her strong reporting against official corruption in the South Asian country where journalists are often …

Hong Kong's new Catholic bishop wants plurality respected

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s incoming Roman Catholic bishop Stephen Chow called for plurality to be respected, in a time of polarization in the Catholic community as the city’s political …

Samsung thrives as Seoul mulls pardon of corporate heir

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pressure is mounting on South Korean President Moon Jae-in to pardon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, who is back in prison after his conviction in a massive corruption scandal, …

Ransomware hits AXA units in Asia, hurts Ireland healthcare

PARIS (AP) — Cybercriminals have hit four Asian subsidiaries of the Paris-based insurance company AXA with a ransomware attack, impacting operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the …
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Business

Asia shares gain despite worsening pandemic, inflation fears

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares advanced Tuesday as investors snapped up bargains after recent sell-offs spurred by a worsening of the pandemic in some countries. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 surged …

Ransomware hits AXA units in Asia, Irish healthcare

BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai affiliate of Paris-based insurance company AXA said Tuesday it is investigating a ransomware attack by Russian-speaking cybercriminals that has affected operations in …

Japan's economy shrinks 5.1% as pandemic dries up spending

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese economy contracted at an annual rate of 5.1% in January-March, slammed by a plunge in spending over the coronavirus pandemic, according to government data released …

California places Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' under review

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles is reviewing whether Tesla is violating a state regulation by advertising its vehicles as being fully autonomous without meeting the …

Neighbors

Mesa students honored as part of BBB Ethical Cadet Scholarship Program

Better Business Bureau serving the Pacific Southwest and Salt River Project recently honored 10 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students as part of BBB Ethical Cadet Scholarship …

Occupational therapy assistants use creative treatment including hippotherapy

Occupational therapy assistants play an important role in helping people with challenges and disabilities participate in everyday life activities. They are not confined to an office or desk for …

Meet Your Neighbor: Michelle Edwards, Arches Academy founder

Name: Michelle Edwards, founder and principal of Arches Academy, 1150 W. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction. Town/Neighborhood: Apache Junction When/Why I moved here: We originally moved …

Mesa resident Erin Connors graduates from Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University, Mankato, celebrated its 2021 spring semester student commencement by providing graduates “commencement-in-a-box” packages and personalized photo opportunities …

Things to do

Salt River Tubing’s 41st anniversary ‘Rocking Rodeo Roundup’ May 15

Join Salt River Tubing at its 41st Anniversary Rocking Rodeo Roundup celebration on Saturday. Salt River Tubing’s hoedown is 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 15 with a cost of $19 plus tax and fees per …

West Valley Arts Council helps to unify community

Just over year ago, the West Valley Arts Council was missing something.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum has summer exhibitions

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 E. Main St., has four new summer exhibitions. They are: Passage, a collaborative site-specific installation of more than 7,000 unfired clay beads, each bead …

Western musical comedy opens at Fountain Hills Theater

The Ballad of Buzzard Basin, a brand-new, old-time cowboy musical that celebrates the essence, and yes, dag-nab-it, the quintessence of the old, old, old west, will be opening at Fountain Hills …

Entertainment
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, actor Danny Masterson appears at his arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, prosecutors are set to begin presenting evidence to a judge as they attempt to show “That '70s Show” actor Masterson should stand trial for the rapes of three women. (Lucy Nicholson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Judge to hear evidence on actor Danny Masterson rape charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday are set to begin presenting evidence to a judge as they attempt to show “That '70s Show” actor Danny Masterson should stand trial in the rapes of three …
This cover image released by Knopf shows "Phase Six" by Jim Shepard. (Knopf via AP)

Review: Jim Shepard’s stunning new novel about a pandemic

“Phase Six,” by Jim Shepard (Alfred A. Knopf) After more than a year of living with the devastation of the coronavirus, you might think you’re not ready for a fictional pandemic — but …
FILE - Robert De Niro appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2020. A leg injury may keep De Niro from celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival in person. The accident happened last week in Oklahoma while on location for the upcoming Martin Scorsese film, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

De Niro says leg injury may prevent Tribeca fest appearance

NEW YORK (AP) — A leg injury may keep Robert De Niro from celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival. The accident happened last week in Oklahoma while on location for the …
This combination of photos shows promotional art for, from left, "Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.," premiering May 21 on Hulu, "Army of the Dead," premiering May 21 and “Whitstable Pearl,” an original Acorn TV six-part mystery series debuting May 24. (Hulu/Netflix/Acorn TV via AP)

New this week: Chrissie Hynde, loads of zombies & M.O.D.O.K

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 Eric Bana returns …

Derek Jeter sells Tampa mansion Tom Brady has been renting

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Yankee superstar Derek Jeter has sold his waterfront mansion in Tampa for $22.5 million — meaning Tom Brady might be headed to new rental digs. was sold on …