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Maricopa County officials approve voting plans for 2020 elections

In preparation for the March 17, 2020 Presidential Preference Election, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors recently approved the first Election Day and Emergency Voting plan, while Recorder Adrian Fontes approved the Early Voting Plan.

ADOT remains committed to opening full South Mountain Freeway by end of 2019

The East and West valleys will soon have another connection without having to go through downtown Phoenix once the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway opens its full 22 miles.

$1.8M grant to help Maricopa County reduce risk of lead poisoning

Homes in Youngtown, Tolleson, Gila Bend and Guadalupe will benefit from a federal grant that aims at reducing the number of children who get sick in their homes due to poisoning from lead-based …

Airbnb reports $53.3 million in tax revenue in Arizona

Airbnb, one of the world’s largest marketplaces for short-term rentals, has announced its community generated $53.3 million in tax revenue in the State of Arizona since the company began …

Arizona Public Service CEO apologizes for billing tool error

PHOENIX (AP) — The new head of Arizona's largest electric utility apologized Wednesday for a faulty bill calculator that was supposed to help customers find the cheapest rate plan but instead …
First responders
A Peoria man is facing charges after police say he shot at a home that was occupied by six people. Trevon Darionte Harlston, 18, was booked on charges of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm …
Glendale police is releasing video and photos of on an officer-involved shooting of a man who was wielding forceps in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.
Two suspects are now facing charges in a deadly drug deal in Phoenix after police released a third person from custody, saying he was not tied to the fatal shooting.
Top sports story

Holloway, Nunes eager to show championship form at UFC 245

LAS VEGAS (AP) — With a months-long barrage of trash talk and provocative posturing, Colby Covington and champion Kamaru Usman have infused their welterweight title bout at UFC 245 with political, …
More sports

Analysis: Time to embrace "free agency" in college football

NEW YORK (AP) — For all the griping from coaches and administrators about the so-called transfer epidemic in college sports, the increased movement of players has done more good than harm for the …

Friday's College Basketball

EAST No scores reported from the EAST. SOUTH No scores reported from the SOUTH. MIDWEST No scores reported from the MIDWEST. SOUTHWEST No scores reported from the …

Varner and Palmer team to shoot 17-under 55 in QBE Shootout

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Harold Varner III and Ryan Palmer shot a 17-under 55 on Friday in the QBE Shootout to match the scramble record since the event moved to Tiburon Golf Club in 2001. Varner and …

Olympic mile, 800-meter champion Peter Snell dead at 80

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three-time Olympic champion and world mile record-holder Peter Snell has died in Dallas. He was aged 80. Snell, who is regarded as one of the greatest …
Daily Independent
Nation

Police: Suspect said she saw child being sexually assaulted

Two people charged in the death of a 3-year-old girl each blamed the other for harming the child in their statements to police, according to testimony from a police investigator. Birmingham police …

Sen. Mitch McConnell files for seventh term in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Touting his leadership role as an asset for Middle America, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for reelection Friday as the Kentucky Republican seeks a seventh term …

Cyberattack, ransomware hobbles New Orleans city government

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ransomware was detected after a suspected cyberattack prompted a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans on Friday, officials said. The city had not received any …

Mississippi 15-week abortion ban is blocked by appeals court

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge …

Georgia moving forward with mass voter purge Monday

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials are set to begin a mass purge of inactive voters from the state’s voting rolls on Monday. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in October released a …
World

After UK election, Trump sees 'harbinger' of things to come

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a tumultuous tenure in office, a controversial candidate expanded his grip on power, surpassing a weak opponent and drawing support from unlikely pockets of …

Blackwater founder Prince visited Venezuela's sanctioned VP

MIAMI (AP) — Erik Prince, the founder of controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater, traveled to Caracas last month for a secret meeting with Venezuela's vice president, according to …

UN official: Chilean police abused protester's human rights

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A U.N. human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, …

El Salvador court gives hefty sentences in mass gang trial

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador has sentenced 373 convicted members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang to prison terms of up to 74 years in a mass trial historic for the …

Afghan presidential candidate to allow ballot recount

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced Friday he has agreed to allow a ballot recount in provinces where his supporters had stopped the process for …
Entertainment
This Sept. 19, 2018 photo shows the last standing building above the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. Documents show the Trump administration intervening in a U.S. Forest Service decision so that a Canadian company could write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. (Riley Bunch/Idaho Press-Tribune via AP)

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Adam …
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, people celebrate carnival during the yearly procession in Aalst, Belgium. The famed Belgian carnival town of Aalst on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 is renouncing its place on the U.N.'s cultural agency heritage list saying it was sick of the widespread complaints that this spring's edition contained blatant anti-Semitism and insisted no one should try to muzzle humor of any kind. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

Belgian carnival removed from UNESCO list over racism row

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A famous Belgian carnival was removed from the U.N.'s cultural heritage list on Friday following complaints …
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks from the podium after the House Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Impeachment saga is a quick TV moment after hours of talk

NEW YORK (AP) — For a few moments, most of the talking ceased, replaced by simple recitations of “aye" or “no.” The House …
Daisy Ridley poses for a portrait to promote the film "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Tuesday. Dec. 3, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. With “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opening in theaters Dec. 20, 2019,  Abrams expects more backlash. Especially since the new film — which he calls the “aftermath of Luke Skywalker and his sister Princess Leia” — is the final installment of a nine-part movie series that began 42 years ago (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Disney bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012, there were lofty expectations of reviving “Star …
Business
Wisconsin governor: No tax credits for new Foxconn plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' top aide warned Foxconn Technology Group last month that a scaled-down factory in Wisconsin won't qualify for tax credits unless the Taiwanese electronics …

State mounts largest crackdown on illegal pot shops in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators mounted dozens of raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving black …

Large hospital system says it was hit by ransomware attack

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s largest hospital system said Friday that a ransomware attack last week disrupted its computer network and that it paid a ransom to stop it. Hackensack Meridian …

US officials downgrade Venezuelan aviation safety rating

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. authorities downgraded Venezuela's aviation rating Friday, saying the crisis-torn nation isn't able to meet basic international standards for airline safety. The …

US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering …

Travel
Macron pushes ahead with pension plan amid damaging strikes

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron remains determined to push ahead with an overhaul of the nation's pension system despite more than a week of nationwide strikes that paralyzed public …

California library gains hundreds of presidential documents

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California's Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical …

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade …

US academics detained, removed from Russia over visa mix-up

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Five academics from New York's University at Buffalo were ordered to leave Russia after authorities there determined they had violated their tourist visas by giving a lecture, …

Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income …

Things to do
Things to Do in the Valley – Dec. 12-18

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Dec. 12-18. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Dec. 12 - PHOENIX: Arana Grande: …

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 …

Opinion

Health care systems are committed to keeping Arizona healthy

Our hospitals and health care professionals have served the people of Arizona in the most critical times — from your most joyful to …

Arizona needs bold action, not just promises to make medicines affordable

Prescription drug costs are unbelievably unaffordable for millions of Americans, including me, a medical student with a long-term …

Goldwater to DOE: It’s time to follow law

The Goldwater Institute sent a letter to the Arizona Department of Education on Monday regarding the Department’s worsening failures …

Unconstitutional fees threaten ride-sharing at Sky Harbor

The city of Phoenix is attempting to raise rates by 200% for customers using ride-sharing platforms like Uber or Lyft when they travel …

Let’s end 2019 on a safe note

Before you head out on the road, it’s worth taking some time to plan ahead. If you’re attending a holiday party, please make sure …