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Arizona volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway program

A lot has changed over the last few months, but there is still a need for volunteers to help keep Arizona looking its best.

Salvation Army, Walmart team up for Stuff the Bus event

Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming up to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” donation event at select Walmart locations Friday, Aug. 7-Sunday, Aug. 9.

Longtime Tusayan resident is leading in bid to oust mayor

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A woman who has long opposed massive development in Tusayan on the outskirts of Grand Canyon National Park had a strong lead in the mayoral race.

Apache Junction dog breeder faces income tax fraud charges

An Apache Junction woman is facing charges for allegedly failing to file personal income tax on money earned from selling puppies.

An Independent examination of law enforcement data across the Valley of the Sun

If you ask Chief Paul Marzocca, you’ll never hear police departments say they have enough officers because they are always establishing needs and wants.
First responders
A man is in custody following a chase along several freeways in the Valley.
Chandler police have a man in custody nearly 30 years after a sexual assault case went cold.
A Goodyear Police corporal’s history of horsing around paid off for a runaway calf that found itself trying to keep its head above water in a Roosevelt Irrigation District canal Tuesday, Aug. 4.
More sports

Olympic rings in Tokyo Bay removed for "maintenance"

TOKYO (AP) — The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away Thursday for what is being called “maintenance," but officials say the iconic Olympic symbol will return to …

LEADING OFF: Hitters slumping, cutdown day, Scherzer's exit

A look at what's happening around the majors today: OFF BASE Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors …

Seager hits 200th HR, Mariners outlast Trout, Angels 7-6

SEATTLE (AP) — Scorching slugger Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer, rookie Kyle Lewis stayed hot with an RBI single, and the Seattle Mariners overcame two home runs by Mike Trout to beat the Los …

Pederson homers twice to lead Dodgers over Padres, 7-6

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joc Pederson’s second home run of the game sailed an estimated 435 feet through two palm trees just beyond the center field fence at Petco Park, and the Los Angeles Dodgers held …
Nation

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his …

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his …

New York attorney general sues to dissolve the NRA, saying its leaders exploited the company for personal gain

NEW YORK (AP) — New York attorney general sues to dissolve the NRA, saying its leaders exploited the company for personal gain.

Hearing set for 5 indicted in $60M Ohio bribery probe

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A court hearing was scheduled Thursday for five members of what one defendant called an “unholy alliance” aimed at . Former Republican House Speaker are charged with …

Portland police, protesters clash for 2nd consecutive night

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police and protesters in Portland, Oregon, have clashed for the second night in a row and the city’s police chief says the ongoing violence is harming the city’s …
World

Turkish currency hits all-time law amid market jitters

LONDON (AP) — Turkey’s currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Thursday as the global recession created by the pandemic brings to the fore weaknesses in the country's …

Cambodian butcher quits dog meat trade, shuts slaughterhouse

CHI MEAKH, Cambodia (AP) — Animal rights activists in Cambodia have gained a small victory in their effort to end the trade in dog meat, convincing a canine slaughterhouse in one village to abandon …

UK says 50 million face masks it bought might not be safe

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it won’t be using 50 million face masks it bought during a scramble to secure protective equipment for medics during the coronavirus outbreak because of …

Lebanese clear blast rubble from roads around cratered port

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese army bulldozers plowed through wreckage to reopen roads around Beirut's demolished port Thursday, a day after the government pledged to investigate this week's devastating …

Zimbabwe reporter denied bail as government arrests critics

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean investigative journalist will remain in jail after a judge dismissed his bail application Thursday, as the United Nations secretary-general raised “concern” …
Entertainment
FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, Love Island TV presenter Caroline Flack, centre, as she arrives at Highbury Magistrates' Court in London.  A British coroner has ruled Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media scrutiny.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, FILE)

Coroner: TV host Flack killed herself before assault trial

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner ruled Thursday that reality TV host Caroline Flack killed herself while facing an assault trial she feared would end her career and bring unbearable media …
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors …
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2015, file photo, music producer Detail, whose real name is Noel Fisher, attends the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Detail was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on more than a dozen charges of sexual assault, authorities said. The 41-year-old producer was held on nearly $6.3 million bail, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)

Grammy-winning producer Detail accused of sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy Award-winning music producer Detail was arrested Wednesday on more than a dozen charges of sexual assault, authorities said. The 41-year-old producer was held on nearly …
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, a woman lights candles during a candlelight vigil for murdered British backpacker Grace Millane at Cathedral Square in Christchurch, New Zealand. A New Zealand man found guilty of murdering Millane appealed his conviction and punishment on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 with his new lawyer arguing he didn't get a fair trial and his sentence was too harsh. A jury had earlier determined that tourist Grace Millane was strangled to death on her 22nd birthday in December 2018 by a man she had met through the dating app Tinder. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand man appeals guilt in British backpacker slaying

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand man found guilty of murdering a British backpacker appealed his conviction and punishment on Thursday, with his new lawyer arguing he didn't get a fair …
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: New Zealand unemployment rate shows improvement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s unemployment rate showed a surprising improvement to 4% during the midst of the nation’s virus lockdown, although the headline number doesn’t tell the …
Business

Asian shares mixed as investors watch talks on US stimulus

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday as investors watched to see if lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for a U.S. economy struggling with shutdowns as new coronavirus outbreaks …

The Latest: Australian hot spot state says don't panic-buy

MELBOURNE, Australia — The premier of Australia’s hot spot Victoria state has urged residents not to panic-buy as he announced reductions in meat productions. The state capital Melbourne began …

AAA: Partially automated driving systems don't always work

DETROIT (AP) — Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit …

1.2 million laid-off workers seek US jobless aid as layoffs remain elevated amid resurgence of virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — 1.2 million laid-off workers seek US jobless aid as layoffs remain elevated amid resurgence of virus.

Travel

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 6 The Khaleej Times on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon: In times of adversity it is incumbent upon brother …

NBA Foundation created, pledges $300 million to Black growth

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA's Board of Governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic …

Hotels criticized for taking virus money face investigation

DALLAS (AP) — A group of hotels that took, and later returned, tens of millions of dollars in federal virus-bailout money are under investigation by securities regulators for related-party …

GOP senators support more money for airlines to pay workers

A group of 16 Republican senators has endorsed giving more money to airlines to avoid layoffs right before the November election, giving a boost to a lobbying effort by airlines and their …

Things to do

Arizona arts poised to stage a comeback

With innovative approaches and support from area patrons and other sources, local arts groups are adapting to continue their missions in the community.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Library of Congress to honor author Colson Whitehead

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead keeps winning awards. Already and the Orwell Prize for political fiction, Whitehead is now being honored by the Library of Congress. On Monday, it announced that …

Valley Voices
In this Dec. 7, 1933 file photo, Arizona Department of Transportation work crews use mule-driven equipment to grade a portion of U.S. 60 between Salome and Aguila. [Courtesy of ADOT]

Looking back at days of mule-driven roadwork

Highway construction is and has been labor-intensive, but after we found this photo from December 1933, we couldn’t be happier to be living in our modern, mechanized age.

Samuelson: Calls for shorter campaigns

I’ve often wondered if there is a person out there who has had their vote affected by a political sign that they’ve seen along a street? For me, it is usually a negative thing, like …

Webb: Says mail-in voting safe and secure

Vote by mail, why not? You have to be a registered voter to receive a ballot-by-mail. After filling it out, you have to sign your ballot. Your signature is then verified with the signature that is …
Shannon Clancy

Clancy: Who is on the front line for families facing homelessness?

Temporary grace and an extension of Arizona’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 31 means we have more time to do our literal “home” work, but there’s no free pass or less pressure …

Tips to help older adults stay healthy this summer while in quarantine

While most residents in cities around the country look forward to the summer season, Arizonans try their best to stay cool living through the hottest days of the year, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees and people have a higher risk of suffering from dehydration.