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TowPlows, training help give ADOT an edge when snow hampers travel

Arizona Department of Transportation snowplows will operate around the clock when winter storms hamper travel on state highways. For Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and Williams, the highest …

Lesko staffers to meet with seniors in Sun City West

Staff members from the office of U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko will be visiting Sun City West to meet with seniors on a variety of topics. Seniors are invited to visit Sun City West Assisted …

Endangered Mount Graham red squirrel population sees 4% growth

Arizona’s embattled Mount Graham red squirrel population grew 4% in 2019, providing proof that the endangered squirrel continues its fight back two years after nearly being wiped out by a …

Petersen gets Dec. 11 hearing to contest suspension

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a Dec. 11 hearing for Assessor Paul Petersen to appeal his suspension amid human smuggling and other charges Lawyers for …

Arizona congressman’s tweets raise Epstein conspiracy theory

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar appears to be signaling support for a conspiracy theory that Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking …
First responders
A man is in custody in connection to a kidnapping and sexual assault case that occurred in late October. On  Oct. 30, the Glendale Police Department responded to help from an 18-year-old …
WICKENBURG (AP) — Authorities say a Wickenburg woman is facing DUI and reckless child abuse charges after allegedly running over her daughter with a car. Police say 38-year-old Jennifer …
Peoria police seek the public's help in identifying a suspect in a sexual offense and burglary case. The incident happened Wednesday morning at a residence near 95th and Olive avenues. Peoria …
Top sports story

Bottas trusts secret plan to beat Hamilton in 2020 F1

SAO PAULO (AP) — Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas says he has a plan to beat Formula One champion and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton next year, but isn’t willing to share it. Bottas is assured …
More sports

Jordan Taylor to become Corvette factory driver in 2020

DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Taylor is leaving his father’s sports car team to become a factory driver for Corvette Racing in 2020. Taylor will pair with Antonio Garcia in the new Chevrolet Corvette …

Olympic champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case

GENEVA (AP) — One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public hearing in a doping case on Friday with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake. Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun …

Wiseman withdraws lawsuit, Memphis works on eligibility

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Freshman James Wiseman has withdrawn his lawsuit against the NCAA and Memphis, and the university has declared him ineligible while officials work to resolve the case. The …

Berrettini beats Thiem to leave ATP Finals with a win

LONDON (AP) — Matteo Berrettini will leave the ATP Finals with a victory after beating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Thursday. The match was essentially meaningless as Thiem had already …
Daily Independent
Nation

New acting DHS head takes over; hard-liner named as deputy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in and has named as his deputy a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump’s immigration …

The Latest: White House says Trump monitoring shooting

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a Southern California high school (all times local): 9 a.m. White House spokesman Judd Deere says President Donald Trump is monitoring …

AP source: 2nd US official heard Trump call with Sondland

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a key cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing the need for Ukrainian …

AP source: 2nd US embassy official overheard President Trump’s call with Sondland about need for Ukraine investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: 2nd US embassy official overheard President Trump’s call with Sondland about need for Ukraine investigations.

Authorities seek Missouri woman after body found in freezer

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a woman after of a man in a freezer inside her southwest Missouri home. Sixty-seven-year-old Barbara Watters, of Joplin, was charged Wednesday …
World

Officials seek faster trial for US teens in Rome cop slaying

ROME (AP) — The lawyer of one of the two young Americans jailed in Rome over the slaying of a Carabinieri police officer says prosecutors have requested a speedier trial for the two …

The Latest: New Bolivia leader rules Morales out of election

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Latest on Bolivia’s political confrontation (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Bolivia’s interim leader Jeanine Añez says that former President Morales' political …

Iraqi protests celebrate 2-1 win over Iran in soccer match

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Iraq’s capital city are celebrating with fireworks a 2-1 win over Iran in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match, hoping it’ll return …

Scottish court frees wanted Catalan ex-politician on bail

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish court has ordered bail for a fugitive Catalan former politician whose extradition is sought by Spain on charges of sedition for her role in a secession drive by …

Moldova lawmakers vote to back new technocrat-led government

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova’s parliament on Thursday voted to back a new, technocratic government led by a former finance minister. Sixty-two of the 101 deputies voted in favor of Prime …
Entertainment
This image released by Disney shows Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff and Sven in a scene from "Frozen 2." (Disney via AP)

Review: An evolved iceman? Kristoff steps up in ‘Frozen 2’

Picture this: A princess is in distress. It looks bad. Her dashing young man rides up in the nick of time and says, “Here I am to …
This cover image released by Young Turks shows "Magdalene," a release by FKA twigs. (Young Turks via AP)

Review: FKA twigs outdoes herself on 2nd album ‘MAGDALENE’

FKA twigs, “MAGDALENE” (Young Turks) FKA twigs’ latest album, “MAGDALENE,” is not about the ups and downs of love. No, …
This combination of photos shows CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the WarnerMedia Upfront at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 15, 2019, left, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaking to media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington on July 25, 2019. Blitzer and Conway had a tense exchange Thursday when the anchor sought reaction to her husband's televised criticism of President Trump a day earlier. (AP Photo)

Tense TV: CNN’s Blitzer asks Kellyanne Conway about husband

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Wolf Blitzer and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway had a tense exchange Thursday when the anchor sought …
This Nov. 3, 2019 photo shows actors Helen Mirren, left, and Ian McKellan pose for a portrait to promote their film "The Good Liar" in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen relish roles in ‘The Good Liar’

NEW YORK (AP) — Roles for older actors can fall into some predictable tropes, but Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen say their new film, …
Carrie Underwood, from left, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire arrive at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The Latest: Country’s female stars kick off CMA Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 Country Music Association Awards, being presented Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena …
Business
China lifts ban on US poultry after 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is reopening its market to U.S. poultry, ending a five-year ban. China had blocked U.S. poultry imports after an outbreak of avian influenza in December 2014, closing off …

These employers chip in on your student loans

Trilogy Health Services, a Louisville, Kentucky-based operator of senior living facilities, has paid $100 a month toward each eligible worker’s student loans over the past four years. Its total …

The Latest: Walmart where mass shooting occurred reopens

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the reopening of a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 22 people (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Customers have returned to a Walmart in Texas …

Wildfires force businesses to prepare for disruption

NEW YORK (AP) — The wildfires that are rampant this time of year in California force small business owners to be prepared in the same way as owners in other parts of the country who deal with …

The Latest: House panel chairman defends Fed’s independence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before the House Budget Committee on Thursday (all times local): 10:45 a.m. John Yarmuth, Democrat from …

Travel
Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Hyatt Hotels Corp. is the latest hotel company to say it’s removing small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste. Hyatt says it is shifting to large, multi-use …

Caltrans plans Highway 1 closures when storms are forecast

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Transportation plans to temporarily close landslide-plagued Highway 1 on the southern Big Sur coast when there are forecasts of significant rains …

Paella for one: Barcelona dazzles when you're traveling solo

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — They were on girls' trips, guys' trips, family vacations and honeymoons. They were on the train, sharing massive platters of seafood paella and packed into Anton Gaudí's …

Tourists, Venetians slosh through flooded lagoon city

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Tourists and Venetians alike have donned high boots and taken to raised walkways to slosh through the high water that has hit much of the lagoon city. Venice's tide forecast …

Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest jets

DALLAS (AP) — Federal regulators have threatened to ground dozens of Southwest Airlines jets if the airline can't confirm that the planes, which it bought used from foreign operators, meet all …

Things to do
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 …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 31 - MESA: Trick Or Treat …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 24-30

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 17-23. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 24-27 - SCOTTSDALE: IGRA World …

Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 17-23

Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 17-23. Event details are subject to change. Visit newsroom.visitarizona.com/events. Oct. 17 - PHOENIX: Steve Hackett …

Opinion

What being Hispanic means to me

The military I know and work in today is a diverse force that encourages the promotion of people with different backgrounds.

How to stay heart healthy during the holidays

Being healthy over the holidays doesn’t mean giving up your favorite things. In fact, the American Heart Association wants you to …

Shale oil boom makes Middle East war less likely

It looks like the decade-old U.S. shale oil boom may keep us out of war.

‘Made in Arizona’ is an international enterprise

I’ll sometimes hear a pundit lament that “Nothing is made in America anymore.” In reality, there are nearly 13 million …

All student IDs should have suicide prevention information

In 2012 my family experienced the loss of my brother Nathan due to suicide. After spending a full weekend with him at my parent’s …