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Abrazo Arrowhead surpasses 5,000 surgical robotics procedures

GLENDALE — Surgeons at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus have completed more than 5,000 total robot-assisted surgical procedures, a milestone for the Northwest Valley hospital known for its surgical …

Maricopa County helps fund new health campus in Phoenix

PHOENIX — Maricopa County and Creighton University are working together to address a major challenge to the region’s prosperity and well-being: the growing shortage of doctors and …

Arizona officials to determine order on Presidential Preference Election ballot

The Arizona Secretary of State Office is hosting an event to determine the order the Presidential Preference Election candidates will appear on the ballot. The ballot order draw event is open to …

2 businesses declared off-limits for Fort Huachuca soldiers

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — A smoke shop and a shuttle service have been declared off-limits for soldiers at an Army base in southeastern Arizona. The two businesses adversely affect the …

Don’t 'toy' with the holidays: Officials urge proper gift-giving for children

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind the nation, the holiday shopping season continues with events like Christmas and Hanukkah nearing at the end of December.
First responders
A suspect is unaccounted for after he allegedly shot a man inside a Glendale business.
GILA COUNTY, Ariz. (AP) — Divers Saturday recovered the body of the fourth person to die in Tonto Creek in just over a week, according to media reports.
Phoenix police arrested a man who allegedly tried to steal a wheelchair from a woman while she was riding the light rail last month.
Top sports story

WKU's Bassey to have season-ending left knee surgery

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey will miss the remainder of this season after fracturing his left knee against Arkansas. The 6-foot-11, 230-pound sophomore …
More sports

Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34

BOSTON (AP) — Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34.

Celtics F Hayward practices, could return against Cavaliers

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward practiced without problems and could return for Boston's game against Cleveland on Monday night. Hayward broke his hand Nov. 9 and was expected to …

Stanford on top, UConn up to No. 2 in AP women's Top25

Connecticut jumped to No. 2 behind Stanford in The Associated Press women's Top 25 rankings released Monday after another week filled with upsets. The Cardinal garnered 27 of the 30 first-place …

POLL ALERT: UConn jumps to No. 2 in women's Top 25 behind Stanford; Oregon, Oregon St, South Carolina round out top five

NEW YORK (AP) — POLL ALERT: UConn jumps to No. 2 in women's Top 25 behind Stanford; Oregon, Oregon St, South Carolina round out top five.
Daily Independent
Nation

Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

BOSTON (AP) — Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose determined battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million …

Wanna cover Miss America? Buy a ticket, 3 media outlets told

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization has denied credentials to at least three media outlets seeking to cover this year's competition, including its longtime hometown newspaper, …

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearing draws too-simple answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debating the grounds for impeachment, Republicans said there's nothing here. Democrats said it's a slam dunk. Weighty questions about a president's alleged malfeasance and …

US wildlife officials agree to grizzly bear review

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials will review whether more protections are needed for grizzly bears in the Lower 48 states after animal advocates sued the government in a bid to …

Virginia Sheriff: He'll deputize residents if gun laws pass

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff has vowed to deputize county residents if the new Democratic majority in the state legislature passes gun control measures. “Every Sheriff and …
World

Egyptian whistleblower gets 5-year jail sentence in absentia

CAIRO (AP) — A self-exiled Egyptian businessman whose allegations of corruption against the country's ruling military sparked rare protests has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison …

Diplomats: US backs out of North Korea human rights meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States changed its mind and is now refusing to sign a letter that would have authorized the U.N. Security Council to hold a meeting Tuesday on the human rights …

U.N.D.P. says Latin America is wealthier but unequal

NEW YORK (AP) — Latin America has significantly reduced poverty over the last two decades. So why is there generalized discontent, prompting thousands of protesters to take to the streets? A …

Lebanon protesters scuffle with lawmaker's bodyguards

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese soldiers had to separate protesters and the bodyguards of a member of parliament after scuffles broke out under heavy rain Monday evening between the two sides in the …

AP Exclusive: Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela

MIAMI (AP) — For seven nerve-wracking months, they slept through the day in cramped quarters on cold floors, while spending their nights in prayer, keeping fit with dumbbells made from water jugs …
Entertainment

Feds defend creation of fake school to fight visa fraud

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Federal agencies have pushed back against criticism that they entrapped hundreds of foreigners who …
FILE - This Nov. 13, 2019 file photo shows Bryce Dallas Howard at the premiere of "The Mandalorian," in Los Angeles. Howard directed an episode of the popular Disney Plus series. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

'The Mandalorian' gives female directors a chance to shine

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars” has faced criticism for having a lack of female directors, but the popular franchise is making an …

Fox News names Hemmer to take over Smith's time slot

NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran anchor Bill Hemmer will replace Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel's afternoon newscast, the network …

Celebrity birthdays during the week of December 15-21

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 15-21 Dec. 15: Singer Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes is 80. Drummer Dave Clark of the Dave …
This image released by Netflix shows Kaitlyn in a scene from the true crime series "Unbelievable." On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role. (Beth Dubber/Netflix via AP)

Kaitlyn Dever, Paul Rudd react to Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reactions from some of the nominees for the 77th annual Golden Globes: ___ “I set my alarm for when it …
Business
World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics …

Fed is likely to reinforce a message of continued low rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is expected to send a clear message when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: Interest rates will likely stay ultra-low for the foreseeable …

PG&E Corp. stock surges following settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E's stock surged Monday after the utility reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the Northern California wildfires of 2017 and …

Saudi Arabia's deficit widens to $49B ahead of Aramco sale

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia will reduce spending in 2020 as the budget deficit widens to $49 billion amid sluggish oil prices and deeper curbs on oil production by the heavyweight …

Court rejects Minnesota's renewal of US Steel mine permit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a decision by state regulators to renew a wastewater discharge permit for U.S. Steel's giant Minntac iron ore mine in the …

Travel
Messi's hometown offers emotional trip to his childhood

ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer wasn't always Lionel Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his Argentine hometown of Rosario, he spent his …

London offers winter warmers with a festive flavor

LONDON (AP) — Mulled wine, warm spiced cider and hot toddies have long been British staples during winter. Whiskey expert Ross Dennis at Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery explains that the hot …

New Zealand police say number of missing people on tourist island hit by volcano in double digits

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say number of missing people on tourist island hit by volcano in double digits.

North Korea opens mountain spa, ski resort in tourism push

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un opened a new mountain spa and ski resort that's intended for people to enjoy “high civilization under socialism” in another example of …

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional …

Things to do
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 …

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 …

Opinion

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 …

Simple senior moment or something more serious?

As we become more aware of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as a society, we’re better equipped to spot the early warning …

Burke: Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, …

The 2020 census is on horizon

By law, the U.S. government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years. Getting an accurate …

Young adults for common sense gun safety

We are a group of high school and college students from around the country, concerned about the ongoing gun violence epidemic in our …