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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Police: Arrest made in killing initially tied to car wreck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Road rage was the suspected motive in a fatal shooting of a man initially believed to have died due to a Tucson car crash, police said Saturday. Dallas Combs, 40, was jailed …

Sheriff's Office: Deputy fatally shoots man who fired shots

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A Yavapai County sheriff's deputy fatally shot an armed man hiding in a shed after he fired several times toward a Prescott Valley home and toward law enforcement …

Arizona man who died at Pearl Harbor buried near family

PHOENIX (AP) — An 18-year-old U.S. Navy sailor from Arizona who died at Pearl Harbor was buried with full military honors on Friday after his remains were identified last year, about 80 years after …

Most Phoenix airport baggage scales not inspected for years

PHOENIX (AP) — Some state lawmakers are calling for enhanced oversight after an audit showed most baggage scales at metro Phoenix’s largest airport weren’t inspected for years. According to …

Arizona reports 8,715 additional COVID-19 cases, 208 deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Saturday reported over 200 additional deaths from COVID-19 as the state retained its worst-in-the-nation infection diagnosis rate . The Department of Health Services …
Your Health
First responders
A contract to purchase a $298,075 four-door diesel Lenco BearCat armored vehicle with a seven-inch vertical gun-port upgrade for the Apache Junction Police Department’s SWAT unit will be …
The Scottsdale Police Department has made two arrests in a Dec. 8, 2020, deadly shooting of 53-year-old Andrea Marina Garcia, officials say. Just after 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2020, officers responded …
Peoria Fire-Medical Department retired Capt. David Rehnke, 59, succumbed to a 10-year battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma on Jan. 11, 2021.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Jake Hoffman

Arizona legislature introduces first-in-nation resolution to protect against Democrat 'court packing'

The United States Supreme Court isn't merely one of America's most important institutions, it is also one of the most important elements of our constitutional system of checks and balances, not to …

Enroth: Diverse culture brings new phrases, outlooks

This is in response to Norman Webb’s letter (“Do not force your opinions on others"). I read your response to a previous letter about the use of the term Happy Holidays. As I read it, …

Seetharam: Don’t forget about your liver in 2021

2020 taught us a lot, and as the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, perhaps we all gave thanks we made it to 2021 with our health intact and with a renewed focus on maintaining it. While …
John Halikowski

Halikowski: Extending driver license renewals for older adults

For many of us, thinking about renewing our driver license rarely crosses our mind. Sure, we update it with a new address when we move, and some change their name after getting married, but the first time most of us will actually renew our driver license is when we turn 65 years old.
Larry Hogan

Hogan: It’s time to work together to solve America’s problems

Anyone who wants to build a better American future has to recognize that our problems cannot be solved by partisan politics. Washington today is completely out of whack.
More sports

Steele takes lead with 61 to get another chance in Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) — Brendan Steele had the lowest score of his PGA Tour career with a 9-under 61, giving him a two-shot lead and another chance to win the Sony Open. Steele has reason to still be …

Rams' defense struggles with injury hindering Donald

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As the Los Angeles Rams’ fate became distressingly clear in the final minutes of Saturday’s game, cameras showed a tearful Aaron Donald on the sideline. The unanimous …

Harden debuts with triple-double, Durant scores 42, Nets win

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden delivered 32 points and a triple-double in his Brooklyn debut, Kevin Durant scored a season-high 42 points in his first game back with his former teammate, and the Nets …

Rodgers leads Packers into title game with 32-18 win vs Rams

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are making a return trip to the NFC title game and this time they get to play it at home. Rodgers threw for two touchdown passes to tie an NFL record and …
Nation

Banking heir Benjamin de Rothschild dies at 57

NEW YORK (AP) — Benjamin de Rothschild, who oversaw the banking empire started by his father in 1953, has died. He was 57. The Edmond de Rothschild Group, the company he was chairman of, said …
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‘Major’ scenery change: German shepherd pup goes from shelter to White House

WILMINGTON — For President- elect Joe Biden, it just seems doggone right to have canines milling about the White House. Mr. Biden even targeted dog lovers with a campaign message shortly …

AP Top News at 4:03 p.m. EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — War-like imagery has begun spreading in Republican circles after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters, with some elected officials …

Governors' anger grows as federal vaccine stockpile vanishes

CHICAGO (AP) — Here’s what’s happening Saturday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — Several governors expressed exasperation at the Trump …

Biden: Science will be at `forefront' of his administration

President-elect Joe Biden says "science will always be at the forefront of my administration,” and he is elevating the post of science adviser to Cabinet level, a White House first. Biden, who …
World

Boy reported dead at sea in attempt to reach Canary Islands

GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers reached a boat carrying over 30 migrants and brought them safely to the Canary Islands, but not in time to save one child who reportedly died at …

Uganda says president wins 6th term as vote-rigging alleged

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s electoral commission says longtime President Yoweri Museveni has won a sixth term while top opposition challenger Bobi Wine alleges rigging and officials struggle …

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television …

India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

NEW DELHI (AP) — India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is …

US calls Bahrain, UAE 'major security partners'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners" early Saturday, a previously unheard of designation for the two …
Business

Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that …

Expo 2020 unveils key pavilion in Dubai as pandemic surges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai on Saturday unveiled the signature pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, the world's fair that is scheduled to open later this year even as the global …

Donor backlash fuels GOP alarm about Senate fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are worried that a corporate backlash stirred by the deadly Capitol insurrection could crimp a vital stream of campaign cash, complicating the party’s prospects of …

Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas after gay slur heard on TV

HONOLULU (AP) — Ralph Lauren Corp. said Friday it is ending its sponsorship with Justin Thomas after he was heard muttering a homophobic slur to himself after missing a putt last week in …

Neighbors

3 Mesa residents named to dean’s list at Gonzaga University

Mesa residents Katelin Herrmann, Jennifer Wirth and LeeAnne Wirth have earned placement on the Gonzaga University dean’s list for fall semester 2020. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 …

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.

Surprise's MLK celebration going virtual this year

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is going virtual for the city of Surprise.

Desert Foundation Auxiliary celebrates 55th year

As early as 1963 a few visionary women saw a need for a Debutante Ball in the Scottsdale area, which would present young women to their families and friends while raising funds for deserving …

Things to do

Zao Theatre presents ‘Songs for a New World’ Jan. 29-Feb. 14

“Songs for a New World” is the next musical production to be presented at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction. Performances are Jan. 29-Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. …

Arizona Speedway serving hot wings Jan. 22-24

Advanced reserved seats for the inaugural Wild Wing Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway are available for online purchase The 410 c.i. Winged Sprint Car …

Jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz presented by Mesa Arts Center online Jan. 21

Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live series, jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz performs online at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The performance will be prerecorded for Mesa Arts …

New exhibit at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will open “A Murmuration of Found Feathers in Flight” by Arizona artist Alexandra Bowers on Friday, Jan. 15. Ms. Bowers is known for her intricate nature …

Entertainment
FILE - This May 15, 2013 file photo shows hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre as he announces a $70 million dollar donation to create the new "Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts and Technology and Business Innovation," at the University of Southern California, in Santa Monica, Calif. Music mogul Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday, Jan 16, 2021, after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the rapper and producer, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the music mogul, said Dre was …
FILE - Actress Betty White poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on June 9, 2010. White will turn 99 on Sunday, Jan. 17. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Betty White marks 99th birthday Sunday; up late as she wants

LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she …
In this image provided by Kensington Palace shows a video call on Jan. 13, 2021 with Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, bottom of screen, and, top row from left, Carly Kennard and Jules Lockett, both of London Ambulance Service, Conal Devitt of Formby Primary Care Network and Manal Sadik, Associate Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Widening Participation at Guys and St. Thomas Hospital. Center row from left, Phil Spencer from Cleveland Police, Tony Collins, Just 'B' volunteer helpline call handler and CEO of North Yorkshire Hospice Care, and Caroline Francis, Just 'B' helpline support worker and nurse at North Yorkshire Hospice Care. The royal pair spoke with frontline workers and counsellors about the mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis for those working on the frontline, and why it is vital that they are able to reach out for support at such a critical time. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Prince William worried about strain on UK emergency workers

LONDON (AP) — Prince William says he is concerned about the mental health of U.K. ambulance drivers, police officers and other first responders who are being exposed to extraordinary levels of …
This image released by HBO Max shows Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from "Lockdown." (Susie Allnutt/HBO Max via AP)

Review: 'Locked Down' mirrors our quarantine experiences

Doug Liman's one of the first and most ambitious films to be conceived and shot during the pandemic, is, like our own quarantine experiences, erratic, a little absurd and sporadically …
This 2018 image released by Jeremy Daniel shows Philip J. Smith at the 30th anniversary celebration for "The Phantom of the Opera," in New York. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. (Jeremy Daniel via AP)

Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from …
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