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Bulgarian ex-prime minister Borissov offers a coalition. But he doesn't want his old job back

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, whose center-right GERB party garnered the most votes in Bulgaria’s parliamentary election, invited his political opponents Thursday …

Suspected attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels sees missile strike ship in Gulf of Aden, officials say

A suspected attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has seen a missile strike a ship in the Gulf of Aden. The attack happened Thursday in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen. That's according to the British …

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer says he'll end the era of 'gestures and gimmicks' if he wins power

The left-of-center politician aiming to become Britain’s prime minister in three weeks’ time is promising to lead a government that’s both “pro-business and pro-worker” and restore …
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Arizona lawmakers agree to let voters decide on retention rules for state Supreme Court justices

Arizona lawmakers have voted to send an initiative to the November ballot that would protect two state Supreme Court justices targeted for removal over their support for a near-total abortion ban. …

Arizona man sold firearms to undercover FBI agent for mass shooting, indictment says

A federal grand jury in Arizona has indicted a firearms dealer accused of selling weapons to an undercover federal agent to be used for a mass shooting. The indictment filed Tuesday says Mark Adams …
municipal finance

Chandler leaders adjust for ‘sunsetting’ rental tax

​Eleven million dollars might not seem like a big revenue loss to a city the size and scope of Chandler, which approved a $1.66 billion budget last year. But the loss of at least $11 million …

Kari Lake loses Arizona appeals court challenge of 2022 loss in governor race

Republican Kari Lake has lost an Arizona appeals court challenge arguing that thousands of Phoenix-area mail ballot signatures were not properly verified when she lost the 2022 governor election to …

Glendale teacher honored for CTE program’s community service

Sometimes future teachers can learn as much about students outside the classroom as in, and one Deer Valley Unified School District program is making that happen.
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2 Mesquite District candidates came out for Peoria city council candidate forum

A wide range of topics was covered at the Peoria City Council candidate forum June 10.

Glendale native carrying ‘momentum’ into NASCAR weekend race

Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Love’s RV Stop team head to Newton, Iowa, for the NASCAR Cup Series’ inaugural race at Iowa Speedway.

Sarah Silverman comedy touring planning Phoenix stop

Sarah Silverman will bring her Postmortem Tour to Phoenix.

Hospice of the Valley dementia program enriches young and old

At first glance, it looks like “Grandparents’ Day” at preschool — a roomful of giggling seniors playing peekaboo with a dozen toddlers. Except these “grandmas and …

Prescott man indicted as suspect in gun sales for mass shooting of minorities: U.S. Attorney

A federal grand jury has indicted a 58-year-old Prescott man on several firearms charges in what federal officials said was his plan to commit a mass shooting “to incite a race war” prior …

Apocalyptica announces U.S. tour, Phoenix stop

Heavy metal band Apocalyptica announced their "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour" across the United States will include a stop in Phoenix in 2025.

Mexican rapper Santa Fe Klan bringing summer tour to Phoenix

One of the faces of rap in Mexico, Santa Fe Klan, will bring his next U.S. tour to Phoenix.


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In 2013, the federal government institutionalized Housing First — the provision of permanently subsidized housing — as the nation’s exclusive approach to homelessness.
I definitely am opposed to this proposed new airport in Peoria.
Four years ago, Gov. Doug Ducey ignored a call from Donald Trump. Trump was trying to stay in office as president even though he lost the election. Ducey was certifying the results of the election in Arizona that was won by Joe Biden. Now, Attorney General Kris Mayes is going to use the former governor as part of her attempt to put some of Trump's associates, attorneys and political supporters behind bars.
Much higher spending levels for biomedical research are clearly needed.
During John Roberts’ confirmation hearing as chief justice in 2005, he claimed that the “primary check on the courts has always been judicial self-restraint.” Sen. Sam Brownback, …

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Phoenix faces Las Vegas after Copper's 29-point game

Phoenix faces the Las Vegas Aces after Kahleah Copper scored 29 points in the Phoenix Mercury's 97-90 overtime win over the Dallas Wings. Thursday's meeting will be the third of the season between …

Grichuk finishes a single short of the cycle and leads the Diamondbacks over the Angels 9-4

Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer as part of a three-hit night, Corbin Carroll, Gabriel Moreno and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. all added three more hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles …

D-backs All-Star SS Geraldo Perdomo returns to lineup after missing 2 months with knee injury

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated All-Star Geraldo Perdomo from the injured list after the shortstop missed roughly two months with a right knee injury. The D-backs also sent first …
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The U.S. Open is underway at Pinehurst No. 2, and no one was expecting an easy time. The Donald Ross gem is hosting its fourth U.S. Open in the last 25 years. Only four players have finished under …
Over the past week, the NHL became the first major sports league to offer play by play and analysis in American Sign Language during the Stanley Cup Final. The Florida Panthers are up 2-0 with the …
It’s been only 13 years since South Sudan emerged from civil war and became an independent nation. For former NBA star Luol Deng that journey has a parallel connection with his introduction to …
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HonorHealth performs procedure for patients at risk of foot, leg amputations

Hasan Aldailami, M.D. was part of the HonorHealth team to first treat a patient with chronic limb-threatening ischemia using a new minimally invasive technique.

HonorHealth is the first healthcare system in Arizona to treat patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia using a minimally invasive technique to bypass blocked arteries in the leg and restore blood flow to the foot. 

Valley Starbucks employees try to keep organized labor momentum

In this 2019 photo, Kevin Johnson, right, then-CEO of Starbucks, makes coffee using a siphon method alongside a barista during a visit to the company’s Starbucks Reserve store at the company headquarters in Seattle. There are now eight union Starbucks stores in the Valley.

​More than 400 Starbucks coffee shops have unionized across the U.S, and that effort has made inroads in the Valley. With nine union stores in Arizona, including eight in the Valley, Starbucks …

Insults, awards for Chandler Chamber honorees

Ron Spoon, a Chandler Unified School District custodian, second from left, claims his CUSD Support Services Staff of the Year plaque from Superintendent Frank Narducci at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s May 30 community awards. On the left is Chamber board chair Robert Sinkule.

​The emcee of the 2024 Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 Community Awards show had insults for just about everyone he mentioned. No one seemed to mind the ribbing at the May 30 event …

Build-to-rent communities surge in Phoenix amid high home interest rates

Mark-Taylor’s EVR Spur Cross build-to-rent community is in Queen Creek. (Photo courtesy of Mark-Taylor Investment Management)

PHOENIX – High mortgage interest rates are pushing prospective homebuyers to consider build-to-rent communities instead.


ProShred leads free shredding event in south Glendale

Joseph Caradonna, Patty Caradonna and Joe Caradonna of ProShred Security of Arizona. The company joins forces with the City of Glendale drive-thru shred session from 8 a.m. to noon June 15 at GESD System of Care Center, 7677 W. Bethany Home Road.

Valley residents are invited to join ProShred Security of Arizona  and the city of Glendale for a free drive-thru shred event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15 at GESD System of Care Center, …

East Valley superintendent discusses postponing retirement to help district

Higley Unified School District Superintendent Sherry Richards calendars time to be out in classrooms, calling it a happy place to be.

It was all coming together nicely for Sherry Richards. She would wrap up her education career June 30, having been an interim superintendent for a highly achieving school district that she loved, …

Sun City resident brings vibe of the tropics to West Valley

Larry Kubiayk stands on stage at the Sun Bowl in Sun City, one of many West Valley venues he has played around town.

Editor's note: This article first appeared in  Sun Life Magazine ,  a Daily Independent publication . There’s a beach buzz anywhere Larry Kubiayk brings his guitar, even in the …

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Peoria hosts Made in Arizona film series

Peoria is hosting their first “Made in Arizona” film series, celebrating movies made here in Arizona.

Movie fans are invited to take part in Peoria’s first “Made in Arizona” film series, celebrating movies made here in Arizona.

Judas Priest bringing heavy metal tour to Phoenix

Judas Priest will perform in Phoenix.

Heavy metal titans Judas Priest have announced the second leg of their Invincible Shield Tour will hit Phoenix.

Ski Mask The Slump God to bring summer tour to Phoenix

Ski Mask The Slump God will bring his tour to The Van Buren on Aug. 16.

Multiplatinum Florida rapper Ski Mask The Slump God announced his 11th Dimension Tour will make a stop in downtown Phoenix this summer.

Amateur golf tournament returning to Scottsdale

The Southwestern Amateur Golf Championships is returning to Scottsdale June 12-15.

The Southwestern Amateur Golf Championships returns to the Desert Mountain Club’s Outlaw Course from June 12-15. This year’s tournament marks the 109th year for the Men’s Division …

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Obituaries & Memorials

Dr. John Nelson Simons

John N. Simons passed away peacefully at his home on Wilson Bay, Gull Lake, Minnesota the afternoon of June 3, 2024. He was 91 and had spent recent decades on the lake, which he loved dearly. Dr. …

Leonard (Len) James Wicketts, Jr.

Leonard (Len) James Wicketts, Jr., 86, of Sun City, AZ, died May 30, 2024, with his loving family at his bedside. Born in Marquette, MI, he and wife, Sally, married in 1957 and remained married for …

Lorraine Barbara (Curylo) Grzesik

Lorraine Barbara (Curylo) Grzesik passed away peacefully on May 20, 2024 after a long and fruitful life. She was born June 19, 1926 to Walter and Blanche Curylo in Chicago. Lorraine was an avid …

Sandra (Sandy) Lee Call

Sandra (Sandy) Lee Call of Fountain Hills passed away on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024, at her beloved cabin in Happy Jack, AZ. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 35 years, William Call, and their …

Paul Stephan Palys

Paul Stephan Palys, 81, passed away peacefully after a long illness on May 23, 2024. The youngest of seven children, he immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1963 at the age of 19 and …
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Future of Elon Musk and Tesla are on the line as shareholders vote on massive pay package

If Tesla shareholders approve an all-stock compensation package for CEO Elon Musk that was thrown out by a Delaware judge, it would almost guarantee he would remain at the company he grew to be the …

After several near-misses on airport runways, a tech company revives work on a hazard-warning system

DALLAS (AP) — As a Delta Air Lines jet began roaring down a runway, an air traffic controller at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport suddenly blurted out an expletive, then ordered the …

South Africa political parties cobble together unity government as deadline to elect president looms

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity …

Heat forces Greek authorities to shut down Acropolis during afternoon hours for a second day running

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece are closing down the Acropolis in Athens during the afternoon on Thursday for a second day as the country swelters under unseasonably high …

Cars? Pork? Perfume? China has many options if a trade war breaks out with Europe

BEIJING (AP) — Now that Europe has announced tariffs on China-made electric cars, the continent is bracing to see if the other shoe drops. Will China retaliate with tariffs on European cars, …

The UK Green Party struggles to be heard in an election where climate change is on the back burner

There’s lots of talk of change in Britain’s election campaign, but little talk about climate change. The U.K.’s July 4 vote to choose a new government is focused on the sluggish economy, high …

Poland reintroduces restrictions on accessing areas along Belarus border due to migration pressure

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Thursday reintroduced restrictions on movement along parts of the border with Belarus because of increased migration pressure that has involved violence against …

Fistfight erupts in Italian Parliament as tensions rise over expanding regional autonomy

ROME (AP) — Tensions in Italy's lower house erupted into a fistfight, sending an opposition lawmaker to hospital, over a controversial government proposal that opponents say will further impoverish …

Rights groups urge Thailand not to extradite Vietnamese activist, saying he's at risk if sent home

BANGKOK (AP) — Human rights groups urged Thailand on Thursday not to extradite a Vietnamese activist detained in Bangkok, saying that he could be at risk if handed back to Vietnam. Y Quynh …

NATO defense ministers thrash out new security aid and training support plan for Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers gathered Thursday hoping to agree on a new plan to provide long-term security assistance and military training to Ukraine, after Hungary promised not to veto …
FILE - Music producer Quincy Jones poses for a portrait to promote his documentary "Quincy" during the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 7, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Quincy Jones, Richard Curtis, Juliet Taylor and Bond producers will get honorary Oscars

Quincy Jones, casting director Juliet Taylor, filmmaker Richard Curtis and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are getting honorary Oscars. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts …
Matty Healy of The 1975 performs at Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago on Aug. 4, 2023, left, and model Gabbriette Bechtel attends the Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2023-2024 ready-to-wear collection in Paris on March 2, 2023. Healy and Bechtel are engaged, according to Healy's mother, the English actress Denise Welch. (AP Photo)

Matty Healy's mom says The 1975 singer and model Gabbriette Bechtel are engaged

The 1975’s Matty Healy and model Gabbriette Bechtel are engaged, according to Healy’s mother. On Wednesday, English actor Denise Welch confirmed the news on ITV's “Loose Women.” Welch said …

Bestselling author V.E. Schwab agrees to 7-figure book deal. Her next novel comes out in 2025

NEW YORK (AP) — Bestselling author V.E. Schwab has a 7-figure book deal. Tor Books, a Macmillan imprint, announced Wednesday that it has agreed to terms on a $2 million contract for a new work …
FILE - French singing star, Francoise Hardy, looks at a music score during a break in rehearsals, January 31, 1966, at the Savoy Hotel in London, England, where she is to appear for a three-week cabaret spot. Francoise Hardy, a beloved French singer and pop culture icon since the 1960s, has died at age 80. Her son, musician Thomas Dutronc, announced her death on social networks. (AP Photo, File)

Françoise Hardy, French singing legend and pop icon, dies at 80

PARIS (AP) — Françoise Hardy, a French singing legend and pop icon since the 1960s, has died. She was 80. Her son, musician Thomas Dutronc, announced her death on social media, sharing a poignant …
The artwork Interieur a La Fougere Noire (1948) by French artist Henri Matisse is on display at the international art show Art Basel, in Basel, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

As Art Basel opens, buyers confront a 'cooling' but still very active market

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Multi-million-dollar works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama and Alberto Giacometti went on the market this week as fair Art Basel opened in Switzerland. Thousands …