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Feds: Capitol mob aimed to 'assassinate' elected officials

PHOENIX (AP) — The pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” federal prosecutors said in court documents. The remarks came …
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Arizona man charged in Capitol riot appears in court

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who took part in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns made his first court appearance Monday. A judge …
Albanian prime minister Edi Rama receives the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Tirana, Albania, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Rama was among the first to take the COVID-19 vaccine which the country has received from an undisclosed European Union member country. The Prime Minister said he was "not authorized" to say which EU country had provided 975 vaccines. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Connecticut to open first mass vaccine site

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut will open its first mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the University of Connecticut’s football stadium within the next 10 days as the state prepares to administer …
Calvin C. Goode is laid at state in front of Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building in Phoenix on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Family members and members of the community attended the public, socially distanced viewing for Goode who died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. He was 93.

Phoenix to honor late civil rights icon Calvin C. Goode

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix city officials, residents and prominent members of the Black community will honor late civil rights icon, city leader and longtime Arizona resident Calvin Coolidge Goode in …
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol in Washington. On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Capitol rioters were antifa activists. At center is Jake Angeli, wearing fur hat with horns, a regular at pro-Trump events and a known follower of QAnon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked …

Supply & Demand: Phoenix metropolitan housing market continues appreciation climb

In a world turned upside by a global pandemic amid a quickly changing economic landscape where laws of yesterday no longer apply — one law of business a part of the Arizona real estate …
FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo Gov. Doug Ducey, left, hands a bag of food to a student outside Sunset Elementary School in Phoenix. Citing the state's surge of COVID-19 cases, Arizona's top education official on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, called for Ducey to order that public schools use only distance learning for the next two weeks without waivers from health officials. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Surge in Arizona, world 'hot spot,' puts focus on governor

PHOENIX (AP) — As Arizona experienced periodic spikes in COVID-19 cases since last spring, Gov. Doug Ducey frequently resisted calls to take strong measures. He has declined to institute a …
FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, U.S. Customs and Patrol agents sit along a section of the international border wall that runs through Organ Pipe National Monument in Lukeville, Ariz. A public-private project that maps the bodies of border crossers recovered from Arizona's inhospitable deserts, valleys and mountains said this week of Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 that it documented 227 such deaths in 2020, the highest in a decade following the hottest, driest summer in state history. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona border deaths hit 10-year high after record heat

PHOENIX (AP) — A project that maps the bodies of border-crossers recovered from Arizona’s inhospitable deserts, valleys and mountains said it documented 227 deaths in 2020, the highest in a …

University ramps up virus testing; most classes to be online

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona is ramping up its COVID-19 testing program as it gears up for the Jan. 13 start of the spring semester that will again see most classes conducted …
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2009 file photo, Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Westphal, the Hall of Fame basketball player has died. The Phoenix Suns confirmed his death Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.  (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Paul Westphal, Hall of Famer and NBA champion, dies at 70

Paul Westphal, a Hall of Fame player who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and later coached in the league and in college, died Saturday. He was 70. He died in Scottsdale, …

Phoenix Suns say Hall of Fame basketball coach Paul Westphal has died at 70

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns say Hall of Fame basketball coach Paul Westphal has died at 70.
ENTERTAINMENT
Royal Palms Live Music & Classic Movie Series.

Royal Palms continues concerts, classic movies

Back by popular demand, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is extending its free Live Music & Classic Movie Series with local musicians, timeless films and the stunning views of Camelback Mountain.
The 25th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival allows home viewers to travel from the beaches and shuks of Israel to Hollywood sound stages; from snowy Norway forests to the Yankee Stadium announcers’ booth; and from an operating room in modern-day Italy to the cobblestone back alleys of wartime France.

Upcoming Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival celebration to be virtual

For a quarter of a century, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival has celebrated Jewish culture including bringing a lineup of films honoring traditions and heritage.
Winner of five awards, Tastes and Treasures II: A storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, has 216 pages; comes in hard cover, with full-color photos for $30

Arizona history cookbook Tastes and Treasures II heats up for holiday season

Part Arizona history baked with storytelling makes for appetizing recipes in Tastes and Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona.

Things to do: Arizona State Fairgrounds launches Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food

The Arizona State Fair is hosting its first ever “Ho-Ho Holiday Drive-Thru Fair Food” campaign. Due to the overwhelming demand for Arizona State Fair drive-thru edible creations event …
Puff can often be found chilling on his rock in his off-exhibit enclosure or roaming around the reptile lab for exercise.

‘Puff on the Shelf’ debuts at Butterfly Wonderland through Dec. 25

Aside from thousands of colorful butterflies as Butterfly Wonderland’s main attraction, another fan-favorite is Puff, a Chinese water dragon who resides in the Rainforest Reptiles exhibit.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a vial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine Covid-19 candidate vaccine, known as AZD1222, at Wockhardt's pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Wrexham, Wales, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (Paul Ellis/PA via AP)

The Latest: Nobel laureate warns of increased trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad says the COVID-19 pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the …
The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Highways and Dierks Bentley collaborate for a virtual performance of "I Love You Arizona."

The Phoenix Symphony notes: ‘I Love You Arizona’ in virtual show

The Phoenix Symphony has found a new way to express its admiration and pride for Arizona as its 66 musicians created a virtual performance of the Rex Allen, Jr. song “I Love You Arizona.”
Christmas lightings are pictured where the Christmas market usually takes place, Friday, Nov.27, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the well-known festive market will not be taking place this year. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

The Latest: British govt insists virus measures are needed

LONDON — The British government is warning lawmakers who oppose strict coronavirus restrictions that the measures are the only way to avoid a surge that will overwhelm the health system. A …

Town of Paradise Valley resident shares a page from Tombstone history

In order to tell a little of the story of the newspaper in the town that became known as “the town too tough to die,” I need to start with a bit of Arizona history. Tombstone itself …
A free socially-distanced visit with Santa from Storybook Entertainment will be held with photos for children from 1– 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 in front of the fountain on High Street in City North in Desert Ridge Santa.

Families can get free photos with Santa

Three Valley real estate industry companies are collecting money and toys for Homeward Bound, which is a nonprofit that helps struggling families experiencing homelessness.
Opinion
Darya Iganian

Iganian: We must unite against racial injustice

Last year was a harrowing time in America’s rich and complicated history. Our great nation was faced with a novel coronavirus and an old, deeply ingrained racial disease aching for healing and remedy.
Jackie Elliott

5 ways Arizona can put people back to work

There is an early warning sign that high-demand jobs may be hard to fill when the labor market fully reopens, even with millions of Americans looking for work.

Hochschartner: Some thoughts on cultured meat industry

If President-elect Joe Biden is serious about addressing climate change, preventing future outbreaks of zoonotic disease, or minimizing animal cruelty on factory farms, he should support the nascent …
David Dozier

Dozier: Cost and public opinion support Biden’s plan to end death penalty

A study in California revealed that the cost of capital punishment in the state has been over $4 billion since it was reinstated in 1978. Since California has executed 13 prisoners during that time, …
Matt Beienburg

Beienburg: When teachers strike, students lose

When student learning takes a back seat, students should be able to take their funding with them.
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