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Valley and State

Ducey to honor veterans at Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will honor veterans and service members on Tuesday at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Arizona State Capitol. On the 80th anniversary of …

Arizona juvenile corrections chief retires; deputy promoted

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a new leader for Arizona's juvenile corrections agency. Ducey on Monday announced he's appointed Douglas Sargent as director of the Arizona …

New study outlines high costs of extreme heat in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme heat is expensive. That's the conclusion of a study presented Monday by The Nature Conservancy, which commissioned a look at the costs of rising temperatures in Phoenix, …
Politics

ASU club responds to anti-Semitic posters donning group’s logo

College Republicans United officials say the Arizona State University club has been wrongly accused of anti-Semitic messaging around town. The club has repeatedly denied responsibility of hateful …

Arizona reports 3,022 more COVID-19 cases, but no new deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Monday reported 3,022 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths from the virus. The latest numbers pushed the state’s totals to 1,295,076 …
First responders
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area Nov. 25-Dec. 2: Burglary of business reported at 2:32 p.m. Nov. 26 in the 18600 block of …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Nov. 25 Dec. 2: Theft reported at 9:53 a.m. Nov. 27 in the 600 block of East Florence Heights …
The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of robberies and burglaries Nov. 14-17: Burglary at a residence/home Nov. 14 in the 1200 block of South Merino.Burglary at a residence/home …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Coronavirus vaccine update: 5 ways to adjust mRNA vaccines for Omicron variant

If the omicron variant of the coronavirus is different enough from the original variant, it’s possible that existing vaccines won’t be as effective as they have been. If so, it’s likely that companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron.

Merrill: Arizona Highways photos now on display at Phoenix Zoo

Arizona has many amazing treasures. It’s not just that we have spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Rigler: Arizona has plenty of vaccine for COVID-19 boosters and first doses

I’m glad to see the ADHS data dashboard showing increased demand lately for COVID-19 booster shots and primary vaccinations.

Experts: Independent commissions can ditch partisanship, make redistricting fairer to voters

States across the U.S. are drawing new electoral districts for the next decade in a process called redistricting. In some states, districts are drawn by the state legislature; in others, by an independent redistricting commission.

Castillo: Congress must pass the Build Back Better Act

I agree with the content and urgency of Yvonne Marley’s recent letter (“Marley: Congress should pass Build Better Act,” YourValley.net, Nov. 24, 2021). Our senators do not have …
More sports

New York Mets Partner with Wicket for Facial Authentication at Citi Field

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 7, 2021--The New York Mets have chosen Wicket as their Facial Authentication partner at Citi Field to enhance the fan experience. The Mets and Wicket will focus …

The NFLPA and DraftKings Unveil Plans for Gamified NFT Collaboration

BOSTON and WASHINGTON, Dec. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NFL Players Association (NFLPA), DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) and OneTeam Partners (OneTeam), the group licensing partner of the NFLPA, …

US water polo coaches returning for Paris Olympics

CHICAGO (AP) — Right after the Summer Olympics, Adam Krikorian was done. Worn down by coaching the U.S. women's water polo team through a pandemic, he thought it might be time to try something …

Column: US dignitaries shun Olympics. What about sponsors?

Refusing to send an official U.S. delegation while U.S. athletes compete at the Beijing Olympics is like dropping off dessert at a party you plan to protest by staying away. Your absence might cause …

China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit by announcing an American diplomatic boycott of February’s Beijing Winter Games. Foreign Ministry …

Analysis: Patriots' downfall after Brady lasted one season

It didn't take long for the New England Patriots to become the New England Patriots again. After stumbling through a 7-9 season last year while watching Tom Brady win a seventh ring in his first …
Most recent
European activists fight for right to repair electronics

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — At a table scattered with tools and wires, volunteer repairers sit across from the owners of an assortment of inoperable electronics. The volunteers at a free “repair …

Stellantis wants to outfit cars with AI to drive up revenue

US trade deficit narrows in October as exports rebound

Poland to require vaccine shots for teachers, medics, police

Nation

Study can't confirm lab results for many cancer experiments

Eight years ago, a team of researchers launched a project to carefully repeat early but influential lab experiments in cancer research. They recreated 50 experiments, the type of preliminary …

District declines Michigan AG offer to probe Oxford shooting

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general said her office won't be the agency to conduct a school district's planned third-party investigation into the events at Oxford High School …

Dangerous storm threatens havoc across Hawaiian archipelago

HONOLULU (AP) — From the empty shores of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach to the snowy summit of the Big Island’s highest peak, an unusually strong winter storm is clobbering the Hawaiian Islands and …

Fallon teams with Grande, Megan Thee Stallion for holidays

Yes, he’s the host of the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” And sure, he’s starred in movies, been a “Saturday Night Live” regular, and just launched a new show, “That’s My …

EXPLAINER: Why does Beijing have the Olympics again?

The Beijing Winter Olympics open in just under two months and are now the target of a diplomatic boycott by the United States, with others likely to follow. So how did Beijing land the Winter …
World

Blast levels French building; at least 1 dead, baby found

PARIS (AP) — French rescue workers dug out the body of a man but rescued his baby and the child's mother alive from the rubble of a three-story apartment building that collapsed Tuesday in a …

Spain approves COVID vaccine for children in 5-11 age group

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s health ministry gave the go-ahead Tuesday for children between ages 5 and 11 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 amid a rise in coronavirus infections in recent weeks. …

European drug regulator backs mixing COVID-19 vaccines

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union drug regulator gave its backing Tuesday to mixing different types of vaccines in initial vaccination and booster campaigns to battle the …

WHO Europe: Kids in 5-14 age group show highest COVID rates

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's office for Europe said Tuesday that children in the 5 to 14 age group now account for the highest rates of reported COVID-19 infection in the …

Biden visits WWII Memorial to honor fallen at Pearl Harbor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday marked the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with a somber visit to the World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital. …
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Business

Rohingya sue Facebook for $150B, alleging role in violence

LONDON (AP) — Rohingya refugees sued Facebook parent Meta Platforms for more than $150 billion over what they say was the company's failure to stop hateful posts that incited violence against the …

Instagram launches tool urging teens to take a break

LONDON (AP) — Instagram on Tuesday launched a feature that urges teenagers to take breaks from the photo-sharing platform and announced other tools aimed at protecting young users from harmful …

American Airlines CEO Parker to step down next March

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will retire on March 31 and be replaced by the airline’s current president, Robert Isom. Parker has led Texas-based American since late 2013, …

EXPLAINER: Chinese builder’s debt struggle rattles investors

BEIJING (AP) — Global investors are watching nervously as one of China’s biggest real estate developers tries to avoid a default on its $310 billion mountain of debt. Evergrande Group, which …

Neighbors

Arizona State hockey player recalls impact COVID-19 had on lost season

Most prospective athletes head straight to college after high school graduation to continue their athletic career, but for Shaelyn Cecchini, her journey took a slight detour. Cecchini, a freshman …

CAC radiologic technology students volunteer to clean Arizona Scenic Trail

The Central Arizona College radiologic technology program conducts its annual Volunteer Day each year two days prior to Thanksgiving. Nearly 40 radiologic technology students and their instructors …

Video: Paving the path for a bright future

Centennial High School Senior Crystal Bond has a bright future ahead of her.

Video: Coach Babb continues legacy of heritage at Peoria High School

The heritage of Peoria High School runs deep. Layers and layers of past legacies have made it what it is today and William Babb is a prime example of that.

Things to do

Superstition Mountain Rotary golf tourney fundraiser in December

The Superstition Mountain Rotary 21st annual charity golf tournament is Saturday, Dec. 18, at Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. The cost for the event is $160 per player or …

EVIT cosmetology students plan Fantasy Hair Show

The EVIT Power Campus in southeast Mesa will be transformed into a creative fantasy world this month when the school’s cosmetology students host their annual hair show. This event returns to …

Santa making several visits to Merry Main Street in Mesa

Santa Claus will be getting away from the North Pole a few times this holiday season to visit downtown Mesa and join in the Merry Main Street festivities. Jolly Ol’ St. Nick will be taking …

Train layouts showcased at Christmas open houses in December

Arizona Big Train Operators will hold annual Christmas open houses in December. Members open their train layouts to the public to view different style layouts both inside and outside and …

Obituaries & Memorials

Kathleen Comfort Shawl

Kathleen C. Shawl, age 81, of Sun City, AZ, passed away November 24, 2021. Born September 17, 1940, in Elmira, New York, to parents Floyd and Lucy Comfort, she was the youngest of six …

Clifford Elkins

Clifford Elkins passed away on October 31st in the company of his beloved wife, Claire. Cliff grew up in Denver, graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, and served in both the U.S. Army …

J. Donald Monroe

Don Monroe, 83, a former Sun City West resident, died peacefully on November 21, 2021 in Hamden, CT, after a brief illness. Born and raised in Aberdeen, SD by the late Cecil and Grace Sherwood …

James F. Cochran

In Loving Memory ofJames F. Cochran, passed away on October 29, 2021 in Sun City West, AZ. Jim was a loving husband to Dianne for 54 years and a wonderful father to their three children: David, …

Ronald Joseph Vermeersch

Ronald, 84 passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 26th at home in Sun City, Arizona. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 16th 1937 to René Maurice Vermeersch (1983) and Emily Rose …
Entertainment
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A federal judge says no phones, laptops or recording devices will be allowed at next week's scheduled trial for former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is facing child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks issued the order ahead of the trial, which is set to begin Tuesday in Fayetteville. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP, File)

Prosecution rests in Josh Duggar child pornography trial

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Defense attorneys for former reality TV star Josh Duggar have begun presenting their case to a federal jury with testimony from a computer analyst who said it's possible …
FILE - Former Fidelity Magellan fund manager Peter Lynch is seated during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Boston College announced that works of art by Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer are among 30 pieces of art worth more than $20 million that Lynch, alumnus and legendary investment manager, is donating to Boston College's art museum. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Picasso, Cassatt art among pieces donated to Boston College

BOSTON (AP) — Works by Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer are among 30 pieces of art worth more than $20 million that alumnus and legendary investment manager Peter Lynch is donating to …
FILE - Drake accepts the artist of the decade award at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Drake wants no part in competing for a Grammy. The four-time Grammy winner and his management asked the Recording Academy to withdraw his two nominations from the final-round ballot, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The person said that Drake’s request was honored by the academy. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Drake withdraws 2 Grammy nominations from final ballot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake wants no part in competing for a Grammy. The four-time Grammy winner and his management asked the Recording Academy to withdraw his two nominations from the final-round …

Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt dead at 66

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fred Hiatt, a foreign correspondent who rose in 2000 to become The Washington Post’s editorial page editor, died Monday at a hospital in New York City. He was 66. According …
FILE - Chris Cuomo attends The Hollywood Reporter's annual Most Powerful People in Media cocktail reception on April 11, 2019, in New York. CNN fired Cuomo for the role he played in defense of his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he fought sexual harassment charges. CNN said Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, it was still investigating but additional information had come to light. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo steps away from SiriusXM show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said he's dropping his SiriusXM radio show, a decision that followed a sexual harassment allegation. “While I have a thick skin, I also have a …