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Food aid reaches north Gaza for first time in weeks. Israeli hostages' families push for release

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Aid convoys carrying food reached northern Gaza this week, Israeli officials said Wednesday, the first major delivery in a month to the devastated, isolated area, where the …

Soviet ex-premier Nikolai Ryzhkov, who vainly tried to prevent USSR's economic meltdown, dies at 94

MOSCOW (AP) — Nikolai Ryzhkov, a former Soviet prime minister who presided over botched efforts to shore up the crumbling national economy in the final years of the USSR, has died. He was 94. …
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NBA All-Star Aftermath: Breaking Down the Brilliance of the 2024 Showcase

The 2024  NBA All-Star Weekend, held with great anticipation and fanfare, showcased the remarkable talents and competitiveness of the league's top players, culminating in an event filled with …
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ON TOUR

Cigarettes After Sex will bring world tour to Glendale

Cigarettes After Sex will celebrate their upcoming new album with a world tour that will include a Glendale stop.
City Government

Surprise supports The Vista with $5,000 more

The city of Surprise is kicking in some more money to support programming at the Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.
Business

Grasons franchise launched in Surprise

Grasons, a company known for its estate sale and business liquidation services, announced the launch of its newest franchise in Surprise.
COLLISION

Vehicle hits, kills woman near Mesa RV resort

A woman died Tuesday night after being hit by a vehicle near University Drive and Higley Road, Mesa police said. The collision occurred just after 7:15 p.m. Feb. 27 near the Mesa Regal Resort. …
City Government

Duffy, Judd to host joint district meeting in Surprise

Surprise city councilmembers Patrick Duffy and Chris Judd are hosting another joint district meeting.

US asylum restriction aimed at limiting claims has little impact given strained border budget

U.S. asylum officers were instructed nearly a year ago to apply a higher screening standard on people who cross the border illegally to claim asylum after passing though another country. But they are …
ARTS

Heard Museum exhibition in Phoenix celebrates ceramist Maria Martinez

The Heard Museum is hosting a major new exhibition, “Maria & Modernism,” which is on display now.
MILITARY

Phoenix event to pay tribute to women Arizona veterans

Veterans First Ltd. invites residents to celebrate and express gratitude to women who currently serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Jurors begin deliberations in retrial of an ex-convict accused of killing a 6-year-old Tucson girl

Deliberations have begun in the retrial of a convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping and killing a 6-year-old girl in Tucson. Pima County Superior Court officials say the jury got the case …

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Your article “Chandler speech therapy business celebrates 5-year anniversary” was highly positive.
There’s an episode of “Parks and Recreation” where the chief of the local Indian tribe is negotiating with city leaders and jokes, “A native American tribe making a deal with the government. Heh! What could go wrong?”
The Postal Service has experienced better days.
Regarding concerns with Goodyear Airport: The opinion writer lives 7.3 miles from the airport, which is not close, at that distance no trainee flies at rooftop altitude.
It’s been 42 years since the San Francisco Giants became Scottsdale’s Spring Training home team. Four decades of games, sunshine and fun at the intersection of Drinkwater Boulevard and …
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Houston plays Phoenix on 8-game road skid

Houston heads into a matchup with Phoenix as losers of eight road games in a row. Thursday's game is the third meeting this season between the two teams. The Rockets won the previous matchup 114-110. …

Montembeault, Canadiens snap five-game skid with 4-2 victory over Coyotes

Sam Montembeault made 36 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens snap their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. Joel Armia, Jordan Harris, Tanner …

California Digest 1 pm

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up for select California stories. For up-to-the-minute information on AP's complete coverage of California and the rest of the world, visit …
National sports
Here’s how things seem to work regarding LIV Golf and Rory McIlroy: Someone says something, the other side responds, and the cycle just keeps repeating from one topic to the next. It’s still …
A social media influencer is suing Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill over an alleged incident that happened at the star’s South Florida home last summer. In a lawsuit that Sophie Hall’s …
A new set of rules for the block/charge call in college basketball has helped open up the game. Defenders can no longer slide in front of a driving player and expect to get a call. A charge now is …
Shane Pinto has been nearly a point-a-game player for the Ottawa Senators since returning from his half-season suspension for violating the NHL’s gambling policy. Pinto and his teammates are still …
Shohei Ohtani is unique in baseball history, a two-way Japanese superstar who can excel as a hitter and a pitcher, sometimes in the same game. But for the 2024 season, Ohtani will be just a hitter. …
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Valley business

Three Dog Bakery opens 1st Arizona location in Chandler

Cynthia Drager stands behind the pastry case at Three Dog Bakery in Chandler.

Three Dog Bakery is open at 1085 W. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, the first Arizona location of the business that creates treats for dogs. The store also provides dog food, toys and other …

Chandler speech therapy business celebrates 5-year anniversary

The SPEAK Center for Language & Learning, also known as the CASA Speech Therapy, recently held a fifth-anniversary celebration that included local elected officials. On the left are Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and Council member Christine Ellis. On the right, holding the ribbon, is Chandler Chamber Director Terri Kimble. Holding the scissors is the center's founder and director, Ebony Green.

The SPEAK Center for Language & Learning, also known as the CASA Speech Therapy, recently held a fifth-anniversary celebration that included local elected officials and Chandler Chamber Director …

Help Phoenix Babbo Italian Eatery raise money for pancreatic cancer research

Babbo Italian Eatery is hosting its third annual Baseball for Babbo Day of Giving event this month.

WESTMARC to host economic development Fellows inaugural cohort

The West Valley will host Economic Recovery Corps Fellows, designed to build capacity in some of the hardest-hit and most economically distressed areas across the U.S. while cultivating the next generation of economic development leaders.

Neighbors

Grant will support Valley students chronicling veterans, their stories

Pictured are World War I and Korean War veteran Bill Kummer and family.

Thunderbirds Charities awarded a $15,000 grant awarded to Veterans Heritage Project.

Arizona Jewish Historical Society to showcase rescued Torah Scrolls from Holocaust

The Cutler*Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is located at 122 E. Culver St., in Phoenix.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will host the Czech Holocaust Torah Celebratory Commemoration in Phoenix.

Gilbert pioneer family's son learned much from parents

Howard Morrison has taken after his parents, Gilbert pioneers Marvin and June Morrison, in his desire for public service.

The podcast Guiding Growth: Conversations with Community Leaders from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, event and meeting venue Modern Moments and the Gilbert Independent/yourvalley.net explores the …

Arizona Community Foundation distributes $27.4M in grants, scholarships

Statewide nonprofits received almost $28 million in grants from the Arizona Community Foundation.

Things to do

Phoenix Wounded Vets Run takes off next month in Scottsdale

The 10th annual Phoenix Wounded Vets Run is Saturday, March 9, starting at Harley Davidson of Scottsdale and ending at the Roadhouse in Cave Creek.

Community members can join together, ride and show support for local wounded veterans at the 10th annual Phoenix Wounded Vets Run Saturday, March 9. The ride starts at the Harley Davidson of …

WHAM hosting visual art program in Surprise

“Interpretations IX: Art and Music Through a Humanities Lens” is an innovative and multidisciplinary program that explores connections between visual art, music and the humanities.

“Interpretations IX: Art and Music Through a Humanities Lens” is an innovative and multidisciplinary program that explores connections between visual art, music and the humanities.

Tabe Mesa Jeep Jamboree motoring into Anthem

The 9th Table Mesa Jeep Jamboree, an off-road weekend of adventure, will motor into Anthem this weekend.

Surprise's Vista set for laughs with Palascak

Prepare for an evening of witty and clean humor as acclaimed comedian Michael Palascak brings his “Not A Stalker” tour to the Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise.

Prepare for an evening of witty and clean humor as acclaimed comedian Michael Palascak brings his “Not A Stalker” tour to the Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise.

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Obituaries & Memorials

JOY ANN PALETHORPE

Joy Ann Palethorpe (December 4, 1946 - February 8, 2024) Passed away peacefully.

Russell Lee Fishell

RUSSELL LEE FISHELL September 9, 1928 – February 10, 2024 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Russell passed to Rest on Saturday, February 10, 2024 He was born in …

Christy Kay Johnson

Christy Johnson (nee Schiewe), 71, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on February 1, 2024. She was born on December 25, 1952 in Salem, OR. Christy was a beloved wife to her husband David …

Linda "Yvonne" Kohli

It is with great sorrow that the Kohli family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and friend, Linda “Yvonne” Kohli. After a precipitous decline in health due to cancer and …

Lillian May Sidlow

Lillian May Sidlow, 93, of Sun City West, Arizona, died on February 13, 2024, in San Jose, California. Lillian was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 15, 1930. She married Homer Sidlow, on …
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Nation

Texas wildfires forces shutdown at nuclear weapon facility. Here is what we know

A nuclear weapons facility was forced to briefly evacuate most of its staff due to a fast-moving wildfire in the Texas Panhandle. The Pantex plant, northeast of Amarillo, evacuated nonessential …

US looks at regulating connected vehicles to prevent abusers from tracking victims

DETROIT (AP) — The agency that regulates U.S. telecommunications is considering a rule that could stop domestic abusers from tracking victims through vehicles that are connected wirelessly. …

A pregnant Amish woman is killed in her rural Pennsylvania home, and police have no suspects

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators have no suspects in the killing of a pregnant 23-year-old Amish woman inside her home in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, and are appealing for tips from the …

Dubai's sky-high aspirations find a new outlet as it hosts a jet suit race for 'Iron Man' pilots

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pilots lined up on a runway in Dubai on Wednesday and fired up their seven jet engines with an ear-splitting roar. But they weren't preparing to fly an airplane …

Activists urge Nigeria to delay Shell's $2.4 billion sale of assets in deeply polluted Niger Delta

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Local activists and international environmental groups want Nigeria's government to delay approving the sale of oil company Shell's onshore assets, claiming Shell is trying to …
World

Democracy's appeal is slipping as nations across much of the world hold elections, a poll finds

Representative democracy remains a favorite system of governance around the globe, but its appeal is slipping on the eve of elections in much of the world, according to a survey of 24 democratic …

Moldovan breakaway region appeals to Russia as a spat with the pro-Western government worsens

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government. …

Committee says 285 people and organizations nominated for the 2024 Nobel Peace Prize

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Wednesday it registered 285 candidates for the 2024 Nobel Peace Prize by the Feb. 1 deadline, down from 2023 when it received 351 valid …

Oil spill from capsized barge near Tobago has reached beaches hundreds of miles away, officials say

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An offshore oil spill that prompted Trinidad and Tobago to declare a national emergency earlier this month has reached the shores of the Dutch Caribbean island of …

Norway's King Harald V is in the hospital on a Malaysian island after falling ill on vacation

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) — Europe's oldest monarch, King Harald V of Norway, remained hospitalized in Malaysia on Wednesday, in the country's northern resort island of Langkawi, after falling ill …
Entertainment
Ryan Gosling arrives at the 96th Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Ryan Gosling, Billie Eilish, Jon Batiste set to perform at the Oscars

The Oscars just got an infusion of Kenergy. Ryan Gosling will sing the pop power ballad “I’m Just Ken” at the show on March 10. The show's producers said Wednesday that others set to perform …
This image released by HBO shows Kate Winslet in a scene from "The Regime." (HBO via AP)

Kate Winslet's 'Regime' is not a dictatorship — behind the scenes, at least

LONDON (AP) — Kate Winslet is running things — on and off the set of her new TV show, “The Regime.” In the HBO show premiering Sunday, she plays Elena Vernham — also known as The …
FILE - Singer Marian Anderson, a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, appears in her New York apartment on Aug. 5, 1958. (AP Photo, File)

Philadelphia Orchestra's home renamed Marian Anderson Hall as Verizon name comes off

The Philadelphia Orchestra's home is being renamed Marian Anderson Hall in honor of the pioneering Black American contralto, a rare case of an artist's name replacing a corporation. The …
This combination of book cover images shows some of the finalists for the Mark Lynton History and the Lukas Book Prizes, top row from left, "American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15" by Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson, “Anansi’s Gold: The Man Who Looted the West, Outfoxed Washington, and Swindled the World" by Yepoka Yeebo, “Blood Farm: The Explosive Big Pharma Scandal that Altered the AIDS Crisis” by Cara McGoogan, bottom row from left, “Judgment at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia" by Gary J. Bass, "King: A Life" by Jonathan Eig and "The Lost Sons of Omaha: Two Young Men in an American Tragedy” by Joe Sexton. (FSG/Bloomsbury/Diversion Books/Knopf/FSG/Scribner via AP)

Ned Blackhawk’s 'The Rediscovery of America' is a nominee for $10,000 history prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Ned Blackhawk's “The Rediscovery of America,” winner last fall of a National Book Award, is a finalist for a history honor presented by the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project. …
People watch a screening of "20 Days in Mariupol" at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

State Dept. screens AP-PBS Ukraine war film days after 2-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Tuesday hosted a screening of the award-winning Associated Press-PBS “Frontline” Ukraine war documentary “20 Days in Mariupol,” days after …