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Over 1,000 pilgrims died during this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, officials say

CAIRO (AP) — More than 1,000 people died during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as the faithful faced extreme high temperatures at Islamic holy sites in the desert kingdom, officials …

Philippines says it won't back down, but won't start a war, after clash with Chinese Coast Guard

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The president of the Philippines said Sunday his country would not yield to “any foreign power” after Chinese forces injured Filipino navy personnel and damaged at …

Aerial drone likely launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels hits ship in the Red Sea

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An aerial drone likely launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels struck and damaged a vessel in the Red Sea on Sunday, officials said, the latest attack by the group …
Valley & State
Teen violence

Another 'Gilbert Goon' arrested after sentencing

A second Gilbert Goon has been arrested shortly after sentencing in an unrelated assault — this time in connection with two criminal investigations, police said.  
Education

Hobbs vetoes bill that would remove university faculty from governance loop

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs has quashed a bid by some lawmakers to strip power away from the faculty at the University of Arizona and give it to the university president and Board of Regents. …
Election 2024

Biden fails to benefit from Arizona's record low unemployment, polls show

WASHINGTON – Arizona’s unemployment rate fell in May to its lowest rate ever recorded, reaching a seasonally adjusted 3.4% and falling below the previous record of 3.5% recorded in August …
Legal

Hobbs, Arizona legislative leaders ask judge to free up opioid funds for budget

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs and state lawmakers are asking a judge to immediately overturn a Thursday order that blocks the state, at leat for now, from seizing money from the opioid settlement …

Trump will address influential evangelicals who back him but want to see a national abortion ban

Donald Trump is set to speak to a group of politically influential evangelicals who fiercely support him but would like to see the Republican presidential candidate promise to do more to restrict …
OPERATION STREET SWEEP

Tempe police identify suspect in officer-involved shooting

A 30-year-old, man who was shot by Tempe officers while authorities said he was ramming his car into a police vehicle, has been arrested and faces aggravated assault charges, officials said Friday …
Development

Auction for potential Arizona Coyotes arena site canceled again

An Arizona State Land Department auction for a parcel being eyed to bring professional hockey back to the Valley was cancelled again on Friday. SLD officials said  it was in the "best …
INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Amkor seeking foreign trade zone status for new Peoria location

Amkor Technology is submitting an application to the federal government to establish a foreign trade zone for its future north Peoria location.
FOODIE WATCH

Over Easy to open location in Peoria

Local breakfast restaurant Over Easy announces the opening of its newest location in Peoria, located at 25738 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy.
valley business

Firm secures funds to buy Chandler Airport Business Park

​The firm CapRock Partners has secured about $64.1 million in financing to buy a portfolio that includes two newly built, multi-building business parks totaling 562,969 square feet, according to a …

Biden's 2 steps on immigration could reframe how US voters see a major political problem for him

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Over the course of two weeks, President Joe Biden has imposed significant restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. while also offering potential citizenship to …
THE HOME DEPOT

Man sentenced in Maricopa County for home improvement store thefts

A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to five felony counts, including organized retail theft, authorities said Thursday. Juan …

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The debate is coming! Personally, I’m not crazy about either one of the candidates, but you can bet your bottom dollar that either Trump or Biden will be our next president. I would prefer …
The article “Airport feasibility study dissected” offers some basic information, yet raises more questions. Nice big round numbers like “$1 billion in revenue” and …
Are you unhappy when your chosen candidate wins the primary, and then loses the general election? If so, read on.  Across the country, Republican registered voters are about 30% of the …
As a Paradise Valley resident, I read the opinion piece written by Joe Smyth in the June 19 edition of the Independent newspaper. Let me state clearly that I completely agree with Mr. Smyth’s …
President Biden’s apparent confusion at campaign events is making headlines, with the GOP releasing videos every time he wanders away from world leaders or seems to shake an imaginary hand.

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Arizona & National Sports Coverage
Local sports

Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno on 10-day injured list with sprained left thumb

Arizona catcher Gabriel Moreno has been put on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left thumb, and the Diamondbacks recalled catcher Jose Herrera from Triple-A Reno of the Pacific Coast League. …

Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies meet in game 2 of series

The Arizona Diamondbacks play the Philadelphia Phillies with a 1-0 series lead.

Diamondbacks hit 3 HRs, power way to 5-4 series-opening win over Phillies

Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Gabriel Moreno and Joc Pederson hit homers against struggling Phillies starter Taijuan Walker to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-4 win over Philadelphia. It was the first …
National sports
DETROIT (AP) — WHITE SOX 5, TIGERS 1 DETROIT (AP) — Drew Thorpe pitched six scoreless innings and got his first major league win in his third start, pitching Chicago over Detroit. Thorpe …
Tyler Glasnow pitched seven strong innings and Shohei Ohtani homered for the second straight game against his old team to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 7-2. The teams split the …
Ryan McMahon drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count, pitch-clock violation by Kyle Finnegan, and the Colorado Rockies scored two runs in the ninth inning for an 8-7 victory over the Washington …
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Valley business

Fragrance store opens in Scottsdale Quarter

Aroma 360 has opened a store in the Scottsdale Quarter.

Aroma360 luxury fragrance store has opened a location in the Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd. In addition to offering Aroma360’s line of products, the store will also feature …

Scottsdale-based The Sicilian Butcher expanding into Texas

The Scottsdale-based The Sicilian Butcher is expanding into Fort Worth, north Dallas and San Antonio.

Scottsdale-based, modern-casual meatball and butchery-inspired concept The Sicilian Butcher has announced its regional expansion with three new Texas locations slated to open across Texas through …

7 classic cars going across the block in Glendale auction

A look at some classic cars in the upcoming EJ's auction in Glendale.

A pristine classic car collection from Sedona will go up for auction in Glendale this month.

Titan Solar to close Arizona operations

The solar industry may be in for a tough year, and one Chandler company is closing as a result of some industry trends.

Titan Solar, a one-time fast-growth solar installer based in Chandler, is closing operations after failing to close on a sale of the company, according to multiple media reports. The company, …

Neighbors

Phoenix native serves with U.S. Naval Aviation Warfighters

Ensign Jake Santucci, a native of Phoenix, is serving in the U.S. Navy where naval aviators learn the skills they need to fly missions around the world.

Meet JJ – Creative soul looks to flourish with forever family

JJ is a fun-loving, active teen who is ready for any new adventure. He loves to ride his bike and jump on trampolines but is willing to do anything outdoors.

Rally opposing legal changes to female sports held June 13

Our Bodies, Our Sports is holding a rally against what they consider harmful changes to female athletes enforced by changes to Title IX June 13 at the Scottsdale Airport.

Our Bodies, Our Sports, a coalition of female athletes and female former athletes, coaches and prominent women’s advocates will hold a “Take Back Title IX” rally to oppose changes …

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, …

Things to do

Candytopia Opens in July at Fashion Square

Candytopia, an interactive experience centered on candy, is coming to the Scottsdale Fashion Square in late June.

Candytopia has launched ticket sales for the arrival of its interactive wonderland at Scottsdale’s Fashion Square, at Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 85251. …

Donald Sutherland, the towering actor whose career spanned 'M.A.S.H.' to 'Hunger Games,' dies at 88

FILE - Actor Donald Sutherland appears at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 13, 2017. Sutherland, the towering Canadian actor whose career spanned

  Donald Sutherland,  the prolific film and television actor whose long career stretched from "M.A.S.H." to “The Hunger Games,” has died. He was 88. Kiefer Sutherland, the …

‘Grease’ coming to Peoria stage in July

Beaux Mali plays Sandy and Justin Carey portrays Danny in “Grease,” which opens July 12 in Peoria.

TheaterWorks in Peoria kicks off its 2024-25 mainstage season with a timeless theater classic.

Prog rock trio Dada to bring reunion tour to Phoenix

Dada’s reunion tour will include a Phoenix stop Aug. 1 at The Rebel Lounge.

Progressive rock trio Dada will mark their 30th anniversary with a nationwide headline tour that will come to Phoenix.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Linda Doris Pfaff

Linda Doris (Manns) Pfaff, age 76, died on June 20, 2024. Linda, born to Leslie and Dora Manns, was raised in the Montpelier, North Dakota, area. She married the love of her life, Harlan Pfaff …

Rosalie Louise Chaffin

Rosalie Chaffin passed away June 9, 2024. She is survived by her children Shelley and Jeffery.

Inés Villarreal Woodward

Inés Woodward died 4/20/24. A funeral mass will be celebrated 6/21/24 at 9:45am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale.

LaVerne Joseph Martelle

LaVerne, 87, died peacefully in his sleep at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Born on June 13, 1936, in Harpers Ferry, IA; to Charles Leo “Jake” Martelle and …

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. …
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Nation

Illinois may soon return land the US stole from a Prairie Band Potawatomi chief 175 years ago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some 175 years after the U.S. government stole land from the chief of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation while he was away visiting relatives, Illinois may soon return it …

A fourth victim has died a day after a shooting at an Arkansas grocery store, police say

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police said a fourth victim has died a day after a shooter opened fire at an Arkansas grocery store, wounding nine others and riddling cars with bullet holes as panicked …

GOP targets a Biden executive order on voter registration ahead of the fall election

A three-year-old Biden administration executive order asking federal agencies to assist with voter registration is being targeted by Republicans as this year’s presidential election draws closer. …

A year ago, Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin challenged the Kremlin with a mutiny

On a lazy summer weekend a year ago, Russia was jolted by the stunning news of an armed uprising. The swaggering chief of a Kremlin-sponsored mercenary army seized a military headquarters in the …

Man who attacked Nancy Pelosi’s husband also found guilty of kidnapping and faces life in prison

A man who bludgeoned Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer and was sentenced to 30 years in federal court has also been convicted of aggravated kidnapping by a state court, a conviction that …
World

Thousands of Iran-backed fighters offer to join Hezbollah in its fight against Israel

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of fighters from Iran-backed groups in the Middle East are ready to come to Lebanon to join with the militant Hezbollah group in its battle with Israel if the simmering …

Coup-hit Niger was betting on a China-backed oil pipeline as a lifeline. Then the troubles began

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A China-backed pipeline that would make Niger an oil-exporting country is being threatened by an internal security crisis and a diplomatic dispute with neighoring Benin, both …

With its new pact with North Korea, Russia raises the stakes with the West over Ukraine

Behind the smiles, the balloons and the red-carpet pageantry of President Vladimir Putin's visit to North Korea last week, a strong signal came through: In the spiraling confrontation with the U.S. …

Emperor and Empress of Japan arrive in the UK ahead of a long-awaited state visit

LONDON (AP) — Emperor Naruhito of Japan and his wife Empress Masako arrived in the U.K. on Saturday ahead of a long-awaited official state visit originally scheduled for 2020 before the coronavirus …

Iran overturns the death sentence of rapper, famous for songs after Mahsa Amini in 2022 death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a government critic and a popular hip-hop artist, Toomaj Salehi — who came to fame over his lyrics about …
Entertainment
FILE - Todd Chrisley, left, and his wife, Julie Chrisley, pose for photos at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Reality TV star Julie Chrisley's sentence for bank fraud and tax evasion has been thrown out by federal appeals judges, who have ordered a lower court to redo her punishment, Friday, June 21, 2024.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Reality TV's Julie Chrisley must be resentenced in bank fraud, tax evasion case, appeals judges rule

ATLANTA (AP) — Reality TV star Julie Chrisley’s sentence for bank fraud and tax evasion was thrown out Friday by federal appeals judges, who ordered a lower court to redo her punishment over what …
FILE - Actor Taylor Wily, also known as Teila Tuli, gestures to fans after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers in Seattle on June 14, 2014. Wily, an actor known for his roles on “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I,” has died at 56. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

‘Hawaii Five-0’ fan favorite and UFC fighter Taylor Wily dies at 56

Taylor Wily, an actor known for his roles on “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I,” has died at 56, his friend and “Hawaii Five-0” producer said Friday. “Hawaii Five-0” executive producer …
FILE - Duane "Keffe D" Davis, who is accused of orchestrating the 1996 slaying of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, is led into the courtroom during a status hearing at the Regional Justice Center, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Las Vegas. Davis will ask a judge next week on June 24, to let him out of jail pending trial on a murder charge. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Ex-gang leader facing trial in Tupac Shakur killing seeking release from Vegas jail on $750K bail

A former Los Angeles-area gang leader accused of killing hip-hop music legend Tupac Shakur in 1996 in Las Vegas will ask a judge next week to let him out of jail pending trial on a murder charge. …
This image released by Print Shop PR shows the company during a performance of the musical "From Here" in Orlando by Donald Rupe. The musical will make it's off-Broadway debut this summer. (Ashleigh Ann Gardner/Print Shop PR via AP)

Musical 'From Here' explores life before and after the Pulse nightclub massacre

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Donald Rupe didn't intend to write a musical about the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. What he wanted to write about was his friends. But the more he dug …
Oliver Platt poses for a portrait in New York on Thursday, June 13, 2024, to promote his two series “The Bear” and “Chicago Med.” (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

How Oliver Platt moonlights on 'The Bear,' while still clocking in at 'Chicago Med'

LONDON (AP) — Timing is everything. After nine years as Dr. Daniel Charles on NBC's “Chicago Med,” Oliver Platt decided to flex his acting muscles, asking his agent if there was someone …