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Here's what's cooking for the three-course state dinner at the White House honoring Kenya

Here's what cooking for Thursday's White House state dinne r honoring Kenya. White House executive chef Cris Comerford says the main course is a “best of both worlds” combination of smoked short …

Chad swears in president after disputed election, ending years of military rule

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chad swore in Mahamat Deby Itno as the president on Thursday after holding elections earlier this month, completing a disputed transition to democratic rule after he seized …

In South Africa, a community struggling for clean water reflects wider discontent ahead of election

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa. (AP) — On days when a municipal truck comes to Hammanskraal to deliver drinking water, a queue of South Africans starts forming early in the morning to fill their …
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Evacuation order downgraded in wildfire south of Florence

Florence fire crews on Wednesday night are no longer on scene at a large structure and brush fire in the area of  Pinebrook and Dogwood roads  south of Florence     in the Cactus …

Arizona Senate advances proposed ballot measure to let local police make border-crossing arrests

The Arizona Senate approved a proposed ballot measure that would ask voters in November to make it a state crime for noncitizens to enter the state through Mexico at any location other than a port of …
EDUCATION

Chandler-Gilbert CC celebrates its 1,405 college graduates

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Grammy winner Lucky Daye to bring summer tour to Phoenix

Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Lucky Daye will bring his summer tour to Phoenix.
CAMPAIGN

Arizona DPS uses $15K grant for ‘Buckle Up’ enforcement

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety a $15,000 grant to fund overtime and other expenses for the “Buckle Up Arizona” …
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Surprise Council to investigate Cline’s campaigning

Surprise City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Aly Cline isn’t out of trouble yet.
Legal

Use of Arizona private prisons not a violation of prisoners’ rights, federal appeals court rules

PHOENIX — Arizona’s use of private prisons does not violate the rights of inmates, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. It also does not amount to slavery, wrote Judge Kenneth Lee …

FACT FOCUS: Trump distorts use of 'deadly force' language in FBI document for Mar-a-Lago search

Former President Donald Trump has pointed to standard language used in an FBI document unsealed Tuesday to baselessly claim the Biden administration wanted to kill him during a search for documents …
valley business

Antiques abound at west Chandler vendor boutique

When Mollie Leone was looking for a place to set down permanent roots for her vendor boutique Momo’s Mercantile, west Chandler seemed like the logical place to do so. Hours and days, on …

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Opinions with Civility
In reply to the letter by Patricia Casey in the May 22 issue, I am very disappointed that someone in Sun City West is so dishonest.
Technology has changed, and keeps changing, but no one changed the babies, young children, teens and adults. They all still need the same tender loving care they always did. There is nothing …
There is a crisis brewing with property insurance and the HOAs in Sun City.
Republicans want a federal judge to let the state block those who do not provide proof of citizenship from voting in this year’s presidential election.
This is absolutely incredible! The Biden Administration sent condolences to Iran after the death of President Raisi in a helicopter crash? The Butcher of Tehran was responsible for the …
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Local sports

Dodgers square off against the Diamondbacks with series tied 1-1

Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for a series win with a victory on Wednesday.

Phoenix takes on Washington in non-conference play

Phoenix and Washington play in non-conference action. The teams square off Thursday for the first time this season. Phoenix is 1- at home, and Washington is 0- on the road.

Pederson hits 3-run blast against his old team as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 7-3

Joc Pederson slugged a three-run homer, Christian Walker went deep and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3. The loss snapped the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak at home …
National sports
The record-setting run of Bayer Leverkusen is over at 51 games. The German club was on the longest unbeaten streak by a team from a major European soccer league since the introduction of European …
J.B. Bickerstaff has been fired as Cleveland’s coach despite leading the Cavaliers through an injury-ravaged season and into the second round of the NBA playoffs. Bickerstaff’s dismissal came one …
Jewell Loyd scored 21 of her 32 points in the first half, Sami Whitcomb scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm held off rookie Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever …
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Valley business

Slick City action park slides into Peoria

Slick City Action Park will open in Peoria in June.

Slick City action park – an indoor dry-slide and air court park designed for all ages – is excited to announce its new location in Peoria, 7586 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite 100, according to a news release.

The Maggiore Group opens sixth restaurant, the Italiano

The Italiano, will be the six restaurant opened by the Maggiore Group. It will feature dishes from all over Italy.

The Maggiore Group is opening the Italiano restaurant. Lead by Chef Joey Maggiore, The Italiano located at 9301 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottdale, will be the group’s sixth concept introduced to …

Royse Contemporary art gallery featuring ‘Primitive’ exhibition

Royse Contemporary is presenting “Primitive,” a solo exhibition of Phoenix Artist Daniel Shepherd through June 23. Shepherd explores in this collection color, line, abstraction while incorporating new materials and concepts in an exciting and fresh way.

Royse Contemporary is presenting “Primitive,” a solo exhibition of Phoenix Artist Daniel Shepherd through June 23. With this new exhibition, Shepherd is exploring color, line, …

The Workshop Pilates opens third location

The Workshop Pilates opened it’s third location in the new Arcadia Improvement Club, 3802 E. Indian School Road. The location will have infrared heated mat pilates class.

The Workshop Pilates opened it’s third location in the new Arcadia Improvement Club, 3802 E. Indian School Road. The Workshop’s Arcadia location will be home to Infrared Heated Mat …

Neighbors

The Saguaros Raise $775K for children’s charities at 2024 Olympiad

The Saguaro’s raised more than $775,000 for children’s charities during their 2024 Olympiad at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Saguaros’ annual Olympiad event, held April 19, 2024, at Scottsdale Stadium, brought together around 700 real estate professionals to celebrate the culmination of months of fundraising. And …

Glendale grad walks across stage, 3 months after debilitating car crash

Jett Weinstein was one of 650-some Mountain Ridge High School graduates Thursday in Glendale.

Even inside State Farm Stadium – home to Super Bowls and other megaevents – a few footsteps brought down the house.

Jordin Sparks, raised in Glendale, will sing National Anthem before Indy 500

Jordin Sparks, seen performing the National Anthem before the Indy 500 on May 24, 2015, will again sing the National Anthem before the big race on May 26.

Grammy-nominated Jordin Sparks will sing the National Anthem before the 108th running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over Memorial Day Weekend.

Miss Arizona set for next chapter in life

Miss Arizona Tiffany Ticlo, who was previously Miss Scottsdale, graduated from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with a degree in computer science and is starting a career as a solutions analyst with Deloitte. She will also be handing her crown over to the new Miss Arizona in June.

Miss Arizona 2023 Tiffany Ticlo (Formerly Miss Scottsdale) graduated suma cum Laude this month with a 3.9 GPA from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU with a degree in computer science …

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Danny Ocean to bring new tour to Phoenix

Danny Ocean performs during the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Laura Pausini in Seville, Spain, on Nov. 15, 2023.

Latin music star Danny Ocean will bring his anticipated North American Reflexa Tour to downtown Phoenix.

Memorial Day ceremony coming to Phoenix

Residents are invited to a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans in Phoenix.

Wyonna Judd announces Phoenix date on upcoming tour

Wynonna Judd performs Oct. 28, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Country music icon Wynonna Judd will close her upcoming Back to Wy Tour in Phoenix.

Celebrate tradition with ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Phoenix

The Phoenix Theatre Company is presenting the timeless musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

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Obituaries & Memorials

Keith Vernon Cunningham

Keith Vernon Cunningham, 88, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2024. He was born to the late Hugh Wilson and Vera Maureen (Windell) Cunningham in Corydon, Indiana on September …

Gerald Wayne Helmich

Gerald W. Helmich, 81, passed away in his sleep after a short illness the morning of May 12, 2024 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in East St. Louis, IL on April 28, 1943 to Orville and Emma (Detchman) …

Bonnie Rae Temperley

Bonnie Rae Temperley (Harder) was born July 15th, 1948, in Maquoketa, Iowa and entered eternity in the arms of Jesus her Savior, surrounded by loved ones on May 13th, 2024, at the age of 75. A …

Roland F. Winters, Jr.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Roland F. Winters, Jr. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Roland lived his life to the fullest and lived like it was his last day every day. He was …

Mary Ann McPhee Bosnos

Mary Ann, 73, died on May 12, 2024 at Fountain Hills, Arizona. She was the beloved wife of Charles “Chuck” Bosnos of Fountain Hills; daughter of the late Mary Catherine (Lytton) and …
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Nation

Older Americans often don't prepare for long-term care, from costs to location to emotional toll

Many Americans are unprepared for what can be an emotional, costly and guilt-inducing process of finding long-term care for a loved one. Advance planning can help. But an AP-NORC poll in 2021 found …

US applications for jobless benefits fall as labor market continues to thrive

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week as layoffs remained historically low despite the Federal Reserve's efforts to loosen the labor market. Jobless claims for …

Pro-Palestinian protesters leave after Drexel University decides to have police clear encampment

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Protesters packed up their belongings and left a pro-Palestinian encampment at Drexel University on Thursday after the school announced a decision to have police clear the …

From South Korea to India, devotees mark the birthday of Buddha with lanterns and prayers

A devotee knelt and gently touched his head on the dome of the Boudhanath Stupa, an iconic Buddhist monument in Kathmandu, as a mark of reverence on Thursday, which marks the birth of Buddha. The …

Toronto awarded WNBA's first franchise outside US, with expansion team set to begin play in 2026

Toronto has been awarded the WNBA’s first franchise outside the United States, with the expansion team set to begin play in 2026. The team will be owned by Larry Tanenbaum-led Kilmer Sports …
World

US will announce $275 million more in artillery and ammunition for Ukraine, officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is expected to announce an additional $275 million in military aid for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv …

Malaysia PM says his country keeps good ties with US but not China phobia, wants to engage both

TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday his country does not have a “China-phobia” policy and wants to engage both Beijing and Washington, expressing hopes for both …

Labour leader Keir Starmer is often called dull. But he might be Britain's next prime minister

LONDON (AP) — Dutiful, managerial, a bit dull – Keir Starmer is no one’s idea of a firebrand politician. The Labour Party hopes that is just what Britain needs. Starmer, the center-left …

Work on new Rome subway line under the Colosseum and Forum enters crucial phase

A long-delayed and complex project to bring a subway line under ancient Roman ruins and through Rome’s historic center has entered a crucial phase. Crews are digging an 85-meter (280-foot) -deep …

Deputy Russian military chief of staff jailed for bribery in latest arrest of high defense official

MOSCOW (AP) — A deputy chief of the Russian military general staff has been arrested on charges of large-scale bribery, Russian news reports said Thursday, the latest in a series of bribery arrests …
Entertainment
When “Red, White & Royal Blue” debuted last summer, it did so without fanfare or spectacle, landing squarely amid historic Hollywood strikes that precluded its stars from lending their press-friendly faces to promote the movie. Now, Nicholas Galitzine and Taylor Zakhar Perez are recalling their surprise when they found out their queer rom-com earned an R rating and agreed with critics who said it wasn’t warranted. (May 23)

With a sequel in the works, 'Red, White & Royal Blue' stars reflect on its success — and R rating

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “Red, White & Royal Blue” debuted last summer, it did so without fanfare or spectacle, landing squarely amid historic Hollywood strikes that precluded its stars from …
Eddie Peng poses with his dog Xin during an interview for the film 'Black Dog' at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (Photo by Andreea Alexandru/Invision/AP)

The real stars of Cannes may be the dogs

It’s been a dog’s life at this year’s Cannes Film Festival — or should that be the Canine Film Festival? Since the 77th edition’s opening day featuring Messi from “Anatomy of a Fall,” …
FILE - Charlie Colin appears at the Friendly House Los Angeles' 24th Annual Awards Luncheon on Oct. 26, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Charlie Colin, founding member of the pop-rock band Train, dies at 58

Charlie Colin, bassist and founding member of the American pop-rock band Train, has died. He was 58. Colin’s sister confirmed the musician's death Wednesday to The Associated Press. Variety …
This image released by Neon shows Mikey Madison in a scene from "Anora." (Neon via AP)

From 'Anora' to 'The Substance,' tales of beauty and its price galvanize Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — “Beauty is like war,” says Gary Oldman, in character, in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Parthenope.” “It opens doors.” “Parthenope,” in which Oldman plays the …
FILE - Sarah Pidgeon attends the Meet The Tony Award Nominees press junket at the Sofitel New York on May 2, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Sarah Pidgeon finds her voice, her inner rock god and a Tony nomination in Broadway's 'Stereophonic'

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Pidgeon is making her Broadway debut this season in a celebrated, thoughtful show about how art is created. And getting her first Tony Award nomination. And in a play that's …