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Warlord involved in hundreds of murders repatriated to Colombia after serving US drug sentence

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian warlord Salvatore Mancuso was repatriated Tuesday after serving a drug trafficking sentence in the United States and being denied several requests to be sent to …

States promise to help disabled kids. Why do some families wait a decade or more?

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Lilly Miller was in elementary school, teachers told her parents they needed to immediately sign up their youngest daughter, who has Down syndrome, for a wait list so the …
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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 …
Valley & State

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 …

Man to plead guilty in 'killing spree' of eagles and other birds for feathers prized by tribes

A Washington state man accused of helping kill more than 3,000 birds, including eagles, on a Montana Indian reservation then illegally selling their carcasses and feathers intends to plead guilty to …
EDUCATION

Chandler high school senior receives national honor, scholarship

An Arizona College Prep High School senior recently learned she’s been selected for a select program and honor. Camillia Baker was one of two Arizona high school students chosen to join …

Suspect in New York hotel killing remains in custody without bond in Arizona stabbings

A suspect in the killing of a woman at a New York City hotel has been indicted by a grand jury in Arizona's most populous country in the subsequent stabbing attacks of two women in the Phoenix area. …
Crime

Former CAC basketball coach arrested on theft charges

A former Central Arizona College women's basketball coach has been arrested by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office on six counts of fraudulent schemes and six counts of theft.   …
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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.

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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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AP Sports Digest

The highlights of Tuesday's AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, …

AP Player of the Week: Arizona's Esmery Martinez helped team to road sweep of Stanford and Cal

Esmery Martinez of Arizona is The Associated Press national player of the week in women’s college basketball. The fifth-year forward had 17 points and nine rebounds in the Wildcats' win over …

The dust is settling on college sports realignment. A look at where schools are going

College sports in the U.S. has seen scores of schools change conference affiliation over the past century, but the pace has quickened over the past three decades. Storied programs are leaving their …
National sports
Nico Hischier had a goal and three assists, Jack Hughes added a goal and two assists, and the New Jersey Devils beat the San Jose Sharks 7-2. New Jersey scored seven straight goals after falling …
Erik Karlsson scored the winning goal at 1:42 of overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to their third consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Vancouver Canucks. Rickard Rakell, with two goals, and Lars …
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 112-95 for their sixth straight win. Jalen Williams had 24 points and Chet Holmgren added 18 points and …
Jimmy Butler had 22 points and nine assists, Terry Rozier scored 19 points and the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Rozier was one of …
CLEVELAND (AP) — Max Strus drilled a 59-footer as time expired, his fifth made 3-pointer in the final four minutes, to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a wild 121-119 win over the Dallas Mavericks on …
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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.

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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.

The Grand is wrapping up in quilts in Surprise

Members of the Cactus Needle Quilters Club show off a piece of work that will be part of the Caring Quilts show at The Grand on March 16.

The Cactus Needle Quilters Biennial Quilt Show is coming to The Grand in March.

Kings Of Leon add Phoenix stop to summer tour

Kings Of Leon will play Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix on Aug. 20.

Grammy-winning, multi-platinum rock band Kings of Leon will perform in Phoenix this summer.

Dan + Shay to bring summer tour to Phoenix

Dan Smyers, left, and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay, seen Nov. 8, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee, will perform in Phoenix on Sept. 5.

The three-time Grammy Award-winning duo Dan + Shay have extended their The Heartbreak on the Map Tour, which now includes a Phoenix stop.

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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 inmate facing execution for 2000 fatal shooting says new evidence points to his innocence

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate who has long said he’s innocent and claims that his conviction more than 20 years ago was based on false testimony and questionable evidence faces execution …

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyer asks judge to reject 100-year recommended sentence

Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyer says a recommended sentence of 100 years in prison for the FTX founder is “grotesque” and “barbaric” for cryptocurrency crimes. Bankman-Fried lawyer Marc Mukasey …

Idaho set to execute Thomas Eugene Creech, one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the US

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The hour of Thomas Eugene Creech’s death has been set, and it is rapidly approaching. On Wednesday morning Idaho prison officials will ask the 73-year-old if he would like …

Ban on gender-affirming care for minors allowed to take effect in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday allowed Indiana's ban on gender-affirming care to go into effect, removing a temporary injunction a judge issued last year. The ruling …

Army personnel file shows Maine reservist who killed 18 people received glowing reviews

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An Army reservist responsible for the deadliest shooting in Maine history received a glowing review from his superiors even as some of his family members were growing …
World

Indonesia's likely next president made 4-star general despite links to alleged human rights abuses

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday awarded an honorary four-star general rank to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, a former high-ranking army officer who is …

Many in Iran are frustrated by unrest and poor economy. Parliament elections could see a low turnout

Iran is holding parliamentary elections this Friday, yet the real question may not be who gets elected but how many people actually turn out to vote. Widespread discontent over the cratering economy, …

Zelenskyy to co-host summit in Albania seeking more war support from southeastern Europe

Ukraine’s president will co-host a summit with Albania’s government on Wednesday that’s meant to encourage further support for Kyiv by southeastern European countries as signs of fatigue grow …

A small drone flies into a damaged Fukushima reactor for the first time to study its melted fuel

A small drone has flown inside one of the damaged reactors at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in hopes it can examine some of the molten fuel debris in areas where earlier robots …

South Korean and US troops will begin major exercises next week in response to North Korean threats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean and U.S. troops will begin their expanded annual military drills next week in response to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats, the two countries said …
Entertainment
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 …
FILE - Donna Summer performing at the Nobel Peace concert Dec. 11, 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The estate of Donna Summer is suing rappers Ye and Ty Dolla $ign alleging they illegally used her 1977 song “I Feel Love” in their most recent collaboration. The lawsuit filed Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in federal court says that when representatives of Ye, formerly Kanye West, asked permission to use a sample of the Summer song, they were rejected because of his controversial public statements. (AP Photo/John McConnico, file)

Donna Summer estate sues Ye and Ty Dolla $ign, saying they illegally used 'I Feel Love'

The estate of Donna Summer is suing rappers Ye and Ty Dolla $ign alleging they illegally used her 1977 song “I Feel Love” in their most recent collaboration. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal …
This image released by Lifetime shows Wendy Williams, subject of the Lifetime documentary "Where is Wendy Williams?" (Calvin Gayle/Lifetime via AP)

Wendy Williams documentary producers say they didn't know she had dementia while filming most scenes

The executive producers behind Lifetime's Wendy Williams documentary say they, too, were unnerved by some of what they saw while filming the former talk show host. But in an interview with The …
Musician Don Henley arrives to court in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. Henley says he never gave away his handwritten pages of draft lyrics to “Hotel California” and other Eagles hits. Testifying Monday in a New York courtroom, the Eagles' singer and drummer called the pages “very personal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Don Henley resumes testifying in trial over 'Hotel California' draft lyrics

Don Henley has resumed testifying in a trial surrounding handwritten drafts of lyrics to Eagles hits including “Hotel California” and his decade-long effort to reclaim the pages. The Eagles …
Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Gianandrea Noseda conducts the orchestra during a concert at Milan's La Scala theatre, Italy, Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

US National Symphony Orchestra triumphs in La Scala debut with Italian conductor Noseda

MILAN (AP) — Conductor Gianandrea Noseda made a triumphant return to Teatro alla Scala in an informal role as cultural ambassador, leading the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra that he has made more …