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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 …

UK politicians set off on a 6-week election campaign framed as choice between continuity and change

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s political party leaders were crisscrossing the country on Thursday, the first day of a six-week election campaign in which voters will decide whether to end the governing …

Missile splashes into the Red Sea, causing no damage in latest suspected Yemen Houthi rebel attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A missile splashed down in the waters of the Red Sea on Thursday, but caused no damage to a passing commercial vessel in an attack likely carried out by Yemen's …
Valley & State

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 …

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.

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.

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 …
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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 …

New Gilbert ordinances take aim at teen violence

Urged on by people affected by teen violence, Gilbert Town Council voted unanimously May 21 to pass ordinances on brass knuckles and unruly gatherings as a response to residents’ ongoing …


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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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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
Brandon Staley’s rise up the coaching ranks was meteoric, going from a Division III defensive coordinator to head coach in the NFL in a dizzying five-year span. Staley’s stay at the top of the …
The upcoming Paris Olympics are likely to draw new attention to France’s ban on its athletes wearing hijabs. It’s an aspect of “laïcité” — which loosely translates as “secularism” — …
WASHINGTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a solo home run and made a diving play to prevent a game-tying run, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Wednesday. Max Kepler also …
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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 …


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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With Ukraine losing ground, allies debate how to squeeze cash for Kyiv out of frozen Russian assets

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ukraine's allies are wrestling with how to squeeze money out of frozen Russian assets to support Kyiv's war effort, a debate that is ever more urgent as Russia gains …

Remember last year's Memorial Day travel jams? Chances are they will be much worse this year

Highways and airports are likely to be jammed in the coming days as Americans head out on and home from Memorial Day weekend getaways. AAA predicts this will be the busiest start-of-summer weekend in …

A comment from Trump and GOP actions in the states put contraceptive access in the 2024 spotlight

Republican state lawmakers across the U.S. have been knocking down efforts by Democrats to ensure access to various forms of birth control. Former President Donald Trump put contraception in the …

Texas health department appoints anti-abortion OB-GYN to maternal mortality committee

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' health department has appointed an outspoken anti-abortion OB-GYN to a committee that reviews pregnancy-related deaths as doctors have been warning that the state’s …

Most in Houston area are getting power back after storm, but some may have to wait until the weekend

HOUSTON (AP) — Power was expected to be restored by late Wednesday to nearly all Houston area homes and businesses left in the dark by last week’s deadly storm, according to officials. But …

Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet next week for the first time since 2019

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet next week in Seoul for their first trilateral talks in more than four years, South Korea’s presidential office …

Iran prepares to bury late president, foreign minister and others killed in helicopter crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Thursday prepared to inter its late president at the holiest site for Shiite Muslims in the Islamic Republic, a final sign of respect for a protégé of …

From schools to the Olympics, how France's staunch secularism affects religion in public life

As the world’s eyes turn to France, host of the Olympics in two months, one of the country’s fundamental principles is under the spotlight — laïcité, or secularism. It’s a unique way to …

France is proud of its secularism. But struggles grow in this approach to faith, school, integration

The upcoming Paris Olympics are likely to draw new attention to France's ban on its athletes wearing hijabs. It's an aspect of “laïcité” — which loosely translates as “secularism” — a …

UN will vote on commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica genocide annually — which Serbs vehemently oppose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. is scheduled to vote Thursday on establishing an annual day to commemorate the 1995 genocide of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serbs, a prospect that has …
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 …
FILE - Lauryn Hill performs during "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" 25th anniversary tour on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at Barclays Center in New York. Apple Music announced on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, their 10 greatest albums of all time with Hill’s 1998 iconic “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” claiming the top spot. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Lauryn Hill's classic 'Miseducation' album tops Apple Music's list of best albums of all time

Let the debate begin. Who has the best albums ever? Apple Music certainly has a perspective. The music streaming giant announced on Wednesday its 10 greatest albums of all time, with Lauryn Hill’s …
FILE -Sean 'Diddy' Combs participates in "The Four" panel during the FOX Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 4, 2018. A former model accused Combs of sexually assaulting her at his New York City recording studio in 2003 in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, May 21, 2024, the latest in a series of allegations against the embattled hip-hop mogul. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Sean 'Diddy' Combs accused of 2003 sexual assault in lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — A former model accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexually assaulting her at his New York City recording studio in 2003 in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the latest in a series of …