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Valley and State

‘Beachfront’ resort coming to next to Cardinals’ stadium in 2022

A beach resort experience is coming to the West Valley. Crystal Lagoons is building an Island Resort that will have hotels, retail, offices and entertainment venues surrounding an 11-acre man-made …

Ducey, US Census head push for complete Arizona count

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey and the head of the U.S. Census Bureau encouraged Arizonans on Thursday to complete their census forms as statistics showed more than 10% of the state’s …

Report: Arizona teens paid to file social media posts for Trump campaign

WASHINGTON — Facebook and Twitter opened investigations this week into a number of Arizona teenagers’ social media accounts for operating fraudulent profiles and spreading misinformation …

Lights fight viruses; SRP rebates germ-killing ultraviolet tech for Arizona businesses

Some area businesses can cash in on valuable rebates for employing technology that uses ultraviolet radiation to scrub germs from the air in their facilities.

Study: Ending census early will cost Florida, Montana seats

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats. It could also result in Texas, Florida, …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal authorities said Wednesday they found around 65 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally while serving drug-related search warrants at two Phoenix-area …
A teenage boy was arrested Thursday for shooting at two state troopers in Phoenix. Authorities are still searching for a second suspect, who was driving the car the shooter was in.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused of opening fire earlier this week on a security officer outside the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix has agreed to remain jailed on assault and weapons …
More sports

Fields, Awatt run for TDs; UTEP beats Abilene Christian

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Josh Fields and Ronald Awatt each had a rushing touchdown to help UTEP beat Abilene Christian 17-13 on Saturday night. Fields finished with 75 yards rushing on 17 carries. …

Person, NC State hold on to beat Wake Forest 45-42 in opener

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ricky Person Jr. scored the short go-ahead touchdown with 5:51 left to help North Carolina State edge Wake Forest 45-42 on Saturday night in the Wolfpack’s delayed season …

Peterson strikes out 10, Mets stop Freeman, Braves 7-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie David Peterson struck out NL batting leader Freddie Freeman three times and fanned a career-high 10 in six sharp innings as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 …

La Tech beats Southern Miss 31-30 on Herbert's TD catch

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Griffin Hebert made a spectacular 4-yard touchdown catch underneath the goal post with 14 seconds left as Louisiana Tech rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Southern …
Nation

Efforts afoot to save South's disappearing grasslands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native …

Georgia's Fulton County works to avoid another vote debacle

ATLANTA (AP) — Twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia’s primary election earlier this year was marred by dysfunction: Hourslong wait times at polling places. Absentee ballots …

GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, the allure of conservative Supreme Court appointments helped persuade skeptical Republicans to support Donald Trump for president. Two years ago, a contentious …

Analysis: US to hit 200K dead; Trump sees no need for regret

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic began bearing down on the United States in March, President Donald Trump set out his expectations. If the U.S. could keep the death toll between …

Arizona Senate race could impact confirmation of new justice

PHOENIX (AP) — If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, shrinking the GOP’s Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicating …
World

2 Pakistani soldiers killed in shootout with militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military on Sunday said two soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants during a search operation in the country’s northwest, a former militant …

Abbey service, flypast mark 80 years since Battle of Britain

LONDON (AP) — Military jets flew over central London and a memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a major air campaign …

Aid groups call Italy's blockade of rescue ship 'political'

MILAN (AP) — The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch on Sunday condemned as politically motivated the blockade of its ship in the Sicilian port of Palermo by Italian authorities after an 11-hour …

Witnesses: Afghan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Government airstrikes in the north of Afghanistan killed 24 civilians, including children, and wounded six others, witnesses told The Associated Press on Sunday. The …

Iran dismisses US efforts at UN sanctions as currency drops

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on …
Entertainment
A fisherman plays with his daughter as he works in Alter do Chao, district of Santarem, Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. This once pristine place is discovering that the perils of becoming a can’t-miss destination extend beyond hordes of weekend warriors sapping the unspoiled place of its charm. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while …
In this video grab issued Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 by The Television Academy, an apology is issued after the winner of the award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series was incorrectly announced during the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. (The Television Academy via AP)

Sunday's virtual Emmy Awards set bar high with live telecast

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The glitch at the virtual creative arts Emmy telecast was minor, but it may have provoked flashbacks for the host of Sunday's more ambitious main TV awards ceremony. Jimmy …
In this video grab issued Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 by The Television Academy, an apology is issued after the winner of the award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series was incorrectly announced during the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. (The Television Academy via AP)

Oops, says Emmy: 'This Is Us' actor gets Emmy after mix-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a virtual Emmys version of the wrong-winner Oscars gaffe, Ron Cephas Jones’ guest actor award for “This Is Us” was announced for another nominee, Jason Bateman. The …
Travelers wearing face masks crowd at Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, on the first day of the 4-day holiday. (Kyodo News via AP)

Asia Today: Fewer cases in Melbourne, Korea; Japan travel up

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the …

UK official's bodyguard suspended after leaving gun on plane

LONDON (AP) — A bodyguard who was traveling with Britain’s foreign secretary has been suspended from duties after he reportedly left a loaded gun on a plane. British media reported Saturday …
Business

US judge approves injunction to delay WeChat restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to …

Baltic Sea ferry runs aground in Finnish waters, no injuries

HELSINKI (AP) — A Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people aboard has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries Sunday, and rescue officials …

Public sector strikes to hit Germany next week over wages

BERLIN (AP) — Public sector workers in Germany will start staging short-term warning strikes after the latest round of wage negotiations failed to produce an agreement, their union said …

Indian lawmakers pass farm bills amid uproar in Parliament

NEW DELHI (AP) — Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers on Sunday approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through …

Travel

AP Exclusive: Pandemic shrinking Europe's monitor of US vote

Europe’s largest security organization said Friday that it has drastically scaled back plans to send as many as 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election and now will …

Cyprus: Only handful of tourists showed COVID-19 symptoms

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is trying to salvage a dismal tourist season by touting that only five of the roughly 200,000 tourists that have spent their holidays on east Mediterranean island …

Tribes' ancestral remains return home to American Southwest

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribal leaders have reburied the remains of their ancestors that were taken more than a century ago from what's now a national park in Colorado. A Swedish researcher …

Dramatic diorama raises ethical issues for Pittsburgh museum

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh museum decided a dramatic diorama that has been on display for more than a century should remain out of public view while it considers ethical issues about its …

Things to do

Honor first-responders at in-person, virtual events in the Phoenix metro area

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The date is now …

Arizona volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway program

A lot has changed over the last few months, but there is still a need for volunteers to help keep Arizona looking its best.

Arizona arts poised to stage a comeback

With innovative approaches and support from area patrons and other sources, local arts groups are adapting to continue their missions in the community.

Country Thunder postponed until 2021

Fans of Country Thunder will have to wait until 2021 after organizers there canceled this year's event.

Valley Voices

Two Guns’ sordid history off Interstate 40

Along Interstate 40, nestled between Flagstaff and Winslow, is the ghost town of Two Guns. As you drive by, you may see the remnants of an old gas station, now nothing more than a repository of …

Mendivil: Supports Sen. McSally for Senate

I have been listening to the extremely aggressive and negative commercials that Mark Kelly is presenting against Sen. Martha McSally. I find them disturbing, especially when a lot of his quotes …

We’re moving a little faster back into the world

Well, not everyone is moving faster. Parents continue to juggle work and home-schooling responsibilities, many people are without jobs, too many business owners are struggling and the list goes on, …

Goncalves: Calls for president's reelection

An open letter to the person or persons who are stealing Trump lawn signs: I would like to know — what are you afraid of? Is the thought of President Donald Trump being reelected …

Importance of knowing safe surroundings

Do you know a safe person when you see one? Do you know the signs of an unsafe person? Do you know someone in your life who is always telling you what you should or shouldn’t do?