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New Zealand's gun laws, tightened after the 2019 mosque attack, being revised by an ex-gun lobbyist

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government will overhaul the tighter gun laws introduced after a deadly mass shooting by a white supremacist five years ago, because they put …

A ship found far off Israel's coast could shed light on the navigation skills of ancient mariners

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A company drilling for natural gas off the coast of northern Israel discovered a 3,300-year-old ship and its cargo, one of the oldest known examples of a ship sailing far …

Gene therapy may cure rare diseases. But drugmakers have few incentives, leaving families desperate

The promise of gene therapy looms large for families dealing with rare, genetic disorders. Such treatments offer the possibility of one-time cures. But families and researchers worry such therapies …
Valley & State

Here’s the landscape 2 years after the Supreme Court overturned a national right to abortion

Judges, state lawmakers and voters are deciding the future of abortion in the U.S. two years after the Supreme Court jolted the legal status quo with a ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The …

Biden approves disaster declaration, freeing up resources in battle against deadly New Mexico fires

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for parts of southern New Mexico, freeing up funding and more resources as crews worked, under the threat of …
SILENT WITNESS

Phoenix police rule I-10 freeway death a homicide

The death of a 39-year-old man who died June 10 in a collision on Interstate 10 near 7 th Avenue was a homicide, Phoenix police said Thursday. Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers …

4 suspects arrested in fatal drive-by shooting of University of Arizona student

Police in Tucson say they have arrested four suspects in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of a University of Arizona student at an off-campus house party two months ago. They said Thursday …
CARS

7 classic cars going across the block in Glendale auction

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

Peoria, Diocese reach property agreement allowing city to build, service water wells

The Peoria City Council approved a property agreement with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix that will allow the city to build and service two water wells on the diocese’s property near Lake Pleasant Parkway and Loop 303.
MEN’S HEART DISEASE

Valley cardiologists offer insight into top killer of men

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average death rate from heart disease in men 35 and older in Arizona between 2019 and 2021 was 353 deaths per 100,000 …
EDUCATION

Chandler school board member, admins have different priorites re: bond

​In the week since the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board member voted 4-1 to allow voters to decide in a Nov. 5 whether to approve a $487 million bond, it’s become clear the …
Heat relief

Phoenix plans more than $50M in five years to create more shade

Phoenix officials hope an expansive use of shade — which can lower surrounding temperate by about 30 degrees — will be a balm for rising temperatures around the Valley. The city …
Election 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris will campaign in Phoenix on Dobbs decision anniversary

WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris will mark the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade in Phoenix, at a campaign event focused on abortion rights. …
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.
113 degrees

Maricopa, Pinal counties under excessive heat warning for Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Thursday, Jne 20 temperatures could reach 113 degrees in Maricopa and Pinal counties. Weather Service officials said …

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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.
Peace and prosperity since WWII has incentivized Americans to focus on personal pleasures and amusement. Self-reliance has been exchanged for dependencies like drug abuse, carnal fantasies, …

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Local sports

Nationals and Diamondbacks meet to determine series winner

Both the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for a series win with a victory on Thursday.

Jesse Winker's go-ahead home run rallies Nationals past Diamondbacks 3-1

Jesse Winker hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. Ildemaro Vargas added an RBI single for Washington, which has won …

This Date in Baseball - Ken Griffey Jr. hits career HR #500 and Sammy Sosa hits career HR #600

This Date in Baseball, June 20 - Ken Griffey Jr. hits career HR #500 and Sammy Sosa hits career HR #600
National sports
NEW YORK (AP) — Cedric Mullins hit a two-run homer to spark a six-run second inning, Gunnar Henderson reached base four times and the Baltimore Orioles knocked out rookie pitcher Luis Gil early in …
Lionel Messi’s through ball led to Julián Álvarez’s goal in the 49th minute, then assisted on Lautaro Martínez’s goal in the 88th as Argentina began the defense of its Copa America title …
Brendan Donovan hit a two-run homer and a double and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in the Negro Leagues tribute game at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The …
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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 …

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, …

Empty Sears spot in Chandler Fashion Center has found tenant

These are the types of prizes one could win at Round1 Bowling & Arcade. The entertainment center is moving into the former Sears location in the Chandler Fashion Center mall.

Round1 Bowling & Arcade appears to be the missing piece the the Chandler Fashion Center has been seeking for space occupied for many years by a Sears department store. No opening date has …

Neighbors

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, …

East Valley superintendent discusses postponing retirement to help district

Higley Unified School District Superintendent Sherry Richards calendars time to be out in classrooms, calling it a happy place to be.

It was all coming together nicely for Sherry Richards. She would wrap up her education career June 30, having been an interim superintendent for a highly achieving school district that she loved, …

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

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. …

Leonard (Len) James Wicketts, Jr.

Leonard (Len) James Wicketts, Jr., 86, of Sun City, AZ, died May 30, 2024, with his loving family at his bedside. Born in Marquette, MI, he and wife, Sally, married in 1957 and remained married for …
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Nation

UK fans wonder if Taylor Swift will say 'So long, London' after Eras Tour

Taylor Swift fans enjoy parsing the singer-songwriter’s lyrics for references to her romantic life and insights into her state of her mind. But Swifties in the U.K. didn’t have to listen closely …

Trump is proposing to make tips tax-free. What would that mean for workers?

Former President Donald Trump’s proposal to exclude tips from federal taxes is getting strong reviews from some Republican lawmakers. But major questions remain about the impact of the policy and …

Thousands in Kenya demonstrate against proposed new taxes

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of mostly young people demonstrated Thursday in Kenya’s capital and across the country against new tax proposals by the administration of President William Ruto in …

On wealthy Martha's Vineyard, costly housing is forcing workers out and threatening public safety

High housing costs on Martha’s Vineyard are forcing many regular workers to leave and threatening public safety. Sheryl Taylor works as an administrator for Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School …

California workplace safety board approves heat protections for indoor workers, excluding prisons

California’s workplace regulators passed rules that would protect indoor workers from extreme heat. The regulations would apply to workplaces such as warehouses, schools and kitchens. They would …
World

As France reels from the rape of a Jewish girl, antisemitism comes to the fore in election campaign

The alleged rape of a 12-year-old Jewish girl in a suspected antisemitic attack has sent shockwaves throughout France, and thrust concerns about antisemitism to the forefront of campaigning for the …

South Korea says it fired warning shots after North Korean soldiers made 3rd temporary incursion

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military said Friday that it had fired warnings shots the previous day to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals’ land border for …

Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo says he found a 'semi-destroyed country' on taking office

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala President Bernardo Arévalo says opposition in the Congress and the Attorney General's Office have made it difficult to implement the change he seeks for the Central …

Mexico's incoming president announces first Cabinet picks: academics and former public servants

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's incoming President Claudia Sheinbaum began naming her Cabinet Thursday, presenting an even gender distribution, as well as a heavy presence from academia and her prior …

British Prime Minister Sunak says he's 'incredibly' angry over election date betting accusations

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Thursday that anyone involved in using inside information to bet on the date of Britain’s July 4 national election should be expelled from …
Entertainment
FILE - Donald Sutherland, left, and his son Kiefer Sutherland pose for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote the film "Forsaken." Donald Sutherland, the towering Canadian actor whose career spanned "M.A.S.H." to "The Hunger Games," has died at 88. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, son Kiefer pay tribute to Donald Sutherland

Famous fans, colleagues and family pay tribute to actor Donald Sutherland, the star of “M.A.S.H.” “Klute” and “The Hunger Games” who died at age 88. “I was blessed to direct him in …
Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, in Columbia, S.C. Kennedy was soliciting signatures in support of getting his name on the ballot for the 2024 general election. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fails to qualify for CNN's debate. It'll be a showdown between Biden and Trump

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has failed to qualify for next week’s debate in Atlanta. Host network CNN said Thursday the independent presidential candidate fell short of benchmarks both for state ballot …
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 "M.A.S.H." to "The Hunger Games," has died at 88. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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

The film and television actor whose prolific career stretched from “M.A.S.H” to “JFK” to “The Hunger Games,” Donald Sutherland has died at 88. The tall and gaunt Canadian actor was known …
FILE - Ruby slippers once worn by Judy Garland in the "The Wizard of Oz," are displayed at a news conference, Sept. 4, 2018, at the FBI office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The Minnesota hometown of Judy Garland, the late actress who wore the ruby slippers in “The Wizard of Oz,” will raise funds this weekend to recover the prized footwear after it was stolen from a local museum and then turned over to an auction company. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File)

Judy Garland's hometown is raising funds to purchase stolen ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota hometown of Judy Garland, the actress who wore a pair of ruby slippers in “The Wizard of Oz,” is raising money to purchase the prized footwear after it …
FILE - Travis Scott arrives at GQ's Men of the Year Party in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 2023. Scott was arrested by Miami Beach police early Thursday on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and public intoxication. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Rapper Travis Scott arrested in Miami Beach for misdemeanor trespassing and public intoxication

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Travis Scott was arrested by Miami Beach police early Thursday on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and public intoxication. Miami Beach police confirmed the …