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Goodyear golf course to close temporarily

Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Regional Park will be closing temporarily starting Monday, Aug. 17, according to a release.

New border wall near unique wetlands endangered water supply

PHOENIX (AP) — The agency in charge of building the border wall received repeated warnings: tap water from nearby wells, and the unique wetlands of southeastern Arizona — yes, Arizona — home to a variety of wildlife and endangered fish will go dry.

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future.

Maricopa County Recorder credits partnerships, tech for primary election's success

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes speaks to Daily Independent about this year’s primary elections process and his thoughts on how his department, working with partners across local and state government, were able to improve on previous years’ efforts.

Drones roll out for hungry NAU students as pandemic spurs delivery tech trends

It may not bear repeating, but the novel coronavirus pandemic is transforming everyone’s daily lives. Technologies and approaches once viewed as gimmicky or niche have suddenly (and …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — A Glendale police detective fatally shot a carjacking suspect who had knocked another detective to the ground during an encounter in Phoenix.
GLENDALE (AP) — A double-homicide in Glendale left a man and a 16-year-old boy dead, and investigators suspect the incident was related to drugs, a police spokeswoman said. Police officers …
The COVID-19 crisis has kept people home more often, but that doesn’t mean everyone is safe indoors.
More sports

Yelich three-run homer lifts Brewers past Cubs, 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Friday night. Yelich hit his fifth homer of the season off Alec …

Hartley's 24, Walker-Kimbrough's 20 lead Mercury by Dream

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Bria Hartley scored 24 points, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 20 points and five steals and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Atlanta Dream 96-80 on Friday …

76ers close regular season by breezing past Rockets 134-96

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 18 points and the Philadelphia 76ers closed the regular season by trouncing the Houston Rockets 134-96 on Friday night. The 76ers and Rockets …

Cole posts 20th straight regular-season win, Yanks top Bosox

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole posted his 20th straight regular-season win, becoming the sixth pitcher to ever reach the mark by throwing seven sharp innings to lead the New York Yankees over the …

California heat spurs 1st rolling power outages since 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Friday ordered rolling power outages for the first time since 2011 as a statewide heat wave strained its electrical system. The California Independent System …

Popular tourist sites on the Navajo Nation can reopen soon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can welcome back tourists Monday under the tribe's reopening plan. Much of the Navajo …

Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land, Kyle moving away

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Kyle was moving away from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States late Friday as Tropical Storm Josephine continued its crawl toward islands in the …

Report: Post Office warns 46 states about mail voting delays

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has warned 46 states and the District of Columbia it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, …

UN voting on indefinite extension of arms embargo on Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council was finishing voting Friday on a U.S.-sponsored resolution to indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Iran, with veto-wielding Russia and China …

Key Pacific War events on 75th anniversary of war's end

TOKYO (AP) — The Pacific War was so massive, so calamitous, it can be difficult to put it in context. There was the Marco Polo Bridge Incident that triggered the Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of …

Asia Today: S. Korea's cases jump again, lower in Victoria

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 166 newly confirmed case of the coronavirus, it’s highest daily jump in five months, as health authorities fear …

The Latest: Man in 20s is Australia's youngest virus death

SYDNEY — A man in his 20s has become the youngest person to die of the coronavirus in Australia. He was among 14 new deaths and 372 new infections reported by Victoria state health officials …

On V-J Day, UK's Johnson pays tribute to campaign's veterans

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is paying tribute to veterans of the multinational World War II campaign against Japan, which formally ended 75 years ago some three months after …

Satellite TV back for Venezuelans left in dark by sanctions

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An investment firm announced Friday it’s resuming satellite TV transmissions for Venezuelans whose service was cut abruptly due to U.S. sanctions aimed at driving …
In this combination photo, president Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 13, 2020. The conventions, which will be largely virtual because of the coronavirus, will be Aug. 17-20 for the Democrats and Aug. 24-27 for the Republicans. (AP Photo)

Coronavirus upends conventions, changes TV coverage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Democratic and Republican conventions will lack for crowds but not television coverage. The standard political gatherings that were to unfold for the Democratic Party in …
While Limoncello can be sipped on ice all on its own or poured over ice cream as a delicious syrup, it is equally at home in this recipe for “Creamy Limoncello Shooters” from “Small Sweet Treats”(Gibbs Smith) by Marguerite Marceau Henderson.

Raise a lemon-infused toast

Tart and tangy, lemon-based flavors are hard to pass up. Citrus can help cleanse the palate between courses, but it also can be a refreshing component in beverages.Anyone who has enjoyed a tall glass …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Jason Miller, an adviser to President Donald Trump's reelection …
This image released by Fox shows Marge Simpson, a character on the animated television series "The Simpsons." In the clip, posted by the animated series, matriarch Marge chided a Trump campaign attorney over a tweet comparing her and Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's pick for his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.. (FOX via AP)

Marge Simpson uses her voice to call out Trump adviser

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marge Simpson has advice for a lawyer with the Trump campaign: Do not name call. In a clip posted Friday by Fox’s animated series “The Simpsons," matriarch Marge chided …
FILE - In this June 26, 2019 file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.  (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

R. Kelly's manager charged with phone threats to theater

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly's manager has been arrested on charges that he threatened a shooting at a Manhattan theater two years ago, forcing an evacuation and the cancellation of the screening of a …

Ponzi king Madoff's brother released from home confinement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The younger brother of Ponzi king Bernard Madoff has been released from home confinement and has been released from federal custody, the Bureau of Prisons said Friday. Peter …

After brief trade truce, US slaps levy on Canadian aluminum

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than two years of browbeating and trade sanctions on Canada and Mexico, President Donald Trump strong-armed the United States’ neighbors into agreeing to supplant a …

Asian shares mixed on weak China data, worries over pandemic

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher in cautious trading Friday as investors studied fresh data out of China showing that its recovery remains subdued. China reported factory output rose …

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Wall Street ended Friday more or less where it started after a day of drifting between small gains and losses for major stock indexes. The market was nearly evenly split between rising and falling …


France, Netherlands added to UK's 14-day quarantine list

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers in France face the prospect Friday of having to go into self-isolation for 14 days when they return home after the British government …

Federal judge upholds New York's COVID-19 travel quarantine

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by an Arizona woman who claimed New York’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from hotspot coronavirus states infringed on her …

Thailand commutes death sentences in killings of UK tourists

BANGKOK (AP) — Two migrant workers from Myanmar convicted in the 2014 killings of two young British tourists on a Thai holiday island have had their death sentences reduced to life …

After 400 years, Native stories at heart of Mayflower events

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Four hundred years after English colonists landed on Plymouth Rock and upended the lives of her ancestors, Paula Peters is on a quest to recover a small part of what her …

Things to do

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.

Blake Shelton to headline Drive-In concert, July 25

Tickets are on sale for the Blake Shelton Drive In concert experience, featuring special guest singers Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins.

Valley Voices
In this 2019 file photo, Arizona Department of Transportation Adopt a Highway Program Manager Mary Currie, right, poses with volunteers. Transportation officials are touting the upcoming National CleanUp Day slated for Saturday, Sept. 19. [Courtesy of ADOT]

ADOT: Join us in celebrating National CleanUp Day

We hope you’ll join us for National CleanUp Day on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Hochschartner: Calls for cultured meat research

Readers who care about animal welfare should ask Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema to support federal funding for cultured meat research. Cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering …

Celebrate National Community Health Center Week with us

National Community Health Center Week celebrates the availability of integrated care to treat physical and behavioral health conditions for people in Arizona and throughout the country regardless of their ability to pay.

Evans: Says need to open up nursing homes

Families are feeling lost and confused as they sit on the outside of nursing homes where their loved one resides. In early March, they were told that due to the pandemic they were not going to be …
President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. [The Associated Press]

Goncalves: Calls for unity during pandemic

I have a question for those people who are very upset President Trump has signed four executive orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Were you upset with President Obama when he signed DACA, …