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A truce in Congo ends in a week. Aid groups say it could be a lost opportunity to help civilians

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A two-week truce in eastern Congo has heavily reduced fighting, but with a week left aid workers and local civil society groups say not much help has reached millions of people …

China’s exports grow 8.6% in June, beating forecasts despite trade tensions

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s exports beat forecasts in June, customs data showed Friday, while imports grew less than expected. Exports grew 8.6% from the same time last year to hit $307.8 …

The son of Asia’s richest man is set to marry in one of India’s most extravagant weddings

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Global celebrities, business tycoons and politicians began arriving in India’s financial capital on Friday to attend the wedding of the youngest son of Mukesh Ambani, …
Valley & State

Arizona abortion initiative backers sue to remove 'unborn human being' from voter pamphlet language

Backers of an Arizona abortion rights ballot initiative have sued a GOP-led legislative committee that seeks to include language on material for voters referring to a fetus as “an unborn human …

Road work requires detours from Chandler to Tempe

The northbound Loop 101 will be closed this weekend between Loop 202 in Chandler and US 60 in Tempe. A pavement improvement project will require the closure, according to the Arizona Department …

Some smaller news outlets in swing states can't afford election coverage. AP is helping them

The Associated Press says it will provide free campaign and election night coverage to dozens of small and independent newsrooms located in swing states, through a program funded by a Knight …
heat relief

Tucson, Phoenix won’t push emergency utility relief to public housing tenants this summer

WASHINGTON — On June 13, the federal government’s top official for public housing appeared with Tucson’s mayor at the Martin Luther King Apartments and announced emergency relief …

Weekend travel restrictions set for I-17 in north Valley

Pavement improvement work will restrict travel along southbound Interstate 17 from Friday night until Monday morning, state transportation officials said. Drivers should budget extra time as the …

Arizona Philharmonic to kick off new season in Prescott

Arizona Philharmonic will launch its seventh season in September with a concert in Prescott.
travel + leisure

Three Paradise Valley resorts voted top 10 in Arizona

After recently making the top 500 list of Travel + Leisure’s 2024 World’s Best Awards, three resorts in Paradise Valley are also voted to be the top 10 in Arizona. Sanctuary …

2 die after west Phoenix head-on crash

A woman and man died following a head-on collision Wednesday in Phoenix, police said. Eric Allen, 37, and Indalecio Lara, 51, were rushed to a hospital, where they died, after the 10:30 a.m. …

Former child actor from 1980s TV show ALF dies in Peoria

Former child actor Benji Gregory, who starred on the popular 1980s sitcom ALF, died in his car at a Chase Bank parking lot in Peoria, June 13, as initially reported by TMZ.

Chandler school board approves $410M budget for 2024-25

Even though the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to approve its annual budget and tax rate July 10, it wasn’t without a long discussion. Having voted in …

Phoenix PD detectives arrest suspect in 20-year-old cold case murder

Twenty years to the day after a 15-year-old girl was found murdered at a Phoenix home and with the help of DNA testing, a man has been arrested as the suspect in the homicide, police said. …

Wildfire risk rises as Western states dry out amid ongoing heat wave baking most of the US

Authorities in Western states are warning of the rising risk of wildfires as hot conditions and low humidity dry out the landscape amid a protracted heat wave baking much of the U.S. California’s …


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Opinions with Civility
As a candidate for city council representing Peoria's Mesquite District, let’s pump the brakes on this fast paced development. I don’t understand what the rush is all about!
Some folks complain about the proliferation of political signs; not me. I am happy to see the large number of different campaign signs come up during the election season. The various campaign …
I recently penned two letters regarding how “aggressive politics are infecting our small towns” and “the impact of PACs on government.” Both pieces suggested that the process …
It’s a terrible shame. People that say others should not have a gun — they should be out. It’s not the guns. If people wanna harm themselves they’ll find other ways …
The warning signs can no longer be ignored. America’s future as a world power is fading.

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Braves play the Diamondbacks with 2-1 series lead

The Atlanta Braves lead 2-1 in a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Copper leads Phoenix against Indiana after 32-point showing

Phoenix faces the Indiana Fever after Kahleah Copper scored 32 points in the Mercury's 100-84 win over the Dallas Wings. Friday's meeting will be the second of the season between the two teams. …

Eugenio Suarez homers, drives in 3 runs to help the Diamondbacks rally past the Braves, 7-5

Eugenio Suárez had a homer, double and three RBIs, Geraldo Perdomo added three hits and a stellar defensive play in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on …
National sports
The highlights of the 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, …
Cal Raleigh homered from each side of the plate for the second time in three days, and J.P. Crawford had a two-run homer while getting three hits and three RBIs in the Seattle Mariners’ 11-0 …
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brandon Marsh hit a home run and an RBI triple, Trea Turner launched his sixth longball in nine games and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Los …
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Valley business

Eat a 5-pound chimi at Valley Macayo’s for a chance to win prizes

Eat this five-pound chimi in 20 minutes or less at any Valley Macayo’s for a chance to compete in the championship on Sept. 28.

Hungry? The 3rd Annual Macayo’s Mexican Food Chimi Challenge Championship is under way.

Jason Fial named partner at Scottsdale’s Wilde Wealth Management Group

Scottsdale’s Wilde Wealth Management Group has promoted Jason Fial to partner and named him to the ownership group.

Jason Fial has been named a partner and joined into the ownership group of Wilde Wealth Management Group. In his new role, Fial will continue to work with clients on all of their financial …

Valley women’s fashion looks for the summer

This Cannes Cotton Ikat Maxi Kaftan dress and the Nice Cotton Ikat Maxi Kaftan dress are perfect summer dresses. The fabric is completely handwoven with a combination of very fine cotton yarns, creating vibrant and beautiful colors. Ikat, meaning “to tie” or “to bind” in Indonesian, is an ancient dyeing technique involving the meticulous binding and dyeing of threads before weaving them into intricate patterns.

Look no further than right here in the Valley for hot looks for this summer.

Valley men’s fashion looks for the summer

Short sets are very popular for men this summer at Knokie’s Fashions in Glendale.

There are some standard tips for summer fashion that are always in season. Loose fitting will help you stay comfortable, light colors will complement the bright sunshine, and add some color pop.


Phoenix native serves where future Navy warfighters train

Seaman Alberto Alia, a native of Phoenix, is currently stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois as a student serving with Naval Education and Training Command.

ALS ice bucket challenge fundraiser returns

ALS Arizona is holding a fundraising event featuring the ice bucket challenge August 3 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is coming up on its 10th anniversary, and ALS Arizona wants to bring the challenge back on Saturday, August 3, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima …

City of Scottsdale offers free swim lessons

The City of Scottsdale is offering free swim lessons to residents and non-residents in August.

In honor of Drowning Impact Awareness Month, Scottsdale Aquatics will be offering free swim lessons at Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers in August. Registration for August …

Scottsdale Society of Women Writers welcomes Darlene Ziebell

The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers group will Darlene Ziebell at their July 31 meeting.

Darlene Ziebell will be the speaker at the July 31 meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers. Darlene Ziebell, a prominent entrepreneur, business consultant, and author will share her …

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Herberger Theater  in Phoenix has new chair, four new board members

The Herberger Theater Center has welcomed a new chair of its board of directions in addition to four new board members.

The Herberger Theater Center has appointed Victoria Williams as chair of its board of directors.

Art exhibit, ‘Melting,’ in Phoenix inspired by summer heat

“Wax,” by Jackson Kloog, will be part of the upcoming “Melting” exhibit in Phoenix.

A Phoenix hotel will be exhibiting works of local artists’ interpretations of a Valley summer.

ProMusica chorale, orchestra auditions coming to Phoenix

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra takes the stage under the baton of Artistic Director Patti Graetz.

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra is inviting singers and instrumentalists to audition for the upcoming 2024-25 season.

Celebrate music, culture of Greece at Phoenix museum

Musicians performing authentic instruments and music from Greece will add to the weekend celebration coming to MIM July 13-14 in Phoenix.

A weekend of events entitled “Experience Greece” is coming to Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix this month.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Marie Batchelder

Marie, 92, formerly of Sun City died in Westfield, MA with her family by her side on Sunday, June 23, 2024. Marie was born in Prussberg, Germany. She was the daughter of Konrad and Katharina Stahl …

Richard Railey Miles

Richard, age 79, died Tuesday, June 25, 2024. Richard was born April 15, 1945, in Miami, Florida to Richard Smith Miles and Sarah Elizabeth Railey. He received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear …

Joeseph Barocas

Jerry is a New York native and holds a degree in management. He started his career working for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Manhattan. In 1973 he transferred to Wichita, Kansas with his …

Shirley Marie Wolfe

Shirley was born on December 12, 1937 in Richland Center to Dale and Ilene Marshall. Shirley is survived by her son, Sherman Banker (Lauren); daughter Tammy Banker and grandchildren Toby Coberly, Eve …

Mr. Gilberto C. Mancillas

Mr. Mancillas, 78 of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on June 6, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born August 5, 1945, to Julio Lopez Mancillas and Anita Cordova Mancillas in San Pedro De La Cueva, …
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AP Week in Pictures: Global

July 5 - 11, 2024 Russian missiles blasted cities across Ukraine damaging the country’s largest children’s hospital and other buildings in a fierce assault that interrupted heart surgeries …

Biden's challenge: Will he ever satisfy the media's appetite for questions about his ability?

If you watched President Joe Biden's news conference, two weeks after a poor debate performance, you may have been reassured by his ability to talk about complex issues. Or you may have been alarmed …

The Beastie Boys sue Chili's parent company over alleged misuse of 'Sabotage' song in ad

The Beastie Boys are suing the parent company of Chili’s in a case that accuses the chain restaurant of running an advertisement that used the hip-hop trio’s smash hit “Sabotage” without …

Dollar General agrees to pay $12 million fine to settle alleged workplace safety violations

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General has agreed to pay a $12 million fine and improve conditions at its thousands of retail stores nationwide to make them safer for workers, the U.S. Department of Labor …

California police say suspect shot and killed 4, including wife, son and parents-in-law

California authorities say a man is in custody after fatally shooting his wife, their 6-year-old son and his wife’s parents Wednesday night. Alameda Police say a 1-year-old son also was shot and is …

US and South Korea sign joint nuclear deterrence guidelines in face of North Korean threats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and South Korea signed joint nuclear deterrence guidelines, weeks after North Korea and Russia struck a defense pact that deepened concerns in the region about …

Why Nicolás Maduro appears 13 times on the ballot for Venezuela's presidential election

The first candidate on the ballot in Venezuela's upcoming presidential election is Nicolás Maduro, the incumbent seeking reelection. His smile is confident, his hair well-combed and his eyes are …

Paul Kagame appears set to extend his long presidency of Rwanda in an election Monday

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandans vote Monday in an election that will almost certainly extend the long rule of President Paul Kagame, who is running virtually unopposed after three decades in power …

Sudan's warring parties arrive in Geneva for UN-hosted talks on possible local cease-fires

GENEVA (AP) — Sudan’s warring parties have arrived in Geneva at the invitation of the United Nations to discuss the protection of civilians through possible local cease-fires, U.N. officials said …

Australian army private and her husband accused of spying for Russia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian army private and her husband are accused of spying for Russia in the first charges brought under Australia’s sweeping espionage laws enacted in 2018. …
FILE - LL Cool J performs during the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 12, 2023. The rapper-actor will release “The F.O.R.C.E.," his first album in 11 years. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

LL Cool J relearned 'how to rap' on his first album in 11 years, 'The FORCE.' Here's how

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy award winning rapper-actor- author LL COOL J will release his first new album in 11 years, “The FORCE” in September — 40 years into his hip-hop career. Not that …
When Nicolas Cage first read the script for “Longlegs” and considered the part of the titular occultist serial killer, he knew exactly from whom he would draw inspiration for the role: his mother. "I've been trying to find a constructive place to put my memories of my mother," the Oscar winner said. The Neon release, directed by Osgood Perkins, opens in theaters Friday. (July 9)

For Nicolas Cage, making a serial killer horror movie was a healing experience

When Nicolas Cage first read the script for “Longlegs” and considered the part of the titular occultist serial killer, he knew exactly from whom he would draw inspiration for the role: his …
FILE - Shelley Duvall is shown on Oct. 27, 1983, in Los Angeles. Duvall, whose wide-eyed, winsome presence was a mainstay in the films of Robert Altman and who co-starred in Stanley Kubrick's “The Shining,” has died. She was 75. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File)

Shelley Duvall, star of 'The Shining,' 'Nashville,' dies at 75

Shelley Duvall, the intrepid, Texas-born movie star whose wide-eyed, winsome presence was a mainstay in the films of Robert Altman and who co-starred in Stanley Kubrick's “The Shining,” has died. …

Former Knopf executive Reagan Arthur returns to her previous publisher, Hachette Book Group

NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks after being let go as the publisher of Alfred A. Knopf, Reagan Arthur is returning to her former employer, Hachette Book Group, as a senior executive who will edit authors …

Young adult novel by Brian Selznick, 'Run Away With Me,' to be published next April

NEW YORK (AP) — Author-illustrator Brian Selznick's next book is for all ages. Selznick's coming-of-age love story, “Run Away With Me,” will be published next April, Scholastic announced …