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No final decision on withdrawing US troops from Niger and Chad, top official tells AP

BOSTON (AP) — There has been no final decision on whether or not all U.S. troops will leave Niger and Chad, two African countries that are integral to the military's efforts to counter violent …

Another ex-State Department official alleges Israeli military gets 'special treatment' on abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former senior U.S. official who until recently helped oversee human-rights compliance by foreign militaries receiving American military assistance said Wednesday that he …

More doctors can prescribe a leading addiction treatment. Why aren't more people getting help?

It’s easier than ever for doctors to prescribe a key medicine for opioid addiction since the U.S. government lifted an obstacle last year. But despite the looser restrictions and the ongoing …
Valley & State

Report: This is the highest ranked high school in Glendale

U.S. News and World Report on Monday issued its annual rankings of public high schools throughout the country – district and charter alike – and three of the top 50 in Arizona hail from Deer Valley Unified School District.

Phoenix applies for $20M federal grant to replace bridge over Grand Canal

The city of Phoenix is applying for a $20 million federal grant to replace a nearly 100-year-old bridge over Grand Canal at Van Buren and 40th streets. Staff from Phoenix’s Street …
election 2024

Meet the Arizona House candidates for Legislative District 27

Candidates officially filed their petitions April 1 to run for state representative in the 2024 primary election in Arizona’s Legislative District 27.

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to let Arizona doctors provide abortions in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are announcing legislation Wednesday aimed at helping Arizonans access abortions after the Arizona Supreme Court allowed a near total-ban to move …

Report: BASIS Peoria tops best public high school list

A school in Peoria made it to the top spot on U.S. News and World Report's annual best public high schools list.

Science Center in Phoenix to host live podcast recording

The Arizona Science Center invites all guests 21 and over to join a special edition of Science With A Twist featuring a live show about how science has impacted local residents.

US 60 section to close this weekend between I-10 and Mill Avenue

Overhead sign work will require the closure this weekend of US 60 between Interstate 10 and Mill Avenue. The Arizona Department of Transportation will set up detours that will be in effect from …

Arizona regents hire firm to search for new UA president

The Arizona Board of Regents selected SP&A Executive Search to assist with the national search for the 23rd president of the University of Arizona. The embattled UA President Robert Robbins …

Arizona Democrats attempt to repeal the state’s 19th century abortion ban

For a third straight week, Democrats at the Arizona Legislature are attempting to repeal the state’s near-total ban on abortions after a court concluded the state can enforce the long-dormant law …


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The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.yourvalley.net: ipFormInput: first name: Isaac last name: Humrich city: …
I think many residents of Vistancia are less than pleased regarding the Amkor development (although the mayor of Peoria discounted this in his recent televised interview on the subject).
Stinknet with its round, bright yellow flowers is a real problem in Sun City.
In a January interview (azfamily.com), former Sheriff Arpaio explained that he was running for mayor of Fountain Hills because he didn’t have any hobbies and wanted to contribute to his …
The city of Peoria is planning to amend it's General Plan so that it will be easier to bring a new airport and other projects into our boundaries.
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Timberwolves take 2-0 lead on Suns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jaden McDaniels scored 25 points for a career best in the playoffs and spearheaded another stifling defensive performance by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 105-93 victory over …

Pavin Smith hits grand slam and drives in 6 runs as Diamondbacks rout Cardinals 14-1

Pavin Smith hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 14-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Christian Walker and Kevin Newman also …

Timberwolves take 2-0 lead on Suns

Jaden McDaniels scored 25 points for a career best in the playoffs and spearheaded another stifling defensive performance by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 105-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns to …
National sports
Experience tells the Tampa Bay Lightning it’s time to go to work — not panic. The New York Islanders are also down 2-0 after playing well at times and losing their first two games of the NHL …
Players who stayed loyal to the PGA Tour in the divide with Saudi-funded LIV Golf are starting to find out how much that loyalty could be worth. The tour began contacting all 193 players eligible for …
Boston’s pitching staff took another big hit as the Red Sox placed starter Brayan Bello on the injury list with upper back tightness. Bello’s injury means the Red Sox are missing three of five …
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Valley business

Storybook Entertainment celebrates 10-Year anniversary milestone

Theme party company Storybook Entertainment is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a free party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park.

Storybook Entertainment, the full-time entertainment company that has brought joy to more than 3,000 birthday parties and numerous public events, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, …

72SOLD announces zero commission for first-time home buyers

Founder and CEO of Scottsdale Greg Hague.

Scottsdale-based 72SOLD is poised to help hundreds of first-time home buyers across the state of Arizona with the launch of its zero commission initiative, the “72SOLD Companion Buyer …

AI is taxing Arizona power, water and residents

Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest energy producer, generates 4,000 MW. A large data center can us up to a fourth of that, according to sources.

Arizona is at risk of straining its power grid as AI servicing data centers proliferate around Maricopa County, leaving power companies rushing to meet developer demand, without compromising safety, service or increasing consumer costs.

Vuori opens at Scottsdale Fashion Square

Vouri is opening a 4,850-square-foot store located on the lower level of Scottsdale Fashion Square

The Vuori store is opening a location at the Scottsdale Fashion Square. It is part of the Macerich portfolio of properties. The 4,850-square-foot store, located on the lower level of the …


Phoenix native serving with Navy in North Pacific

Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Kevin Perez, from Phoenix, blows a signal whistle aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey.

Scottsdale interior designer gives back

Scottsdale-based interior designer Anita Lang donated her services for the One-n-Ten nonproft auction. Her “Room with Heart” auction item raised $22,000 for the cause of helping LGBTQ youth.

Interior designer Anita Lang, founder of IMI Design Studio in Scottsdale, has been transforming, creating and crafting interior spaces in Arizona and around the country for nearly 28 years. …

Scottsdale’s Equality Health Foundation expands into Virginia and Louisiana

Scottsdale’s Equality Health Foundation is expanding into Virginia and Louisiana.

Scottsdale’s Equality Health Foundation, the philanthropic partner of Equality Health, an organization dedicated to advancing health equity and improving well-being access for under served …

Chandler mom seeks funds, donor match for toddler with leukemia

Destiny Martinez of Chandler holds her son, Ollie, in this recent photo. Ollie has a form of leukemia that requires an expensive search for a bone marrow donor match as well as a procedure.

​Destiny Martinez isn’t at home in Chandler much these days. She spends most of her time at an area hospital, where her son, Ollie, spends most of his days as a leukemia patient in need …

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Megadeth announces Phoenix stop on fall tour

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth performs during the Louder Than Life Music Festival on Sept. 22, 2023, at Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville, Kentucky.

Megadeth is bringing its live show to North America with a nationwide fall tour, Destroy All Enemies, which will include a Phoenix stop.

With new album on the way, Eden Muñoz bringing tour to Phoenix

Mexican singer Eden Munoz performs during the Arre Music Festival in Mexico City, on Sept. 10, 2023.

Acclaimed Mexican singer-songwriter Eden Muñoz will bring his Como en los Viejos Tiempos tour to Phoenix.

Imagine Dragons bringing world tour to Phoenix

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs at the Reading Music Festival in England on Aug. 27, 2023.

In tandem with their new album, Imagine Dragons will embark on their biggest North American headline tour to date.

Scottsdale Arts celebrates 25 years of visions with ‘Visions ‘24’ exhibition

Scottsdale Arts, will exhibit “Visions ’24” to highlight the skills, inspirations and ideas exchanged between high school students and professional teaching artists from May 10 through September 22.

Scottsdale Arts Learning and Innovation, a department of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts, will exhibit “Visions ’24” to highlight the skills, inspirations and ideas exchanged between …

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Obituaries & Memorials

Barbara Sunde McCune

Barbara Sunde McCune, 89, of Sun City, AZ died Sunday, March 17, 2024. Born in Winona, MN, on December 4, 1934, she was an Iowa State graduate, married the love of her life Bill in 1956, and they …

Janet Louise Nonemaker

Janet Nonemaker passed away peacefully March 16, 2024 at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima, Washington surrounded by family after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Janet was born August 11, 1941 in …

Jeanne Elizabeth Stevens

Jeanne Elizabeth Stevens, 92, of Surprise, AZ, passed away on April 4, 2024.

Earl E Jensen Jr.

Earl found eternal rest in the arms of his Savior on April 14, 2024 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Earl Jr. was born to the late Earl and Emily Jensen on June 18, 1943 in …

James Morton Akason

James Morton Akason passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024, in Sun City West, AZ, with his wife Carol by his side. The last year of his life, cancer impacted his physical health and mobility, but …
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Ford's 1Q net income falls 24% as combustion engine unit sees sales and revenue decline

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s first-quarter net income fell 24% from a year ago as the company's combustion engine vehicle unit saw revenue and sales decline. The Dearborn, Michigan, …

Southwest Airlines flight attendants ratify a contract that will raise pay about 33% over 4 years

DALLAS (AP) — Flight attendants at Southwest Airlines have ratified a contract that includes pay raises totaling more than 33% over four years, as airline workers continue to benefit from the …

Meta more than doubles Q1 profit but revenue guidance pulls shares down after-hours

Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta says its first-quarter profit more than doubled, boosted by higher advertising revenue and a 6% increase on the average price of ads on its platforms. But …

Family of man killed when Chicago police fired 96 times during traffic stop file wrongful death suit

CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a Chicago man killed when plainclothes police officers fired their guns nearly 100 times during a traffic stop filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the …

Tesla driver in Seattle-area crash that killed motorcyclist told police he was using Autopilot

A Tesla that may have been operating on the company’s Autopilot driving system has hit and killed a motorcyclist near Seattle. The incident raises questions about whether a recent recall went far …

Biden meets 4-year-old Abigail Edan, an American who was held hostage by Hamas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Wednesday with Abigail Edan, the 4-year-old American girl who was held hostage in Gaza for several weeks at the start of the war. White House national …

Hamas releases video showing well-known Israeli-American hostage

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hamas released a hostage video on Wednesday showing a well-known Israeli-American man who was among scores of people abducted by the militants in the attack that ignited the war in …

Spain's prime minister says he will consider resigning after wife is targeted by judicial probe

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez denied corruption allegations against his wife but said he will consider resigning after the launch Wednesday of a judicial …

Rwanda's Hope Hostel once housed young genocide survivors. Now it's ready for migrants from Britain

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda says it's ready to receive migrants from the United Kingdom after British Parliament this week approved a long-stalled and controversial bill seeking to stem the tide …

A Greek lawmaker faces a criminal charge for allegedly punching a colleague

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A far-right Greek lawmaker has been charged with criminal assault for allegedly punching a colleague on the sidelines of a parliamentary debate Wednesday. “We can indict …
This image released by PBS shows actor John Lithgow, right, with Yoli, as they work on a screen print drawing during the filming of "Art Happens Here With John Lithgow," premiering April 26. (Antonio Diaz/PBS SoCal via AP)

John Lithgow takes on the role of the new kid in school for a PBS special celebrating arts education

At 78, John Lithgow's acting career is not slowing down. He appeared in the best picture nominee “Killers of the Flower Moon” and starred with Jeff Bridges in the FX series “The Old Man." …
This image released by Disney/Pixar shows Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, left, and Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, in a scene from "Inside Out 2." (Disney/Pixar via AP)

Summer Movie Guide: Virtually all the movies coming to theaters and streaming from May to Labor Day

Are you ready for some movies this summer? There’s action-adventure, romance, horror, franchises and anniversary re-releases of some of your favorites populating theaters and streaming services …

Publishing spinoff of 'Wednesday' has everything from tarot cards to 'Woeful Waffles'

NEW YORK (AP) — Penguin Random House is teaming with Amazon MGM Studios on a series of books based on “Wednesday,” the Emmy-winning hit about young Wednesday Addams of Addams Family fame. …
FILE - Irish writer Anne Enright holds a copy of her book after she won the Man Booker fiction prize for "The Gathering," an uncompromising portrait of a troubled family that its author called the literary equivalent of a Hollywood weepie, in London on Oct. 16 2007. Novels that give voice to the often unheard stories of migrants around the world are among the nominees for the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction. The 16-book long list announced Tuesday, April 24, 2024, for the 30,000 pound ($38,000) award includes works by writers from Ghana, Barbados, Britain, the United States, Ireland, South Korea and Australia. One of the most published authors is Ireland’s Anne Enright, nominated for her seventh novel, “The Wren, The Wren.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Complex stories of migration are among the finalists for the Women's Prize for Fiction

LONDON (AP) — Two novels that tell complex and surprising stories of migration are among six finalists for the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction. U.S.-French writer Aube Rey Lescure’s debut …
FILE - Megan Thee Stallion arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, May 15, 2022, in Las Vegas. A photographer who worked for the hip-hop star said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, April 23, 2024, that he was forced to watch her have sex, was unfairly fired soon after and was abused as her employee. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Photographer alleges he was forced to watch Megan Thee Stallion have sex and was unfairly fired

A photographer who worked for hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion says she was an abusive boss who fired him unfairly after he was forced to watch her have sex. Emilio Garcia says in a lawsuit filed …