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Veteran Nebraska police officer killed in crash when pickup truck rear-ended his cruiser

CERESCO, Neb. (AP) — A veteran police officer was killed when his cruiser was struck by another vehicle after he made a traffic stop in eastern Nebraska, authorities said Saturday. The Nebraska …
SATURDAY MORNING

Speeding, impairment suspected in fatal Tempe crash

A two-vehicle collision early Saturday morning at Southern Avenue and 48 th Street killed one driver an injured another, Tempe police said. “It is suspected that impairment and high speeds …

Biden is cutting short a beach weekend to meet with his national security team amid Mideast tensions

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden is cutting short a weekend stay at his Delaware beach house and returning to the White House on Saturday to meet with his national security team and …
Valley & State
MURDER CONVICTION

Man found guilty of killing 2 in Chandler shooting

A 29-year-old man has been found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with a 2017 shooting in Chandler. Taron Lavelle Watkins also was convicted of one …
Legal

Hobbs still convinced she has power to strip county attorneys of prosecuting abortion laws

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs said Thursday she remains convinced she has the power to strip the state’s 15 elected county attorneys of their ability to prosecute anyone for violating state …
SKY HARBOR

American Airlines adds daily flights from Phoenix to Provo

American Airlines will begin service from Sky Harbor Airport to Provo, Utah, beginning Oct. 7. The flights will operate daily and year-round, airlines officials said. With the addition of …

Guilty plea by leader of polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out

A guilty plea by the leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border is at risk of being thrown out due to an unmet condition of his deal that hinged on whether others charged in …

US border arrests fall in March, bucking seasonal trends amid increased enforcement in Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arrests for crossing the U.S. border illegally fell slightly in March, authorities said Friday, bucking a usual spring increase amid increased immigration enforcement in …
City Council

Carlos Galindo-Elvira appointed to interim Phoenix Council seat

Phoenix City Council appointed Carlos Galindo-Elvira as an interim council member to fill the vacant District 7 seat on Tuesday. Yassamin Ansari vacated the seat to run for Congress in …
Business

Two Valley shops aim to provide affordable options for prom-going students

GLENDALE – Prom season is upon us. Some high schoolers are looking for a more affordable and sustainable option when purchasing a dress this year. The price of a new prom dress could range …
PINAL COUNTY

PCSO questions man about homicide near Florence

A 49-year-old man has been taken into custody for questioning in connection with a homicide that occurred near Florence, authorities said Friday. Javier Lopez had been wanted for questioning …

Jury visits a ranch near US-Mexico border where an Arizona man is charged with killing a migrant

Jurors in the case of an Arizona rancher charged with fatally shooting a migrant on his property visited the scene of the killing as the third week of the trial wrapped up. The jurors on Thursday …

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Opinions with Civility
Former Republican senator and physician Tom Patterson makes some good points in his letter. However, his true colors are revealed when he declares that going green will drive us into poverty based on …
A nine-year journey, starting with the three-year effort to get Fountain Hills designated as an International Dark Sky Community, has finally led to the April 8 groundbreaking ceremony for the …
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To millions of Americans who gulp down daily spoonfuls of yogurt, the dairy product’s health benefits are a no-brainer.
As the construction of International Dark Sky Discovery Center develops, so does the interest in collaborative opportunities with Arizona State University. Although ASU President Michael Crow …
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Local sports

Minnesota puts home win streak on the line against Phoenix

Minnesota comes into a matchup against Phoenix as winners of four games in a row at home. The teams meet Sunday for the third time this season. Minnesota is 37-14 against the Western Conference, and …

Kevin Durant scores 28 points, Jusuf Nurkic makes late free throw as Suns beat Kings 108-107

Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Jusuf Nurkic made a late free throw and the Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 108-107 on Friday. With the game tied 107 after Phoenix overcame a 16-point deficit, …

CJ McCollum scores 28 points as Pelicans hold off Warriors 114-109 to help playoff position

CJ McCollum hit a 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining to help seal it and scored 28 points, Zion Williamson had 26 and the New Orleans Pelicans boosted their playoff positioning by beating the Golden State …
National sports
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said he doesn’t expect outfielder Kris Bryant to miss significant time after the former NL MVP left Saturday’s game at Toronto in the fourth inning because of …
Josh Morrissey and Adam Lowry scored 10 seconds apart in a four-goal first period that chased Colorado goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the net, and the Winnipeg Jets moved into the driver’s seat …
Kyle Tucker doubled twice and had three RBIs and Jose Altuve added three hits and drove in two runs as the Houston Astros used a seven-run seventh inning to break a tie and coast to a 9-2 victory …
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Valley business

Barry’s studio opens in Scottsdale

Barry’s fitness studio is now open at 6107 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite C09 in Scottsdale.

Barry’s fitness studio known for its high-energy cardio and strength interval training workout, is now open at 6107 N Scottsdale Rd., Suite C09, Scottsdale. Offering its signature RUN x …

Southern-inspired gastropub 'Copper & Sage' coming to Goodyear

The city of Goodyear announced a new southern food gastropub will be housed in its future downtown area Tuesday.

The city of Goodyear announced a new southern food gastropub will be housed in its future downtown area Tuesday. The restaurant, Copper & Sage, specializing in southern fusion food and …

Report: Goodyear ‘air-cooled’ AI data centers guzzling unknown millions of gallons of water

2019 rendering of Compass Datacenter campus.

Goodyear’s Microsoft AI-intensive data center received national attention in The Atlantic in March after the publisher claimed that once fully built out, it may use 56 million gallons of water …

Chipotle Mexican Grill opens first restaurant in Scottsdale

Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening it’s first restaurant in Scottsdale April 5, at 8099 E McDowell Road. Hours are 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening it’s first restaurant in Scottsdale April 5, at 8099 E McDowell Road. Hours are 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The location is hiring. There …

Neighbors

Honoring a local hero: Pat’s Run co-founder reflects on 20th anniversary

Pat's Run marks two decades of honoring the life of Pat Tillman in Tempe.

Pat’s Run marks its 20th anniversary April 13, celebrating two decades of honoring the life of Pat Tillman.

Meet Christopher – Artsy teen looks to create with adoptive family

Christopher

Christopher is an artsy teen who dreams of one day selling his paintings and drawings at art shows. His walls are covered in his work and he enjoys sharing his creations with others.

Over Easy announces fourth annual Dollars for a Dozen fundraiser

Throughout the month of April, guests of Over Easy restaurants can donate $1 to Phoenix Children’s and the restaurant will match it with another $1.

Local breakfast restaurant Over Easy is teaming up with Shamrock Farms and Hickman’s Family Farms in April to raise funds (and eggs) for Phoenix’s Children’s and United Food Bank …

Babies in Glendale hospital join Final Four festivities

These twin college basketball fans were recently born at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale, ready to cheer on the teams playing for the NCAA Championship on Monday, April 8.

Babies in the NICU and Maternity Units at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale got into the Final Four spirit this weekend with onesies proclaiming they were ‘the cutest fans in town.’ …

Things to do

Valleypalooza to bring music, good cause together in Phoenix

Phoenix-based Latin punk trio Fayuca will perform at Valleypalooza on Saturday, April 13, at Paradise Valley Community College.

The Valleypalooza festival arrives this weekend.

Downtown Phoenix gallery to unveil new art exhibition

Karolina Adams’ “I no longer want to be invisible” will be part of a new exhibition in downtown Phoenix.

Karolina Adams and Sarah Simmerman will present “Exploring Emotion,” an art exhibition that conveys universal life experiences.

Rock icons Aerosmith announce new ‘farewell tour’ Phoenix date

From left, Rich Robinson, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Chris Robinson will be hitting the road again on their Peace Out tour, which will arrive in downtown Phoenix on Halloween night.

Rock legends Aerosmith are returning to the road with their farewell Peace Out tour, along with special guests the Black Crowes, and the trek will visit Phoenix.

The Nash, in Phoenix, announces May jazz lineup

Greg Abate, whose latest solo release, “Magic Dance,” reached No. 1 on the JazzWeek Charts, will perform at The Nash on May 4.

The Nash, a home for live jazz in downtown Phoenix, has a number of new events scheduled in May.

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Obituaries & Memorials
Cliff Webb

Cliff Webb

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, Clifford Preston Webb, on March 19, 2024.  He was 87 years old and died peacefully of natural causes. …

Phyllis Still Brescia

Phyllis Still Brescia, 88, passed away on March, 21, 2024. She was born in Nevada, Missouri, to George Farold Hill and Alice Valentine Hosfield Hill. The family soon moved to Chillicothe, Missouri, …

Jeanne Sulley

On Friday, April 5, 2024, Jeanne Ellis McDaniel Sulley who was born in Joplin, Missouri passed away at the age of 94. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Dorothy McDaniel and son, …

Carol Jean DeAmbra

Carol, 77, of Sun City West, AZ, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2024, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her devoted family including her husband, children …

Patrick Michael Dwyer

Patrick, known to many as “Pat,” passed away on Friday, April 5, 2024, in Fountain Hills, AZ, at the age of 80. He was born on October 12, 1943, in New York, New York. Pat was a beloved …
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Nation

Momofuku backs down from defending its 'chile crunch' trademark after outcry by small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Momofuku, a food and restaurant brand started by food mogul David Chang, said it won't defend its trademark on the name “chile crunch” after it sparked an outcry by sending …

It's almost April 15. Here's how to reduce stress and get your taxes done

NEW YORK (AP) — For many people, tax season isn't only about gathering W-2 forms or calling an accountant. It can also bring intense feelings of stress or anxiety about dealing with finances. …

River barges break loose in Pittsburgh, causing damage and closing bridges before some go over a dam

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A large group of river barges broke loose and floated down the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, damaging a marina and causing bridge closures before the boats were pinned to the …

Nearing 50 Supreme Court arguments in, lawyer Lisa Blatt keeps winning

No woman has appeared more often before the Supreme Court than Lisa Blatt, who'll make her 50th argument this month. No lawyer, male or female, has done it with quite the same mix of humor, passion …

Bird flu is spreading to more farm animals. Are milk and eggs safe?

A bird flu outbreak in U.S. dairy cows has spread to more than two dozen herds in eight states. That comes weeks after the nation’s largest egg producer found the virus in its chickens. Health …
World

Vatican complains after French court rules in favor of nun dismissed from religious order

ROME (AP) — The Holy See has formally protested to France after a French court ruled that a former high-ranking Vatican official was liable for what the court determined to be the wrongful …

As a landmark United Methodist gathering approaches, African churches weigh their future.

The United Methodist Church lost one-fourth of its U.S. churches in a recent schism, with conservatives departing over disputes on sexuality and theology. Now the question is whether the church can …

A local official says at least 10 people have died in shelling in Russian-occupied Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 10 people, including children, died after shelling late on Friday struck a Russian-occupied town in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region, a local Kremlin-installed …

Water guns are in full blast to mark Thai New Year festivities despite worries about heat wave

It’s water festival time in Thailand where many are marking the country’s traditional New Year, splashing each other with colorful water guns and buckets in an often raucous celebration that …

More than 40 people still stranded the day after a deadly cable car accident in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) — More than 40 people remained stranded in cable cars high above a mountain in southern Turkey on Saturday, 19 hours after one pod hit a pole and burst open, killing one person and …
Entertainment
Festivalgoers are seen during the the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Friday, April 12, 2024, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Small earthquake shakes Southern California desert during Coachella music festival

A small earthquake has shaken the Southern California desert near where the Coachella music festival is being held this weekend. No damage or injuries were reported in Saturday's quake. The U.S. …
This undated portrait released by the Coppola family shows Eleanor "Ellie" Jessie Coppola. Coppola, who documented the making of some of her husband Francis Ford Coppola's iconic films, including the infamously tortured production of "Apocalypse Now," and who raised a family of filmmakers, has died. She was 87. (Chad Keig/Courtesy of the Coppola family via AP)

Eleanor Coppola, matriarch of a filmmaking family, dies at 87

Eleanor Coppola, who documented the making of some of her husband Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic films, including the infamously tortured production of “Apocalypse Now,” and who raised a family …
Maggie Rogers performs on Day 3 of the Lollapalooza Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at Grant Park in Chicago. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Maggie Rogers on 'Don't Forget Me,' the album she wrote for a Sunday drive

NEW YORK (AP) — Maggie Rogers wrote and recorded her new album, “Don’t Forget Me,” over five days last winter. The songs came quickly and chronologically, as if she was writing “different …
From left: Hosts of the CBS talk show "The Talk" Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Sheryl Underwood, Jerry O’Connell and Natalie Morales pose for a photo for the season 14 premiere which aired Feb. 23, 2023. The talk show is ending after its 15h season in December, CBS confirmed Friday, April 12, 2024. (Sonja Flemming /CBS via AP)

CBS says its daytime show 'The Talk' will end its run in December after 15 seasons

CBS says the daytime talk show “The Talk” will end in December after 15 seasons. The show was created in 2010 by actor Sara Gilbert, who was inspired by conversations she would have with her …
FILE - This Feb. 1978 photo shows Robert MacNeil, executive editor of "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report". MacNeil, who created the even-handed, no-frills PBS newscast “The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour” in the 1970s and co-anchored the show for with his late partner, Jim Lehrer, for two decades, died on Friday, April 12, 2024. He was 93. (AP Photo/FILE)

Robert MacNeil, creator and first anchor of PBS 'NewsHour' nightly newscast, dies at 93

Veteran newsman Robert MacNeil, who was the creator and first anchor of PBS' “NewsHour” in the 1970s, has died. His daughter, Alison, said MacNeil died of natural causes at age 93 Friday at a …