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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Phoenix posts its hottest summer and autumn in city history

PHOENIX (AP) — After having the hottest summer in its history this year, Phoenix now has had its hottest autumn ever. National Weather Service officials said Phoenix posted an average high …

Big rig driver facing charges in fatal crash near Buckeye

PHOENIX (AP) — A man was allegedly driving a commercial semi-truck on a suspended license at the time of a crash near Buckeye that killed a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detention officer last …

Navajo Nation reports 104 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is reporting 104 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths. Tribal health officials also said Tuesday night that the Navajo Department of Health …
Government

Citizenship test gets harder, doubles in length

WASHINGTON — The good news for prospective citizens is that they will soon have more time to take the civics test that has long been a critical part of the citizenship process.The bad news is …
Growth

Surprise population continues to climb

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Surprise, Arizona has steadily increased within the past 10 years. In 2010, the population that was recorded by the Census for Surprise was …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a 14-year-old boy has died after being wounded a week ago when he was shot in an apparent accident while a friend was mishandling a firearm. Sgt. Ann Justus …
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a man has died after he continuously pointed a firearm that turned out to be a BB gun. Police spokeswoman Mercedes Fortune said the incident occurred Monday …
Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Desarey Acosta, a 16-year-old runaway.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Bobby Boland

Boland: Ways to care for seniors with mental illness

Caregivers know that even small daily tasks can be a huge burden for seniors dealing with mental illness.

Gilpin: Respect others' decisions

After reading your letter in the Independent on Nov. 28, 2020, I just have one thing to say — ”Mr. Megee, mind your own business.” There is no reason whatsoever to wear a mask …
Peoria City Councilwoman Vicki Hunt

Hunt: Lots of ‘new’ headed to Old Town Peoria

Don’t let the name mislead you – there are big, new additions on the horizon for Old Town Peoria!
Things have changed in Goodyear since the city's first traffic light, at the intersection of Litchfield Road and Western Avenue, was installed around 1950.

Siegel: Goodyear growth requires planning for the future

As a resident of Goodyear during the past five years, I have seen the amazing growth throughout this community. That growth demonstrates the highly desirable environment in the city.
Steve Trussell

Trussell: State success in adverse times

Why is Arizona thriving despite the adversity we are facing? Great public policy.
More sports

Ohio State still 4th in CFP rankings after cancellation

Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 …

Buffalo's under-recruited Patterson is hard to ignore now

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jaret Patterson was nearly inconsolable upon learning how difficult it was going to be landing a football scholarship despite a decorated high school career. Turned down …

'Who knows?' Durant unsure what to expect as return nears

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant used to worry about how he would play. There hasn't been reason for concern for years. He became an NBA MVP and a two-time champion, an explosive scorer who could …

Game on? Steelers, Ravens set to finally meet ... maybe

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn't into hypotheticals. The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach prefers to deal with what is happening, not what might happen. This season, however, has challenged …
Nation

Fauci: US may see 'surge upon surge' of virus in weeks ahead

The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks, and he does not expect current recommendations around …

Hawaii seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view

HONOLULU (AP) — Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York …
Subscriber Exclusive

Arizona, federal health officials offer holiday safety tips as COVID-19 surges

As federal and local health experts issue warnings and guidance on how to safely celebrate during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, some local residents are considering how the resurgent …

Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to …

NATO, acting US Pentagon chief discuss Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has spoken to the new acting U.S. defense secretary about the alliance’s commitment to stay in Afghanistan as long as necessary, his …
World

Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A zoo in Poland says it's the first to have captured on video the birth of a rare Philippine mouse-deer, and everyone's hoping it’s a male so it can help the endangered …

UK court rules against clinic in puberty blocking drugs case

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s High Court ruled Tuesday that children under 16 years old who are considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to medical treatment …

76 Franciscan nuns test positive at monastery in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Seventy-six Catholic nuns have tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at a Franciscan convent in northwestern Germany, church authorities said Tuesday. Another 85 nuns …

Car hits pedestrians in Germany; at least 2 dead, 15 injured

BERLIN (AP) — A car drove at high speed into a pedestrian zone in the southwestern German city of Trier on Tuesday, killing at least two people and seriously injuring 15 others before being stopped …

Sweden: Mother suspected of locking up her son for 28 years

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police in Stockholm are investigating a woman in her 70s suspected of having kept her son locked up — reportedly for 28 years — in an apartment south of the Swedish capital, …
Business

Surprise nears development code compromise, discusses in work session

Surprise is preparing the final updates to its development code, and most of the discussion and negotiation with home builders and stakeholders has been about lot width and yard size for new projects.

DeVos says free college amounts to a 'socialist takeover'

In a veiled swing at President-elect Joe Biden's education plans, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday blasted the push for free college as a “socialist takeover of higher education” that …

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from …

Airbnb hopes to raise up to $2.6B in mid-December IPO

Airbnb hopes to raise as much as $2.6 billion in its initial public stock offering this month, betting investors will see its home-sharing model as the future of travel. In a filing with …

Travel

Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on …

The Latest: Nobel laureate warns of increased trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad says the COVID-19 pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the …

Coronavirus robs biblical Bethlehem of Christmas cheer

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the …

The Latest: Croatia’s Prime Minister tests positive

ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Government spokesman Marko Milic says Plenkovic is feeling fine and will continue to …

Things to do

Fifth Annual Trolls Teddy Bear Run Saturday

The Fifth Annual Trolls Teddy Bear Run, benefiting the Mesa Family Resource Center and Mesa’s first responders, takes place Saturday, Dec. 5, in Gilbert. The entry fee is $10 plus the …

Winter Wonderettes Dec. 10-20 at Zao Theatre

Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Ave. in Apache Junction, reopens Dec. 10-20 with “The Winter Wonderettes” entertaining at their Harper’s Hardware Christmas party. “The Winter …

Southwest Ballet Theatre to perform ‘The Nutcracker’ in Goodyear

Southwest Ballet Theatre will stage two outdoor performances of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at King of Kings Church in Goodyear on Saturday, Dec. 12.

‘Reverse Light Parade’ Saturday in Apache Junction

Join Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, Dec. 5, for a new take on the city’s annual free light parade — keeping the holiday spirit and hosting a Reverse Light …

Entertainment
FILE - Elliot Page arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Umbrella Academy" on Feb. 12, 2019. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor of “Juno”, “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy” came out as transgender on Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood. The 33-year-old actor from Nova Scotia said his decision came after a long journey and with much support from the LGBTQ community. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

'All my love, Elliot': Actor Page comes out as transgender

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page, the star of “Juno," “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy,” came out as transgender Tuesday in an announcement greeted as a watershed …
This cover image released by Quadrille shows "Pizza: History, recipes, stories, people, places, love" by Thom Elliot and James Elliot. (Quadrille via AP)

Brothers write a love letter to a food we all love — pizza

NEW YORK (AP) — Let Thanksgiving have the turkey. Let Christmas have fruitcake. Every other day, it's got to be pizza. So argue Thom and James Elliot, brothers and pizza makers from England who …
Petri Hawkins Byrd, bailiff on the reality court television program "Judge Judy," poses for portrait, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Petri Hawkins Byrd deliberates on life after 'Judge Judy'

Judith Sheindlin has been the sole judge, jury and verbal executioner for the last quarter century on her behemoth TV court show, “Judge Judy.” Her trusted bailiff, Petri Hawkins Byrd, has stood …
FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, signs for Hachette Book Group are displayed at BookExpo America in New York.  The annual publishing convention and trade show, a decades-old tradition, may be coming to an end. ReedPop, which has managed BookExpo for a quarter century, announced Tuesday that it was dropping the event, along with the fan-based BookCon. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Event organizer drops BookExpo, annual publishing convention

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual publishing convention and trade show known as BookExpo, a decades-old tradition where guest speakers have ranged from Bill Clinton to Margaret Atwood, may be coming to an …

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Nonfiction 1. A Promised Land by Barack Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio) 2. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey, narrated by the author (Random House Audio) 3. Unf—k Your …