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Valley and State

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in Tucson death last year

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a Tucson killing. Tucson TV station KOLD reported that 23-year-old Eric Anthony Wildman entered his plea Thursday. Wildman is …

Navajo Nation reports 166 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 166 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths. The latest figures bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the …

Pam Johnson, former Arizona Republic executive editor, dies

PHOENIX (AP) — Pam Johnson, a former executive editor of Arizona’s largest newspaper, has died. She was 74. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that Johnson died Jan. 20 in Overland Park, …

Buckeye man accused of fatally running over friend in Topock

TOPOCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Buckeye man has been accused of fatally running over a friend with his vehicle in Topock, Mohave County Sheriff's officials said Thursday. They said 50-year-old James …

Prescott gas station manager fired for offensive signs

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The manager of a gas station near downtown Prescott was fired for posting signs this week outside the business that made a baseless sexual derogatory claim about President …
Your Health
First responders
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area from Dec. 14- Jan. 21: Warrant arrest, reported at 4:24 p.m., Jan. 15 in the 3200 block of North …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from Jan. 14-21.
PHOENIX (AP) — A suspect in a homicide case from last year in Phoenix has been arrested, according to police. They said 40-year-old William McCoy was taken into custody Tuesday with the help of …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Kuby: Working toward a sustainable and livable Tempe

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the growing inequalities in our world, country, state, and city. With crisis, however, comes opportunity and the challenge to tackle the racial, economic, …
Madison Blanton

Blanton: We must prioritize those with developmental disabilities for vaccination

With the hope of a new start at a new year, it seems clear that the coronavirus has also made a New Year’s resolution to persevere with a vengeance and stick around and mutate.

Safin: Practice hope, faith and patience while you ‘stop the spread’

Welcome to the new year! I hope your holiday season was terrific. I also hope our future will get better now that vaccines are available.

Crislip: Why older adults should set New Year’s resolutions and goals

A new year brings new resolutions for many and those New Year’s resolutions could also lead to some health benefits. According to a report published in JAMA, “setting resolutions …
Barbara Duncan

Duncan: Here’s what I see for the future of Arizona education

What do you think Arizona’s K-12 schools will look like in 2031? Does the prospect excite or dishearten you? After a year of countless hardships for families, we could use some positivity.
More sports

ExxonMobil becomes latest sponsor to sever Iditarod ties

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod, the world’s most famous sled dog race, has lost another major sponsor as it prepares for a scaled back version of this year’s race because of the …

Late entry Brandon Hagy opens with 64 at American Express

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Hagy didn't find out he was in the field at The American Express until three days before it started. The Californian then left no doubt he belonged. Hagy took …

Bama hires ex-Texans coach O'Brien as offensive coordinator

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — National champion Alabama has hired former Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced …

Stars finally set for delayed opener after COVID positives

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars are finally set to open their season, more than 10 months after playing their last home game, nearly four months after losing the deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup …
Nation

Native Americans question use of folk song at inaugural

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On the first day of Joe Biden's presidency, Native Americans had reason to celebrate. Biden halted construction of the border wall that threatened to physically separate …

FDA approves 1st long-acting HIV drug combo, monthly shots

U.S. regulators have approved the first long-acting drug combo for HIV, monthly shots that can replace the daily pills now used to control infection with the AIDS virus. Thursday’s approval of …

VIRUS TODAY: Biden tightens virus rules, boosts vaccinations

Here's what's happening Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — President Joe Biden outlined his to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools …

Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

DETROIT (AP) — A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The settlement includes …

Columbus, Ohio, to spend $4.5M to improve police bodycams

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Ohio's largest city said Thursday that they plan to invest $4.5 million in body-worn cameras for police and introduce a law that would ensure officers use the …
World

Ontario leader blames Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine delays

TORONTO (AP) — The leader of Canada’s most populous province said Thursday he isn’t buying the explanation given by Pfizer about why the company has deferred next week's coronavirus vaccine …

First-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons enters into force

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons entered into force on Friday, hailed as a historic step to rid the world of its deadliest weapons but strongly opposed by the …

EXPLAINER: Why Navalny is a thorn in the Kremlin's side

MOSCOW (AP) — The return to Russia from Germany by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably, with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight …

New Chinese film praises Wuhan ahead of lockdown anniversary

WUHAN, China (AP) — China is rolling out a state-backed film praising Wuhan ahead of the anniversary of the 76-day lockdown in the central city where the coronavirus was first detected. The …

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news …
Business

CSX profit slips in 4Q but railroad hauls 4% more freight

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX railroad reported relatively flat fourth-quarter earnings even though it hauled 4% more freight as the economy continued to rebound from last year’s widespread …

Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler web service

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers …

Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which …

Biden suspends oil, gas leases on public lands for 60 days

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration has suspended new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits on public lands and waters for 60 days as part a review of programs at the U.S. Department …

Neighbors

Family seeks help with World War II photos

When Army veteran Richard Perkins passed away at the age of 92 in 2014, he left behind a treasure trove of hundreds of photos he took while stationed in Hawaii after the attack on Pearl …

West Valley food bank among those applying for grant help

The Hope for Hunger Food Bank, located at 5605 N. 55th Ave., which serves Glendale residents and parts of Peoria, provides a lot more than just food distribution.

Apache Junction food bank adds little library with books, snacks, water

The Superstition Community Food Bank in Apache Junction has a new Little Snack Book Bank. The box at 575 N. Idaho Road Suite No. 701 holds new children books, non-perishable snacks and water for …

Scottsdale church feeds families experiencing homelessness

In an effort to help one of the most vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, members of Chaparral Christian Church volunteered to shelter and provide meals for families experiencing …

Things to do

Desert survival class offered at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

Dutch-oven cooking class offered at Superstition Mountain Museum

Award-winning chuckwagon chefs Sue and Russ Richins will be presenting their “Intro to Dutch Oven Cooking” class 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

WHAM ends month with pair of painting classes

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends January with several classes.

Zao Theatre presents ‘Songs for a New World’ Jan. 29-Feb. 14

“Songs for a New World” is the next musical production to be presented at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction. Performances are Jan. 29-Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. …

Entertainment
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Dave Chappelle arrives at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to Dave Chappelle, in Washington. Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, forcing his upcoming appearances to be canceled, a spokeswoman said. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dave Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, forcing his upcoming appearances to be canceled, a spokeswoman …
People watch a TV screen showing a news report about U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The sign reads "New leadership." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

CNN, MSNBC viewers flip for Biden; Fox audience slumps

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing illustrates the political passions of a television network's audience quite like ratings for a presidential inaugural. The 6.53 million people who watched President Joe …
FILE - In this May 29, 2015, file photo, television actor Dustin Diamond, center, leaves court in Port Washington, Wis., after being convicted of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight on Christmas Day 2014. Diamond is undergoing chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with cancer, according to his representative. Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom, was hospitalized earlier this month in Florida. Last week, his team disclosed he did have cancer. (AP Photo/Dana Ferguson, File)

Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer

Original “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond has begun undergoing chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with cancer, according to his representative. Diamond, best known for …

Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton's brother, dies at 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Dolly Parton said her brother Randy Parton, who sang and performed with her, as well as at her Dollywood theme park, has died. He was 67. Parton, who turned …
This image released by Sony Music Brazil shows cover art for the single for “America Vibra,” a trilingual song featuring Ziggy Marley and the Academy-Award nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. (Sony Music Brazil via AP)

Natiruts, Marley, Aparicio sing for unity of the Americas

NEW YORK (AP) — With a trilingual song that calls for the people of the Americas to unite in a more fair and loving world, Brazilian reggae band Natiruts, Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley and Mexican …
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