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PHOENIX — A Pinal County lawmaker has introduced legislation to prevent county supervisors from refusing federal grants that fund law enforcement operations.
PHOENIX — Gilbert resident Mimi Condon calls the struggle to make her oldest son part of her family her “39-month labor.”
The man who pushed the detonator to demolish the once-proud Phoenix Suns wants taxpayers to foot the majority of the bill for a $230 million arena renovation. It’s almost like a guy trying to rob a bank with a water gun, except it’s more sad than funny.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Entering Friday, Combs was in need of a win to gain some confidence heading into its final few games before the Christmas break.
MESA (AP) — Maricopa County sheriff's officials say deputies shot and killed an armed man in Mesa.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say Phoenix firefighters found a body inside a vacant building that was on fire.
TUCSON (AP) — A statue of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa will remain in downtown Tucson despite an effort by a conservative watchdog group to remove it.
WHITERIVER — “It was quite a day on a sunny Sunday afternoon,” said Ron Carlson. That was the day he and his buddy jumped out of a vintage Navy warplane, as smoke and flames erupted from the engine, skimming over the forest east of Whiteriver.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a man who went to a hotel room and demanded money from two guests at gunpoint has been killed.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head that new church — a move that could exponentially raise tensions with neighboring Russia.
CASA GRANDE — Volunteers with New Life Baptist Church helped Grande Innovation Academy raise money for its new swimming and water safety program.
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ELOY — A special Consecration of the Family service will be held at St. Helen of the Cross Catholic Church, 205 W. Eighth St., beginning at 8 a.m. with the sacrament of reconciliation on Sunday, Dec. 30, and followed by a three-part service that includes a consecration rosary service at 8:30…
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WASHINGTON — A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says that "active and ongoing" Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms, and that the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 preside…
WASHINGTON — The White House on Sunday pushed the federal government closer to the brink of a partial shutdown later this week, digging in on its demand for $5 billion to build a border wall as congressional Democrats stood firm against it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing "Saturday Night Live" on Twitter again the morning a Christmas-themed spoof on the sketch-comedy show focused on him.
Tom Brady scrambled and heaved up a wobbly pass off his back foot, the sort of thing a less-experienced, less-accomplished and, well, less-cool QB might do.
LOS ANGELES — The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it.
ATLANTA — The Falcons were struggling again, and quarterback Matt Ryan was looking for something to spark the team.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour gave his players a day off after a tough loss. They rewarded their first-year coach with a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.
TUCSON — Baylor will face some of the toughest road environments in college basketball when the Big 12 season starts.
ATHENS, Ga. — Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley thought his team showed the kind of toughness it needs to get back to the NCAA Tournament this season.
WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) — Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of a Colorado woman who was last seen on Thanksgiving Day.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A piece of a battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Rhode Island for display at an education center.
YUMA (AP) — Yuma County officials are considering a special use permit for a solar plant near Dateland.
BEIJING (AP) — China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth.
NEW YORK — Facebook’s privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended.
BANGKOK (AP) — The Philippines' Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition held in Bangkok on Monday, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation.
CASA GRANDE -- Practicing the art of relaxation may be as easy as just practicing art.
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least six people died and 129 others were injured in a fire that broke out Monday in a hospital in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, police said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Black protesters threw…
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky.
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The world’s greatest doctor must work inside the nondescript trailer home at 19997 N. Justin Drive in Maricopa. A banner outside simply says “Healing Rooms.” Inside, a binder more than an inch…
Imagine, for a moment, you are a man who owns nothing. You have no money or possessions. You have no wife or romantic partner, nor will you ever. You live in complete obedience to your boss. A…
It’s the oldest Pinal County church building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but drive by and you might miss it.
The church affiliations of Pinal County’s many female pastors are as divergent as their individual paths in life. But all assert their destiny to serve came from an unseen source.
Grace 91.1, KVNG-FM, isn’t the only religious radio station broadcasting in Pinal County.
Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711) was an Italian explorer, cartographer and astronomer who spent the last 24 years of his life in the Pimería Alta, an area that is modern-day Sonora in …
I drifted away from God and didn’t return for almost 40 years.
According to a 2016 estimate by the Public Religion Research Institute, 69 percent of Americans were Christian, 24 percent were “unaffiliated or unanswered,” 2 percent were Jewish, 1 percent e…
The Bible instructs Christians to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, although there’s only so much a small church in Casa Grande can do. How do you bring the Gospel to a shack on the Gila Rive…
Oracle is home to ranchers, miners, artists and retirees, people with vastly different backgrounds. They also have different political views, as David and Stacy Raneri found out when they open…
Teddy suffered from degenerative myelopathy, a spinal-cord disease common among long-backed dogs that robs them of coordination in their hind limbs. The Welsh Corgi was found wandering the str…
Jurassic Park is in Pinal County. The dinosaurs are a lot smaller than a T. Rex, but you can’t miss the place. If you don’t notice the billboards on the side of I-10 between Casa Grande and Tu…
For as long as people outside the loop have confused FFA and 4-H with one another, the two organizations have taught young people such as Ashton Redd about animals through hands-on experiences.
People may think veterinarians spend their time with animals. The Department of Labor job description says they “care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose…