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Phoenix police chief asks for FBI review of fatal shooting

Jul. 7, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Police chief is asking the FBI to investigate a man's shooting death at the hands of officers. Chief Jeri Williams announced Tuesday that she is requesting the agency conduct an independent probe to see if 28-year-old James “Jay” Garcia's civil rights were violated...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, a trainer, top, at Mountainside Fitness, works with a client in Phoenix. Mountainside Fitness CEO Tom Hatten said Friday, July 3, he would keep his chain open for now. “We are going to stay open until we have our day in court, which is Monday morning,” Hatten said at a Mountainside location in Scottsdale. “If the court does not allow a stay, we will comply and respect the court’s decision. We will deal with being closed again.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Health club chain loses bid to stop Arizona shutdown order

Jul. 7, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected a request by an Arizona health club chain to stop enforcement of Gov. Doug Ducey’s shutdown of gyms, leading the fitness business to temporarily close its doors after disobeying the governor's order for a week as Arizona experienced a sharp increase in coronavirus...

This September 2018 photo shows the beach at the popular tourist resort of Puerto Peñasco in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Fears about possible coronavirus infections from hard hit Arizona and regional politics south of the U.S.-Mexico border saw American vacationers turned back on the road to the popular tourist resort of Puerto Peñasco over the long July 4 weekend. The spat in the small community of Sonoyta erupted against a backdrop of local rivalries and resentments, international politics and growing fears about virus spread along the 2,000-mile border. (AP Photo/Annika Wolters)

Virus fears, regional spats snarl Arizona-Mexico route

Jul. 7, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Fears about possible coronavirus infections from hard-hit Arizona mixed together with local politics south of the U.S.-Mexico border saw American vacationers turned back on the road to the popular resort of Puerto Peñasco over the long July 4 weekend. The spat in the small community of...

Police: 2 suspects arrested in El Mirage double homicide

Jul. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Two suspects have been arrested in an El Mirage double homicide case after they were found in a car belonging to one of the victims, according to police. Police said their investigation began last Friday with an out-of-state 911 call from a man who said he hadn’t been able to...

2 veteran Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies die on same day

Jul. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two veteran deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have died, but officials didn't immediately release the manner of death. Sheriff’s officials said 25-year veteran Law Enforcement Sergeant Ernie Quintero and 15-year-veteran Detention Officer Kevin Fletcher both died...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

More than 81,000 Arizona businesses get coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Just over 81,000 Arizona small businesses were approved for loans worth $8.6 billion under a government program meant to keep people employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Monday by the federal government. The Arizona companies reported saving more than 1 million...

A sports bar is empty before it closed early Monday, June 29, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks amid a dramatic resurgence of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona officials: Most virus cases involve younger people

Jul. 6, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona has now surpassed 100,000, and younger people, not the elderly, make up more than half of them, state health officials said Monday. The Department of Health Services said more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases involve people...

Arrest made after man found stabbed to death at Phoenix home

Jul. 6, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in a stabbing at a central Phoenix home that left one man dead, police said. Officers responded to a residence shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday and found a man with wounds consistent with a knife attack. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. He was...

Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvalefor free COVID-19 tests organized by Equality Health Foundation, which focuses on care in underserved communities. As coronavirus infections explode in states like Arizona and Florida, people in communities of color are fighting to get tested. Public health experts say wider testing helps people in underserved neighborhoods and is key to controlling a pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Latino, Black neighborhoods struggle with test disparities

Jul. 6, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Latino cook whose co-worker got COVID-19 waited in his truck for a free swab at a rare testing event in a low-income neighborhood in Phoenix. A Hispanic tile installer queued up after two weeks of self-isolation while his father battled the coronavirus in intensive care. He didn't know his...