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Arizona virus deaths near 1,000 as cases climb unabated

Jun. 4, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is inching toward the 1,000 death mark as coronvirus cases continue to climb in the state. The state Health Services Department on Thursday reported 530 new cases of the virus and 15 additional deaths. A total of 996 people have died since the first death was reported on March 21....

Navajo Nation keeps closings, curfews; weekend lockdowns end

Jun. 4, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is extending its closure of tribal government facilities and continuing its overnight curfews while ending weekend lockdowns imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Tribal health officials reported 128 additional cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths,...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Carolyn Yazzie fills in her ballot at the Shiprock Chapter House in Shiprock, N.M., during the Navajo Nation's referendum election. Native American voting rights advocates are cautioning against states moving to mail-in ballots without opportunities for tribal members to vote safely in person. The Native American Rights Fund released a wide-ranging report on voting rights Thursday, June 4, 2020. In it, the group outlined the challenges that could arise as states move to rely more heavily on mail-in ballots. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP, File)

Report highlights voting inequities in tribal communities

Jun. 4, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Native American voting rights advocates are cautioning against states moving to mail-in ballots without opportunities for tribal members to vote safely in person. In a wide-ranging report released Thursday, the Native American Rights Fund outlined the challenges that could arise:...

Phoenix police ID tree trimmer who died from electrocution

Jun. 4, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A tree trimmer who died at a Phoenix home was electrocuted, according to police. They said 28-year-old Crisostomo Hernandez-Aguilar was killed when he made contact with electrical lines while working on a backyard palm tree. Phoenix Fire Department officials said they received a rescue call...

Phoenix police: Arrest in 1987 death of woman set on fire

Jun. 4, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the 1987 death of a woman who was beaten, sexually assaulted and set on fire by her attacker, Phoenix ploice said Wednesday. They said 52-year-old Darron Miniefield was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree murder. Police said...

Body of Arizona man presumed to have drowned is recovered

Jun. 3, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Utah (AP) — A National Park Service search crew has recovered the body of an Arizona man presumed to have drowned in Utah's Lake Powell, authorities said Wednesday. Kane County Sheriff’s officials said the victim has been identified as 30-year-old Dustin Olague...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Protesters rally Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Phoenix, demanding that the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department. The protest is a result of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Phoenix protesters gear up for 7th day of demonstrations

Jun. 3, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Protesters in Phoenix rallied in scorching heat Wednesday, marking a full week of demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Hundreds of people stood outside Phoenix City Council chambers downtown holding signs and umbrellas as the temperature...

Scottsdale police make more arrests in mall looting

Jun. 3, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Scottsdale police have made more arrests in the looting of the city's signature mall and recovered designer handbags, sunglasses and other luxury items. Authorities said Wednesday another eight people have been arrested and more than $46,000 in merchandise from Scottsdale Fashion...