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Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

Jan. 27, 2021 9:58 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel. The people were released before testing positive and...

This photo provided by the Arizona National Guard shows a UH-60 Black Hawk crew with the Arizona National Guard during a rescue of three stranded climbers in snow covered Haribo Canyon in Sedona, Ariz. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Crews in northern Arizona used a helicopter and a tracked vehicle to rescue a total of five people in two incidents in areas blanketed by heavy snow from a major storm, authorities said. (Maj. Kyle Key/Arizona National Guard via AP)

Crews rescue hiker, 5 others stranded due to snow in Arizona

Jan. 27, 2021 9:00 PM EST

Five people had to be rescued after they got stuck in areas of northern and eastern Arizona blanketed by heavy snow from the latest major storm, authorities said. In another rescue Tuesday, a barefoot hiker stranded on the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista in southern Arizona was airlifted to safety by U.S....

Navajo Nation reports 152 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

Jan. 27, 2021 8:10 PM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 152 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths. The latest figures bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the reservation to 27,887 with 989 known deaths. On Monday, the tribe extended its stay-at-home order with a revised...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, vehicles line up so people can get their COVID-19 vaccination cards after being vaccinated in a pre-registered drive-thru in the parking lot of the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Arizona reported 4,748 additional known COVID-19 cases and 209 deaths on Tuesday, Jan. 26 the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the state's first confirmed coronavirus case in the outbreak that has since claimed thousands of lives statewide. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona still hot spot despite dip in virus hospitalizations

Jan. 27, 2021 4:51 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Hospital administrators across Arizona warned residents Wednesday not to become complacent because of a noticeable decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, stressing the importance of wearing masks and social distancing. “Mitigation and enforcement will be much more effective...

Arizona county votes to audit election that saw Biden win

Jan. 27, 2021 2:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to hire two firms to audit election equipment and software used in the November election, but a key member of the state Senate who has demanded access to election machines and data to conduct his own review is not...

Arizona's 2020 wildfire season among worst in past decade

Jan. 27, 2021 2:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona had one of its worst wildfire seasons in nearly a decade last year, state Department of Forestry and Fire Management officials said Wednesday, They said statistics show 2,520 wildfires burned 978,519 acres of state, federal and tribal lands in 2020. Of those fires, wildland fire...

Arizona history Jan. 31-Feb.6

Jan. 27, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Sunday, Jan. 31 On this date in 1813, John C. Fremont, the fifth territorial governor of Arizona, was born. On this date in 1884, the Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society held its organizational meeting in Tucson. On this date in 1890, the Empire Ranch started a drive of 1,000 head of cattle to California...

New Arizona sawmill to boost forest restoration efforts

Jan. 27, 2021 11:34 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former paper plant near Flagstaff will be converted into a new sawmill facility, bolstering forest restoration efforts in northern Arizona, company officials said. Good Earth Power AZ and its operating entity NewLife Forest Products, LLC announced it will use a 425,000-square-foot...

Co-founder of Make-A-Wish, ex-Arizona trooper dies

Jan. 27, 2021 11:14 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Frank Shankwitz, a co-founder of the Make-A-Wish charity and a former Arizona state trooper, has died. The Make-A-Wish organization confirmed Shankwitz's death on Monday. He died at his home in Prescott of esophageal cancer. He was 77. Make-A-Wish is known for granting the wishes of children...

Evan Mobley #4 of the USC Trojans rebounds against the Utah Utes In the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 2, 2021. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Oregon State at USC tops the week in Pac-12 hoops

Jan. 27, 2021 2:31 AM EST

Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball: GAME OF THE WEEK: Oregon State at Southern California, Thursday. What would have been the marquee game of the week, Oregon at No. 23 UCLA, was postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Ducks' program. The other game between the Pac-12's other Southern...