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In this May 15, 2020 photo provided by Shannon Todecheene her mother Carol Todecheene, left, receives therapy services at her daughter's home in Tucson, Ariz. Carol Todecheene was among those severely hit with the coronavirus. (Shannon Todecheene via AP)

Navajo woman who survived COVID-19 finds joy in simple steps

Sep. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An ambulance whisked Carol Todecheene from her house in late March as some of her 13 rescue dogs barked and neighbors stood in their yards wondering what was wrong. Some thought she had died as the number of coronavirus cases rapidly rose on the vast Navajo Nation, which at one...

Phoenix sets high-temperature record; crews rescue hikers

Sep. 5, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix on Saturday set a high-temperature record of 115 degrees for the date as emergency crews rescued several hikers at a popular recreation area in the city. The baking heat broke the previous record of 113 degrees set in 1945, the National Weather Service said. Saturday was the 14th day...

Arizona's Akinjo immediately eligible after waiver

Sep. 1, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona guard James Akinjo has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will immediately be eligible after transferring from Georgetown. The decision announced Tuesday gives Akinjo two years of eligibility left. A 6-foot guard, Akinjo was the Big East freshman of the year in 2018-19 after...

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2006, file photo, Arizona head coach Lute Olson, center, talks to his players, from left to right, Daniel Dillon, Jawann McClellan (5), Chase Budinger (34) and Ivan Radenovic during the second half of a college basketball game against Memphis in Tucson, Ariz. Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who turned Arizona into a college basketball powerhouse, has died at the age of 85. Olson’s family said he died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The family did not provide the cause of death. (AP Photo/John Miller, File)

Lute Olson, Hall of Fame coach, Arizona icon, dies at 85

Aug. 28, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Lute Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who turned Arizona into a college basketball powerhouse and led the program to its lone national title in 1997, has died. He was 85. Olson’s family said he died Thursday evening. The cause of death wasn’t given. “Coach Olson is...

In his 2016 photo provided by the Dan Budnik Estate is Dan Budnik, in Santa Fe, N.M. The acclaimed photographer, noted for his portraits of artists in New York in the 1960s, along with the civil rights movement and Native American culture, has died in Arizona at age 87. Budnik's nephew Kim Newton says his uncle died last Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Tucson. (Rixt Bosma/Dan Budnik Estate via AP)

Dan Budnik, who photographed civil rights movement, dies

Aug. 18, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Acclaimed photographer Dan Budnik, noted for his portraits of artists in New York in the 1960s and documenting the civil rights movement and Native American culture, has died. He was 87. Budnik died last Friday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Tucson, nephew Kim...

This image released by Jennifer Asbury shows her kids, Luca Asbury, 6, left, and her brother Will Asbury, 8, with their dog Drake in Littleton, Colo. Will Asbury is going into third grade. School starts Aug. 24 and he'll be there in person. There was a distance learning option but Will and his little sister, Luca, wanted to go. (Jennifer Asbury via AP)

What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Aug. 11, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Parents have weighed in on reopening schools. Teachers have weighed in. Public health experts, too, along with cities, states and President Donald Trump. But what about the kids themselves? As the grown-ups fret, kindergartners to high schoolers faced with a range of scenarios for virtual...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

McSally, Kelly move on to set up hot Arizona Senate race

Aug. 5, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic astronaut Mark Kelly secured their parties' nominations Tuesday in the Arizona race to finish the late John McCain's U.S. Senate term. It sets up a heated contest between two former combat pilots in what is expected to be one of the most...

Local firefighters attempt to put out a fire on a derailed freight train on a bridge spanning Tempe Town Lake Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Train derails on Arizona bridge that collapses, catches fire

Jul. 29, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A freight train derailed Wednesday as it traveled on a bridge that spans a man-made lake in a Phoenix suburb, setting the bridge ablaze and partially collapsing the structure, officials said. Tempe police said there was another derailment in the same area last month that slightly damaged the...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, speaks during a news conference on on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the Republican proposal for the next coronavirus stimulus bill. Joining Graham, from left, is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sent. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

Jul. 28, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have more than just the “invisible enemy” in mind. The Republican measure includes billions for...