• Cars line up for miles for Tyler Perry Atlanta food giveaway

    Cars line up for miles for Tyler Perry Atlanta food giveaway
    ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of people have jammed roads for miles in Atlanta to try to get boxes of food and gift cards donated by entertainer Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry Studios said they had enough boxes of canned vegetables and $25 gift cards for 5,000 families to drive through and pick up Sunday. The studio says it was out of food by 10 a.m. The line started forming Saturday and at one point stretched for 5 miles south of downtown Atlanta. Volunteers in protective equipment were handing out
  • New phallus sculpture appears in Bavarian mountains

    New phallus sculpture appears in Bavarian mountains
    BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa reports that just days after a large phallus sculpture mysteriously disappeared from a Bavarian mountainside, a similar wooden carving has appeared in its place. The saga began several years ago, when a 7-foot tall sculpture appeared on the 5,702-foot high Gruenten mountain in southern Germany. It quickly became a selfie magnet for hikers and even featured on Google Maps, where it was described as a “cultural monument.” Several weeks ago, th
  • New partnership allows enlisted military members to take courses through UArizona

    New partnership allows enlisted military members to take courses through UArizona
    TUCSON (KVOA) – The University of Arizona was recently chosen to be a part of a pilot program to offer online courses to enlisted military members.UArizona was one of three university systems nationwide to be chosen for this.
    During the second session of the spring semester, 150 military members will virtually enroll to UArizona's College of Applied Science and Technology.
    The courses are not free, but UArizona offers them at a discounted rate.
    Additionally, the military offers tuition ass
  • Greek city to use Christmas money for more ICU beds

    Greek city to use Christmas money for more ICU beds
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A city in northern Greece hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic says it will scrap plans to set up Christmas decorations and a nativity scene this year to donate the money to the local hospital’s intensive care ward. The mayor of Serres told The Associated Press on Thursday that the money would be used to pay for facilities and protective suits for staff at the state-run Serres General Hospital. City officials said they would announce further details of the
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  • School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

    School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities
    The pandemic is threatening to wipe out the educational progress made by many of the nation’s 7 million students with disabilities. That’s according to advocates, who say the extended months of learning from home and erratic attempts to reopen schools are deepening a crisis that began with the switch to distance learning in March. Some schools have prioritized students with disabilities in reopening plans. But those options have only fueled further anguish when they have been reverse
  • Wind Advisory issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 3 at 3:00PM MST by NWS Tucson AZ

    Wind Advisory issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 3 at 3:00PM MST by NWS Tucson AZ
    * WHAT…East winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Locallybriefly stronger winds possible in normally windier areas duringeast wind events.
    * WHERE…Portions of Southeast Arizona including the Tucson Metroarea.
    * WHEN…Until 3 PM MST this afternoon.
    * IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages mayresult.
    * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Gusty winds are currently occurring invarious locations with gusts
  • Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ

    Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 4:42AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ
    * WHAT…Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 expected.
    * WHERE…South Central Pinal County and Southeast Pinal County.
    * WHEN…From 2 AM to 9 AM MST Friday.
    * IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, othersensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoorplumbing.Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To preventfreezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they shouldbe wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those th
  • China hits out at US after report of new visa restrictions

    China hits out at US after report of new visa restrictions
    BEIJING (AP) — China is accusing critics in the U.S. government of “an escalation of political suppression” against Beijing following a report of new visa restrictions on members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their immediate family members. A foreign ministry spokesperson says China will “make representations” to the U.S. over the report in the New York Times that such individuals would be limited to one-month, single-entry visas. The spokesperson call
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  • The Latest: Virus infections in Russia hit new record

    The Latest: Virus infections in Russia hit new record
    MOSCOW — Coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new record on Thursday, as the country’s authorities reported 28,145 new confirmed cases — the highest daily spike in the pandemic and an increase of 2,800 cases from those registered the previous day.Russia’s total number of COVID-19 cases – nearly 2.4 million – remains the world’s fourth-highest. The government coronavirus task force has reported 41,607 deaths in the pandemic.
    The country has been swept b
  • Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

    Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort
    BOSTON (AP) — IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort that used targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information associated with a U.N. initiative for distributing coronavirus vaccine to developing countries. IBM says it can’t be sure who is behind the campaign. But it says that the precise and careful targeting _ of companies in countries including Germany, Italy, South Korean and Taiwan _ suggest a nation-state is behind the campaign. Tar
  • European Court of Human rights rejects French virus lawsuit

    European Court of Human rights rejects French virus lawsuit
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed a legal complaint from a French citizen who claimed the anti-COVID 19 measures put in place by the French government were insufficient. In its decision Thursday, the Strasbourg-based court said Renaud Le Mailloux’s application is inadmissible as he could not establish he was directly affected by the measures he complained about. Le Mailloux, who lives in the southern French city of Marseille, had joined an unsuccessful
  • Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

    Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s top public health official says 60% of the continent’s population needs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next two to three years. The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells reporters that if it takes four to five years, “the virus will be endemic in our communities.” African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion p
  • EU legal advisor says top court should reject Hungary action

    EU legal advisor says top court should reject Hungary action
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior legal adviser says the European Union’s top court should dismiss Hungary’s attempts to overturn a European Parliament action aimed at holding the country to account for a possible breach of the bloc’s values. Advocate General Michal Bobek said Thursday that Hungary’s action before the European Court of Justice is “unfounded.” Advocates General routinely provide legal guidance to the ECJ. Their opinions are not binding but are fol
  • Late French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe

    Late French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe
    PARIS (AP) — Tributes have poured in from France and around Europe a day after former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s death.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday in a tweet via her spokesman that “France has lost a statesman, Germany a friend and all of us a great European.” After serving as French president for a single term from 1974-81, Giscard refashioned himself as elder statesman for a united Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron
  • Late ex-French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe

    Late ex-French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe
    PARIS (AP) — Tributes have poured in from France and around Europe a day after former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s death.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday in a tweet via her spokesman that “France has lost a statesman, Germany a friend and all of us a great European.” After serving as French president for a single term from 1974-81, Giscard refashioned himself as elder statesman for a united Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron
  • Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants get warm welcome in Israel

    Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants get warm welcome in Israel
    BEN-GURION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Israel (AP) — Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants have arrived to a festive ceremony at Israel’s international airport. It’s part of an effort by the Israeli government to fulfill a pledge to reunite hundreds of families. Some 300 people landed on the Ethiopian Airlines flight Thursday, with many waving flags or stopping to kiss the ground as they streamed off the aircraft. Although the families are practicing Jews, Israel does not consider them J
  • Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 2:14AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ

    Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 2:14AM MST until December 4 at 9:00AM MST by NWS Tucson AZ
    * WHAT…Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 expected.
    * WHERE…South Central Pinal County and Southeast Pinal County.
    * WHEN…From 2 AM to 9 AM MST Friday.
    * IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, othersensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoorplumbing.Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To preventfreezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they shouldbe wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those th
  • World shares mixed amid growing hopes for vaccines, stimulus

    World shares mixed amid growing hopes for vaccines, stimulus
    European shares have opened lower and U.S. futures also weakened after a day of gains on most Asian markets. Progress toward rolling out coronavirus vaccines and talk of reaching a compromise on new help for the U.S. economy have driven gains this week. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 inched up less than 0.1% to its highest close in more than 29 years. As countries prepare to begin vaccinating health care workers and others at high risk against the coronavirus, hopes are rising that the pandemic will b
  • Turkey announces vaccination plan for Chinese CoronaVac

    Turkey announces vaccination plan for Chinese CoronaVac
    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s health minister has announced a vaccination plan starting with an experimental “inactivated vaccine” later this month to combat the COVID-19 pandemic amid a surge in infections and deaths. Fahrettin Koca had previously announced an agreement with Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of CoronaVac, which is currently in Phase 3 trials. Koca said in a statement late Wednesday that the first shipment of the inactivate
  • Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 1:44AM MST until December 4 at 8:00AM MST by NWS Phoenix AZ

    Freeze Warning issued December 3 at 1:44AM MST until December 4 at 8:00AM MST by NWS Phoenix AZ
    * WHAT…Temperatures in the lower 30s expected.
    * WHERE…Northwest Pinal County and West Pinal County.
    * WHEN…From midnight tonight to 8 AM MST Friday.
    * IMPACTS…Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, othersensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoorplumbing.Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To preventfreezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they shouldbe wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have
  • Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth to launch political party

    Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth to launch political party
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth says he plans to launch his own political party in southern India in January, ending years of speculation by millions of his fans on his political future. He says in a tweet that he will make an announcement on Dec. 31, apparently in relation to legislative elections in Tamil Nadu state expected around June next year. He started taking an active part in politics in 2017. 69-year-old Rajinikanth is one of India’s most popular stars w
  • Zoned Out: Local Municipalities React to Prop 207 Passing

    Zoned Out: Local Municipalities React to Prop 207 Passing
    Reaction to the passage of Prop 207 has been swift in some quarters, with several Pima County towns passing emergency resolutions aimed at restricting recreational cannabis sales in the coming year. Since mid-October, municipalities including Sahuarita, Marana and Oro Valley have quickly acted to limit legal cannabis sales in their respective jurisdictions.…
  • Season's Greetings: Calexico Drops Holiday Album 'Seasonal Shift'

    Season's Greetings: Calexico Drops Holiday Album 'Seasonal Shift'
    Calexico's Joey Burns says the band didn't set out to record an album of seasonal music this year. The band's European label, City Slang, asked them if they'd like to do one holiday song "as a way of giving something back to the fans in between releases."…
  • Our Favorite Local Albums of 2020

    Our Favorite Local Albums of 2020
    Leave it to Tucson to continue releasing music as the rest of the world is upended. They say difficulty breeds greatness, and if that's true, Tucson's music must have received an extra helping of greatness on top of a generally stellar output.…
  • Local Locale: Local Restaurateurs Find the Right Spot for Taste of Italy

    Local Locale: Local Restaurateurs Find the Right Spot for Taste of Italy
    Choosing to open a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic may seem like madness to those in the service industry. But to seasoned restaurateurs like Deb Tenino and Nick Kreutz—who opened Foothills eatery Contigo Latin Kitchen during the Great Recession and persevered—there's always a silver lining to challenging times.…
  • Holiday Fear: UA Team Calls for Shelter-In-Place Order, Mask Mandate

    Holiday Fear: UA Team Calls for Shelter-In-Place Order, Mask Mandate
    Experts from the COVID-19 modeling team at the University of Arizona are calling for a shelter-in-place order, mask mandate and emergency economic relief measures statewide as coronavirus metrics increase to alarming levels. "No matter what actions are taken, Arizona will experience a hospital crisis in the coming weeks.…
  • Editor's Note: Sounds of the Season

    Editor's Note: Sounds of the Season
    If you ask me, the upcoming merry little Christmas is less "hang a shining star on the highest bough" and more "we'll have to muddle through somehow." It seems the (nearly) original lyrics of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" have never been more relevant in my lifetime.…
  • Do “self-cleaning” elevator buttons really work?

    Do “self-cleaning” elevator buttons really work?
    It’s hard to verify whether “self-cleaning” elevator buttons really work, but scientists say it would be difficult to catch the virus from such surfaces anyway. Self-cleaning and antiviral buttons and covers have become more common in the pandemic. But COVID-19 is an airborne disease, so experts say you shouldn’t really worry about the effectiveness of such features. Anyone wanting to avoid the virus should continue taking regular public health precautions. That includes
  • Danehy: The High School Football Season Didn't Have to End This Way

    Danehy: The High School Football Season Didn't Have to End This Way
    The 1979 Amphi High football team went undefeated for the entire season. They needed a stifling 15-0 win over powerhouse Sunnyside to reach the state playoffs and a gutsy goal-line stand in the final two minutes of a 7-0 semifinal win over Apollo to reach the state title game.…
  • Sean Parker OK’d to buy stake in Peter Jackson’s VFX studio

    Sean Parker OK’d to buy stake in Peter Jackson’s VFX studio
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities have approved tech billionaire Sean Parker’s purchase of a one-third stake in film director Peter Jackson’s visual effects studio. Parker needed special permission from the Overseas Investment Office because he isn’t a New Zealand resident and the Weta Digital studio is worth more than 100 million New Zealand dollars ($71 million). Parker co-founded the file-sharing service Napster and is a former president of Faceboo

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