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Rihanna to headline 2023 Super Bowl halftime show: 'It's on'

Rihanna better get to "Work" because she has a Super Bowl halftime show to headline.

The pop star hinted at her performance at Super Bowl LVII by posting a photo of a football to her Instagram Sunday.

Official Twitter accounts for Apple Music and the NFL then confirmed Rihanna's performance Sunday, tweeting, "It's on."

Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to take place Feb. 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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Herm Edwards out as Arizona State Sun Devils football coach

September 17, 2022; Tempe, Arizona; USA; ASU head coach Herm Edwards calls a timeout during a game at Sun Devil Stadium.
September 17, 2022; Tempe, Arizona; USA; ASU head coach Herm Edwards calls a timeout during a game at Sun Devil Stadium.

Herm Edwards is no longer the coach of the Arizona State football program, ASU athletic director Ray Anderson confirmed.

“We have made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately," Anderson wrote in a release on Twitter. "By mutual agreement, Coach Edwards and I have determined that he will relinquish duties as our head coach. At the core of this is doing what is best for our current team, staff and university. I understand the frustrations out there. We must do better and that starts with our decision today.”

Running backs coach and former Chandler High School head coach Shaun Aguano has been named interim head coach.

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Vacation rental shooting in Scottsdale adds fuel to Airbnb opposition 

A Scottsdale police vehicle sits parked in front of the short-term rental property where a shooting took place on Sept. 9, 2022.
A Scottsdale police vehicle sits parked in front of the short-term rental property where a shooting took place on Sept. 9, 2022.

Opposition to Airbnbs and other short-term rentals was already significant in Scottsdale and other parts of the Valley. Some residents and elected officials say they make neighborhoods less safe and eat up the city’s desperately-needed housing supply.

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PayPal will not renew Phoenix Suns sponsorship if Robert Sarver remains involved after year suspension

Apr 19, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver against the New Orleans Pelicans during game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center.
Apr 19, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver against the New Orleans Pelicans during game two of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center.

PayPal's statement concluded the company "strongly rejects" Sarver's conduct, but remains supportive of the team.

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Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan families to meet with President Biden amid US-Russia talks 

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted into a courtroom prior to a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Closing arguments in Brittney Griner's cannabis possession case are set for Thursday, nearly six months after the American basketball star was arrested at a Moscow airport in a case that reached the highest levels of US-Russia diplomacy.
WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted into a courtroom prior to a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Closing arguments in Brittney Griner's cannabis possession case are set for Thursday, nearly six months after the American basketball star was arrested at a Moscow airport in a case that reached the highest levels of US-Russia diplomacy.

The separate meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between Biden and the families and are taking place amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the Americans’ release.

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🔒 Echoing Trump, Arizona governor candidate Kari Lake calls immigrants 'rapists' 

Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake talks policy in a forum hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday at Republic National Distributing Company in Phoenix, Ariz.
Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake talks policy in a forum hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday at Republic National Distributing Company in Phoenix, Ariz.

Just as Trump's rhetoric prompted backlash years ago — and as Lake predicted onstage at the Sept. 3 rally — her comments have drawn condemnation in Arizona.

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What you need to know about Phoenix Suns team owner Robert Sarver 

Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver walks on the court to congratulate players after the team defeated the Las Vegas Aces 87-84 in Game Five of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs semifinals to win the series at Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021, in Las Vegas
Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver walks on the court to congratulate players after the team defeated the Las Vegas Aces 87-84 in Game Five of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs semifinals to win the series at Michelob ULTRA Arena on October 8, 2021, in Las Vegas

Since buying the Phoenix Suns in 2004 for a then-NBA record $401 million, Robert Sarver has been a part of some of the highest and lowest points of Arizona’s NBA team.

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Arizona prisoner alleges Lewis warden ordered 'inmate-on-inmate discipline'

The Lewis Prison complex is located in Buckeye.
The Lewis Prison complex is located in Buckeye.

At Lewis, the prisoners run the security, and incarcerated people are able to leave their cells as often as they please, Phoenix attorney Andrea Driggs told jurors.

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Phoenix Suns team owner Robert Sarver suspended for 1 year, fined $10M

Robert Sarver, majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, has been suspended for one year from any activities involving both teams and fined $10 million for ''workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies'' found during an NBA investigation.

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Metro Phoenix inflation rises again; region remains highest in nation at 13%

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area leads all major cities with a 13% inflation rate over the past 12 months, followed by second-place Atlanta at 11.7% and 11.2% in the area around Tampa, Florida. Miami and Baltimore round out the top five.

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Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96 

Queen Elizabeth in June 2015.
Queen Elizabeth in June 2015.

The longest-ever reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the only monarch most of her subjects have ever known, is over. Her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, 73, immediately became king upon her death.

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🔒 Arizona test results show increase in student scores, but most students still failed 

Freshman students take a reading test to determine their skill level during orientation inside Cesar Chavez High School’s library in Laveen on July 28, 2022.
Freshman students take a reading test to determine their skill level during orientation inside Cesar Chavez High School’s library in Laveen on July 28, 2022.

Overall, 41% of students taking the state's new assessment test passed the English component, and 33% passed the math portion, according to data released Wednesday.

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🔒 Arizona woman hopes to help other assault victims cope with trauma 

Sara Pitcher poses for a portrait at her home on July 19, 2022, in Gilbert.
Sara Pitcher poses for a portrait at her home on July 19, 2022, in Gilbert.

Sara Pitcher came to Arizona to escape her then-husband, Shawn Terry Spink. Years later, after he was sentenced to life in prison, she is speaking out.

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This Phoenix drag queen is giving out monkeypox care kits 

Phoenix drag queen Trey poses for a portrait in her home with the care kit she's giving away to people dealing with monkeypox symptoms on Aug. 29, 2022.
Phoenix drag queen Trey poses for a portrait in her home with the care kit she's giving away to people dealing with monkeypox symptoms on Aug. 29, 2022.

When Trey DeGroodt revealed their monkeypox diagnosis, "my community came to my aid in my time of need." Now the performer makes care kits for others who need them.

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🔒 Planned Parenthood Arizona is resuming abortion care, but for now only in Tucson 

Medication and surgical abortions resumed in Tucson on Monday. Planned Parenthood hopes to resume abortion care at its other three Arizona clinics that in the coming weeks.

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Popular Phoenix hiking trails close due to excessive heat 

An excessive heat warning sign stands at the entrance of the popular hiking spot at Camelback Mountain in Phoenix on June 10, 2022. City officials restricted access to some hiking trails throughout the city due to the extreme temperatures.
An excessive heat warning sign stands at the entrance of the popular hiking spot at Camelback Mountain in Phoenix on June 10, 2022. City officials restricted access to some hiking trails throughout the city due to the extreme temperatures.

Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak trails will be closed Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to excessive heat, according to Phoenix Fire Department.

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One day only: Theaters offer $3 movie tickets on Sept. 3 in honor of National Cinema Day 

Theaters in metro Phoenix and across the country will offer $3 movie tickets all day on Saturday, Sept. 3. There are one-day-only deals on snacks, too.

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Arizona tribal leaders launch a political advocacy group to encourage Indigenous voters 

Indigenous Baaja Ádaaní Al Son board members Verlon Jose, former chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, and Carletta Tilousi, former council member of the Havasupai tribe, talk about a new advocacy group during its launch at K’é’ - Main Street Learning Lab in Mesa.
Indigenous Baaja Ádaaní Al Son board members Verlon Jose, former chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, and Carletta Tilousi, former council member of the Havasupai tribe, talk about a new advocacy group during its launch at K’é’ - Main Street Learning Lab in Mesa.

The group, known as Indigenous Baaja Ádaaní Al Son, is the first statewide tribal 501(c)(4) political organization in Arizona.

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Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing George Floyd, transferred to federal prison in Tucson 

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's booking photos on June 01, 2020.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's booking photos on June 01, 2020.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons website lists Chauvin as located at FCI Tucson, which the government describes as "a medium security federal correctional institution with a detention center."

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Washout will delay travel from Phoenix to Los Angeles on I-10; no time estimate for repair 

Damage to Interstate 10 could make travel between Phoenix and Los Angeles precarious until the road is repaired officials warned Thursday, just ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend.

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Biden plans to cancel student loan debt for millions of Americans 

FILE - President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 10, 2022, in Washington.  Biden is set to announce $10,000 federal student loan cancellation on Aug. 24, for many, extend repayment pause for others. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
FILE - President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 10, 2022, in Washington. Biden is set to announce $10,000 federal student loan cancellation on Aug. 24, for many, extend repayment pause for others. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Here's what Arizonans need to know.

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A new music festival is coming to downtown Phoenix

Arizona's U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton (from left), Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Stephen Chilton unveil the poster for the Zona Music Festival during the announcement of the event on Aug. 24, 2022, in Phoenix. The boutique music event, scheduled for Dec. 3-4 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, will feature a diverse array of national and local alternative, indie, pop and rock acts, in addition to highlighting several nearby businesses and vendors.
Arizona's U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton (from left), Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Stephen Chilton unveil the poster for the Zona Music Festival during the announcement of the event on Aug. 24, 2022, in Phoenix. The boutique music event, scheduled for Dec. 3-4 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, will feature a diverse array of national and local alternative, indie, pop and rock acts, in addition to highlighting several nearby businesses and vendors.

Beach House, Portugal. the Man, Bleachers, Tegan and Sara, and Japanese Breakfast are set to headline the inaugural Zona Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4.

Biden to cancel at least $10,000 in student loan debt for millions of borrowers

Biden announced his long-awaited decision in a speech from the White House’s Roosevelt Room, delivering on a campaign promise yet falling short of demands from progressive Democrats who wanted even more debt forgiven.

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'There's simply not enough water': Colorado River cutbacks ripple across Arizona 

Hoover Dam (top right) and Lake Mead on May 11, 2021, on the Arizona and Nevada border. A high-water mark or bathtub ring is visible on the shoreline. Lake Mead is down 152 vertical feet.
Hoover Dam (top right) and Lake Mead on May 11, 2021, on the Arizona and Nevada border. A high-water mark or bathtub ring is visible on the shoreline. Lake Mead is down 152 vertical feet.

On Tuesday, the government presented its 2023 water forecasts and said based on projected water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, it would institute the next level of water reductions already agreed upon by the seven states and 30 federally recognized tribes within the Colorado River basin.

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This $5 deli sandwich from Sprouts went viral on TikTok 

A sandwich from Sprouts went viral on TikTok.
A sandwich from Sprouts went viral on TikTok.

A popular deli deal at Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market grocery stores led to their sandwiches going viral on TikTok. The hashtag #sproutssandwich has garnered 9.6 million views since it started circulating in July.

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The concept: Use a housing voucher anywhere. The reality: Voucher use concentrated in certain neighborhoods

A four-bedroom home for sale in Phoenix's Alhambra neighborhood on July 27, 2022.
A four-bedroom home for sale in Phoenix's Alhambra neighborhood on July 27, 2022.

Housing vouchers are meant to give low-income tenants choices about where to live and a chance to move to a better neighborhood. That doesn't happen often.

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Monkey farm under fire for more primate deaths at its Mesa facility 

Monkey farm in Mesa, Ariz.
Monkey farm in Mesa, Ariz.

The University of Washington is under fire by animal rights groups for more monkey deaths at its breeding facility in Mesa, nearly a year after The Arizona Republic revealed higher than expected rates of monkey sickness and death at the site.

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🔒 Gov. Ducey's shipping container barrier along border toppled just 1 day after completion

A collapsed 22-foot-tall stack of two shipping containers partially hangs over a canal near Gadsden southwest of Yuma on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. The containers were found a day after construction on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's shipping container border barrier was completed.
A collapsed 22-foot-tall stack of two shipping containers partially hangs over a canal near Gadsden southwest of Yuma on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. The containers were found a day after construction on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's shipping container border barrier was completed.

The 22-foot tall stack of two containers, each weighing about 8,800 pounds, collapsed on a neighboring dirt road. The stack is shown partially hanging over the nearby canal southwest of Yuma.

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Arizona loses one-fifth of its Colorado River allocation under new federal drought plan 

A bathtub ring of light minerals shows the high water line of Lake Mead near water intakes on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on June 26, 2022, near Boulder City, Nev. The reservoir is now below 30% of capacity, Its level has dropped 170 feet since reaching a high-water mark in 1983.
A bathtub ring of light minerals shows the high water line of Lake Mead near water intakes on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on June 26, 2022, near Boulder City, Nev. The reservoir is now below 30% of capacity, Its level has dropped 170 feet since reaching a high-water mark in 1983.

The Bureau of Reclamation announced what it called "urgent action" as water levels in the river's two largest reservoirs continue to drop. Under the steps outlined Tuesday, Arizona will lose 592,000 acre-feet of its river allocation in 2023, which represents 21% of its usual delivery.

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Fazoli's is making a comeback in Phoenix 

Fazoli's is coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor.
Fazoli's is coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor.

The fast-casual Italian brand that started in Lexington, Kentucky, serves its pizza, subs, pasta, dessert and unlimited breadsticks at more than 200 restaurants nationwide.

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This longtime family-run Phoenix pizzeria is now the "official pizza" of Suns and Mercury 

Ken Spinato, founder and patriarch of Spinato's Pizzeria & Family Kitchen, stands inside Footprint Center.
Ken Spinato, founder and patriarch of Spinato's Pizzeria & Family Kitchen, stands inside Footprint Center.

Spinato's Pizzeria & Family Kitchen has become the official pizza for the Suns and Mercury at the Footprint Center, where fans can expect to enjoy the Chicago-style pizza when the NBA season starts in October.

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Pittsburgh Pirates player loses iPhone mid-slide against Arizona Diamondbacks 

Aug 9, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker (53) slap hands after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker (53) slap hands after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro dove head first into third base, taking two bases on an Oneil Cruz single. On the slide, his iPhone came flying out of his back left pocket.

🔒 Alex Jones' texts could shed light on Arizona activities and GOP protests tied to 'Stop the Steal' 

Right wing radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrives at a protest being held by supporters of President Trump at the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 5, 2020. Protesters were asking for ballot counters to count all of the votes in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Right wing radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrives at a protest being held by supporters of President Trump at the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 5, 2020. Protesters were asking for ballot counters to count all of the votes in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The texts were turned over to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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🔒 The tortilla slap challenge has gone viral on social media. Why not everyone is laughin

Jun 27, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Flour tortilla production line at La Canasta Mexican Food Inc. in Phoenix. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic
Jun 27, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Flour tortilla production line at La Canasta Mexican Food Inc. in Phoenix. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

To millions, the tortilla slap challenge is hilarious. To critics, it's another cringe-worthy example of how Mexican food, culture and people are often dismissed as disposable.

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And they're off: Kari Lake and Katie Hobbs start their campaigns for governor and signal what's to come

Arizona's Democratic nominee for governor, Katie Hobbs, visited the River People Health Center, which serves Arizona's Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, to open her general election campaign.

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