Ghost in the machine? These rental cars are driven by remote control

LOS ANGELES – Anyone who sees this electric rental car whiz by might think it’s yet another self-driving test car. After all, there’s no one behind the wheel. But someone is driving the car – likely from several miles away. That’s what makes this business model stand apart from the many other self-driving vehicle operations.


Pretty in ink: Woman-owned LA studio making tattoos more accessible, inclusive

LOS ANGELES – Milla Press, 24, opened Girlxfriend LA, a tattoo studio with the goal of an unconventionally feminine atmosphere that makes a diverse set of clients feel welcome, included and supported.


Flagstaff gets $32.5 million in latest release of infrastructure act funds

WASHINGTON – Federal officials announced the release Thursday of $32.5 million for pedestrian improvements along Flagstaff's Downtown Mile, the largest portion of what one official said will be biggest transit investment in the city in years.


In the cards: Arizona show puts blossoming collecting industry on full display

PHOENIX – Cole McAuliff’s vision for the collectibles industry in Arizona has turned into putting on big shows like the Arizona State Card Show. The growth of his organization, Collectibles on College, mirrors the rise of the collectibles industry since the coronavirus pandemic.

Collectibles on College founder and owner Cole McAuliff organizes the gift bags for card dealers Sunday at the end of the Arizona State Card Show. Thee gift bags included an autographed card from Arizona State junior forward Marcus Bagley. (Photo by Brooklyn Hall/ Cronkite News)

Vegan handbags made of pineapple, cactus and cork could help save the planet

LOS ANGELES – Some designers are becoming more sustainable by replacing traditional leather with such materials as pineapple, cactus and cork. They look great and are better for the environment.


Union membership in Arizona inches up, still trails most of the nation

WASHINGTON - After bottoming out at 4% in 2017, labor union membership in Arizona has been slowly rising, reaching 5.4% in 2021, but it is still well behind levels of previous years and only about half of the national average.


Average gas price falls below $4 in Arizona, after record-high summer

WASHINGTON - The average price for gas in Arizona fell to $3.99 a gallon Thursday, the first time in months it has been below $4 and a sharp decrease from the record high of $5.388 hit just two months ago. It's part of a steady decline in gas prices nationally.


Both sides find something wanting in Biden’s student-debt relief plan

WASHINGTON - There are nearly 900,000 Arizonans who could benefit from a White House plan for student debt relief - and almost as many opinions about whether it's good or not, with conservatives saying it goes too far and progressives saying it does not go far enough.


Libraries drop fines, add services to entice readers to return

PHOENIX – Several libraries in the Valley have eliminated overdue fines and taken other steps to get more readers back in the fold and on the same page.


Capitalizing on capital’s draw, street vendors peddle to protests, tours

WASHINGTON - Whether it's icy bottles of water out of a cooler in the summer, or hats and T-shirts in the winter, when political movements come to Washington they are invariably trailed by an army of vendors who capitalize on the protesters' need for food, water and souvenirs.


3D printing and foam: Arizona organizations make homes more sustainable

PHOENIX – Amid climate change and an affordable housing crisis in Arizona, organizations have developed housing solutions, including using 3D printing and plastic foam, to make buildings better for the environment and for tight budgets.


Tempe streetcar opens as Valley Metro expands light rail west and south

TEMPE – Valley Metro is expanding the reach of public transportation across the Phoenix area, including a recently opened streetcar in Tempe and light rail expansions northwest to Metrocenter mall and south to Baseline Road.