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Court says states can try some tribal crimes; critics call it a ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Natives for crimes against Native people on tribal lands, a ruling that critics called a "disaster" for tribal sovereignty and an "act of conquest."


Phoenix Mercury ‘starting fresh’ following their breakup with Tina Charles

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury made the surprise decision to release veteran Tina Charles. The team is looking forward and has a renewed sense of hope, turning its major weakness – defense – into a strength


Angel City FC’s recent charter flight suggests NWSL prioritizing athlete well-being

LOS ANGELES – The NWSL emerged 16 years after the WNBA and is already ahead in terms of equality, its players say. The women’s soccer league is the first to have an airline sponsor and is allowing team to charter flights if they choose to do so.


This third-generation pilot helped ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ take flight

LOS ANGELES – Kevin LaRosa, a film aerial coordinator, talks about his role on the Tom Cruise film “Top Gun: Maverick” and how his aviation journey from a young age led him to it.


Biggs: White House aide ‘mistaken’ that he sought pardon after Jan. 6

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, denied he sought a pardon from then-President Donald Trump in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, after Biggs was named Thursday in testimony to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.


No All-Star Game starters for Phoenix Mercury; Brittney Griner given honorary title

PHOENIX – At the halfway point of the WNBA season, the All-Star Game starters were announced. For the first time since 2009, a player from the Phoenix Mercury will not start in an All-Star game.


Heard Museum celebrates Pride Month with all-Native drag show

PHOENIX – The Heard Museum in Phoenix hosted a Native Drag Show featuring Indigenous drag queens and LGBTQ+ poets for First Friday in June, starring host Pyraddiction.


‘Stabilizing the ship’: Despite turmoil, Vanessa Nygaard determined to keep Mercury on track

PHOENIX – Vanessa Nygaard had championship dreams. Despite the turmoil the Phoenix Mercury have faced, she is determined to keep the team on a positive path.


Supreme Court rejects Arizona’s attempt to defend ‘public charge’ rule

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed Arizona's attempt to defend a Trump-era "public charge" that would have made it harder for immigrants to gain permanent residency, after the Biden administration refused to defend the policy.


Mercury in retrograde? Not during WNBA team’s 3-game winning streak

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury opened 2-8 to start the season, with a rookie coach, multiple player absences and Brittney Griner on players’ minds. The team has rattled-off three straight wins thanks to newfound chemistry and good health.


Freshmen Friday: ASU’s Ralford Mullings, Dayton Carlson steal show at NCAA track and field championship

EUGENE, Ore. – Arizona State’s Dayton Carlson finished sixth and set a new school record in the men’s 800-meter final and ASU freshman Ralford Mullings broke through for bronze in the men’s discus finals during day three of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.


Advocates hope endangered status for wildflower helps save San Pedro, too

WASHINGTON – Federal officials this week declared the Arizona eryngo, a rare wildflower, an endangered species, a move advocates hope will also help boost efforts to save the San Pedro River where the plant is found.