Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted reaches retirement age
Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s time as leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is likely nearing an end. Jan. 21 was the theologian and lawyer’s 75th birthday.
Heres what happened this week in Arizona history
This week in 1887, the first donation to build the Mormon Temple in Mesa was received from Mrs. Helena Roseberry, a poor widow of Pima. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
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Arizona COVID ICU nurse says she sees a patient die every shift
Covid-19 cases are peaking in Arizona due to the more contagious omicron variant, with over 27,000 new cases being reported Saturday.
Arizona reaches one year of legalized recreational marijuana
Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the first legal sale of recreational cannabis in Arizona, and the industry brought in millions of dollars in revenue for the state.
Arizona Democratic Party censures Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
The board of the Arizona Democratic Party voted to censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Saturday after she voted against bypassing the filibuster to adopt federal voting rights legislation.
More non-U.S. citizens will need to show proof of vaccination at land ports
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States are exempted from the requirement.

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Why Tonga is opting for 'contactless' humanitarian aid
It's a pandemic predicament. With only 1 recorded case of COVID-19 in their island nation, Tongans are desperate for help after the volcanic eruption — but eager to keep the virus out.
Sarah Palin's defamation suit against 'The New York Times' gets its day in court
Jury selection begins Monday in the former Alaska governor's case. A 2017 Times editorial wrongly connected an ad from her political action committee to the shooting that wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Omicron hampers Broadway. Fewer tourists are there for just a score of shows
Tickets may be easier and cheaper to get for the plays that are still open. Some producers reopened until the virus raced through the cast and crew. Future productions are hard to see on the horizon.
How colleges are dealing with high COVID case counts on campus
Despite the omicron surge, college students are starting the spring semester on campus – and administrators are bracing for the worst.
Why rapid COVID tests aren't more accurate and how scientists hope to improve them
Recent research — and plenty of anecdotes — suggest some rapid tests may be less sensitive at detecting omicron if you don't have symptoms. Here's how researchers hope to make them more effective.