Soccer teams and enterprises have found in the American market an attractive field to expand their brands and profits. Among the growing hot spots is Phoenix, which will host a friendly match between Mexico and the U.K. on July 19. But how will this game benefit the teams, the organizers and the city?
It’s the first 100th birthday for the Avondale Senior Center, and the birthday girl has been the life of the party for the past two decades. Everyone at the center knows "Mommy Juanita."

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Ability 360 and Valley Leadership Institute partnered on a project they hope will provide better, more reliable information to people with disabilities or older adults when purchasing a home.
Northern Arizona residents who get their health benefits from the state’s Medicaid program will be assigned a new health plan provider after it dropped one of its major insurers.
Heavy rain has reached the Flagstaff area — about 3 to 4 inches fell up north earlier Wednesday. An official said the Coconino County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with emergency management to assess the flooding northeast of Flagstaff along Highway 89.
An operation targeting online scammers has reportedly saved some Arizona residents money. During the 20-day operation, the agency says they prevented Arizonans from wiring $14,000.
It used to be that if you needed to travel across the country, you wouldn’t get on a plane, you’d hop on a train. But there isn’t even an Amtrak stop here in Phoenix and, out here in the West, Amtrak wants to scale back travel options even further.

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The BelugaXL's paint job "features beluga whale-inspired eyes and an enthusiastic grin." For several hours on Thursday, the whale soared over southern France.
Citing a source close to the investigation, the Press Association reports that police used closed-circuit television to identify multiple Russians who participated in the attack.
Conservative groups are spreading the word: Teachers no longer have to support the union that represents them.
Democrats denounced the nonbinding House Republican resolution backing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as a "stunt" and many voted "present" to avoid taking a position.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's preoccupation with two individuals he has singled out for blame suggests how strongly the Russian leader viewed his 2016 attack on the U.S. as simple turnabout.