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Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

China confirmed Thursday it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States.

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As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid, bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign one step closer to the Oval Office.

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Arizona family builds Christmas tree made of dead cactuses

An Arizona family is gaining attention for building a Christmas tree made of dead cactuses

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Crews rescue man stuck two days in grease vent of empty restaurant

A man who authorities say was possibly trying to burglarize an abandoned Chinese restaurant has been rescued from the grease vent, where officials say he had been trapped for two days.

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Man sues after getting finger caught in airplane armrest

A man is suing after he says one of his pinky fingers was caught in an airline armrest mechanism for nearly an hour during a flight to Los Angeles.

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NBA fines Suns forward Warren $15K for comment to ref

Sports in Brief

NEW YORK — Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate language toward an official following his ejection from a game.

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Maricopa County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing cash from dead person

A Maricopa County sheriff's deputy is accused of stealing cash from a dead person while on duty.

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Phoenix council postpones vote on Suns arena renovation

PHOENIX — The City Council has postponed a vote on a proposed $230 million renovation of the Talking Stick Resort Arena that would keep the Suns in downtown Phoenix.

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Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faces possible jail sentence

Michael Cohen, a lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump, is set to learn Wednesday whether his decision to cooperate with federal investigators will lessen his punishment for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws.

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US military identifies 5 dead in warplanes crash off Japan

The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.

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Bryn Forbes’ double-double fuels Spurs by Suns 111-86

NBA

SAN ANTONIO — Bryn Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns 111-86 on Tuesday night.

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Watch: Apparent Grinch caught on video driving through Christmas display

An apparent Grinch was spotted on surveillance video plowing through a Christmas display outside a suburban Indianapolis home and tips are being sought to find the man.

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Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany

A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a ton of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified.

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Arpaio files defamation suit against 3 news organizations

Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $300 million against three news organizations, alleging their inaccurate references to his criminal case have hurt his chances at possibly running in 2020 for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John McCain.

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Former Barcelona president Nunez dies at age 87

Josep Lluis Nunez, the Barcelona president who oversaw the club’s transformation into a soccer powerhouse, has died.

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Canada-China relations turn icy over arrest of Chinese exec

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — China has detained a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing in apparent retaliation for the jailing of a top Chinese executive at the request of the United States, escalating a legal and diplomatic wrangle among the three countries.

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Moonves scandal looms over CBS shareholder meeting

With a $120 million severance package on the line, an investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom over the network's annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday.

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Watch: Moose rings Alaska home’s doorbell

A moose used the doorbell to awaken a couple in Alaska. The couple thought maybe it was an aftershock or some kids playing a prank...

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NAU hires Chris Ball as next football coach

College Football

FLAGSTAFF — Northern Arizona has hired Memphis defensive coordinator Chris Ball as its next football coach.

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Watch: Rat found in vending machine at Florida high school

Students at a Florida high school found an unwelcome surprise in a vending machine: a rat climbing the rows of packaged snacks and drinks.

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Cardinals' DT Nkemdiche goes on IR with knee injury

NFL

TEMPE — The Arizona Cardinals are placing defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche on injured reserve with a knee injury.

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Arizona border agents seize $546,000 worth of cocaine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they have seized nearly $546,000 worth of cocaine that a woman tried to smuggle into the United States in her vehicle.

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Photo Gallery: Migrants in Tijuana trickling over and under wall

A steady trickle of Central American migrants have been finding ways to climb over, tunnel under or slip through the U.S. border wall to plant their feet on U.S. soil and ask for asylum.

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Killer of counterprotester at racist rally awaits sentence

A man convicted of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia faces 20 years to life in prison as jurors reconvene to consider his punishment.

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Schofield’s 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73

College basketball

PHOENIX — Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation’s top-ranked team.

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Man yells ‘there’s no Santa’ at Florida holiday event

It wasn’t the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed “there’s no Santa Claus” over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida.

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Alleged laptop thief comments on surveillance photo social media post, gets arrested

Police say a man suspected of stealing a computer from a New Mexico church was arrested after he demanded a surveillance photo of him be removed from social media.

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Ohio State students gets bacon vending machine for finals

Ohio State University students can fuel up on pork as they study for finals. A bacon vending machine has been installed at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences...

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Swath of South facing wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.

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List of nominees for 76th Golden Globe Awards

A list of nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

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Watch: Leaping lemur surprises Florida trooper during DUI arrest

A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.

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German town installs Elvis Presley pedestrian crossing lights

Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the central German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a U.S. soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon.

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Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72

Tim Rossovich, a consensus All-America defensive end at Southern California who played in the NFL before going on to an acting career, has died. He was 72.

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Grinch steals Christmas decorations for someone else’s yard

Authorities say they found Christmas lights stolen from a drive-thru display at a rural South Carolina home in someone else’s yard.

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Marriott security breach exposed data of up to 500M Starwood hotel brand guests

Hackers stole information on as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel empire over four years, obtaining credit card and passport numbers and other personal data, the company said Friday as it acknowledged one of the largest security breaches in history.

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Rap concert stampede in Italy leaves 6 dead, over 50 hurt

A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded Italian disco killed five teenagers early Saturday along with a woman who had brought her young daughter to the event, authorities said.

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US: Trump lawyer met Russian who offered 'political synergy'

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the federal special counsel said.

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Marshals Service remembers deputy killed in Tucson

TUCSON — The acting U.S. attorney general paid tribute Friday to a deputy U.S. marshal who was killed last week serving a warrant in Tucson.

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Cards' Goldschmidt is not thinking beyond 2019 season

MLB

ST. LOUIS — Now that he is with the St. Louis Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt is not thinking beyond the 2019 season.

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Army finds itself with upper hand in rivalry with Navy

College football

PHILADELPHIA — A general’s pep talk about actual life-and-death battles emerged as a driving force this season for the Army football team.

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Former YC, ASU pitcher Kelly signs with Diamondbacks

MLB

PHOENIX — Right-hander Merrill Kelly is joining his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks, agreeing to a $5.5 million, two-year contract.

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Bah, Humbug: Florida neighbors scorn woman over display

A woman has been scorned by her neighbors in a high-rise Florida condo because of a holiday message she spelled out in lights across her balcony.

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Hugh Freeze savors second coaching chance at Liberty

College Football

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Hugh Freeze has enjoyed the highs of football, such as winning the Sugar Bowl and beating mighty Alabama. He's also known embarrassment and shame following a personal scandal that cost him his job at Mississippi.

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Alex Morgan named US Player of the Year

Women's Soccer

CHICAGO — Alex Morgan has been named U.S. Soccer's Player of the Year for a second time after leading the national team with 18 goals in 19 games and helping it earn a spot in the World Cup next year in France.

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Ed Pastor, Arizona's 1st Hispanic Congressman, to be buried

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's first Hispanic member of Congress, will be laid to rest today.

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California teacher arrested for forcibly cutting student’s hair

A high school teacher in central California was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after forcibly cutting the hair of one of her students while singing the national anthem, authorities said.

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Sheriff: Man hid 26 grams of possible crystal meth in undies

A sheriff’s office in West Virginia say deputies stopped a man suspected of shoplifting and found about 26 grams of what’s believed to be crystal meth in his underwear.

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For comfort and energy savings, address those drafty windows

There are plenty of reasons to fix or replace windows, but wintry temperatures push many homeowners to get the job done.

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Ask a designer: Comfort is on trend for decor in 2019

What trends will dominate home decorating in 2019?

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Arizona couple drives to Wyoming with kids in trunk so dogs could stay in back seat

A man and woman admit in court they drove from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car.

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