The Valley’s high temperatures bring a drop in tourism — but they also bring lower prices which attract certain groups. Many religious, social and sport groups take advantage of lower rates that are written in Phoenix law.
Opera is grand, beautiful and, of course, dramatic — and so are the costumes that help tell classic stories. For Arizona Opera costume designer Kathleen Trott, it’s a creative endeavor.

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Dhamana shares a story about the first day of school while teaching.
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A proposal to create a new nature reserve off the cost of Mexico's Baja California Sur has created tension with fisherman who say making the region a protected area threatens their way of life.
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Two people are dead following the crash of a small home-built plane in north-central Arizona. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash.
The 93-year-old leader of the Mormon Church is trying to change how people refer to the faith.

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Greece is formally exiting its bailout loan program today after eight years of austerity and financial reforms. Many ordinary Greeks have very little to celebrate.
The pontiff's comments were in a letter penned nearly a week after a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed decades of alleged child abuse and cover-ups. "We abandoned them," Francis wrote.
Americans forfeited about 200 million days of paid vacation leave last year. And many U.S. workers now take shorter, partial-week vacations. But even a mini-break can be good for your health.
Steep, rugged terrain has slowed progress on most of the fires raging throughout the state, including the Ranch Fire. But by Sunday, officials said the Ferguson fire was fully contained.
After nine years of a debt crisis that spawned economic upheaval and austerity measures, Athens will regain a degree of control over its finances, but officials say it's not out of the woods yet.