House poised to vote on legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

Republicans broadly oppose the legislation, echoing concerns from those who worry the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs.

3 adults slain in Arkansas home; abducted baby found safe

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

  Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist

Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

  LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

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  Woman goes viral for badly timed mask tattoo

  Chief: Capitol police were unsure about using force Jan. 6

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

  79-year-old man makes first snow angel

  Palm Beach County, Fla., refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh

  Biden orders a review of US supply chains for vital goods

The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.

‘Operational error’ causes Fed payment system to crash

Trillions of dollars move through the payment system daily.

Judge approves Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan for Belk chain

The move provides the ailing department store chain financial breathing room as it grapples with the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Germany finds huge cocaine shipment; 2nd seized in Belgium

A German customs office described the find in the Hamburg port as the biggest quantity of cocaine ever seized in Europe and one of the biggest single seizures worldwide.

  Man fakes his kidnapping to get out of work, police say

  CIA nominee pledges to provide ‘unvarnished’ intelligence

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Wildfire victims sue former PG&E executives, alleging neglect

Carnival Cruise Line extends pause on US cruises through May

  Tanden facing new hurdles after Senate panels delay meetings

Venomous spiders prompt temporary Michigan library shutdown

The Mediterranean recluse spiders were found in late January in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library on the school’s Ann Arbor campus.

  Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Biden’s plan will distribute masks not through the mail, but instead through Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and the nation’s food bank and food pantry systems, the White House announced Wednesday.

Teen, Ohio officer die in double tragedy at state park

a teen drowned after falling through the ice in the lake at Rocky Fork State Park, and an officer experienced a medical emergency at the scene.

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

Wendy Barclay, the head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, told UK lawmakers Wednesday that a combination vaccine is the most likely scenario in the coming years.

Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area.

Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

The person said the Justice Department’s federal civil rights investigation has been focused on Chauvin and some of the witnesses, including other officers who worked with Chauvin.

GRAPHIC: Oklahoma man released early from prison accused in 3 deaths

Lawrence Paul Anderson is accused of killing Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, and cutting out her heart.

Turn your quarantine clutter into money

Consumers have been buying and selling used during the pandemic.

  What pregnant women need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

When it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, every patient is different, especially if you're pregnant.

‘Miracle’ puppy Skipper born with six legs, two tails

At just a few days old, the Neel Veterinary Hospital says it is highly unusual for a puppy like her to survive this long.

Lowe’s 4Q results surge as people plow money into homes

The nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer behind Home Depot reported that fourth-quarter profits almost doubled from a year ago, while sales rose 27%.

  Homeowners dig up duffel bag full of guns in backyard

The family did not want to speak on camera, but said they feel uneasy the weapons were buried in their backyard.

Funky electronics chain Fry’s is no more

The pandemic has done heavy damage to retailers, but Fry’s was already getting hammered by online competition and a battle between heavy-hitters Best Buy and

  GRAPHIC Video: Deputy brandishes gun, threatens driver in Houston

The driver said traffic forced him to stop suddenly while the deputy was driving on a motorcycle behind him.

  US to seek seat on UN human rights body after Trump pullout

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.’s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration.

  Dogs shocked by stray electrical current in downtown St. Louis

The same issue was reported by downtown pet owners exactly two years ago, just one block away.

Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

USPS reveals new, greener mail truck for use starting in 2023

The new vehicles will have more room for packages, and will be updated with modern safety and driveability standards like cameras, airbags and collision avoidance systems.

  Deputy rescues 13-year-old Fla. girl from hotel room with man she met on Snapchat

The suspect, who allegedly took the teen to the motel for sex, was taken into custody and faces multiple charges.

  Girl, 5, left outside empty house for 2 hours in cold after school bus mix-up

School officials said the girl had a substitute teacher, who put her on the bus home instead of to daycare, on the day of the incident.

  Tiger Woods seriously injured in crash on steep LA-area road

Woods was driving to a television shoot when his SUV crashed into a median, rolled over and ended up on its side near a steep road known for wrecks, authorities said.

Family: Navy vet died after police knelt on his neck

The family's attorney says there were other issues with the officers' response, including how they didn’t try to de-escalate and how they failed to turn on their body cameras.

  FAA grounds certain planes after engine failure over Denver

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday ordered airlines in the United States to ground planes with the type of engine that blew apart after takeoff from Denver this past weekend until they can be inspected for stress cracks.

Southern Baptists oust 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusion

The two-day Southern Baptist Convention meeting opened Monday.

  More policy, less pomp as Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing President Joe Biden to alter another first for his administration: the typically formal White House meeting with a foreign counterpart.

No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death

A grand jury will not seek charges against officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing.

  Top board leaders resign after deadly Texas power outages

All of the board directors stepping down live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

  Memorials, lawsuit mark death anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery

Organizers asked supporters outside Brunswick to participate in a virtual 2.23-mile (3.59-kilometer) run in memory of Arbery, an avid runner whose family says he was jogging when he got killed.

South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash

Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House to impeach the state’s top law enforcement officer, Jason Ravnsborg, after he indicated Monday he would not heed calls for his resignation.

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations -- and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week.

  Mars rover’s giant parachute carried secret message

The huge parachute used by NASA's Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message.

  HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

Becerra, now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, will be grilled by two panels.

Judge says wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ must stay in jail

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, appeared by video conference for an initial court appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Washington, D.C.

  96-year-old WWII Navy veteran released from Ky. hospital after battling COVID-19

Two sisters from Kentucky were able to see their father, a 96-year-old Navy veteran, leave the hospital after battling COVID-19.

  Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund described a scene that was “like nothing” he had seen in his 30 years of policing.

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senators voted 78-20 to confirm Thomas-Greenfield to the post, which will be a Cabinet-level position.

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

A new Axios-Ipsos poll indicates 69% of Americans are worried about the possibility of becoming ill.

Vilsack confirmed for 2nd stint as US agriculture secretary

The former Iowa governor spent eight years leading the same department for former President Barack Obama’s entire administration.

Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died in San Francisco at age 101.

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

  Interior nominee Haaland questioned on drilling, pipelines

Deb Haaland, a New Mexico congresswoman named to lead the Interior Department, said she is committed to “strike the right balance” as the agency manages energy development and seeks to restore and protect the nation’s sprawling federal lands.

  Cold stunned Texas sea turtles returned to Gulf of Mexico

Video from the Texas Sealife Center in Corpus Christi shows the sea creatures going down a turtle slide into aqua-blue waters and quickly swimming away.

  Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population.

  Tanker cars burst into flames after train hits 18-wheeler in Texas

Homes have been evacuated and there are no injuries reported, but one home near the tracks burned down.

  Fed’s Powell: Recovery incomplete, high inflation unlikely

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell underscored the U.S. economy’s ongoing weakness Tuesday in remarks that suggested that the Fed sees no need to alter its ultra-low interest rate policies anytime soon.

New or used? Either way, price hikes squeeze US auto buyers

Prices of new vehicles far outpaced overall consumer inflation over the past year.

  Biden to visit storm-ravaged Texas Friday

The White House announced Tuesday that Biden and his wife, Jill, will travel to Houston on Friday.

  AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter raises $90 million in 2020

This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances.

  Senate confirms Baker native Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senate confirms veteran U.S. diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as President Biden's United Nations ambassador.

Palace: Prince Philip has infection, will stay in hospital

The palace said Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is “comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.”

  Border Patrol rescues woman ‘left for dead’ in Texas winter storm

According to a news release, the 43-year-old survived after agents from the Big Bend sector got her medical attention and evacuated her to a hospital for life-threatening injuries.

  GRAPHIC: 75-year-old NY protester who was pushed to the ground files lawsuit against police, city

The 75-year-old man pushed to the ground during a protest in Buffalo, New York, last summer has filed a civil suit against the city, three officers and the mayor.

  Look for February’s full snow moon this weekend

The snow moon rises this weekend, peaking early Saturday morning at 3:17 a.m. ET, NASA says.

  Consumer confidence rises for second straight month

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 91.3, up from 88.9 in January.

  What NY prosecutors could learn from Trump’s tax records

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump’s tax records.

  SPLC: At least 160 Confederate symbols taken down in 2020

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which keeps a raw count of nearly 2,100 statues, symbols, placards, buildings and public parks dedicated to the Confederacy, plans to release the latest figures from its “Whose Heritage?” database on Tuesday.

Unfriended no more: Facebook to lift Australia news ban

The legislation was designed to curb the outsized bargaining power of Facebook and Google in their negotiations with Australian news providers.

3 dead after Detroit interstate shooting

Authorities said people in the vehicles were shooting at each other.