• EXPLAINER: Training limits officer’s choice for deadly force

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The second-guessing of a Columbus police officer who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl Tuesday as she swung a knife toward another girl began just seconds after the last shot, as bystanders demanded to know why the officer had fired his gun. It continued on social media as observers questioned why a stun gun wasn’t used, why the officer didn’t try to shoot the girl in the leg instead, or why he didn’t try to otherwise disarm her.

  • New Mexico prepares to fight vaccine hesitancy in some areas

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials said Wednesday that they are preparing to respond to pockets of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in some communities at the same time that overall interest increases.

  • 2 energy firms offer concessions for proposed merger

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two large energy corporations in New Mexico that hope to merge have offered concessions to try to make the merger more palatable to those who questioned whether it was in the state’s public interest.

  • Israel reports sirens near town of secretive nuclear reactor

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A missile launched from Syria was fired into southern Israel early Thursday, setting off air raid sirens near the country’s top-secret nuclear reactor, the Israeli military said. In response, it said it attacked the missile launcher and air-defense systems in neighboring Syria.

    Updated: 7:26 pm

  • Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled

    NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like something to celebrate: small businesses posting “Help Wanted” signs as the economy edges toward normalcy. Instead, businesses are having trouble filling the jobs, which in turn hurts their ability to keep up with demand for their products or services.

  • George Floyd and Emmett Till families see parallels in loss

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Black Chicago teen’s lynching in 1955 galvanized the civil rights movement. A Black Minneapolis man’s killing by police last year propelled a worldwide call for racial justice and ending police brutality.

  • Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

    Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation.

    Updated: 4:55 pm

  • Medical cannabis legal in Utah, but not always affordable

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pain left from oil-field work defeated traditional pain pills and dominated William Adams’ life — until he tried medical marijuana. But even as he began venturing outside his home for the first time in years, Adams discovered he couldn’t afford the cost.

    Updated: 6:00 pm

  • Lava from Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano threatens towns

    EL PATROCINIO, Guatemala (AP) — Residents of small communities living around Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano wake each day wondering if the lava will reach their homes.

  • ‘Let them go with it’: Teachers lead talks on Floyd case

    As she watched a broadcast of the verdict in the murder trial of the police officer charged with killing George Floyd with her last-period class, middle school teacher Diana Garcia-Allen did her best to stifle her own emotions and keep from crying. She sensed a sadness mirrored in her students.

    Updated: 6:59 pm