• AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses ‘enormous’ risks

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The U.N. secretary general said Tuesday that the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”

    Updated: 7:12 am

  • Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

    TOKYO (AP) — As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to serve as an incubator for the new virus from China instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak.

    Updated: 12:44 pm

  • Shares fall in Asia as virus outbreak hits profits, events

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in Asia on Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to postpone or cancel major events including the Beijing auto show.

  • Taylor Swift’s father safe after fight with burglar

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Swift’s father recently fought a burglar who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse, a newspaper is reporting.

  • Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

    Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on.

    Updated: 7:21 am

  • Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online.

  • “Whitey” Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction

    EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — One of the jurors who convicted notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger says she regrets her decision after learning that he was an unwitting participant in a covert CIA experiment with LSD.

    Updated: 11:32 am

  • AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST

    Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

    Updated: 4:04 am

  • New Mexico backtracks on cannabis cards for nonresidents

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has moved to phase out medical cannabis cards for nonresidents starting at mid-year, under a bill approved by the Legislature on Monday and supported by the governor.

  • China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

    BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China’s Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city’s Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system.

    Updated: 4:44 am