• US Supreme Court clears way for execution of Alabama inmate

    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday night for the state of Alabama to execute an inmate who contended that an intellectual disability combined with the state’s inattention cost him a chance to avoid lethal injection and choose a new method.

    Updated: 7:19 pm

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

    Biden’s high court pledge shows growing power of Black women

    Updated: 7:04 pm

  • Coast Guard finds 4 more migrant bodies off Florida coast

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard said it suspended its rescue operations at sunset Thursday after announcing earlier that afternoon that it had found four additional bodies in its search for dozens of migrants lost at sea off Florida.

    Updated: 7:01 pm

  • Family says lax security allowed killing of rapper Drakeo

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of security allowed dozens of men to ambush rapper Drakeo the Ruler, who was beaten and stabbed to death backstage at a Los Angeles music festival, his family and their lawyers said Thursday.

  • Anti-mask anger forces Colorado children’s museum to close

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado children’s museum is the latest casualty of harassment by people angry over mask mandates designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Olympic champion Lundby laments ski jumping’s weight issues

    Maren Lundby was the world’s best female ski jumper for three years, starting in 2018 when she won Olympic gold in South Korea.

    Updated: 5:27 pm

  • WHO staff complaint, email allege racism and abuse in Asia

    Current and former staffers have accused the top director of the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific of racist, unethical and abusive behavior that has undermined the U.N. health agency’s efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

    Updated: 5:08 pm

  • Firefighter: George Floyd ‘needed and wasn’t getting it’

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three officers on trial for allegedly violating George Floyd’s civil rights would have been trained to use the least amount of force necessary and had a duty to intervene against inappropriate force, the commander of the Minneapolis police training division at the time of Floyd’s killing testified Thursday.

    Updated: 4:25 pm

  • US response on Ukraine offers little optimism, Russia says

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Thursday that there was “little ground for optimism” in resolving the crisis over Ukraine after the U.S. rejected Russia’s main demands, but that dialogue was still possible.

    Updated: 3:50 pm

  • Asian stocks slump after Fed says US rates will rise ‘soon’

    Another volatile day of trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with stocks closing lower after giving up an early rally. The late-afternoon fade extended the market’s losing streak as it closes in on its fourth weekly loss.

    Updated: 3:40 pm