• AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST

    As hospital numbers fall, fatigued staff get relief at last

    Updated: 4:04 pm

  • Global stocks follow Wall Street higher after Fed pledge

    Rising bond yields triggered a broad sell-off on Wall Street Thursday that erased the market’s gains for the week and handed the Nasdaq composite its biggest loss in nearly four months.

    Updated: 3:53 pm

  • The Latest: Alaska governor, state House member have virus

    PRAGUE — The Czech government is planning to tighten the country’s lockdown amid a surge of a highly contagious coronavirus variant.

    Updated: 3:50 pm

  • New Mexico AG opens inquiry into utility costs during freeze

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico attorney general’s office has opened an inquiry into utility costs during a recent winter blast that plunged New Mexico and other states into a deep freeze and upended the natural gas market.

    Updated: 3:45 pm

  • Brazil death toll tops 250,000, virus still running rampant

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll, which surpassed 250,000 on Thursday, is the world’s second-highest for the same reason its second wave has yet to fade: Prevention was never made a priority, experts say.

    Updated: 3:33 pm

  • House speaker fencing still needed at New Mexico Capitol

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf says security fencing that encircles the state Capitol building will remain in place through the end of the current legislative session on March 20 on the advice of state security officials including New Mexico State Police.

  • Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployed Americans who have turned down job offers because they feared their prospective employers weren’t providing sufficient protection from the coronavirus would qualify for jobless aid under a directive the Labor Department issued Thursday.

  • Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to Nassar charged

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them, authorities said.

    Updated: 3:11 pm

  • How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

    A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach’s apparent suicide hours after being charged Thursday with crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise is the latest fallout from the sexual abuse scandal involving former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.

    Updated: 3:09 pm

  • House poised to vote on legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

    Updated: 2:44 pm