• COVID-19 pill rollout stymied by shortages as omicron rages

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two brand-new COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections.

  • Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced.

  • Italy marks 10 years since deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck

    GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Italy honored the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck on the 10th anniversary of the disaster with a commemoration Thursday on the Tuscan island of Giglio, which recalled the horror of the night the cruise ship struck a reef and capsized.

  • Europe gas crisis hinges on cold, high prices luring supply

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s natural gas crisis isn’t letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are getting hit with higher bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn’t selling gas like it used to.

  • Film armorer blames ammo supplier in deadly ‘Rust’ shooting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new lawsuit accused an ammunition supplier Wednesday of creating dangerous conditions on a movie set where a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by including live ammunition in a box that was supposed to include only dummy rounds.

  • Another Game Commission member gone amid stream access fight

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has dismissed another member of a state panel that oversees wildlife conservation and hunting and fishing regulations as a dispute percolates over public access to streams and rivers that flow through private property.

  • US consumer prices soared 7% in past year, most since 1982

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation jumped at its fastest pace in nearly 40 years last month, a 7% spike from a year earlier that is increasing household expenses, eating into wage gains and heaping pressure on President Joe Biden and the Federal Reserve to address what has become the biggest threat to the U.S. economy.

  • Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

    Benchmark U.S. crude oil for February delivery rose $1.42 to $82.64 a barrel Wednesday. Brent crude for March delivery rose 95 cents to $84.67 a barrel.

  • NATO, Russia in high-level talks as Ukraine tensions simmer

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and NATO rejected key Russian security demands for easing tensions over Ukraine but left open Wednesday the possibility of future talks with Moscow on arms control, missile deployments and ways to prevent military incidents between Russia and the West.

  • Biden redoubling focus on testing amid shortages, confusion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is redoubling its efforts to expand supply and accessibility of COVID-19 testing as it faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing nationwide and confusion about when to get tested amid the omicron surge.