• AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST

    Justice Breyer to retire, giving Biden first court pick

  • No instant testing for toxic ski waxes at the Olympics

    The on-again, off-again ban on high-end but toxic waxes that help cross country skis glide smoothly over the snow is on in some places — but not the World Cup circuit or 2022 Beijing Olympics.

  • EXPLAINER: How COVID tests, isolation will work at Olympics

    NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes and others headed to the Olympics face a multitude of COVID-19 testing hurdles as organizers seek to catch any infections early and keep the virus at bay.

  • Coast Guard searches vast sea for 39 people lost off Florida

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard battled time and currents Wednesday as its planes and ships searched for 38 people missing off the coast of Florida, four days after a suspected human smuggling boat capsized in a storm.

  • Mississippi capital city struggles with aging water system

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The unreliable water system in Mississippi’s capital city causes problems several times a year at Styles of Essence hair salon, where water service can suddenly get cut off as workers repair broken pipes nearby.

  • Feds accuse Texas man of selling gun used to take hostages

    DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with a federal gun crime after authorities say he sold a gun to a man who held four hostages inside a Texas synagogue earlier this month before being fatally shot by the FBI, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

  • Prosecution witnesses say they feared for Floyd’s life

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis firefighter who witnessed police officers holding George Floyd facedown on a city street testified Wednesday that the three officers on federal trial for allegedly violating Floyd’s civil rights ignored her pleas to help administer medical aid to the unresponsive Black man.

  • Army’s highest ranking Muslim soldier is also a TikTok star

    (RNS) — Roughly half of the content creators on social media platform TikTok are under the age of 28. It’s just one reason why the popularity of Army Colonel Khallid Shabazz, who has some 43,000 followers on the social media platform, is so surprising.

  • Editorial Roundup: United States

    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

  • How One Man is Helping Youth Avoid the Tragedy of Human Trafficking

    TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 26, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the Scientology Network invites viewers to watch an episode of “Voices for Humanity” featuring a Tampa Bay Area entrepreneur who is dedicated to saving kids from modern-day slavery.