• 2 energy firms offer concessions for proposed merger

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two large energy corporations in New Mexico that hope to merge have offered concessions to try to make the merger more palatable to those who questioned whether it was in the state’s public interest.

  • Medical cannabis legal in Utah, but not always affordable

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Pain left from oil-field work defeated traditional pain pills and dominated William Adams’ life — until he tried medical marijuana. But even as he began venturing outside his home for the first time in years, Adams discovered he couldn’t afford the cost.

    Updated: 6:00 pm

  • Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled

    NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like something to celebrate: small businesses posting “Help Wanted” signs as the economy edges toward normalcy. Instead, businesses are having trouble filling the jobs, which in turn hurts their ability to keep up with demand for their products or services.

  • George Floyd and Emmett Till families see parallels in loss

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Black Chicago teen’s lynching in 1955 galvanized the civil rights movement. A Black Minneapolis man’s killing by police last year propelled a worldwide call for racial justice and ending police brutality.

  • US ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department is cancelling oil and gas lease sales from public lands through June amid an ongoing review of how the program contributes to climate change, officials said Wednesday.

    Updated: 4:30 pm

  • Jill Biden visits Southwest US amid vaccine push

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden has kicked off a three day visit to the U.S. Southwest on Wednesday with a tour of a vaccination clinic in New Mexico, where early efforts to get people registered for shots helped to propel the state’s standing as a national leader in vaccine distribution.

    Updated: 4:10 pm

  • The Latest: India reports new record number of cases, deaths

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the state is stepping up efforts to get people vaccinated against the coronavirus.

    Updated: 4:09 pm

  • Lava from Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano threatens towns

    EL PATROCINIO, Guatemala (AP) — Residents of small communities living around Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano wake each day wondering if the lava will reach their homes.

  • Top Navalny associates detained ahead of protests

    MOSCOW (AP) — Police arrested nearly 1,500 people Wednesday during a day of demonstrations throughout Russia calling for freedom for imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose health reportedly is in severe decline after three weeks of hunger striking, according to a group that monitors political detentions.

    Updated: 3:18 pm

  • Putin warns of ‘quick and tough’ Russian response for foes

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on Russia’s security interests, saying Moscow’s response will be “quick and tough” and make the culprits bitterly sorry for their action.

    Updated: 3:15 pm