• EXPLAINER: Why the power grid failed in Texas and beyond

    DALLAS (AP) — The power outages tormenting Texas in uncharacteristically Arctic temperatures are exposing weaknesses in an electricity system designed when the weather’s seasonal shifts were more consistent and predictable — conditions that most experts believe no longer exist.

  • Political violence inspires New Mexico bill

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State legislators have advanced a bill that would further prohibit threatening public officials or directly interfering with their work.

  • South Carolina House passes bill banning most abortions

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill banning nearly all abortions, following the lead of other states with similar measures that would go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.

  • The Latest: UK to urge cease-fires to allow vaccinations

    HONG KONG — Hong Kong is reducing social distancing rules following a sharp drop in new coronavirus cases, including restarting indoor dining and reopening gyms.

  • Facebook blocks Australians from accessing news on platform

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook announced Thursday it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.

  • Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles being rescued in Texas

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — Residents, some of whom lack heat or basic amenities in their own homes due to the unusually chilly weather, have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles and taking them to a convention center in a South Texas resort town.

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

    More deadly storms coming so prepare better, experts say

  • Houston furniture store offers shelter after winter storm

    HOUSTON (AP) — For Tina Rios, her family and hundreds of other people, shelter from the winter storm that has left much of Houston without power or heat came from an unusual place: a furniture store.

  • Lawmakers to face off with GameStop saga’s key players

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GameStop saga has been portrayed as a victory of the little guy over Wall Street giants but not everyone agrees, including some lawmakers in Washington.

  • Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Millions of Americans endured another frigid day without electricity or heat in the aftermath of a deadly winter storm as utility crews raced to restore power before another blast of snow and ice sowed more chaos in places least equipped to deal with it.