• Official details storm’s lasting effects on dairy industry

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It could take months to tally the true costs of a winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed New Mexico’s dairy industry, the state’s top agriculture official warned lawmakers Monday.

  • New Mexico succeeds in legal fight to bar horse slaughter

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A court decision will prevent a horse slaughter operation from opening in New Mexico after the state’s lengthy legal battle.

  • This image provided by the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company shows a Skittles portrait of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler being unveiled in the company's Skittles Super Bowl 50 spot. This is the first time Skittles has ever featured a celebrity in a TV commercial, and the brand’s second Super Bowl ad after debuting during the 2015 Super Bowl. (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company via AP)

    Super Bowl ads go for the safety

    NEW YORK (AP) — Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday.

  • In this Feb. 2, 2016 photo, Chen Xiao, a real estate agent, checks on her smartphone as she prepares to leave her house to go back to her hometown for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, in Shanghai, China. The hundreds of millions of Chinese heading home for Lunar New Year have a relatively new travel option this year: mobile apps to find carpool partners to share costs in what is a novel concept for most Chinese. The apps give an alternative to pricey airfares and hard-to-score train tickets. (AP Photo/Paul Traynor)

    Chinese turn to carpooling aps to get ride home for holidays

    SHANGHAI (AP) — The hundreds of millions of Chinese heading home for Lunar New Year have a relatively new travel option this year: mobile apps to find carpool partners to share costs in what is a novel concept for most Chinese.

  • Correction: Las Vegas-Pay To Park story

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago-based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. He is chief operating officer, not chief financial officer. Also, one reference to the casino company used its former name, MGM Mirage. It is MGM Resorts International. A corrected version of the story is below:

  • This Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, shows the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks opened slightly lower early Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, as retail companies slipped. Energy stocks climbed early as the price of crude oil recovered. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    An early gain for stocks is gone by midday; retailers sink

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were uneven on Friday as investors awaited U.S. job numbers that could influence how far the Fed raises interest rates this year. Japanese shares sagged on the strengthening yen.

  • Campus beer, wine sales measure to go before committee

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s six public universities could see wine and beer sales on campus at sports and other special events under a plan that a legislative committee approved Thursday.

  • This image provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows a poster part of the Blue Campaign to raise public awareness of human trafficking.   Awareness campaigns are underway at airports from New York to Los Angeles, as DHS has posted messages on video monitors and airport shopping bags. Other industries, including hotels and trucking, also are increasing efforts to detect trafficking. (Department of Homeland Security via AP)

    Columbus joins airports boosting human trafficking awareness

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus airport is joining its counterparts nationwide in training employees to recognize signs of human trafficking in an effort to curb exploitation.

  • Migrants and refugees walk to a refugee camp, as they wait to be allowed to continue their trip to southern Macedonia, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Police in northern Greece late Tuesday said 5,000 refugees and migrants were gathered at or near the border with Macedonia, where authorities continued to provide limited access at a frontier barrier built in November. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    The Latest: Ai Weiwei gets 14,000 life vests for project

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe (all times local):

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, a Wall Street street sign is framed by a giant American flag hanging on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets were having another lackluster day Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, amid ongoing worries over the state of the world economy, which has piled the pressure on oil prices in particular. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    US stocks give up an early gain and move lower; Yahoo down

    HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stocks jumped Thursday as oil prices bounced back and weak U.S. economic data fueled investor hopes that the Fed would slow the pace of rate hikes this year. Japanese shares fell as the yen rose against the dollar.