• In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 photo, professor Edward Neth poses for a photo in his office at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry at UConn has a list price of $303. For students who use the version that Neth is preparing from publicly available material for the fall semester, the cost will be zero. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)

    Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero.

  • Lights are seen from the Narrows roadblock near Burns, Ore., as .FBI agents have surrounded the remaining four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, on Wednesday, Feb.10, 2016. The four are the last remnants of an armed group that seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land-use policies.  (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian via AP)

    The Latest: Occupiers say they’re preparing to surrender

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

    Updated: 11:19 am

  • Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus.

    Updated: 6:30 am

  • Three SUV proceeds through the Narrows roadblock near Burns, Ore., as FBI agents have surrounded the remaining four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, on Wednesday, Feb.10, 2016. The four are the last remnants of an armed group that seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land-use policies.  (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian via AP)

    FBI says it has surrounded last occupiers at Oregon refuge

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off.

  • New Mexico House approves police double dipping bill

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s House of Representatives has approved provisions for some retired law enforcement officers to return to work while also receiving pension benefits.

  • New Mexico prison guards caution against tougher sentences

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico corrections officers and their union leaders are concerned that a slate of legislative proposals for tougher criminal sentencing could aggravate safety problems at understaffed state prisons.

  • GOP lamaker puts New Mexico bail bond proposal on hold

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker on Wednesday asked the House to suspend action on a proposed constitutional amendment he drafted to allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight-risk or danger to the public.

  • Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would allow Virginia prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable sailed through the state’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Wednesday.

  • New Mexico official blasts EPA over Colorado mine spill

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Environment Department blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.

  • Ethics commission plan gains momentum in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has moved closer than ever to creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct of public officials in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that led the resignation and jailing of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran.