US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-back militia

The airstrikes were announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said the action was authorized by President Joe Biden.

  Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

Mr. Potato Head brand goes gender neutral, sort of

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Group asks Supreme Court justices to ban use of race in college admissions

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Continued Coverage

  AG: Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach dies by suicide after charges

Game on, again: GameStop surges and no one truly knows why

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

Twitter to let users charge followers to see premium posts

  Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference and a Trump ally, said discussion panels on election integrity would highlight “huge” evidence of illegal voting in Georgia, Nevada and elsewhere that ultimately swung the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

Amber Alert issued for missing Ga. teenage girl

Police in Georgia have issued a Levi’s Call, their version of an Amber Alert, for a 16-year-old girl.

Avalanche danger high, 32 deaths confirmed this season

This avalanche season has already been historically dangerous, with 32 confirmed fatalities, all but one in the West.

Lady Gaga offers $500K after dog walker shot, dogs stolen

The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries.

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

  Black Lives Matter launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

  Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis

  Costco boosts minimum wage to $16

Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Granholm as energy secretary

Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin

The sweeping proposal from state Sen. Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point, comes after the Dallas Mavericks did not play “The Star-Spangled Banner” before home games earlier this season.

Victoria’s Secret to close dozens more stores

The move is not nearly as severe as the 241 stores the lingerie retailer closed in 2020.

  Rep. Greene posts gender sign in response to Newman’s trans pride flag

Rep. Marie Newman, who works in a neighboring office, installed a transgender pride flag outside her door.

  Anticipating 2021 boom, Q4 GDP revised up slightly to 4.1%

The economy grew at a 4.1% pace in the final three months of 2020, slightly faster than first estimated, ending a year in which the overall economy, ravaged by a global pandemic, shrank more than in any year in the past seven decades.

Garage sale bowl may be worth $500,000

The bowl was made during the Ming dynasty in China between 1403 and 1424.

Nearly 60 years later, college dropout and wife pledge $20M gift to alma mater

Philanthropist Calvin Tyler Jr., and his wife, Tina, pledged $20 million Monday to his alma mater Morgan State University, which the university said is the largest gift to any HBCU ever made by one of its former students.

  Southern exposure: Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks

Cities across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi are still grappling with outages that crippled health care facilities and forced families to wait in line for potable water.

Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight

It comes after the Supreme Court denied Trump’s last ditch-effort to keep the records private.

Police arrest man after Wyoming boy found dead in dumpster

Police in Cheyenne, Wyoming, say the boyfriend of a woman whose 2-year-old son was found dead in an apartment complex dumpster has been arrested.

Best Buy cuts 5,000 jobs even as sales soared during pandemic

The company said it cut the jobs because more shoppers are choosing to buy online instead of coming inside its stores.

Rarely seen Van Gogh painting exhibited ahead of auction

Sotheby’s auction house said the work, painted in 1887, has remained in the same family collection for more than 100 years — out of the public eye.

  US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level.

  New Zealand volunteers refloat 28 whales in rescue effort

Volunteers first managed to refloat the surviving whales on Monday evening’s high tide.

  Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

The U.S. military on Wednesday began delivering shots at coronavirus vaccination centers in Texas and New York and announced that service members will start staffing four centers in Florida and one in Philadelphia next week.

  Partially paralyzed dog who loves to ski looking for forever home

The dog's back legs are paralyzed because she was kicked off a porch at just a few months old, but her foster mom says she gets around fine with her wheelchair.

  ‘Call 911’: Assault victim gets help by posting sign on Pa. home’s window

A suspect was arrested on accusations of beating and strangling the woman when she tried to leave the house.

  Principal fixes insecure middle school student’s haircut to get him back to class

The middle school principal says he's on a mission to change the culture of his school to make it a place where problems get solved, instead of making them worse.

3 adults slain in Arkansas home; abducted baby found safe

A suspect was arrested and is being held while the homicide investigation continues. Formal charges are to be determined.

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws' architect says it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

  Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has come under heavy criticism for a series of operational changes that slowed mail before the 2020 elections.

Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

President Joe Biden has lifted a Trump-era ban issued during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration.

  LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Authorities say Woods suffered “significant” injuries all down his right leg when his SUV crashed into a median and rolled over several times on a steep road in Los Angeles.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  Woman goes viral for badly timed mask tattoo

A woman's pre-pandemic tattoo takes on whole new meaning that she says is now a bit of a joke.

  Chief: Capitol police were unsure about using force Jan. 6

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman provided new details about the law enforcement response to the Capitol riot, including extra preparations that were made for the day.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

Lindsey Boylan, a former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, offered new details about her claims against him.

  79-year-old man makes first snow angel

Edward Trejo had never made a snow angel before in all his 79 years. Having lived in California, there wasn't much opportunity.

  Palm Beach County, Fla., refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh

Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, refusing to lower its courthouse flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.

  Biden orders a review of US supply chains for vital goods

The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.

‘Operational error’ causes Fed payment system to crash

Trillions of dollars move through the payment system daily.

Judge approves Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan for Belk chain

The move provides the ailing department store chain financial breathing room as it grapples with the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Germany finds huge cocaine shipment; 2nd seized in Belgium

A German customs office described the find in the Hamburg port as the biggest quantity of cocaine ever seized in Europe and one of the biggest single seizures worldwide.

  Man fakes his kidnapping to get out of work, police say

An Arizona man is in jail after police say he faked a kidnapping to get out of work.

  CIA nominee pledges to provide ‘unvarnished’ intelligence

President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the CIA told lawmakers Wednesday that he would keep politics out of the job and deliver “unvarnished” intelligence to politicians and policymakers.

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Maryland and California recently approved help for small businesses, the poor, the jobless and those needing child care.

Wildfire victims sue former PG&E executives, alleging neglect

The complaint filed Wednesday in San Francisco is an offshoot of a $13.5 billion settlement that PG&E reached with the wildfire victims in late 2019 while the utility was mired in bankruptcy.

Carnival Cruise Line extends pause on US cruises through May

A date for the return of cruise operations in the United States hasn’t been set yet, according to Carnival.

  Tanden facing new hurdles after Senate panels delay meetings

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Tanden and the White House had been in touch with senators and advocacy groups to answer any questions they may have on her nomination.

Venomous spiders prompt temporary Michigan library shutdown

The Mediterranean recluse spiders were found in late January in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library on the school’s Ann Arbor campus.

  Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Biden’s plan will distribute masks not through the mail, but instead through Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and the nation’s food bank and food pantry systems, the White House announced Wednesday.

Teen, Ohio officer die in double tragedy at state park

a teen drowned after falling through the ice in the lake at Rocky Fork State Park, and an officer experienced a medical emergency at the scene.

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

Wendy Barclay, the head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, told UK lawmakers Wednesday that a combination vaccine is the most likely scenario in the coming years.

Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area.

Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

The person said the Justice Department’s federal civil rights investigation has been focused on Chauvin and some of the witnesses, including other officers who worked with Chauvin.

GRAPHIC: Oklahoma man released early from prison accused in 3 deaths

Lawrence Paul Anderson is accused of killing Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, and cutting out her heart.

Turn your quarantine clutter into money

Consumers have been buying and selling used during the pandemic.

  What pregnant women need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

When it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, every patient is different, especially if you're pregnant.

‘Miracle’ puppy Skipper born with six legs, two tails

At just a few days old, the Neel Veterinary Hospital says it is highly unusual for a puppy like her to survive this long.

Lowe’s 4Q results surge as people plow money into homes

The nation’s second-largest home improvement retailer behind Home Depot reported that fourth-quarter profits almost doubled from a year ago, while sales rose 27%.

  Homeowners dig up duffel bag full of guns in backyard

The family did not want to speak on camera, but said they feel uneasy the weapons were buried in their backyard.

Funky electronics chain Fry’s is no more

The pandemic has done heavy damage to retailers, but Fry’s was already getting hammered by online competition and a battle between heavy-hitters Best Buy and

  GRAPHIC Video: Deputy brandishes gun, threatens driver in Houston

The driver said traffic forced him to stop suddenly while the deputy was driving on a motorcycle behind him.

Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

USPS reveals new, greener mail truck for use starting in 2023

The new vehicles will have more room for packages, and will be updated with modern safety and driveability standards like cameras, airbags and collision avoidance systems.

  Deputy rescues 13-year-old Fla. girl from hotel room with man she met on Snapchat

The suspect, who allegedly took the teen to the motel for sex, was taken into custody and faces multiple charges.

  Girl, 5, left outside empty house for 2 hours in cold after school bus mix-up

School officials said the girl had a substitute teacher, who put her on the bus home instead of to daycare, on the day of the incident.

  Tiger Woods seriously injured in crash on steep LA-area road

Woods was driving to a television shoot when his SUV crashed into a median, rolled over and ended up on its side near a steep road known for wrecks, authorities said.