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Bunny Wailer, reggae luminary and last Wailers member, dies

Wailer, a baritone singer whose birth name is Neville Livingston, formed The Wailers in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

  Official: Merck to help produce rival J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine

Hospital: SUV carrying 27 crashes with semitruck, killing 15 in Calif.

Gatorade introduces patch to measure hydration

Supreme Court likely to uphold Arizona voting restrictions

Biden’s pick for SEC flags trading app gimmicks for scrutiny

Bergdahl appeals court-martial over Trump, McCain comments

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  Publisher to appeal ruling that it invaded Meghan’s privacy

  3rd vaccine rolls out, new boosters being developed

US sets sanctions over Russia opposition leader’s poisoning

  Man dies after ambulance stolen in Oklahoma

  Authorities safely detonate WWII bomb found in middle of English town

New Reese’s peanut butter cup is all peanut butter, no chocolate

  Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, has died

After stints as field secretary for the Georgia NAACP and executive director of the United Negro College Fund, he became head of the National Urban League.

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

  COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally

A new report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year.

Nigerian governor says 279 kidnapped schoolgirls are freed

Police and the military had been carrying out joint operations to rescue the girls, whose abduction caused international outrage.

Singer Phil Collins’ Alamo artifacts collection on display in Texas

  Victims of anti-Asian attacks reflect a year into pandemic

Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic

  Calls for Cuomo’s resignation mount as 3rd accuser emerges

  Veteran leaves home for first time in 2 years, thanks to volunteer-built wheelchair ramp

  Student, 18, plays violin on street corner to help pay for college

  ‘It’s truly a miracle’: Man, 25, with COVID-19 survives near-death 3 times

Doctors say the young man's case should serve as a warning. He had no pre-existing health concerns but suffered serious complications from COVID-19.

Romney knocked unconscious in fall, but ‘doing better’

The Utah Republican says the accident happened when he was spending time with his grandchildren in Boston.

  Doctor appears in court video call while performing surgery

The plastic surgeon was dressed in surgical scrubs with a patient undergoing the procedure just out of view; the beeps of medical machinery could be heard in the background.

  Minimum wage hike all but dead in Senate virus relief, stimulus checks bill

Chances are dwindling that the Democrats will find a way to retain a minimum wage boost in the $1.9 trillion relief package.

  Boy, 15, injured in Arkansas school shooting; classmate held

According to police, a 15-year-old male student shot the other teenager in a hallway.

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

It will start using a “strike system” to remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rule.

  Amid Amazon union vote, Biden endorses workers’ freedom to choose

Biden didn’t mention Amazon by name in the video posted to Twitter. However, he made a reference to employees in Alabama, where a milestone union election is underway at an Amazon facility in Bessemer.

  Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president

Pressures are building at the U.S. southern border with an increase in children crossing into the country without visas and the preservation of a COVID-related policy of quickly expelling people captured along the border.

Proposed legislation would make ‘Amazing Grace’ sung by Dolly Parton official Tennessee state hymn

Dolly Parton’s version of "Amazing Grace" is called one of the “songs of historic significance that have influenced” Tennessee.

  Heavy rains lead to rescues, road closures in Appalachia

Multiple water rescues were reported in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, authorities said.

Senate confirms Cardona as Biden’s education secretary

The Senate has voted to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden’s effort to reopen the nation’s schools amid the coronavirus pandemic

Texas top utility regulator quits in fallout over blackouts

Texas’ top utilities regulator resigned Monday, in the widening fallout from blackouts triggered by an unusually heavy and widespread winter storm that left millions in the state without power and water for days.

US probing engine fires in nearly 1.9M Toyota RAV4 SUVs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating after getting 11 fire complaints involving the 2013 through 2018 model years.

  New York City-sized iceberg breaks off Antarctica

A huge iceberg that's bigger than New York City broke off near a UK base in Antarctica.

  Prince Harry: Split from royal life ‘unbelievably tough’

Harry and Meghan stepped away from full-time royal life in March 2020, unhappy at media scrutiny and the strictures of their roles.

  States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

Nearly 20% of the nation’s adults — or over 50 million people — have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 10% have been fully inoculated.

  Watch for vaccination sign-up scams

Federal regulators warn more consumers will soon hear from crooks calling about vaccines while impersonating an insurance company or health department.

  Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades

Democrats say national rules are needed to make voting more uniform, accessible and fair. The bill would mandate early voting, same-day registration and other long-sought changes.

Irv Cross, NFL player, pioneer Black analyst, dies at 81

Irv Cross, the former NFL defensive back who became the first Black man to work full-time as a sports analyst on national television, died Sunday.

GRAPHIC: Ohio mom tried to abandon 6-year-old son before killing him, court documents say

Middletown police said she reported her son missing Sunday and later confessed to killing him.

US announces $125 million defense aid package for Ukraine

The Pentagon says it is providing a new $125 million aid package to Ukraine, including two armed patrol boats to help the country defend its territorial waters.

  Zero Balance: Customers say gift cards from resale website were drained

A customer says he bought hundreds of dollars in gift cards, but before he could use his balance, hundreds of dollars were drained from the cards. The BBB says it's had hundreds of similar complaints.

  Senate panel votes to advance Garland’s nomination to be AG

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to advance the nomination of Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general.

Texas power company seeks bankruptcy protection after storm

The bankruptcy filing comes the same day that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that he’s suing electricity provider Griddy for passing along massive bills to its customers during February’s winter storm.

  Why you should consider the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot was given the green light over the weekend, but some health experts worry Americans may turn up their noses at this latest vaccine.

  Family mourns man Idaho police killed in his own back yard by mistake

Joe Johnson was shot and killed by Idaho police in what they admit was a mistake.

329 candidates for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

The Oslo-based organization said that it was the third-highest number of candidates ever, adding the current record of 376 candidates was reached in 2016.

  Woman records armed confrontation outside window, shouts at man to put down gun

Video out of Stamford, Connecticut, shows a dog walker holding a man in a hoodie at gunpoint, but police say the images are only part of the story.

  Prince Philip moved to specialized London heart hospital

Prince Philip was transferred Monday to a specialized London heart hospital to undergo testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition as he continues treatment for an unspecified infection, Buckingham Palace said.

  Brilliant meteor lights up skies over Canada, Montana

The American Meteor Society said there were over 400 reports of sightings of the brilliant display and more than 100 videos of it.

  Nearly 4M doses of J&J virus vaccine on way to states

The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.

AG sues Texas utility over customers’ sky-high energy bills

The lawsuit comes days after Texas’ power grid manager effectively shut down Griddy by revoking its access to the state’s electricity market.

Pope Benedict XVI defends resignation to ‘fanatic’ doubters

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has marked the eighth anniversary of his historic resignation by insisting in an interview published Monday that he stepped down knowingly and that “there is only one pope” — Francis.

North Carolina-based mystery writer Maron dies at 82

Maron is best known for the Sigrid Harald series of books, which focused on a New York police lieutenant, and the Knott series, which was about a North Carolina judge.

  Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

Many Republican lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency restrictions since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Now that most legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation.

Report: US wasted billions on cars, buildings in Afghanistan

The agency said it reviewed $7.8 billion spent since 2008 on buildings and vehicles. Only $343.2 million worth of buildings and vehicles “were maintained in good condition.”

  Questions surround death of former NFL player Louis Nix III

Former Notre Dame and NFL player Louis Nix III has died after being missing for several days, but many questions linger about the circumstances of his death.

  Bus driver surprises student with autism with heartfelt sandbox gift on birthday

The bus driver found an idea online for a sandbox, in which the sand is replaced by crushed Cheerios. The gift was an instant hit.

  Elderly couple who found love during COVID-19 get vaccinated before wedding

In the midst of a tough winter, the love between two 94-year-olds in New York blossomed, and they recently became engaged.

  ‘Nomadland,’ Borat,’ ‘The Crown’ win at bicoastal Globes

Facing scant traditional studio competition, streaming services dominated the Globes like never before.

  Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state’s attorney general and chief appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him.

  Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won’t start another party

Less than six weeks after leaving office, former President Donald Trump will deliver the closing speech at a conservative conference Sunday as he reasserts himself on the national stage and makes clear he intends to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party.

US still open to Iran nuclear talks after Iran’s rejection

The Biden administration says it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement.

3 Kansas police officers injured by shotgun in vacant home

A police spokesman said that investigators are trying to determine whether the shotgun had been rigged to fire when the door opened.

  Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.

  Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority — a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag.

Rooster kills Indian man during banned cockfight

Police have filed a case and are looking for over a dozen people involved in organizing the cockfight.

  McDonald’s worker celebrates 100th birthday with special mailbox

The nearly 100-year-old worker is so popular that the flood of birthday cards she has been receiving requires its own special mailbox at McDonald’s.

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

  Justice Dept. to appeal judge’s order on eviction moratorium

The Justice Department said Saturday it will appeal a judge’s ruling that found the federal government’s eviction moratorium was unconstitutional.

2 skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

Torlano said he had been dreaming about skiing the dome since his family moved to Yosemite when he was 5 years old.

  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance.

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

St. Louis County police say the 11-year-old made the discovery on Thursday.

WWII plane fly-past honors Captain Tom Moore at funeral

Just eight members of the veteran’s immediately family attended Saturday’s private service, but soldiers carried his coffin to a crematorium and form a ceremonial guard.

  AP sources: Feds pinpoint suspect in officer’s riot death

The FBI has obtained video that shows the person spraying Brian Sicknick and other law enforcement officers during the Jan. 6 riot, the people said.

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely after theft, shooting

Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dogwalker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.

  Woman discovers baby alive in trash can

After discovering the crying, she called out to some EMTs who happened to nearby.