• Fed lifts rate by quarter-point but says inflation is easing

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve extended its fight against high inflation Wednesday by raising its key interest rate a quarter-point, its eighth hike since March. And the Fed signaled that even though inflation is easing, it remains high enough to require further rate hikes. At the same time, Chair Jerome Powell said at a news conference that the Fed recognizes that the pace of inflation has cooled -- a signal that it could be nearing the end of its rate increases. The stock and bond...

  • First court dates set for Baldwin, armorer and assistant director in 'Rust' case

    Movie star Alec Baldwin and the armorer and assistant director of "Rust" will have their first court appearances later this month in the fatal movie set shooting. The hearings for Baldwin, 65, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 25, and Dave Halls, 63, will be done remotely and are set for Feb. 24 in First Judicial District Court at 10, 10:15 and 10:30 a.m., respectively. On Tuesday involuntary manslaughter charges were filed against Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed and negligent use of a deadly weapon were...

  • Missy, Willie and George Michael among Rock Hall nominees

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Cyndi Lauper, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow and the late George Michael are the 2023 nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, reflecting a mix of country, soul, hip-hop, metal, pop, rap-rock and grunge. The Cleveland-based institution announced Wednesday the 14 artists and groups being considered for Rock Hall induction, also including Rage Against the Machine, The Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest, The White...

  • How to watch New Mexico-Utah State tonight

    The New Mexico Lobos are traveling to Logan, Utah for a game against Mountain West Conference foe Utah State on Wednesday. Tip-off is 8:30 p.m. Mountain time. The Lobos (19-3, 6-3 Mountain West) fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 after splitting a couple of games last week, losing in double overtime at Nevada and beating Air Force at home. The Aggies (17-5, 6-3) are a formidable team that leads the nation in 3-point shooting....

  • Israel says it intercepted rocket fired from Gaza Strip

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Militants fired a rocket into Israel's south on Wednesday, the army said, setting off sirens and raising already heightened tensions under the country's new ultranationalist government. The rocket from the Gaza Strip was intercepted, according to the military. Israel usually responds to rocket fire with airstrikes, raising the possibility of further escalation. Local residents reported hearing explosions. Israel's rescue service said it received no reports of injuries...

  • Google has the next move as Microsoft embraces OpenAI buzz

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Before the artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT was unleashed into the world, the novelist Robin Sloan was testing a similar AI writing assistant built by researchers at Google. It didn't take long for Sloan, author of the bestseller "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore," to realize that the technology was of little use to him. "A lot of the state-of-the-art AI right now is impressive enough to really raise your expectations and make you think, 'Wow, I'm dealing with something...

  • DeSantis pushes ban on diversity programs in state colleges

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced plans to block state colleges from having programs on diversity, equity and inclusion, and critical race theory in his latest step onto the front lines of the nation's culture wars. The Republican governor debuted the proposal as part of a larger, higher education legislative package that is expected to be taken up by the GOP-controlled statehouse when its regular session begins in March. The second-term governor, who is...

  • Pope consoles Congolese victims: 'Your pain is my pain'

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Congo's people to forgive those who committed "inhuman violence" against them, celebrating a Mass for 1 million people and then hearing first hand of the atrocities some of them have endured: a teen-age girl "raped like an animal" for months; a young man who watched as his father was decapitated; a former sex slave who was forced into cannibalism. Congolese from the country's violence-wracked east traveled to the capital of Kinshasa to...

  • US winter storm causes 3rd day of dangerous, icy conditions

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A deadly storm system lashed a large swath of the southern U.S. with bands of sleet and snow for a third day on Wednesday, grounding an additional 2,300 flights, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, forcing school closures and making already treacherous driving conditions worse. Watches and warnings about wintry conditions were issued for an area stretching West Texas' border with Mexico through Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, and into western Tennessee and...

  • Finland ends infertility requirement for transgender people

    HELSINKI (AP) -- Lawmakers in Finland approved amendments Wednesday that will make it substantially easier for people to change their legally recognized gender in the Nordic country. The amendments, which are expected to take effect as soon as possible, also abolish a provision that required transgender people to provide a medical certificate proving they were infertile or sterilized before the government would recognize their gender identity. That part of the existing law was intended to keep...

  • Biden lawyer: FBI finds no classified docs at beach house

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI searched President Joe Biden's vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday without finding any classified documents, the president's attorney said. Agents did take some handwritten notes and other materials relating to Biden's time as vice president for review. The search, disclosed by Biden's personal lawyer, was the latest discomfiting moment for a president who has sought to contrast his sensitivity to rule-following with that of his predecessor Donald...

  • Tom Brady retires at 45, insisting this time it's 'for good'

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- This time, Tom Brady says he's done for good. The seven-time Super Bowl winner with New England and Tampa Bay announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, exactly one year after first saying his playing days were over, by posting a brief video lasting just under one minute on social media. Unlike last winter, though, the most successful quarterback in league history, as well as one of the greatest athletes in team sports, said his decision was final. "Good morning...