Local
February 23

Pewaukee man pleads guilty to fraudulently getting PPP loans

A suburban Milwaukee man accused of illegally obtaining more than $1 million in federal loans meant for COVID-19 relief pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court.
World
February 23

Calculated risk: Dutch lockdown eased, but curfew extended

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday extended the Netherlands' coronavirus curfew until March 15 while also relaxing some lockdown measures in what he called a calculated risk to make the year-long crisis "bearable."
Nation
February 23

World Food Prize laureates ask Biden to elevate hunger

A group of 24 scientists, economists, researchers and other winners of the World Food Prize sent a letter Tuesday to President Joe Biden asking him to focus on alleviating global hunger, poverty and malnutrition.
World
February 23

Senegal launches vaccination campaign with China's Sinopharm

Senegal launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign Tuesday in the capital, Dakar, where the health minister received the first jab of China's Sinopharm vaccine.
Nation
February 23

Food groups fight to save one Trump virus program

As the Biden administration sets up shop, many policies initiated by its hard-right predecessor are being targeted for extinction. But agricultural groups and anti-hunger organizations are fighting to keep one they've come to depend on, which channels food that might otherwise be plowed under to people reeling under the coronavirus pandemic.
Business
February 23

Long-serving Saudi oil minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani dies at 90

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, a long-serving oil minister in Saudi Arabia who led the kingdom through the 1973 oil crisis that shattered the West and once found himself held hostage by the assassin Carlos the Jackal, died Tuesday in London. He was 90.
World
February 23

World Bank threatens to suspend vaccine funding to Lebanon

The World Bank threatened Tuesday to suspend financing for coronavirus vaccines in Lebanon as it investigated suspected favoritism amid accusations that lawmakers were inoculated in parliament without prior approval.
World
February 23

Food fight: Meat-free school meals spark furor in France

By taking meat off the menu at school canteens, the ecologist mayor of one of France's most famously gastronomic cities has kicked up a storm of protest and debate as the country increasingly questions the environmental costs of its meaty dietary habits.
Coronavirus
February 23
M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr administered a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday afternoon at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis to Ha

One additional death reported; 513 new COVID cases in state

Nearly 14% of the state's residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot
Politics
February 23

Biden to visit storm-ravaged Texas Friday

President Joe Biden will visit Texas on Friday as the state begins its recovery from a devastating winter storm that caused serious damage to homes and businesses across the state and left many without power or clean water for days.
Sports
February 23

The Latest: PGA Championship capping attendance at 10,000

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
Business
February 23

Pandemic art sales: Prettying up the walls we're staring at

If you've been watching experts and commentators appearing on television from their homes, their increased attention to decor might look familiar: In the early days of lockdown, they, like many of us, sat in front of blank white walls, while now their homes frequently display prominent artwork.
World
February 23

Ukraine gets first vaccine shipment as hospitals struggle

Ukraine on Tuesday received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine, raising hopes that authorities can start beating back the virus' spread in a country where cases have strained the fragile health care system.
World
February 23

UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports'

Britain plans to use its presidency of the Group of Seven economic powers to push for an internationally recognized system of vaccine passports that could allow world travel to resume, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that the idea raises "complex" ethical issues.
Business
February 23
The Macy’s logo is seen Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C.

Macy's closes out a tough year with hope for 2021

Macy's is looking ahead to a year of recovery and rebuilding from the pandemic as the iconic department store chain offered annual forecasts that beat Wall Street forecasts.
Business
February 23

Puerto Rico rejects key deal with creditors to reduce debt

Puerto Rico's governor announced Tuesday that a federal control board reached a key deal that would reduce the U.S. territory's overall debt by nearly 80%, but that his administration is rejecting it amid concerns about cuts to the island's crumbling public pension system.
World
February 23
Britain’s Prince Philip has been admitted to a London hospital after feeling unwell.

Palace: Prince Philip has infection, will stay in hospital

Prince Philip is "comfortable" in a London hospital where he is being treated for an infection, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.
Business
February 23

Consumer confidence rises for second straight month

U.S. consumer confidence rose again in February as an accelerating COVID-19 vaccine push provides hope for Americans who have lived through a year of unprecedented restrictions.
Nation
February 23

What kindness brought to folks featured in 'One Good Thing'

In 200 stories over this pandemic-ridden year, The Associated Press has celebrated selfless people who have given of themselves in trying times.
Business
February 23

New or used? Either way, price hikes squeeze US auto buyers

The viral pandemic has triggered a cascade of price hikes throughout America's auto industry — a surge that has made both new and used vehicles unaffordable for many.