The occupation of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon came to a close earlier Thursday after a standoff that began in early January. The last four people holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to federal authorities.
As the U.S. blames Russia for undermining attempts to end the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart in Munich on Thursday. It's looking like a key moment in the effort to deal with the war.
Stock markets around the world were down again Thursday. In the U.S., the Dow and the S&P were down about 2 percent at mid-day. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill briefing lawmakers, and the price of oil slipped below $27 a barrel.
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is back in the spotlight with an Oscar nomination for her role as a murderous woman in the movie The Hateful Eight. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with her about being cast by Quentin Tarantino.