Here's the latest for Wednesday, March 10: House gives final okay to $1.9T COVID relief bill; Dr. Fauci says US could be near pre-pandemic normal by fall; Other officers won't testify in Chauvin trial; Southern California hit by rain, mudslides and snow.
CHRIS HAVLIK: This is AP News Minute.
The US House has given final approval to a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill on a near party-line vote, sending the measure to President Joe Biden for his signature. The bill gives the new president and the Democrats a victory just seven weeks after he took office.
The nation's top infectious disease expert says the US could see significant steps towards a return to the pre-pandemic normal even before the country reaches herd immunity. Dr. Anthony Fauci says best estimates when enough people are immune to end the outbreak range between 70% and 85% of the population, a figure expected by late summer or early fall.
A defense attorney says three other officers charged in the death of George Floyd will not testify in the case of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. The announcement came as jury selection continues for Chauvin's trial on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
A weather system brought heavy rain to southern California, where mudslides have occurred in areas burned by wildfires. The storm also brought snow to the California mountains, where it covered a nesting bald eagle incubating a pair of eggs.
Chris Havlik, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.