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Omicron has changed the shape of the pandemic. Will it end it for good?

Omicron has changed the shape of the pandemic. Will it end it for good?

The world feared the worst when a worrying new coronavirus variant emerged in late November and ripped through South Africa at a pace not seen before in the pandemic. But two months later, with Omicron dominant across much of the globe, the narrative has shifted for some. “Levels of concern about Omicron tend to be…MORE

Covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping in the Northeast. In other parts of the country, they’re rising

Covid-19 hospitalizations are dropping in the Northeast. In other parts of the country, they’re rising

During what has been another devastating surge of Covid-19 across the country, there is good news: Some states are starting to see infection numbers and hospitalizations drop. But that’s not the case everywhere. As cases seem to begin plateauing, Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Northeast are down by about 11% after reaching a peak about a…MORE

How Americans think Joe Biden has done on their most important priorities after one year

How Americans think Joe Biden has done on their most important priorities after one year

President Joe Biden entered office promising to end the Covid-19 pandemic, boost a lagging economy, get Americans back to work, restore US credibility abroad and heal a divided nation. After one year, the reviews from the American people in public polling on those topics, in many cases, have not been kind. Biden won’t face the…MORE

First US shipment of recently directed security assistance arrives in Ukraine

First US shipment of recently directed security assistance arrives in Ukraine

The first US shipment of recently directed security assistance has arrived in Ukraine, the US Embassy in Kyiv tweeted Friday night. The shipment “includes close to 200,000 pounds of lethal aid, including ammunition for the front line defenders of Ukraine,” according to the tweet. The development comes as the US has sought to convince Moscow…MORE

US Embassy in Kyiv asks State Dept. to authorize departure of nonessential personnel
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US Embassy in Kyiv asks State Dept. to authorize departure of nonessential personnel

The US Embassy in Kyiv has requested that the State Department authorize the departure of all nonessential staff and their families, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. A State Department spokesperson said they have “nothing to announce at this time,” adding, “We conduct rigorous contingency planning, as we always do, in the event…MORE

Black lawmakers walk out as Mississippi Senate passes legislation described as a critical race theory bill
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Black lawmakers walk out as Mississippi Senate passes legislation described as a critical race theory bill

Black members of Mississippi’s Senate walked out of the chamber in protest Friday before a vote on a bill described as a prohibition on critical race theory on the state legislative calendar. Senate Bill 2113 would forbid public schools in the state from forcing students to agree “that any sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national…MORE

Law enforcement and businesses prepare for vaccine mandate protest in nation’s capital
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Law enforcement and businesses prepare for vaccine mandate protest in nation’s capital

Law enforcement officials and businesses in the nation’s capital are preparing for an influx of anti-vaccine mandate activists and are also concerned that potentially large-scale demonstrations could attract extremist groups to the region this weekend. Ahead of the weekend, there has been extensive planning and information among the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland…MORE

NFL tells remaining playoff teams unvaccinated players no longer subject to daily Covid-19 testing
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NFL tells remaining playoff teams unvaccinated players no longer subject to daily Covid-19 testing

The National Football League issued a memo Friday advising the remaining eight teams left in the playoffs that unvaccinated players no longer need daily Covid-19 tests. Covid-19 protocols updated by the league and NFL Players Association have been updated “to eliminate the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players to determine testing cadence,” the NFL said…MORE

Woman charged after threatening to bring ‘every single gun loaded and ready’ if her children had to wear masks at school
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Woman charged after threatening to bring ‘every single gun loaded and ready’ if her children had to wear masks at school

Police in Virginia said a woman has been charged after she claimed at a school board meeting she would show up with loaded guns if her children were required to wear masks at school. In the post on the department’s Facebook page, authorities said Amelia King, 42 of Luray, was charged with making an oral…MORE

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