MLB: Season to be shortened if no deal by end of Monday

MLB: Season to be shortened if no deal by end of Monday

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Major League Baseball said only five days remain to salvage March 31 openers and a full season, telling locked out players that games would be canceled if a labor contract is not agreed to by the end of Monday. After the third straight day of negotiations with little movement, MLB went … Read more

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

Australia welcomes back tourists with toy koalas, Tim Tams

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – International tourists and business travelers began arriving in Australia with few restrictions on Monday, bringing together families in tearful reunions after separations of two years or longer forced by some of the most draconian pandemic measures of any democracy in the world . Australia closed its borders to tourists in March … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID; mild symptoms

LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, Buckingham Palace said, adding that the famously stoic 95-year-old monarch still plans to carry on working. The diagnosis prompted concern and get-well wishes from across Britain’s political spectrum. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a fixture in the life … Read more

Canadian police clear Parliament street to end siege

Canadian police clear Parliament street to end siege

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Hundreds of police in riot gear swept through the streets of Canada’s besieged capital Saturday, arresting or driving out protesters, towing away their trucks and finally retaking control of the streets in front of the country’s Parliament buildings. With protesters in clear retreat under the increasing pressure of one of the … Read more

Shades of the early pandemic as Omicron tests Hong Kong | Coronavirus Pandemic News

Hong Kong, China – Bundled in a quilted jacket, covered with two thin blankets, Alice Yeung insisted she was not cold. Five hours before, she had tested positive for COVID-19. With no symptoms, but no vaccine, either, she was shipped from her nursing home to Caritas Medical Center in the Kowloon region on Thursday. There, … Read more

Canadian police start arresting protesters in Ottawa

Canadian police start arresting protesters in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Going nose-to-nose with protesters in some cases, police began arresting people and towing away vehicles Friday in a bid to break the three-week siege of Canada’s capital by hundreds of truckers angry over the country’s COVID -19 restrictions. Hundreds of officers, some in riot gear and some carrying automatic weapons, descended … Read more

Estimated 73% of US now immune to omicron: Is that enough?

Estimated 73% of US now immune to omicron: Is that enough?

The omicron wave that assaulted the United States this winter also bolstered its defenses, leaving enough protection against the coronavirus that future spikes will likely require much less – if any – dramatic disruption to society. Millions of individual Americans’ immune systems now recognize the virus and are primed to fight it off if they … Read more

This time, Tibet stands silent as Olympics return to China

By DAKE KANG and SAM McNEIL February 16, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/winter-olympics-coronavirus-pandemic-sports-health-tibet-b867054f246166bc0b30e67f6ebb1ece GARZE COUNTY, China (AP) – As a speedskating team was winning China’s first Olympic gold medal of the Beijing Games, all seemed quiet in the villages that line the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. A bus flew past gold-roofed monasteries on freshly paved … Read more

Companies revert to more normal operations as COVID wanes

Companies revert to more normal operations as COVID wanes

NEW YORK (AP) – For the first time in two years for many people, the American workplace is transforming into something that resembles pre-pandemic days. Tyson Foods said Tuesday it was ending mask requirements for its vaccinated workers in some facilities. Walmart and Amazon – the nation’s No. 1 and 2 largest private employers respectively … Read more

Blockades on Canada-US border continue as protests swell

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) – Protesters opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions withdrew their vehicles from a key US-Canadian border bridge Saturday though access remained blocked while other demonstrations ramped up in cities across Canada, including the capital, where police said they were awaiting more officers before ending what they described as an illegal … Read more