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

Figure skating age debate also exposes body image challenges

BEIJING (AP) – Some figure skaters are hoping an Olympic doping scandal that is fueling a push to raise the minimum age of competitors will also focus attention on what they see as the sport’s most pressing issue: body image, body shaming and disordered eating. The sport is under scrutiny after 15-year-old Kamila Valieva of … 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

Coronavirus: As BA.2 subvariant of Omicron rises, lab studies point to signs of severity

And like Omicron, it appears to largely escape the immunity created by vaccines. A booster shot restores protection, making illness after infection about 74% less likely. BA.2 is also resistant to some treatments, including sotrovimab, the monoclonal antibody that’s currently being used against Omicron. The findings were posted Wednesday as a preprint study on 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