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U.S. to lift travel ban on 8 southern African countries

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will lift travel restrictions to eight southern African countries on New Year's Eve, the White House announced Friday. The restrictions, imposed last month, were meant to blunt the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant. The Nov. 2
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U.S. to lift travel ban on 8 southern African countries

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will lift travel restrictions to eight southern African countries on New Year's Eve, the White House announced Friday. The restrictions, imposed last month, were meant to blunt the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant. The Nov. 29 ban barred nearly all non-U.S. citizens who had recently ...

3rd Florida-based ship has COVID outbreak as state cases rise

MIAMI — A COVID-19 outbreak took place on a South Florida-based cruise ship for the third time this week, as the number of coronavirus cases in Florida hit its second-highest level since the start of the pandemic. An undisclosed number of passengers an
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3rd Florida-based ship has COVID outbreak as state cases rise

MIAMI — A COVID-19 outbreak took place on a South Florida-based cruise ship for the third time this week, as the number of coronavirus cases in Florida hit its second-highest level since the start of the pandemic. An undisclosed number of passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Freedom cruise caught ...

Dutch prosecutors demand life sentences in MH17 downing

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday demanded life sentences for four suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, saying they caused “deep and irreversible suffering” to relat
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Dutch prosecutors demand life sentences in MH17 downing

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday demanded life sentences for four suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, saying they caused “deep and irreversible suffering” to relatives of the 298 people killed. Prosecutors said the four recklessly used a Russian missile ...

Germany clamps down on New Year's parties to tame omicron

BERLIN (AP) — Germany announced new restrictions Tuesday that will begin after Christmas to slow the spread of the new omicron variant, rules that will fall short of a full lockdown but will include contact restrictions even for vaccinated people. &ldqu
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Germany clamps down on New Year's parties to tame omicron

BERLIN (AP) — Germany announced new restrictions Tuesday that will begin after Christmas to slow the spread of the new omicron variant, rules that will fall short of a full lockdown but will include contact restrictions even for vaccinated people. “I can understand anyone who doesn’t want to hear about ...

Israel to ban travel to U.S., Canada over omicron variant

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli ministers on Monday agreed to ban travel to the United States, Canada and eight other countries amid the rapid, global spread of the omicron variant. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office announced the decision followin
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Israel to ban travel to U.S., Canada over omicron variant

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli ministers on Monday agreed to ban travel to the United States, Canada and eight other countries amid the rapid, global spread of the omicron variant. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office announced the decision following a Cabinet vote. The rare move to red-list the U.S. comes amid ...

Germany tightens travel restrictions on visitors from UK

VIENNA — Germany is tightening travel restrictions for people coming from Britain in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant there. The country’s national disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, added Britain to its list of
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Germany tightens travel restrictions on visitors from UK

VIENNA — Germany is tightening travel restrictions for people coming from Britain in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant there. The country’s national disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, added Britain to its list of “virus variant areas” late Saturday. This means anyone traveling from the ...

France bans nonessential travel from the U.K., fearing omicron surge

France will ban nonessential travel from the U.K. on Saturday to try and slow the omicron variant that is surging on the other side of the English Channel. It is a sign that European countries are tightening rules on each other after early travel bans focuse
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France bans nonessential travel from the U.K., fearing omicron surge

France will ban nonessential travel from the U.K. on Saturday to try and slow the omicron variant that is surging on the other side of the English Channel. It is a sign that European countries are tightening rules on each other after early travel bans focused on South Africa, where ...

Powerful typhoon hits Philippines; nearly 100,000 evacuated

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into the southeastern Philippines on Thursday and was blowing across island provinces where nearly 100,000 people have been evacuated from high-risk areas that could be devastated by flash floods, la
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Powerful typhoon hits Philippines; nearly 100,000 evacuated

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into the southeastern Philippines on Thursday and was blowing across island provinces where nearly 100,000 people have been evacuated from high-risk areas that could be devastated by flash floods, landslides and tidal surges, officials said. Forecasters said Typhoon Rai, which had sustained ...

Airline chiefs suggest masks on planes not needed for COVID-19 protection

The chiefs of United Airlines and American Airlines told lawmakers Wednesday that the federal mask mandate doesn’t give passengers much extra protection from COVID-19 on flights, while the head of a flight attendants union called for a crackdown on airp
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Airline chiefs suggest masks on planes not needed for COVID-19 protection

The chiefs of United Airlines and American Airlines told lawmakers Wednesday that the federal mask mandate doesn’t give passengers much extra protection from COVID-19 on flights, while the head of a flight attendants union called for a crackdown on airport alcohol sales to curb a spate of unruly travelers who ...

Amtrak scales back COVID-19 vaccine mandate amid court order, fears of service cuts

Amtrak is backtracking on its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees after a court decision prompted it to reevaluate its policy and take steps to avoid service cuts the rules might have caused. Its chief executive officer, William J. Flynn, said the rail ser
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Amtrak scales back COVID-19 vaccine mandate amid court order, fears of service cuts

Amtrak is backtracking on its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees after a court decision prompted it to reevaluate its policy and take steps to avoid service cuts the rules might have caused. Its chief executive officer, William J. Flynn, said the rail service instead will let unvaccinated employees get tested ...

Metro to return 7000-series rail cars to service

The Washington-area’s Metro system said Tuesday that a safety commission has accepted its plan to phase back into service the 7000-series railcars, which make up most of the fleet and were taken off the tracks following a derailment in October. The Wash
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Metro to return 7000-series rail cars to service

The Washington-area’s Metro system said Tuesday that a safety commission has accepted its plan to phase back into service the 7000-series railcars, which make up most of the fleet and were taken off the tracks following a derailment in October. The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC) told Metro that it ...

Bailed-out airline chiefs face lawmakers amid rising cancellations, soaring complaints

The top executives of three airlines will tell Congress on Wednesday how the carriers spent $54 billion in COVID-19 government aid, and why they are still grappling with thousands of canceled flights, staffing shortages and frustrated customers who can’
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Bailed-out airline chiefs face lawmakers amid rising cancellations, soaring complaints

The top executives of three airlines will tell Congress on Wednesday how the carriers spent $54 billion in COVID-19 government aid, and why they are still grappling with thousands of canceled flights, staffing shortages and frustrated customers who can’t get refunds. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will tell the Senate ...

Israel's Bennett to make first official visit to UAE

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday made a historic trip to the United Arab Emirates, the first visit by an Israeli premier, as part of a blitz of regional diplomacy against the backdrop of struggling nuclear talks with Iran. Is
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Israel's Bennett to make first official visit to UAE

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday made a historic trip to the United Arab Emirates, the first visit by an Israeli premier, as part of a blitz of regional diplomacy against the backdrop of struggling nuclear talks with Iran. Israel has watched with concern as Iran has ...

Brazil justice rules vaccine passport mandatory for visitors

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ruled Saturday that all travelers arriving in Brazil must present a vaccine passport documenting they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The decision from Luís Roberto Barroso cha
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Brazil justice rules vaccine passport mandatory for visitors

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ruled Saturday that all travelers arriving in Brazil must present a vaccine passport documenting they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The decision from Luís Roberto Barroso challenges a more lenient rule announced by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, ...

NFL, TV's Michael Strahan flies in space with astronaut's daughter

Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan caught a ride to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket-launching company Saturday, sharing the trip with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket blasted off from Wes
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NFL, TV's Michael Strahan flies in space with astronaut's daughter

Football star and TV celebrity Michael Strahan caught a ride to space with Jeff Bezos’ rocket-launching company Saturday, sharing the trip with the daughter of America’s first astronaut. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas, sending the capsule on a 10-minute flight with the two VIP guests ...

'Bah-boom, bah-boom': Acorn-ucopia of food fattens squirrels

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Humans aren't the only species packing on extra pounds during the pandemic. Some squirrels are letting themselves go, too. Many squirrels are eating well this fall in New England. But one portly squirrel is so big it earned the nic
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'Bah-boom, bah-boom': Acorn-ucopia of food fattens squirrels

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Humans aren't the only species packing on extra pounds during the pandemic. Some squirrels are letting themselves go, too. Many squirrels are eating well this fall in New England. But one portly squirrel is so big it earned the nickname, “Fatty McFatterson.” Most squirrels sprint or scoot. ...

Amtrak CEO confirms service cuts due to Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Amtrak's president admitted to Congress on Thursday that its travelers will face service cuts and delays this winter as a consequence of President Biden's national COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Stephen Gardner told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Comm
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Amtrak CEO confirms service cuts due to Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Amtrak's president admitted to Congress on Thursday that its travelers will face service cuts and delays this winter as a consequence of President Biden's national COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Stephen Gardner told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that Amtrak will reduce the number of trains traveling long distances once the ...

As storms start, U.S. states struggle to hire snowplow drivers

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More U.S. drivers could find themselves stuck on snowy highways or have their travel delayed this winter due to a shortage of snowplow drivers - a reality that could hit home Friday as winter storms start dumping snow from the Inter
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As storms start, U.S. states struggle to hire snowplow drivers

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More U.S. drivers could find themselves stuck on snowy highways or have their travel delayed this winter due to a shortage of snowplow drivers - a reality that could hit home Friday as winter storms start dumping snow from the Intermountain West to the Upper Great ...

Metropolitan Museum of Art cuts Sackler family name from seven exhibition spaces

NEW YORK (AP) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dropping the Sackler name from seven exhibition spaces amid growing outrage over the role the family may have played in the opioid crisis. The New York museum and the Sackler family jointly announced on Thursd
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Metropolitan Museum of Art cuts Sackler family name from seven exhibition spaces

NEW YORK (AP) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dropping the Sackler name from seven exhibition spaces amid growing outrage over the role the family may have played in the opioid crisis. The New York museum and the Sackler family jointly announced on Thursday that the institution and their ...

Airlines face holiday test as demand surges

The airline industry’s recovery is being tested this holiday season as passengers return in near pre-pandemic numbers. The resurgence in air travel is being fueled by pent-up demand and the availability of vaccines, along with an apparent lull in virus
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Airlines face holiday test as demand surges

The airline industry’s recovery is being tested this holiday season as passengers return in near pre-pandemic numbers. The resurgence in air travel is being fueled by pent-up demand and the availability of vaccines, along with an apparent lull in virus cases since summer's big wave. The Transportation Security Administration says ...

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