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Britain tightens COVID rules as world on alert over omicron

Britain tightens COVID rules as world on alert over omicron

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 The U.K. has tightened up rules on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two cases of the new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus as governments around the world seek to shore up their defenses LONDON (AP) — The U.K. tightened up rules Saturday on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two cases of the new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus that was identified just a few days ago in South Africa. Amid fears that the new variant has the potential to…
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November 27, 2021 Everything you need to know about the world today in 80 seconds

November 27, 2021 Everything you need to know about the world today in 80 seconds

NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS By wire reports Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks   U.S. to require vaccines for border crossers in January President Joe Biden will require essential, nonresident travelers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, to be fully vaccinated beginning Jan. 22, the administration planned to announce. A senior administration official said the requirement, which the White House previewed in October, brings the rules for essential travelers in line with those that took effect earlier this month for leisure travelers, when the U.S. reopened its borders to fully vaccinated individuals. Essential travelers entering…
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Resignations are just part of the story. The pandemic reshaped attitudes

Resignations are just part of the story. The pandemic reshaped attitudes

By Michael E. Kanell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 #Business Eva Lynch worked for years in specialty stores, loving the interaction with customers, the give and take, suggesting cosmetics or outfits or jewelry. But the pandemic stole that. She had been selling clothing and intimate apparel at a Douglasville store that closed for six weeks in the spring of 2020. When it reopened that May, it just wasn’t as satisfying. People had to keep their distance, their faces hidden behind masks. The Powder Springs resident eventually quit her job in April of this year to join a staffing…
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As we live longer, how should life change? There is a blueprint

As we live longer, how should life change? There is a blueprint

By Corinne Purtill, The New York Times Troy Warren for CNT #Health  #Lifestyle Most children born in the developed world now have a good chance of making it to their 100th birthday. They are also on track to live, learn, work and retire in systems and institutions that were set up when their grandparents were children. Career and education in the United States (and in much of the developed world) evolved to meet the needs of a different era than the one we currently live in — one in which the (mostly white and male) people who received postsecondary education completed…
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Ahmaud Arbery’s mom: Thankful for justice and son’s legacy

Ahmaud Arbery’s mom: Thankful for justice and son’s legacy

By RODRIQUE NGOWI and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks #Lifestyle Ahmaud Arbery’s mother says she is thankful for justice, but says the murder convictions of the men who cornered and killed her son won’t bring him back BRUNSWICK — Ahmaud Arbery’s mother woke up Thursday with a new, very important blessing on Thanksgiving Day. But there will still be an empty chair at the family’s celebrations. It is a reminder that while she feels justice was served when the three white men who helped shoot her son were convicted Wednesday for cornering and killing him as he ran through…
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Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

Jury holds pharmacies responsible for role in opioid crisis

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Health CLEVELAND — Three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis. The counties blamed pharmacies operated by CVS, Walgreens and Walmart for not stopping the flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each of the two counties about $1 billion, their attorney said. This was the first time pharmacy…
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EXPLAINER: What is this new COVID variant in South Africa?

EXPLAINER: What is this new COVID variant in South Africa?

By MARIA CHENG, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19  #EditorsPicks South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province LONDON (AP) — WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA? South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It's unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first detected by scientists in…
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Afghan girl from famous cover portrait is evacuated to Italy

Afghan girl from famous cover portrait is evacuated to Italy

NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS Troy Warren for CNT #Lifestyle National Geographic’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West’s evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country ROME (AP) — National Geographic magazine’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West’s evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi said Italy organized the evacuation of Sharbat Gulla after she asked to be helped to leave the country. The Italian government will now help to get…
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DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. The Justice Department last Friday filed an updated complaint in its ongoing lawsuit against Alabama over prison conditions. Justice Department officials wrote that violence remains unabated in facilities that are both overcrowded and “dangerously” understaffed. “In the two and a half years following the United States’ original notification to the State…
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Justice Department to prioritize prosecuting violence on flights

Justice Department to prioritize prosecuting violence on flights

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland directed U.S. attorneys across the country to swiftly prioritize prosecution of federal crimes that happen on commercial flights as federal officials face a historic number of investigations into passenger behavior. Garland's memo, issued Wednesday, emphasizes that the Justice Department is committed to aggressively prosecuting violent passengers who assault crew members or endanger the safety of other passengers. Federal law prohibits interfering with a flight crew, including assaulting, intimidating or threatening crew members. In a statement, Garland said such passengers do more than harm employees.…
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