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WHO warns that new virus variant poses ‘very high’ risk

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.” The assessment from the U.N. health agency, contained ...

Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in 10 states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement. The court order said that ...

Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal resume; U.S. stays distant

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiators in Vienna resumed talks Monday over reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, with the United States taking part at arm’s length as in previous rounds since the Trump administration pulled out of the accord three years ago. Hopes of quick progress ...

All 3 men charged in Arbery death found guilty

By Russ Bynum Associated Press BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Three men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was running empty-handed through a Georgia subdivision when the white strangers chased him, trapped him on a quiet street and blasted him ...

2,193 Miles: Fleming resident tackles Appalachian Trail

After 71-year-old Fleming resident David Eichhorn read a book about the Appalachian Trail, he decided he wanted to try hiking the 2,193-mile trail. His journey started Feb. 29, 2020, and finally finished last month. “It wasn’t a technical thru-hike, which has to be done within a ...

Biden calls troops ‘spine of America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden saluted the nation’s military veterans as “the spine of America” on Thursday as he marked his first Veterans Day as president in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. “There’s nothing low risk or low cost about war for the ...