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London-bound jet returns to Miami over maskless passenger

An American Airlines flight to London returned to Miami after a passenger refused to follow the federal requirement to wear a face mask, according to the airline. The airline called ...

1 year in: Biden ready to talk through progress, setbacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — One year into a presidency defined by lofty ambitions and at-times frustrating shortfalls, President Joe Biden will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering...

Confusion, lawsuit follow Virginia governor's order on masks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's new Republican governor was facing pushback from Democratic lawmakers, school districts and a group of parents who sued him Tuesday over an executive order that aims to...

Romania: Right-wing extremists target German mayor

The rioters entered the building through the back entrance, yelling "shameful, shameful" as they demanded to see the mayor. Although masks are compulsory indoors, no one was wearing one and...

Treasury: Arizona risks relief funds over anti-mandate rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is threatening to recoup COVID-19 relief funds sent to Arizona over state provisions that it says discourage families and school districts from following fed...

World stocks retreat as inflation augurs Fed rate hikes

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Thursday after the latest report of surging prices in the U.S. appeared to keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in coming months...

Mexican president says his COVID-19 case is 'like a cold'

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday he was hoarse and had a sore throat after testing positive for COVID-19 for the second time. López Obrad...

Taiwan tightens mask rules amid Omicron outbreak

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The government is reimposing mask measures across the country in response to an Omicron outbreak that started at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. On Sunday (Ja...

Scaled-back CES gadget show returns to Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered in Las Vegas for a tech conference that’s been scaled back because of COVID-19 pandemic precautions. The floors of the CES gadget s...

UK authorities ease COVID testing requirements amid surge

LONDON (AP) — Health authorities across the U.K. simplified COVID-19 testing requirements on Wednesday, a move designed to cut isolation times for many people and that may ease the staffing shortages ...

Armani cancels men's Milan show, Paris haute couture

ROME (AP) — Designer Giorgio Armani said Tuesday he was cancelling his Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani men’s fashion shows in Milan this month and his Prive haute couture show in Paris because of so...

France sees record 271,000 coronavirus cases in single day

PARIS (AP) — France reported a record-smashing 271,686 daily virus cases on Tuesday as omicron infections race across the country, burdening hospital staff and threatening to disrupt transport, school...

England sees no need for further restrictions - for now

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he hoped to “ride out" the pandemic without further restrictions, even as he warned that the country faces difficult days ahead as the high...

Mask rule tightened in Taiwan's Taoyuan, airport following Omicron case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced a tightening of mask rules for Taoyuan City and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after a cleaning worker and h...

Omicron upends return to US schools and workplaces

Some school systems around the U.S. extended their holiday break Monday or switched back to online instruction because of the explosion in COVID-19 cases, while others pressed ahead with in-person cla...