A nurse administered a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a booster clinic for teens in Berkley, Mich., Jan. 20, 2022.

Booster shots are instrumental in fighting omicron, CDC data show

Extra doses were most effective against infection and death among Americans 50 and older.

Restaurant owners sue Mpls. and Frey over vaccine mandate

January 21
Server Luis Gonzalez brought food to Jasheena Bond and Erica Mooring on Friday at Smack Shack in Minneapolis. Owners of the restaurant were part of th
Plaintiffs say the requirements of the vaccine pose challenges and go against guidance from medical experts.
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A N95 mask at a warehouse in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Your N95 should be stamped with “NIOSH,” as well as the company name, the model and lot numbers, and
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First flights leave Chinese city Xi'an as travel curbs ease

The first commercial airline flights in one month took off Saturday from Xi'an in western China as the government eased travel curbs imposed after a coronavirus outbreak ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Beijing.
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China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

The sweeping "zero-tolerance" strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic.
World
1:16am

British Conservatives set to go for top job if Johnson falls

Revelations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his staff partied while Britain was in a coronavirus lockdown have provoked public outrage and led some members of his Conservative Party to consider ousting their leader.
Sports
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Grant's 2 goals lead Anaheim Ducks' 5-1 rout of Tampa Bay

Derek Grant scored two goals, John Gibson made 32 saves and the Anaheim Ducks emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
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Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

The Minnesota Legislature will enjoy a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Jan. 31, a strong financial position but one that is bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on plenty of needs or return it to taxpayers.
World
January 21

'Wuhan, I Am Here': Film follows volunteers in sealed city

The homeless, the sick, the elderly: For people who fell through the cracks of the official system, the then-unprecedented decision to isolate the central Chinese city of Wuhan and its 13 million people was a matter of life or death.
Politics
January 21

Facing tough '22 elections, Dems want a year of achievements

Staring at midterm elections that could cost them control of Congress, Democrats are trying to sculpt a 2022 legislative agenda that would generate achievements and reassure voters that they're addressing pocketbook problems and can govern competently.
Sports
January 21

NFL ends daily COVID-19 testing for all players

The NFL is curtailing daily testing of all players, vaccinated or unvaccinated, for COVID-19.
Sports
January 21
NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks about his career during the induction ceremony on Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

Earnhardt brings Junior Nation into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was voted NASCAR's most popular driver a record 15 times.
Nation
January 21

Arizona sues Biden to keep school anti-mask rules

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sued the Biden administration on Friday over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don't have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
Coronavirus
January 21
Mason Nadolney got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot during a mobile vaccine event at Chanhassen High School in July.

What you need to know about COVID variants, Minnesota mask requirements and more

Advice is evolving along with the coronavirus. Here's the latest from staff and news service reports.
World
January 21

Rio de Janeiro delays Carnival parades as omicron spreads

The world-famous Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro will be held in late April rather than the final weekend of February, as the number of coronavirus cases in Brazil spikes and the omicron variant spreads across the country.
Nation
January 21

Youngkin: For now, listen to principals on school masks

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Friday he's confident his administration will win a court battle over his executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates for their children, but he advised parents to "listen to their principal" until the Supreme Court of Virginia issues its ruling.
World
January 21

UN chief: World more unpredictable than during the Cold War

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the current world is "much more chaotic, much less predictable" than during the Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States, and it's dangerous because there are no "instruments" to deal with crises.
Nation
January 21

Georgia suing Biden administration over Medicaid rejection

Georgia sued the Biden administration Friday over its decision to revoke approval of a work requirement in the state's plan to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income Georgians.
Business
January 21
Trader Colby Nelson works on the floor, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

Stocks fall, have worst week since March 2020; Netflix tanks

Stocks fell again on Wall Street Friday, capping off the worst weekly drop for the S&P 500 since the start of the pandemic.
World
January 21

Latin America, Asia latest to get hit with omicron surge

In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is locking down residential communities as the country anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 4.
Nation
January 21
Pro-life demonstrators march during the “Right To Life” rally on Jan. 15, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.

Anti-abortion protesters optimistic at March for Life in DC

The annual anti-abortion rally in the nation's capital sounded more like a victory celebration Friday as speaker after speaker expressed a growing sense of optimism that their long-sought goal was finally in reach: a sweeping rollback of abortion rights in America.
Coronavirus
January 21
Nursing home workers waited to get tested for COVID-19 last August at Jones-Harrison Senior Living in Minneapolis.

Omicron variant now hitting Minnesota long-term care homes

New cases had been falling last month after residents received COVID-19 vaccine boosters
Nation
January 21

Preteens can get vaxxed without parent under California bill

California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents' consent under a proposal introduced Friday by a state senator who said youngsters "deserve the right to protect themselves" against infectious disease.