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1-month lockdown lifts in Chinese city, 2M in Beijing tested

Jan. 24, 2022 00:31 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities lifted a monthlong lockdown on the northern city of Xi’an and its 13 million residents Monday as infections subside ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in less than two weeks. Meanwhile, the 2 million residents of one Beijing district have...

Governor delays new nursing home staffing requirements

Jan. 23, 2022 14:01 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is delaying a new law that would fine nursing homes for failing to comply with minimum staffing requirements. Gov. Dan McKee signed an executive order Friday that delays the law from going into effect until at least Feb. 14, the Providence...

Water cannon, tear gas at COVID-19 protests in Brussels

Jan. 23, 2022 14:00 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police fired water cannons and thick clouds of tear gas Sunday in Brussels to disperse people protesting COVID-19 vaccinations and government restrictions that aim to curb the fast-spreading omicron variant. Police said the protest in the Belgian capital drew an...

Utah bill to protect pets from domestic abuse moves forward

Jan. 23, 2022 12:00 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One woman said her former partner bought a puppy to distract her from his alcoholism and later began threatening to mistreat the dog when she tried to get away from him. Another told state lawmakers her abusive ex used her daughter’s service dog to control...

New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID treatment

Jan. 23, 2022 11:25 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people. The wave of infections brought on by the omicron variant and...

UAE bans flying of recreational drones after fatal attack

Jan. 23, 2022 10:19 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has banned the flying of drones in the country for recreation after Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed a fatal drone attack on an oil facility and major airport in the country. As of Saturday, drone hobbyists and other...

South Carolina governor considering plastic recycling bill

Jan. 23, 2022 09:55 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is considering whether to sign into law a bill that would make it easier for businesses that recycle plastic by melting it to open in the state. The bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday after a group...

County nixes plan to end marijuana testing of job applicants

Jan. 23, 2022 09:26 AM EST

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Commissioners in a suburban Atlanta county rejected an official's proposal to drop marijuana testing for some job applicants. DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry last week proposed ending the tests. But WAGA-TV reports the plan died in a...

Utility asks court to overturn rejection of power plant plan

Jan. 22, 2022 13:59 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators and let the utility proceed with a plan to transfer its shares in a coal-fired power plant to a Navajo energy company. A filing Friday by Public...

Planned natural gas plants would cost $900M, run 10% of time

Jan. 22, 2022 12:13 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southern Indiana utility wants to build two new natural gas plants, and a pipeline to get the fuel to them, outside Evansville. CenterPoint Energy, formerly known as Vectren, said this project will help the utility with its transition to renewable energy. It...