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How can I protect myself from the new omicron variant?

Dec. 06, 2021 09:39 AM EST

How can I protect myself from the new omicron variant? The same way you guard against COVID-19 caused by any other variant: Get vaccinated if you haven’t yet, get a booster if you’re eligible and step up other precautions you may have relaxed, like wearing a mask and...

Nepal reports first cases of omicron variant

Dec. 06, 2021 03:57 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese authorities on Monday reported the first cases of the omicron variant in the Himalayan nation. A Health Ministry statement said a 66-year-old foreign national who arrived by air on Nov. 19 tested positive for the variant along with...

Zoo wants gun activist who fought its ban to pay legal bills

Dec. 05, 2021 18:26 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After successfully defending its weapons ban in court, the St. Louis Zoo is now trying to force the gun rights activist who challenged the ban to pay part of its $150,000 in legal bills. The zoo filed a request for its request for legal fees in August,...

Louisiana historic site hosting French singing event

Dec. 05, 2021 10:42 AM EST

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — One of Louisiana's state historic sites will host a traditional French sing-along event on Dec. 11. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's office, which oversees tourism marketing and state parks in Louisiana, announced that the Longfellow-Evangeline...

Denver Art Museum mulls fate of plundered African art

Dec. 05, 2021 10:17 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — British troops in 1897 mounted a violent, retaliatory raid on the Kingdom of Benin, in what’s now southern Nigeria, looting and burning the royal palace and sending the oba, or king, into exile. The British confiscated all the royal treasures from their colonial subjects,...

Virginia museum gets boost from Smithsonian project

Dec. 05, 2021 09:06 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Back in the days after Saint Paul’s College closed in 2013 and the future of the campus was in jeopardy, Bobby Conner feared the history of the Lawenceville school would be lost. So, with the blessing of the college’s last president and at a...

Germany: incoming minister advises against Christmas travel

Dec. 05, 2021 04:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's incoming transport minister is advising people against traveling over Christmas as the country tries to stem a wave of coronavirus infections. Federal and state leaders on Thursday announced tough new restrictions that largely target unvaccinated...

Rio de Janeiro cancels NYE party due to omicron fears

Dec. 04, 2021 10:49 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro on Saturday canceled its New Year’s Eve party due to renewed COVID-19 fears. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes announced the decision on social media. Paes had previously promised the biggest New Year’s Eve party ever,...

Fatal disease has found its way to Badlands bighorn sheep

Dec. 04, 2021 01:19 AM EST

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — The bighorn sheep in Badlands National Park are experiencing a die off caused by the same bacteria that has ravaged the other wild sheep herds in the state as well as countless others throughout the West. Since August, when the first sheep in the...

NCDOT is building highway bridges for wildlife and humans

Dec. 04, 2021 00:03 AM EST

Raleigh, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation is building a bridge on Interstate 40 that is one of the first in the state to take into account the needs of bears and elk. The bridge will carry I-40 over Cold Springs Creek and Harmon Den Road near the...