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Live updates: South Africa sees surge in virus cases

Dec. 01, 2021 16:16 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s new cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in a day, authorities reported Wednesday, signaling a dramatic surge in the country where scientists detected the omicron variant last week. New confirmed cases rose to 8,561 Wednesday from 4,373 a day...

South Africa's new COVID cases double in 1 day amid omicron

Dec. 01, 2021 16:02 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's new cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in a day, authorities reported Wednesday, signaling a dramatic surge in the country where scientists detected the omicron variant last week. New confirmed cases rose to 8,561 Wednesday from 4,373 a...

Oil demand, climate change clash in California pipeline plan

Dec. 01, 2021 15:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal to replace an oil pipeline that was shut down in 2015 after causing California's worst coastal spill in 25 years is inching though a government review, even as the state moves toward banning gas-powered vehicles and oil drilling. ...

1st US case of COVID omicron variant confirmed in California

Dec. 01, 2021 14:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A person in California who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 became the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant, the White House announced Wednesday as scientists continue to study the risks posed by the new virus strain. ...

Fossil footprints puzzle scientists: Bear or ancient human?

Dec. 01, 2021 14:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prehistoric footprints that have puzzled scientists since the 1970s are getting a second look: Were they left by extinct animals or by human ancestors? When famed paleontologist Mary Leakey first uncovered the footprints in Tanzania 40 years ago, the...

Mysteries of omicron variant could take weeks to untangle

Dec. 01, 2021 13:42 PM EST

A pandemic-weary world faces weeks of confusing uncertainty as countries restrict travel and take other steps to halt the newest potentially risky coronavirus mutant before anyone knows just how dangerous omicron really is. Will it spread even faster than the already...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Dec. 01, 2021 13:31 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. Nov. 29, 2021. Editorial: How North Carolina can prepare for the COVID omicron variant There’s yet another coronavirus variant out there that could pose a new threat. The World Health Organization has...

Heat, no food, deadly weather: Climate change kills seabirds

Dec. 01, 2021 12:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather. Climate-related losses have hit albatrosses off the Hawaiian islands,...

New dinosaur species from Chile had a unique slashing tail

Dec. 01, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Fossils found in Chile are from a strange-looking dog-sized dinosaur species that had a unique slashing tail weapon, scientists reported Wednesday. Some dinosaurs had spiked tails they could use as stabbing weapons and others had tails with clubs. The new species,...

Science report: US should make less plastic to save oceans

Dec. 01, 2021 11:11 AM EST

America needs to rethink and reduce the way it generates plastics because so much of the material is littering the oceans and other waters, the National Academy of Sciences says in a new report. The United States, the world’s top plastics waste producer, generates more...