Congress is set to repeal the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

Congress is set to repeal the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Covid-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military would be lifted under the annual defense bill headed for a vote this week in Congress, ending a directive that helped ensure that the major the majority of troops were vaccinated, but concerns were also raised that it hurt recruitment and retention. … Read more

Mayor Adams defends plan for forced hospitalization

Mayor Adams defends plan for forced hospitalization

Unanswered Questions About NYC Homelessness Crisis Plan New York City’s promise to ease the homeless crisis and get help to those with serious mental illness may be facing a roadblock. The number of hospital beds for psychiatric treatment is decreasing. NEW YORK – Mayor Eric Adams has faced heat over his new directive, which forces … Read more

Keep the COVID military vaccine mandate, defense chief says

Keep the COVID military vaccine mandate, defense chief says

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin introduces the B-21 Raider stealth at Northrop Grumman on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Palmdale, California. The US’s newest nuclear stealth bomber made its debut on Friday after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon’s response to growing concerns about a future conflict with China. The B-21 … Read more

China vows crackdown on ‘hostile forces’ as public tests Xi

China vows crackdown on ‘hostile forces’ as public tests Xi

BEIJING (AP) – China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the biggest street demonstrations in decades by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restrictions. A massive show of force by the security services on Wednesday sought to deter further protests. The statement by … Read more

China’s lockdown protests grind to a halt as police flood city streets

China’s lockdown protests grind to a halt as police flood city streets

HONG KONG (AP) – With police out in force, there was no word of further protests against strict government anti-pandemic measures Tuesday in Beijing as temperatures dipped well below freezing. Shanghai, Nanjing and other cities where online calls for gatherings had been issued were also reportedly quiet. Rallies against China’s unusually strict anti-virus measures spread … Read more

Taiwan’s president steps down as party leader after election loss

Taiwan’s president steps down as party leader after election loss

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen stepped down as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party after local election losses on Saturday that saw voters elect the opposition Nationalist Party in several major races across the self-ruled island. Concerns about threats from rival China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, took a backseat … Read more

Woman dies on hike in Utah’s Zion Park, man hospitalized

Woman dies on hike in Utah’s Zion Park, man hospitalized

SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — A woman died and a man was rescued and treated for hypothermia after they were caught in extremely cold weather while hiking in Utah’s Zion National Park, officials said. The couple were on a permitted 15-mile (25-kilometer) hike through the park area known as the Narrows, the National Park Service said … Read more

Armed guards guard a fixture outside the potting yard before 4 were killed

Armed guards guard a fixture outside the potting yard before 4 were killed

Armed guards were a fixture outside the marijuana-growing operation in rural Oklahoma where four people were executed. The postman “was met with guns pretty much the whole time,” Jack Quirk, the owner of the local newspaper, All About Hennessey, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Why are there guards anyway? You know, if it’s legal. … Read more

Symbol of reunion with China, panda Tuan Tuan dies in Taipei

Symbol of reunion with China, panda Tuan Tuan dies in Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Tuan Tuan, one of two giant pandas given to Taiwan from China, died Saturday after a short illness, the Taipei Zoo said. No cause of death was immediately given, but earlier reports said the panda was believed to have a malignant brain tumor, prompting China to send a pair of experts … Read more