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The testing industry has warned that scrapping tests could trigger “hard lockdowns” just as reports emerge suggesting all current testing requirements could soon be dropped by January end for fully vaccinated travellers entering the UK.

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The government announced new guidelines for people self-isolating with Covid-19 in England set to come into force, starting Monday. Under the revised guidelines, people will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature.

If anyone still tests positive on day 5 on rapid lateral flow tests, they must continue to stay in isolation until they have had 2 consecutive negative tests taken on separate days.

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The decision was taken to “support essential public services and keep supply chains running over the winter”.

Meanwhile, more than 70,000 new Covid cases have been reported in the UK with 88 further deaths on Sunday. The data does not include Scotland’s figures due to a technical fault.

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Amid rising cases in the US, surgeon general Dr Vivek Murthy warned that “the next few weeks will be tough” and that the present Omicron-fuelled wave of coronavirus has yet to peak.

Key Points

  • ‘Keep travel tests or risk hard lockdowns,’ warn critics
  • New Covid self-isolation rules come into force in England
  • US surgeon general warns Omicron still to peak
  • Chinese cities on high alert ahead of Lunar New Year
  • New Zealand begins vaccinating children aged 5-11
  • India’s Gennova working on Omicron-specific vaccine

Timeline of parties across government reportedly held during covid-19 restrictions (Contd…2/2)

13:50 , Charlene Rodrigues

December 10, 2020: Department for Education party

The DfE confirmed a social event had happened after The Mirror reported that former education secretary Gavin Williamson threw a party and delivered a short speech at an event organised at his department’s Whitehall headquarters.

A spokesman acknowledged that “it would have been better not to have gathered in this way at that particular time”.

December 11, 2020: Wine fridge delivered to Downing Street for staff’s ‘wine-time Fridays’

A fridge with the capacity for 34 wine bottles was delivered through the back door of No 10.

According to sources cited by The Mirror, the fridge became necessary for staff’s “wine-time Fridays” which were held throughout lockdown, with the Prime Minister allegedly encouraging the parties to help aides “let off steam”.

The regular social gatherings were reported to be particularly popular among staff between autumn 2020 and spring 2020 when staff were “fatigued” with tough Covid restrictions that banned socialising.

Mr Johnson was said to have attended a “handful” of these gatherings.

December 14 2020: Party featuring Tory London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey and staff

Shaun Bailey apologised “unreservedly” for attending the gathering at Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) organised by staff on his campaign team.

“It was a serious error of judgment at a time when Londoners were making immense sacrifices to keep us all safe and I regret it wholeheartedly,” he tweeted.

He quit his role chairing the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee after The Mirror published a picture showing him at the gathering.

December 15, 2020: Downing Street quiz

The Prime Minister appeared on contestants’ screens at the quiz but insisted he broke no rules.

An image published by the Sunday Mirror showed Mr Johnson flanked by colleagues, one draped in tinsel and another wearing a Santa hat, in No 10.

Downing Street admitted Mr Johnson “briefly” attended the quiz after the photographic evidence emerged but insisted it was a virtual event.

December 16, 2020: Department for Transport party

The Mirror reported that senior civil servants were “boozing and dancing” at the event, allegedly planned by staff from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ office.

A DfT spokesman said: “Fewer than a dozen staff who were working in the office had a low-key, socially distanced gathering in the large open-plan office after work on December 16, where food and drink was consumed.

“We recognise this was inappropriate and apologise for the error of judgment.”

December 17, 2020: Cabinet Office “Christmas party”

A number of outlets reported that a gathering was held in the Cabinet Office on December 17.

The Times reported that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case attended the party in room 103 of the Cabinet Office, that it had been organised by a private secretary in Mr Case’s team, and that it was included in digital calendars as “Christmas party!”.

The Cabinet Office confirmed a quiz took place, but a spokesman said: “The Cabinet Secretary played no part in the event, but walked through the team’s office on the way to his own office.”

December 17 2020: Leaving drinks for former Covid Taskforce head

The former director-general of the Government’s Covid Taskforce said she was “truly sorry” over an evening gathering in the Cabinet Office for her leaving drinks during coronavirus restrictions days before Christmas in 2020.

Kate Josephs, who is now chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said she gathered with colleagues who were in the office that day and added that she is cooperating with the probe by senior civil servant Sue Gray.

December 18 2020: Christmas party at Downing Street

The claim which kicked off the rule-breaking allegations is that a party was held for Downing Street staff on December 18.

Officials and advisers reportedly made speeches, enjoyed a cheese board, drank together and exchanged Secret Santa gifts, although the Prime Minister is not thought to have attended.

Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman, Allegra Stratton, quit after being filmed joking about it with fellow aides at a mock press conference.

Run up to Christmas 2020

The Daily Mirror reported that Mr Johnson attended a leaving do for defence adviser Captain Steve Higham before Christmas 2020.

The newspaper alleged the Prime Minister made a speech but No 10 did not respond to a request for comment and the Ministry of Defence declined.

April 16 2021: Drinks and dancing the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The Telegraph reported that advisers and civil servants gathered after work for two separate events on the Friday night.

They were to mark the departure of James Slack, Mr Johnson’s former director of communications, and one of the Prime Minister’s personal photographers.

Mr Slack, who left his No 10 role to become deputy editor-in-chief of The Sun newspaper, said he was sorry for the “anger and hurt” caused by his leaving do, while Downing Street apologised to the Queen.

“Encouraging signs” in the data, says Downing Street

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Downing Street said there were “encouraging signs” in the data as Boris Johnson considers whether England’s Plan B restrictions can be lifted on January 26, when they are due to expire.

“In terms of the data, there are some encouraging signs that infections are falling across the country,” the spokesman said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the “maximum amount of time possible” would be given to prepare for any changes in the rules.

“Obviously we want to see that mirrored in the latest ONS data as well.

“There are also some signs of falls – or at least plateauing – in admissions and occupancy in hospital, which is good to see.

“But it still remains the case that our NHS is under significant pressure, there are over 16,000 Covid patients in hospital in England alone.

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Changes to self isolation rules effective from Monday

13:00 , Charlene Rodrigues

Self-isolation guidance for people who test positive for COVID-19 in England has changed.

From today, people can leave self-isolation after five full days if they test negative on days 5 and 6.

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— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) January 17, 2022

Rail passengers suffer one of the worst periods on record for cancellations

12:46 , Charlene Rodrigues

Train passengers have suffered one of the worst periods for cancellations on record due to coronavirus pandemic-related staff shortages, new figures show.

It was estimated earlier this month that around 10 per cent of rail staff were absent from work as the Omicron coronavirus variant spread across the UK, leading to swathes of short-notice cancellations.

Around 4.4 per cent of services across Britain were cancelled between December 12 and January 8, according to Network Rail.

Most operators responded by introducing emergency timetables with fewer trains to increase reliability.

Avanti West Coast, c2c, East Midlands Railway and South Western Railway became the latest firms to adopt the measure on Monday, cutting hundreds more daily services.

Customers are being advised to check for updates before setting out on their journey or sign up for automatic alerts from National Rail Alert Me.

Additional reporting by PA

Tickets for Beijing’s Winter Olympics will not be sold to the public to limit the spread of covid-19

11:48 , Charlene Rodrigues

Tickets for the Winter Olympics set to begin on Feb 4 will be distributed to “targeted” groups of people and will not be sold to the general public due to coronavirus, the organising committee said on Monday.

Organisers had already said there would not be any international spectators at the Games, as part of China’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Additional reporting by Reuters

Covid-19: Data shows Omicron wave is ‘turning around’

11:40 , Charlene Rodrigues

The continued drop in UK Covid cases indicates the Omicron wave may well be “turning around”, a leading expert advising the Government has said.

Prof Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (Spi-M), said that the latest case figures were “cautiously good news” and he hoped the country may have a “flu-type” relationship with the virus by the end of the year.

The latest data shows a 38 per cent drop over the last seven days across the UK in the numbers testing positive for Covid-19, with 70,924 new cases reported on Sunday.

Prof Tildesley told BBC Breakfast “it does look like across the whole of the country cases do seem to be falling”, adding: “We have had very, very high case numbers throughout late December and early January – we peaked about 200,000 at one point.

“We do now seem to be a little bit beyond that. Hospital admissions are still relatively high albeit there is some evidence that maybe they’re plateauing or possibly going down in London, which is cautiously good news.

“I would say we probably need about an extra week of data to really see the effect of children going back to school – we’re still only two weeks since children went back to school – but if we still see that over the next week or so, I’d be pretty confident that we are seeing this wave turning around.”

Asked whether changes in testing rules, which means people do not always need a PCR test, may have contributed to the drop in cases, he added: “Yesterday was a Sunday and we were in the region of 70,000 (cases) which is a lot lower than previous Sundays, so I think even taking into account any changes in testing, I think it is pretty clear that the Omicron wave is slowing down.”

Additional reporting by PA

‘Keep travel tests or risk hard lockdowns,’ critics warn

11:17 , Charlene Rodrigues

After leaks suggested Covid tests for fully vaccinated arrivals to the UK could be scrapped by the end of January, the testing industry has warned the move could trigger “hard lockdowns”.

Our Travel correspondent, Simon Calder, reports.

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‘Keep travel tests or risk hard lockdowns,’ warn critics

Scotland: Students to be drafted into health service to tackle pandemic

11:10 , Charlene Rodrigues

The Scottish Government has said about 12,000 students will be deployed across Scotland’s health service to help fight coronavirus.

With 3,000 nursing and midwifery students being sent on placement this month, a further 7,000 students will be placed throughout next month.

A further 1,500 allied health professional students and 500 paramedic students will also be deployed next month.

Placements in active healthcare settings form part of a number of university courses.

Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf, “wholeheartedly” thanked the students who would be supporting healthcare.

“As part of their professional programme of education, and throughout the pandemic, these students have worked tirelessly to support our NHS, making an invaluable contribution to the delivery of care as part of their supervised practice in health and social care environments,” he said.

Additional reporting by PA

Sir Keir Starmer has refused to apologise over images of him drinking beer in an office last summer

10:50 , Charlene Rodrigues

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has refused to apologise over images of him drinking beer in an office in April 2021 in the run-up to the May 2021 elections.

Sir Keir said he usually travelled with a team of around six people and the incident took place in City of Durham MP Mary Foy’s office.At the time coronavirus rules meant indoor socialising was banned in England.

Sir Keir told LBC Radio: “The restrictions allowed people to work when they needed to, we were running an election campaign, we were in a constituency office.”

He said no restaurants or pubs were open and the hotel he and colleagues were staying in did not serve food so “if you didn’t get a takeaway then our team wasn’t eating that evening”.

Asked if he was prepared to apologise, Sir Keir said: “We didn’t break any rules, we were working in the office and we stopped for a takeaway.”

He added: “We did nothing wrong.”

Covid review for England could come this week, early next, says top government source

10:30 , Charlene Rodrigues

A review of “Plan B” measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in England could take place this week or early next, a senior government source said on Monday, part of efforts to move attention away from lockdown-breaking events at Downing Street.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to reset his agenda after coming under fire for attending a gathering in the garden of his Downing Street office and residence in May 2020, when strict COVID-19 rules forbade almost all socialising.

He has apologised for attending, but the growing reports of alcohol-fuelled gatherings at the heart of government have prompted calls for his resignation, including from some in his Tory party.

The removal of “Plan B” measures – an order for people to work from home when they can, to wear masks in public places and use COVID-19 passes to enter some venues – would please many in his party who want to return to something more akin to normal life.

The senior government source said the review could come this week, but possibly early next week.

Additional reporting by Reuters

Scotland: Coronavirus restrictions on outdoor events and matches lifted

10:10 , Charlene Rodrigues

Attendees at this week’s football matches are being urged to be careful as restrictions on large events are lifted by the Scottish Government.

Games were rescheduled by sports authorities after restrictions were introduced in December, limiting large outdoor events to 500 people, after the Omicron variant began to spread rapidly across the UK.

Chief medical officer Dr Sir Gregor Smith urged fans returning to stadiums to exercise care, with the first fixture due to be played on Monday at Celtic Park – a stadium which has a capacity of upwards of 60,000 people.

Speaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme, he said: “If I was in the stadium, I think I’d just be careful.”

“Look for the choke points where people congregate, make sure you’re avoiding those crowds, try and make sure that you’re wearing a face covering at all times when you’re in that crowd.”

Sir Gregor also stressed the importance of minimising the spread of Covid-19 while on the way to games, taking a lateral flow test before leaving and limiting the number of places where fans stop in between home and the stadium.

Additional reporting by PA

‘Covid was no joke’: New York congresswoman AOC shares photos of her virus battle

09:45 , Charlene Rodrigues

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced that she had contracted Covid-19 in an Instagram post on Saturday, explaining that she has experienced debilitating symptoms even given the added protection provided by her vaccine.

John Bowden has this report.

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Scientists detect novel coronavirus in wild leopard cub in India

09:23 , Charlene Rodrigues

Veterinary scientists in India have detected the novel coronavirus in the carcass of a wild Indian leopard cub, marking the first reported instance of the viral infection in a free-roaming wild feline.

The yet-to-be peer-reviewed research, posted in the preprint server bioRxiv, revealed that the one-year-old cub, which was found dead in mid-October, just months after the second wave of the pandemic in India had receded, was infected with the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

My colleague, Vishwam Sankaran, has this report.

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Nadhim Zahawi said Boris Johnson is safe in his job despite ‘partygate’ allegations

09:03 , Charlene Rodrigues

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the Education Secretary said – after being asked three times – that the Prime Minister will stay in his position.

He said: “Yes, he is, because he’s human and we make mistakes.

“And, actually, he came to the despatch box and apologised and said he will absolutely submit himself to Parliament, because that’s our parliamentary democracy.”

UKHSA: Latest data on coronavirus cases across the UK

08:42 , Charlene Rodrigues

The #COVID19 Dashboard has been updated: https://t.co/XhspoyTG79

On 16 January 70,924 new cases and 88 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported in the UK.

Our data includes the number of people receiving a first, second and booster dose of the #vaccine pic.twitter.com/dsfvRNehhy

— UK Health Security Agency (@UKHSA) January 16, 2022

India’s main cities record sharp fall in covid-19 infections

08:30 , Charlene Rodrigues

India’s capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai have reported a big fall in coronavirus infections in the past two days and most of those who contracted the virus have recovered at home, authorities said on Monday.

Mumbai’s daily new infections fell below 10,000 on Sunday for the first time since early this month, after touching an all-time high of 20,971 on Jan. 7.

It reported 7,895 infections late on Sunday, Mumbai’s municipal corporation said.

Delhi’s cases have fallen consistently since hitting a peak of 28,867 on Jan. 13 and is expected to be fewer than 15,000 on Monday, for the first time since early January, the city government’s health minister told reporters.

Both cities have said more than 80 per cent of their coronavirus hospital beds have remained unoccupied since the fast-transmitting Omicron variant led to a massive surge in cases from the start of the year.

“With very large numbers of sub-clinical, asymptomatic and undetected cases, it is difficult to pinpoint a peak by new cases,” Rajib Dasgupta, head of the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, said in an email.

“In this situation, monitoring hospitalisation is more prudent; today’s case can be next week’s hospitalisation.”

Other epidemiologists say a national peak in cases could come by early- or mid-February.

Experts have attributed the low hospitalisations to high levels of previous infections and vaccination.

Additional reporting by Reuters

Changes to isolation rules come with “increased risk”, warns member of Spi-M

08:08 , Charlene Rodrigues

Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick, said in an interview with BBC Breakfast changes to isolation rules come with “increased risk”.

The member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (Spi-M) told BBC Breakfast: “It is a big change, we do need to remember that from an epidemiological perspective any relaxation in testing like that is going to have an increased risk attached to it but of course, I totally understand it’s a practical thing.”

“We’re seeing an awful lot of absences, and it’s particularly concerning in healthcare at the moment actually, so if we can reduce the isolation period then that will allow more people to get back to work

“Of course, important to remember that is done with two negative tests – so you can’t come out of isolation until the sixth day with a second negative test. And if you don’t get a negative test, you have to stay in isolation potentially even until day 10 so hopefully that mitigates some of the risk.”

Additional reporting by PA

At-risk 12 to 15-years-olds eligible for booster doses

07:35 , Stuti Mishra

Clinically vulnerable 12 to 15-years-olds in England who are most at risk from coronavirus will be able to get their Covid booster jab from Monday.

Around 500 children will be eligible, including those receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy, those with leukaemia, diabetes, chronic diseases or severe mental illness, and those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed.

They are entitled to their booster three months after their two primary vaccine doses, while severely immunosuppressed children can get their booster after a third primary dose.

Sophie Wingate reports:

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At-risk 12 to 15-years-olds eligible for booster doses from Monday

Professor suspended after calling students ‘vectors of disease’

07:13 , Stuti Mishra

A professor at a university in Michigan is on paid suspension after he referred to his students as “vectors of disease” and wore an astronaut helmet, in a strange video posted to YouTube requesting his students not come to class.

The professor, Barry Mehler, teaches at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. The school of just under 15,000 students is one of a number of holdout campuses that have refused to institute vaccination mandates for students returning to campus for spring 2022 amid the surge of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 around the country.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Mr Mehler wore an astronaut-style helmet and declared that the universe was worried about the collapse of society on Earth resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

John Bowden has more:

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India’s Gennova working on Omicron-specific vaccine

06:51 , Stuti Mishra

India’s Gennova Biopharmaceuticals is working on an Omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine that could be ready in a month or two, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The source, who did not want to be named as the information was private, said the product might need a small trial in India before it could be rolled out as a booster or standalone vaccine.

The source said Gennova on Friday separately submitted to India’s drug regulator phase 2 trial data for its original mRNA vaccine candidate. The government said last year that the product was found to be “safe, tolerable, and immunogenic” in the participants of an initial study.

If given emergency-use approval, this would be India’s first mRNA Covid-19 vaccine like the ones developed by Pfizer and Moderna.

The company has not made any official announcement yet. However, it isn’t the first time a company is making effort to create a jab just for Omicron. Last week, Pfizer Inc said they are working on a redesigned vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron coronavirus variant and could be ready to launch by March.

New Zealand begins vaccinating children aged 5-11

06:20 , Stuti Mishra

New Zealand has rolled out its pediatric vaccination drive from Monday allowing parents and caregivers to book an appointment for children aged between 5 to 11 or take them to a walk-in centre to get jabbed.

The country has received 120,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine which will be used in 500 centres to start the drive, as the government expects numbers to grow soon.

The vaccine used for children has a lower dose and smaller volume than the adult vaccine and is administered using a smaller needle, the government said in a statement.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming families along to our vaccination centres, and will have activities available to help make children feel more comfortable and keep them busy, like word finders, colouring in, stickers and certificates,” Auckland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme clinical director Dr Anthony Jordan said.

“All our staff have been specially trained in childhood immunisations and are ready to answer any questions from parents or kids.”

Scotland: Covid restrictions on outdoor events and matches lifted

05:53 , Stuti Mishra

Coronavirus restrictions on the number of spectators allowed at outdoor events in Scotland have been lifted from Monday, meaning football and rugby matches can go ahead with fans in the stands.

In response to the Omicron wave, rules were put in place from Boxing Day to limit the number of people who can attend outdoor events to a maximum of 500.

This comes after Nicola Sturgeon last week announced these rules would be eased amid early signs the country had “turned a corner”.

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Chinese cities on high alert ahead of Lunar New Year

05:28 , Stuti Mishra

Chinese cities are on high alert for Covid as the Lunar New Year holiday travel season started on Monday, with more cases of the Omicron variant detected in the country.

Cities such as Luoyang in central China and Jieyang in the south said on Sunday that travellers need to report their trips to communities, employers or hotels at least three days ahead of arrival.

The southwestern city of Yulin said on Saturday that those who want to enter should fill in a digital form including their health credentials and trip details one day in advance.

Over the weekend, the capital Beijing and the southern technology hub each detected one domestically transmitted Omicron case.

So far, at least five provinces and municipalities reported local Omicron infections, while 14 provincial areas found the variant among travellers arriving from overseas.

US surgeon general warns Omicron still to peak

05:04 , Stuti Mishra

Omicron wave in the US is yet to peak and“the next few weeks will be tough”, the surgeon general Dr Vivek Murthy has warned.

“The challenge is that the entire country is not moving at the same pace,” Dr Murthy said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

“The Omicron wave started later in other parts of the country. We shouldn’t expect a national peak in the coming days,” he added.

His comments come as the US sees a 7 day average of 800,000 cases.

New Covid self-isolation rules come into force in England

04:28 , Stuti Mishra

People who have tested positive for Covid in England can now leave self-isolation after five days following two negative lateral flow tests (LFTs).

The changes to self-isolation rules are part of government plans to try and reduce staffing pressures amid the Omicron wave.

Under the new rules, people can leave isolation at the start of the sixth day after two negative LFT results – one on day five and the other on day six.

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The Associated PressFILE – Becky G appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022. Beck G’s latest album is “Esquemas.” (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) NEW YORK ... Read more »

North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea reports 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19 outbreak. Read more »

North Korea confirms 21 new deaths as it battles COVID-19

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says 21 people died and 174,440 people were newly found with fever symptoms on Friday alone as the country scrambles to slow the spread ... Read more »

White Sox place Giolito on COVID list, activate Vaughn

The Chicago White Sox placed ace Lucas Giolito on the COVID-19 injured list and activated outfielder Andrew Vaughn following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. Giolito began experiencing ... Read more »

Traded back and forth, Ford learns to live out of suitcase

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Ford has learned to travel light — and quickly. Since the start of the season, the 29-year-old first baseman has played for Tacoma, San Francisco ... Read more »

Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from California on Friday. (May 13) Read more »

Celtics' Robert Williams remains out for Game 6 vs. Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Boston forward/center Robert Williams missed his third straight game with an injured left knee as the Celtics tried to keep their season alive Friday night in Game ... Read more »

Padres sign Robinson Canó, plan to use him off the bench

ATLANTA (AP) — The San Diego Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Canó to a major league contract and plan to use him as a left-handed bat off the ... Read more »

WNBA star's Russia detention extended by 1 month

The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press the relatively short extension indicated ... Read more »

Louisiana justices toss COVID-related charges against pastor

Hundreds of thousands of Americans fighting long-haul symptoms from COVID-19 Dr. David Putrino from Mount Sinai Health System and COVID long-hauler Joel Fram discuss the long-term effects of the disease.The ... Read more »

Sandy Hook lawsuits against Alex Jones on track to resume

The Associated PressFILE – This Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, photo shows radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones at Capitol Hill in Washington. The Sandy Hook families’ lawsuits against ... Read more »

Rockies' Bryant closer to return after cortisone shot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant took swings in the cage Friday for the first time since he was sidelined with a sore back nearly three weeks ago ... Read more »

Mariners demote Jarred Kelenic to minors after poor start

NEW YORK (AP) — Rather than make his Citi Field debut against the team that traded him, Jarred Kelenic was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on Friday ... Read more »

Biden: ASEAN partnership 'critical' in this moment

Looking to strengthen ties, President Joe Biden welcomes leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Washington for the first time. “We’re launching a new era in U.S.-ASEAN relations,” ... Read more »

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week's PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson caught lightning in a bottle last year at Kiawah Island, winning a major championship at 50 years of age. The fairways flooded, and the golf world stood and ... Read more »

Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis on Ryan Tannehill's mentorship comments: 'Everything is cool'

The Tennessee Titans didn’t take issue with Ryan Tannehill’s comments about mentoring third-round rookie Malik Willis. Willis and coach Mike Vrabel were asked about Tannehill’s scrutinized remarks following the first ... Read more »

Lawyers plan suit against Lufthansa over Jewish passengers

Lawyers for 26 passengers said Friday they told Lufthansa that they will sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board ... Read more »

Wild face offseason after yet another early ouster

While the Minnesota Wild were stacking up franchise records and securing the extra home game for the first round, general manager Bill Guerin carefully acknowledged a “great year” for the ... Read more »