Xi’an lockdown brings heartbreak and dysfunction as political pressure to contain outbreak grows

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, volunteers wearing protective suits package meals for delivery to people under lockdown in Xi’an in northwestern China’s Shaanxi Province, Tuesday, January. 4, 2022. Hospital officials in the northern Chinese city of Xi’an have been punished after a pregnant woman miscarried after being refused entry, reportedly for … Read more

Dozens of protesters reported killed in Kazakhstan as Russia-led military alliance heads to the country

At least 13 law enforcement officials died in Almaty and 353 people were injured, state-run Khabar 24 TV reported. More than 1,000 people in different regions were injured as a result of the turmoil. Of these, almost 400 were hospitalized, with 62 people in intensive care, the Ministry of Health said, according to Khabar 24. … Read more

America calls out sick

“We’re basically open during the week to prep for the weekend,” said Rachel Wyman, the owner of the artisan bread, specialty doughnut and treat shop in Montclair, New Jersey. The 10-year-old bakery stayed open throughout the pandemic because it was considered an essential business. “I can’t remember the last time I made the decision to … Read more

California Democrats Revive Universal Health Care Bill

What could be the nation’s first universal health care system found new life on Thursday after California Democrats proposed steep tax hikes to pay for it, prompting strong opposition from insurers, doctors and Republicans at the start of an election year. Progressives in California’s Democratic-dominated state Legislature have long called for a universal health care … Read more

House Democrats lean into January 6-focused strategy ahead of midterms

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rolled out a new splash page on its website Thursday featuring a banner declaring that “Republicans incited an insurrection” against the backdrop of pictures of the pro-Trump mob as they stormed the Capitol. The page also highlights the 139 Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 election, as well as … Read more

Fact check: Social media users spread fake Betty White quote about getting a Covid-19 booster shortly before she died

Here is a fact check of four of the many false claims that were circulating in late December and early January. Legendary actress Betty White died on December 31 at age 99. Her agent and longtime friend, Jeff Witjas, told CNN that White had died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes. But some social … Read more

Michelle Kwan announces birth of her first child

The retired sports star announced the birth of her daughter, Kalista Belle Kwan, in a post on her Instagram page Wednesday night. “I’m overjoyed and tears of happiness are streaming down my face as I share the news of the arrival of Kalista Belle Kwan,” she told her 252,000 followers. “I’ve always wanted to be … Read more

‘He knew the conditions’: Rafael Nadal reflects on Novak Djokovic’s ‘rough situation’ ahead of the Australian Open

Djokovic, who is tied with Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 grand slam titles, may not be able to defend his Australian Open title after his visa to enter the country was canceled and he was blocked at the border and told he had not met the required entry rules. The 34-year-old has not publicly … Read more

‘A harsher, colder place’: How January 6 changed Congress and some members forever

What he wasn’t prepared for was a year of recovery from trauma in his workplace, a building and institution he had grown up revering and what that day would come to mean for his relationships and future with colleagues across the aisle. It wasn’t until days later, however, that Kildee realized he needed professional help. … Read more