Nation
January 14
Trash sits out for collection in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

Garbage and recyclables pile up as omicron takes its toll

The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can't perform this most basic of functions.
Duluth
January 14
St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth is tightening its visitor policy, effective Monday.

Duluth's St. Luke's limiting visitors, checking vaccination status

The regional health care provider is responding to current community spread of COVID-19.
Business
January 14

Scientists: Duck is 1st wild bird flu case in US in 5 years

A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and dangerous bird flu that has not been detected in the wild in the U.S. in five years, officials said.
Nation
January 14

FACT FOCUS: Posts mislead on nonprofit vaccine rules

Critics of vaccine requirements are misrepresenting policy changes taken by Make-A-Wish Foundation and a Ronald McDonald House Charities facility to protect the children and families they serve from coronavirus.
Nation
January 14
Registered nurse Scott McGieson wears an N95 mask as he walks out of a patient’s room in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, J

CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

U.S. health officials on Friday encouraged more Americans to wear the kind of N95 or KN95 masks used by health-care workers to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Nation
January 14

Marines OK first religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Marine Corps has approved its first two COVID-19 vaccine exemptions based on religious reasons, something no other military service has done so far.
Nation
January 14

Officials: US fugitive faked death, found in UK with COVID

A Rhode Island man who is believed to have fled the U.S. and faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud has been arrested in Scotland after being hospitalized with COVID-19, authorities said.
Local
January 14

Trial for Wisconsin man accused of killing parents to resume

The trial for a Wisconsin man accused of killing his parents is set to resume next week after he contracted COVID-19.
Business
January 14
Nearly two years into the pandemic, the face mask remains an object of division.

For Minnesota businesses, here's how a confusing week over COVID-19 rules ended up

The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul went one direction, while Minnesota health officials and the U.S. Supreme Court went another.
Coronavirus
January 14
COVID-19 hospitalizations requiring intensive care have declined over the past month even as total hospitalizations have increased. Health officials r

COVID-19 hospitalizations back above 1,600 in Minnesota

Omicron surge is taxing COVID-19 testing resources, prompting CentraCare to pause testing asymptomatic people.
Stage & Arts
January 14
The cast of touring musical “Come From Away” is on pause until Saturday night’s performance, when performers from New York, London and Toronto w

Ordway announces new vax policy as more venues cancel shows

The Orpheum hopes to resume musical "Come From Away" on Saturday night with performers from New York, London and Toronto.
Business
January 14

DSquared2 designers welcome fashion crowd back to Milan

Dean and Dan Caten gave a heart-felt welcome to the guests, including Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, assembled Friday for the Canadian designing twins' first live show in two years as Milan Fashion Week opened with a glimmer of optimism despite an omicron-curtailed calendar.
Sports
January 14

Column: Djokovic whiffed on 2 shots, 3 if you count booster

by his own father, no less — the Novak Djokovic story still boils down to this:
Nation
January 14
A COVID-19 rapid test kit. At-home tests may be scarce during this omicron wave, but people should not go to the emergency room if they can’t find o

Website for free virus tests is coming. How will it work?

Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden's administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits launches Wednesday, with the first shipments going out to Americans by the end of the month. In addition, most Americans will be able to get reimbursed for tests that they purchase starting Saturday.
World
January 14
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits alone in St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on April

UK leader's office apologizes for party before royal funeral

Boris Johnson's office apologized to the royal family on Friday for holding staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral last year — the latest in a catalogue of allegedly lockdown-breaching gatherings that are threatening to topple the British prime minister.
Business
January 14
FILE - Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli attends the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washi

Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry

Martin Shkreli must return $64.6 million in profits he and his former company reaped from jacking up the price and monopolizing the market for a lifesaving drug, a federal judge ruled Friday while also barring the provocative, imprisoned ex-CEO from the pharmaceutical industry for the rest of his life.
Sports
January 14

Djokovic ruling fits with Australia's tough immigration line

The treatment of tennis star Novak Djokovic by Australian immigration officials might seem harsh to people watching from afar.
Nation
January 14

Waukesha parade suspect to stand trial for murder

A Milwaukee man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he drove an SUV through a suburban Christmas parade must stand trial, a court commissioner ordered Friday.
Local
January 14

Attorney, chancellor named as UW System president finalists

The chairman of a prominent international law firm based in Milwaukee and the chancellor the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus were announced Friday as finalists to be president of the UW System.
World
January 14

Scuffles at protest marking Tunisia's 2011 revolution

Protestors scuffled with police in Tunisia's capital on Friday after crowds gathered, in defiance of new COVID-19 restrictions, to mark the 11th anniversary of the revolution that triggered the Arab Spring uprisings.