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Volcanic ash covers rooftops and vegetation in an area of Tonga last week. Thick ash on an airport runway was delaying aid deliveries to the Pacific island nation, where significant damage was reported.
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 06:44

The images show populated areas in the archipelago with heavily damaged or destroyed buildings and homes and at least one island covered with ash.

Brothers Chase (left), 10, and Carson, 11, in November 2021. The two brothers have a rare genetic disorder and they are immunocompromised. Their family has to practice extreme caution to prevent COVID exposures.
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 06:00

The roughly 7 million Americans who are immunocompromised — including many disabled people — live with much higher risk of COVID, and near-constant vigilance.

Tanya Tagaq.
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 05:09

Tagaq, a recipient of the national Polaris Music Prize, discusses the subjugation of Canada's Indigenous people and her hopes for healing through acknowledging that difficult history.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives back at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 04:14

Senior civil servant Sue Gray could turn in her report to the government as soon as Wednesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office promised to publish its findings.

A prisoner looks out of his jail window as protesters gather outside the federal detention center in Miami on June 12, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd.
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 04:10

The Justice Department created an algorithm to measure a person's risk of committing a new crime after leaving prison. But even after multiple tweaks, the tool is leading to racial disparities.

Wed, 01/26/2022 - 04:00

Novelist John Darnielle — also singer-songwriter with the Mountain Goats — has a hero who wants to honor the victims he's writing about but doesn't much like them.

A young boy plays as high rise buildings at the main business district are seen in the background, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 03:31

Now the government is leaving, and moving the country's capital to the island of Borneo.

Jose Gonzalez and his wife Maria, wait for customers in their corner shop that he remodeled, stocked and extended with money he earned over a decade working in the United States, in the Purepecha Indigenous community of Comachuen, Michoacan state, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 01:17

The money has allowed their families to remain in Comachuen, a town in the Michoacan mountains rather than moving to other parts of Mexico for work.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures as he stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.
Wed, 01/26/2022 - 00:35

Navalny and eight of his allies — including top aides Lyubov Sobol and Georgy Alburov — were on Tuesday added to the registry by Russia's Federal Financial Monitoring Service.

Elton John performs during his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour on Jan. 19 in New Orleans. Despite being vaccinated and boosted, John has contracted COVID-19 and postponed two farewell concert dates in Dallas. John "is experiencing only mild symptoms," according to a statement.
Tue, 01/25/2022 - 20:49

John said that he's fully vaccinated and boosted, experiencing only mild symptoms, and expects to be able to perform at his scheduled show this weekend in Arkansas.

Former Boston Red Sox's slugger David Ortiz was voted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, in his first appearance on the ballot.
Tue, 01/25/2022 - 20:08

The beloved Red Sox player who helped put an end to the "Curse of the Bambino" was voted into the elite group in his first year on the ballot. Bonds and Clemens fell short in their final year.

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 18:31

Monday's ruling that overturned the mandate caused confusion, with some school administrators quickly announcing masks would be optional and others continuing to enforce wearing them.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has launched her campaign for reelection to her San Francisco-based congressional seat. She has not signaled plans yet about whether she will seek another term as the House Democratic leader.
Tue, 01/25/2022 - 18:09

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who's 81, did not say whether she will stick by a pledge she made in 2018 to limit her tenure in elected leadership.

Linsey Jones, a medical assistant working at a drive-up coronavirus testing clinic, wears an N95 mask on Jan. 4 in Puyallup, Wash. The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting this week.
Tue, 01/25/2022 - 17:03

Some retailers are starting to get the first wave of the 400 million free masks being distributed by the federal government. Every person is allowed to receive up to three masks.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center.
Tue, 01/25/2022 - 16:50

A judge granted a restraining order against a woman who allegedly showed up twice to Cook's home in Palo Alto. The filing states she also threatened Cook with photos of a handgun.

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