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NHL postpones 14 games; won't resume play until Tuesday

TORONTO — The NHL pushed back its return from an already extended holiday break an extra day by postponing its entire 14-game Monday schedule for COVID-19 testing reasons.
Thousands line up for 'jingle jabs' on Christmas in England

Thousands line up for 'jingle jabs' on Christmas in England

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of people across England are spending a few minutes of Christmas Day to line up under leaden winter skies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the omicron variant fuels a surge in infections across the country.
At West Virginia vaccine clinic, pandemic fatigue sets in

At West Virginia vaccine clinic, pandemic fatigue sets in

SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — Chania Batten has as much reason as anybody to feel pandemic fatigue.
On Christmas, pope prays for pandemic's end, peace dialogues

On Christmas, pope prays for pandemic's end, peace dialogues

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, using his Christmas Day address to urge health care for all, vaccines for the poor and for dialogue to prevail in resolving the world’s conflicts.
'Tis the season for Christmas at the movies, but check local COVID-19 restrictions

'Tis the season for Christmas at the movies, but check local COVID-19 restrictions

TORONTO — Canadians hoping to continue their long tradition of heading to the movies on Christmas Day will have to mask up and check their local restrictions.
EXPLAINER: How will Biden's COVID-19 test giveaway work?

EXPLAINER: How will Biden's COVID-19 test giveaway work?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the federal government will buy half a billion COVID-19 rapid test kits and distribute them free of charge to people to use at home.
COVID-19 makes Biden's 1st White House Christmas less merry

COVID-19 makes Biden's 1st White House Christmas less merry

WASHINGTON (AP) — So long eggnog, shrimp cocktail and pet-shaped sugar cookies. It's been a less merry holiday scene at the White House this year under COVID-19's shadow.
COVID-19 has been a lesson in Greek letters, one variant at a time

COVID-19 has been a lesson in Greek letters, one variant at a time

VANCOUVER — The Greek alphabet arrived on the global stage and into everyday lexicon riding on waves of the novel coronavirus as the World Health Organization began naming variants in the Glagolitic script.
COVID-19 makes Biden's 1st White House Christmas less merry

COVID-19 makes Biden's 1st White House Christmas less merry

WASHINGTON (AP) — So long eggnog, shrimp cocktail and pet-shaped sugar cookies. It's been a less merry holiday scene at the White House this year under COVID-19's shadow.

Daily COVID cases in Australia's New South Wales top 6,000

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's most populous state recorded more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time Saturday, adding a somber note to Christmas celebrations.