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FILE - Residents dine together, but socially distant, in the dining hall at RiverWalk, an independent senior housing facility, in New York, April 1, 2021. COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too. That's leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted.

COVID deaths and cases are rising again at US nursing homes

LIST: Cities with mask mandates in 2022

LIST: Districts and schools moving to distance learning
FILE - Desks are spaced apart ahead of planned in-person learning at Nebinger Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, March 19, 2021.

A digital divide haunts schools adapting to virus hurdles
Abigail Schneider, 8, center, completes a level of her learning game with her mother April in her bedroom, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists say
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in Times Square, New York, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Scientists are warning that omicron's lightning-fast spread across the globe practically ensures it won't be the last worrisome coronavirus variant. And there's no guarantee the next ones will cause milder illness or that vaccines will work against them.

New COVID guidance causes some childcare centers to adjust restrictions

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, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma.

CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

President Joe Biden speaks about the government's COVID-19 response, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

Federal testing website launches next week, 4 tests per home

A file photo of a vaccination card.

U of M, Timberwolves, Wild, MNUFC announce temporary COVID vaccination, negative test rules

Health experts urge switch away from cloth facemasks as omicron surge continues
MDH: 32 newly reported COVID-19 deaths, 259 newly reported hospitalizations
CentraCare pausing COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people
Goodbye 'godsend': Expiration of child tax credits hits home
A man waiting to have a COVID-19 test taken stands in line outside the Center for COVID Control in Minneapolis.

COVID-19 testing company under investigation suspends operations

Judge blocks Mercy Hospital from taking COVID-19 patient off ventilator after wife files lawsuit
State to use $40M to expand COVID testing resources
New trials in state's 1st judicial district suspended through Feb. 1
MDH updates COVID guidance to mirror CDC

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

Dozens of National Guard members to help Wisconsin hospitals, nursing homes

Minneapolis Convention Center testing site moving to US Bank Stadium next week

MDH: 52 newly reported COVID-19 deaths, 266 newly reported hospitalizations

COVID-19 pill rollout stymied by shortages as omicron rages

Biden to double free COVID tests, add N95s, to fight omicron

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Seoul: N. Korea fires projectile in 4th launch this month

FILE - In this photo taken during Dec. 27 - Dec. 31, 2021 and provided on Jan. 1, 2022 by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea fires projectile into sea in the fourth launch this month, South Korea says on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified.

Serbia votes in referendum on constitutional changes

A woman casts her ballot for a referendum on constitutional changes, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. The government has said the amendments are designed to boost independence of the judiciary and are part of reform needed for Serbia's European Union membership bid.

No title defense for No. 1: Djokovic deported from Australia

Defending men's champion Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices on Margaret Court Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

Microsoft discloses malware attack on Ukraine govt networks

In this undated handout photo released by Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Press Service, the building of Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is seen during snowfall in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ukrainian officials and media reports say a number of government websites in Ukraine are down after a massive hacking attack. While it is not immediately clear who was behind the attacks, they come amid heightened tensions with Russia and after talks between Moscow and the West failed to yield any significant progress this week.

Prince Andrew's military affiliations returned to queen

FILE - In this Sunday, April 11, 2021, file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew speaks during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, England, Sunday, April 11, 2021.

China faces omicron test weeks ahead of Beijing Olympics

A worker wearing a face mask to help protect against the coronavirus walks past a display of the Winter Paralympic mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon, left, and Winter Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen near the Olympic Green in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Just weeks before hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics, China is battling multiple coronavirus outbreaks in half a dozen cities, with the one closest to the capital driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant.

PHOTOS: The world captured by AP photographers in 2021

A penguin swims in an enclosure housing gentoo and chinstrap penguins at Mexico City's Inbursa Aquarium on Jan. 13, 2021.

PHOTOS: Winter fun as snow falls

December, 2021.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Minnesota nurse learns her first grandchild has been born

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Minnesota nurse learns her first grandchild has been born

LIST: Cities with mask mandates in 2022

LIST: Cities with mask mandates in 2022

LIST: Districts and schools moving to distance learning

FILE - Desks are spaced apart ahead of planned in-person learning at Nebinger Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, March 19, 2021.