China says it warned away U.S. warship in South China Sea

BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Chinese forces followed and warned away a US warship which entered waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the country’s military said on Thursday, in the latest uptick in tensions in the disputed waterway. The Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army said the USS Benfold … Read more

‘We need you’: Helen DeVos sees record number of COVID patients

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As the omicron variant increases in Michigan, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is seeing a record number of COVID-19 patients. “During the first three waves with delta and the other variants, we didn’t see a significant impact on the pediatric population. That has definitely changed with omicron,” said Dr. Hossain Marandi, … Read more

Amazon opening new apparel store, Amazon Style, with fitting rooms

The stores will offer women’s and men’s clothing, footwear and accessories from a mix of well-known and emerging brands at affordable prices. Amazon After shaking up physical retail, Amazon is opening a clothing store in the physical world. The first Amazon Style store, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, Calif., will open later … Read more

Activision-Blizzard CEO to get $390 million payout

Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will take home a check for $390 million from Microsoft’s acquisition of his gaming company — just two months after employees fired him over the company’s alleged culture of sexual misconduct. Kotick, 58, who is expected to leave Activision-Blizzard after the deal closes sometime next year, agreed Tuesday to sell his … Read more

Calif. lawmakers address long ambulance wait times at hospitals

Lawmakers at the state Capitol on Wednesday addressed long wait times when ambulances arrive at issues, a chronic issue worsened by COVID-19 impacts. Panelists discussed the ongoing problem and potential solutions.First responders say they are facing unreasonable delays in turning patients over into the care of hospitals.”We can have upwards of eight to 10 ambulances … Read more

New Zealand will not impose lockdown when omicron hits : NPR

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a post-cabinet press conference in Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, October 4, 2021. Mark Mitchell/AFP Hide caption Caption switch Mark Mitchell/AFP New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a post-cabinet press conference in Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, October 4, 2021. Mark Mitchell/AFP WELLINGTON, New Zealand … Read more

Omicron Might Be ‘Like the Flu’ For the Vaccinated Bay Area, But It Is Killing 3 Times As Many as the Flu Elsewhere

The Omicron variant has been variously touted by insiders and pundits as a possible key to getting out of the pandemic and into an endemic stage of COVID, and talk of being able to “live with COVID like the flu” is everywhere right now. . But after two years of being pummeled by hospitalization counts … Read more