Don’t underestimate Omicron — especially if you’re unvaccinated

But the news is not as good as it seems. Rapid increases in cases are leading to increases in hospitalizations and deaths, especially among the unvaccinated, and may continue to rise for several weeks, even after the number of cases begins to decline. The huge jump in cases is already stressing the capacity of our … Read more

Crypto.com says hackers stole more than $30 million in bitcoin and ethereum

Crypto.com said Thursday that cybercriminals breached its security systems earlier in the week and seized more than $30 million in stolen Bitcoin and Ethereum. Crypto.com cryptocurrency exchange, known for its viral ad featuring Matt Damon as well as its recent $700 million deal with rename the Staples Center in Los Angeles as Crypto.com Arena, said … Read more

First Thing: Mitch McConnell’s comments on Black voters spark outrage | US news

Hello. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell angered after he appeared to imply that African Americans weren’t Americans in remarks about black voters. Speaking to reporters after Republicans again blocked Democrats’ suffrage legislation, McConnell said: “The concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African-American voters are voting in a percentage as high as … Read more

Granary Kitchen ordered to close after accepting dog photos instead of vaccine proof

A Canadian restaurant has gone to the dogs — allowing its customers to provide photos of dogs rather than proof of COVID-19 vaccines or negative test results, according to reports. Granary Kitchen was temporarily closed after officials received advice that the restaurant in Red Deer, Alberta, was violating strict rules that require diners to show … Read more

Hospitals report 85 to 95% of patients with COVID-19 have not had booster shots

Hospitals are now tracking the percentage of their COVID-19 patients who have received booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the rates are low, around 5-15% in some reported health systems. At Traverse City-based Munson Healthcare, 33 of 87 patients with the disease were vaccinated. Of those 33, five had received booster shots, Dr. Christine … Read more

NC weather: Winter storm warning in effect east of I-95 with snow, sleet forecast for parts of North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Friday is going to be extremely cold all day, with temperatures never rising above freezing. The predicted maximum for Raleigh is 30 degrees. The last time our region experienced a high temperature below 31 degrees was 1,475 days ago on January 7, 2018. This extremely cold weather combined with precipitation means … Read more

Iran, China and Russia hold naval drills in north Indian Ocean

(Reuters) – Iran, China and Russia held their third joint naval exercises in the northern Indian Ocean on Friday, state television said. Admiral Mostafa Tagouldini, a spokesman for the exercises, told state television that the naval forces of the Iranian armed forces and the Revolutionary Guards are participating in the “Maritime Security Belt 2022” exercise … Read more