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

Nearly 1 million child COVID-19 infections reported in past week

Nearly 1 million children have been infected with COVID-19 in the last week according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, four times the rate of the peak increase from last winters. For the week ending January 13, more than 981,000 childhood cases of COVID-19 were reported, a 69% increase over the 580,000 cases reported the … Read more

Peloton CEO Calls Report Claiming the Company Is Halting Production False

A report that the company is halting all production of its bikes and other products sent Peloton shares into a tailspin. Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg Text size Peloton co-founder and CEO John Foley said a media report claiming the company was halting all production of its bikes and other connected fitness products amid falling consumer demand was … Read more