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Utah tourism industry bouncing back from pandemic setbacks

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — As the world nears its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is at least one industry that is bouncing back — Utah travel and tourism. It's one of the most profitable industries in the state, contributing $7.07 billion to the economy and supporting thousands ...

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. The Good Health Pharmacy in north London is one of ...

How the COVID-19 pandemic changed lives across Alabama

When Alabama reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus on March 13, 2020, no one knew what to expect. Gov. Kay Ivey swiftly declared a state of emergency and closed all schools for three weeks, but by the time those weeks were up, it was clear that the pandemic was just ...

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. Amid a record-setting rise in COVID-19 cases in Italy this ...

Another COVID Christmas brings anxiety, but also optimism

Christmas arrived around the world Saturday amid a surge in COVID-19 infections that kept many families apart, overwhelmed hospitals and curbed religious observances as the pandemic was poised to stretch into a third year. Yet, there were homilies of hope, as vaccines and other treatments ...

Omicron is latest blow to pandemic-weary front-line workers

BOSTON (AP) — Staff absences for COVID-19 tripled this month in London's hospitals, and nearly 10% of the city's firefighters called out sick. In New York, about 2,700 police officers were absent earlier this week — twice the number who are ill on an average day. And on Cape Cod in ...