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Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dr. Anne Zink, who was a public face of Alaska's pandemic response, is resigning as the state's chief medical officer.
Dubai International Airport had 86.9 million passengers last year in a post-pandemic surge

Dubai International Airport had 86.9 million passengers last year in a post-pandemic surge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The number of passengers flying through Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, surged last year beyond its total for 2019 — just before the coronavirus pandemic grounded global av
Air Canada sees profit rise as pandemic recovery continues, despite cost concerns

Air Canada sees profit rise as pandemic recovery continues, despite cost concerns

MONTREAL — Air Canada continued its post-pandemic recovery last quarter, earning roughly 10 per cent higher profits year-over-year while straining to keep a lid on costincreases that have plagued the industry.
Dozens of gang members in Boston charged with drug trafficking, COVID-19 fraud

Dozens of gang members in Boston charged with drug trafficking, COVID-19 fraud

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of gang members operating mostly out of a public housing development in a Boston neighborhood have been accused of dealing drugs, targeting their rivals in shootings and recruiting young people with the enticement of appearing in
Makers of COVID-19 protective equipment seek over $5 billion in damages from Ottawa

Makers of COVID-19 protective equipment seek over $5 billion in damages from Ottawa

OTTAWA — Canadian manufacturers of masks and other equipment for protecting against COVID-19 are seeking more than $5 billion in damages from the federal government, saying Ottawa misled them about buying and helping sell their products.
California may have to pay $300M for COVID-19 homeless hotel program after FEMA caps reimbursement

California may have to pay $300M for COVID-19 homeless hotel program after FEMA caps reimbursement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California cities and counties still don't know how much they'll have to pay for Gov.
Virginia's Youngkin aims to bolster mental health care, part of national focus after the pandemic

Virginia's Youngkin aims to bolster mental health care, part of national focus after the pandemic

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Wealth disparities by race grew during the pandemic, despite income gains, report shows

Wealth disparities by race grew during the pandemic, despite income gains, report shows

NEW YORK (AP) — A strong performance in financial markets, particularly an outsize gain for the stock market in 2021, helped entrench existing trends of wealth inequality during the pandemic, new data released this week show.
Judge overturns convictions of B.C. woman, accused of coughing on grocery worker

Judge overturns convictions of B.C. woman, accused of coughing on grocery worker

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. — A British Columbia woman who was accused of deliberately coughing in the direction of a grocery store worker early in the COVID-19 pandemic has had her convictions for assault and causing a disturbance overturned. A B.C.
North Korea welcomes Russian tourists, likely first to visit the isolated country since the pandemic

North Korea welcomes Russian tourists, likely first to visit the isolated country since the pandemic

A group of Russian tourists arrived in North Korea on Friday, likely the first from any country to enter the isolated state since the pandemic.