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Shanghai quarantine: 24-hour lights, no hot showers

Shanghai quarantine: 24-hour lights, no hot showers

BEIJING (AP) — Beibei sleeps beside thousands of strangers in rows of cots in a high-ceilinged exhibition center. The lights stay on all night, and the 30-year-old real estate saleswoman has yet to find a hot shower.
For many, Easter Sunday marks a return to in-person worship

For many, Easter Sunday marks a return to in-person worship

BOSTON (AP) — For many U.S. Christians, this weekend marked the first time since 2019 that they gathered in person on Easter Sunday, a welcome chance to celebrate one of the year’s holiest days side by side with fellow congregants.

Quebec reports increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with two more deaths

MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting a 28-patient jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations Sunday. The government's open data portal shows there are 2,159 people in hospital with the disease.

Pet industry embraces opportunities as owners return to work

TORONTO — After remortgaging her house and borrowing from friends and family to keep her business alive through the pandemic, Carolyn Hatfield is happily struggling to keep up with demand from pet owners seeking daycare for their COVID puppies.

Online vet services help to alleviate stress caused by COVID surge in pet ownership

TORONTO — COVID-19 brought hardship to much of Canada's pet industry as kennels sat empty and owners working remotely started walking their own dogs, but demand surged for veterinary services.
Pope leads crowds in 1st outdoor Easter Mass since pandemic

Pope leads crowds in 1st outdoor Easter Mass since pandemic

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, making Christianity's most joyous day at a time when the war in Ukraine has weighed heavily on his heart.