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New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since COVID hit

New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since COVID hit

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Friday welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signaling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation's tourism industry.
Protester: San Francisco paramedic sedated her involuntarily

Protester: San Francisco paramedic sedated her involuntarily

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A protester has filed a federal civil lawsuit against the city of San Francisco claiming that a paramedic, under the direction of a police sergeant, injected her against her will with a sedative while she was handcuffed after bei

Iowa governor asks court to allow blocked 2018 abortion ban

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds asked the state courts on Thursday to allow her to implement a law banning most abortions that a judge permanently blocked in 2019.

CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.

Manitoba funds projects to help homeless people, but no word on safe consumption site

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government promised more money to reduce homelessness Thursday but remained noncommittal on calls for a safe consumption site for people struggling with addiction.
OCS capping pot shop orders and changing delivery window after partner's cyberattack

OCS capping pot shop orders and changing delivery window after partner's cyberattack

TORONTO — Ontario's cannabis wholesaler is temporarily capping the number of products retailers can order and expanding its delivery window as it works through a backlog caused by a cyberattack on its logistics partner.
Ontario health minister says health-care access through OHIP won't change

Ontario health minister says health-care access through OHIP won't change

TORONTO — Ontarians will not have to pay out of pocket for health-care services, the province's health minister said Thursday, a day after she came under fire for refusing to rule out further privatization in the system.
Moderna says vaccine facility in Montreal suburb could be operational by end of 2024

Moderna says vaccine facility in Montreal suburb could be operational by end of 2024

MONTREAL — Moderna says construction of its new mRNA vaccine factory in the Montreal area will begin later this year, with production expected to begin by the end of 2024.
Former CEO of Halifax children's hospital released on bail, appeal set for March

Former CEO of Halifax children's hospital released on bail, appeal set for March

HALIFAX — A former Halifax hospital CEO convicted of fraud has been granted bail one day after being sentenced to five months in jail.
Hospital in southwestern Ontario cancels surgeries due to ongoing staff shortages

Hospital in southwestern Ontario cancels surgeries due to ongoing staff shortages

A hospital in southwestern Ontario says it has been forced to cancel several surgeries this week to create capacity as it deals with ongoing staff and bed shortages.