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Hong Kong to scrap isolation rule for new COVID-19 cases

Hong Kong to scrap isolation rule for new COVID-19 cases

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will scrap its mandatory isolation rule for people infected with COVID-19 starting Jan. 30 as part of its strategy to return the semi-autonomous Chinese city to normalcy, the city's leader said Thursday.
MTY Food Group hikes dividend amid post-pandemic restaurant rebound, new acquisitions

MTY Food Group hikes dividend amid post-pandemic restaurant rebound, new acquisitions

MONTREAL — MTY Food Group Inc. has raised its quarterly dividend as the operator and franchisor of restaurants like Cold Stone Creamery, Manchu Wok and Thai Express continues its post-pandemic rebound.
Fed's Powell tests positive for COVID, has 'mild' symptoms

Fed's Powell tests positive for COVID, has 'mild' symptoms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms," the Federal Reserve announced.
West Virginia governor tests positive 2nd time for COVID-19

West Virginia governor tests positive 2nd time for COVID-19

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov.
3 get life in slaying of Michigan guard over face mask order

3 get life in slaying of Michigan guard over face mask order

FLINT, Mich.
Smith says she won't pursue COVID pardon legislation on advice from justice officials

Smith says she won't pursue COVID pardon legislation on advice from justice officials

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she won't introduce legislation to pardon those convicted of COVID-19 public health violations because she has been advised to let the courts handle it.
COVID-19 outbreak at Northwestern postpones game at Iowa

COVID-19 outbreak at Northwestern postpones game at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The men’s basketball game between Iowa and Northwestern scheduled for Wednesday in Iowa City will not be played due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols within the Northwestern program.
Tennis player denies using fake COVID-19 travel certificate

Tennis player denies using fake COVID-19 travel certificate

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Italian tennis player Camila Giorgi has denied allegations that she obtained a false COVID-19 vaccine certificate to allow her to travel.
Smith says no COVID-19 pardons because Canadian system doesn't work like the U.S.

Smith says no COVID-19 pardons because Canadian system doesn't work like the U.S.

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she is no longer pursuing amnesty for COVID-19 health-rule violators because Canada doesn’t work that way.
Public health emergency lifted in the Yukon after being declared as COVID-19 raged

Public health emergency lifted in the Yukon after being declared as COVID-19 raged

WHITEHORSE — Yukon is lifting its COVID-19 public health emergency declaration nearly three years after putting it in place to slow the spread of the global pandemic in the territory.
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