How variants like omicron develop and what makes them variants ‘of concern’

The identification of a new Covid “variant of concern,” dubbed omicron, sparked countries to quickly roll out new travel restrictions as scientists work to understand the implications of the discovery. On Friday, the World Health Organization said that preliminary evidence suggested “an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other [variants of…

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Biden administration seeks to raise the price to drill for oil and gas on public lands

NANTUCKET, Mass. — The Biden administration called Friday for oil and gas companies to pay more to drill for oil and gas on public lands, arguing taxpayers are being short-changed by low rates that have stayed stagnant for more than a century.In a long-awaited report, the Interior Department said the federal leasing program must be…

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U.S. to restrict travel from South Africa, seven other nations amid new Covid variant

The U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries, effective Monday — a response to the emerging and newly-named “Omicron” variant of Covid-19, President Joe Biden said Friday.The policy, senior administration officials said, “was implemented out of an abundance of caution,” and after advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Ghislane Maxwell’s trial starts Monday. Epstein victims say she was central to his scheme.

The long-awaited trial of convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell, getting underway Monday, can be likened to an iceberg — many of the unanswered questions about their alleged enterprise will remain hidden, for now.Maxwell, a British socialite who insists she is innocent, is not likely to face questions about allegedly helping Epstein arrange…

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Omar calls out Boebert over ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks, denies Capitol incident took place

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar calls out Boebert over ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks, denies Capitol incident took place Senators make bipartisan push to block 0M weapons sale to Saudis McCarthy pledges to restore Greene, Gosar to committees if GOP wins House MORE (D-Minn.) slammed Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertOmar calls out Boebert over ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks, denies Capitol incident took…

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