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U.S. Embassy in Moscow Tells Americans to Leave Russia Posthaste

U.S. Embassy in Moscow Tells Americans to Leave Russia Posthaste

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow warned American citizens residing in Russia of the need  to leave immediately following the escalation of the war in Ukraine
The embassy also warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Russia as tourists and those visiting the country were told to depart immediately.
“U.S. citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing or traveling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain,” …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 3: Canada Ends Covid Entry Requirements, Norwegian Drops Testing for the Non-Vaccinated

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 907th day of the pandemic.
In news we cover today, Germany instituted strict new mask mandates over the weekend, Norwegian Cruise Line ended testing requirements for the non-vaccinated, and Canada ended Covid-related entry requirements for travelers.
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Nine New York State counties are now at “high risk” of Covid transmission and the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 2: New Wave Puts U.K. Hospitals Under Strain, Germany Returns to Masking

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 2: New Wave Puts U.K. Hospitals Under Strain, Germany Returns to Masking

If you’re on the fence as to whether much of the world will get hit by a severe wave of the coronavirus, you only have to look at Britain, which has been a harbinger of the direction of the pandemic.
Today’s report shows that hospitals there are under severe stress from a dramatic increase in cases (see Statistics, below).  Leading doctors are saying that the surge is a “heavy straw on …

Florida Airports Resume Flights as Ian Moves North, Fort Myers Airport Works to Reopen by October 7

Florida Airports Resume Flights as Ian Moves North, Fort Myers Airport Works to Reopen by October 7

A revived Hurricane Ian lashed out at South Carolina and continued to North Carolina and Virginia, leaving flooded streets and destroyed piers in its wake, as well as one airport without power.
Ian is now a post-tropical cyclone and left 60,000 people in South Carolina without power, largely due to downed trees.
Power is also out for over 300,000 customers in North Carolina and for 100,000 in Virginia as of Saturday morning.
The …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 1: New Variant BA.2.75.2 a ‘Major Concern,’ Taiwan Loosens Visitor Restrictions

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Oct. 1: New Variant BA.2.75.2 a ‘Major Concern,’ Taiwan Loosens Visitor Restrictions

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 905th day of the pandemic.
It’s October.  We can tell this not merely by turning the calendar page but because hurricanes have already pummeled a good swath of the United States including Puerto Rico, Florida, and South Carolina, not to mention that it left the entire island of Cuba in the …

United Airlines to (Once Again) End Service at JFK Airport

United Airlines to (Once Again) End Service at JFK Airport

United Airlines, which famously ended service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2015, is once again discontinuing operations there after a much heralded albeit brief return in March 2021.
In a memorandum to employees on Friday that was viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, the Chicago-based carrier said that it had had “constructive” conversations with the Federal Aviation Administration concerning the expansion of its presence at JFK. The FAA’s …

New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York State to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Vehicles by 2035

New York is the latest state that plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The move, officials say, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and getting more electric vehicles on the road.
The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, had announced plans to take this step in 2021 but the state could not act because, under the Clean Air Act of 1970, California is the only state that …