Omicron cases pop up in Canada

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. The variant was identified days ago by … Read more

Emerald City Comic Con returns Dec. 2-5 after being cancelled in 2020

Emerald City Comic Con will make its return next weekend, Dec. 2-5. The event didn’t happen in March 2020 as usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was initially postponed to the summer of 2020, before being canceled for the year. For this year’s four-day comic con, organizers are expecting a big turnout. ECCC already … Read more

UW Medicine’s head of Virology: Live market ‘more likely the start’ of COVID

Scientists have been trying to trace the actual origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 for a while now. For a time, some thought that it was possibly partially engineered as part of a lab experiment but there’s some new information in now that points toward the origins being at a live animal market. Dr. … Read more

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to follow science and international health regulations in order to avoid using travel restrictions. … Read more

Several thousand rally in Belgrade after scuffles day before

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people rallied in Belgrade on Sunday in another environmental protest, a day after demonstrators blocked bridges and roads in different parts of Serbia and scuffled with riot police who formed cordons to try to stop them. The rally on Sunday was called in protest at alarming levels of air … Read more

Study determines the ideal time to sleep based on biological clock

Is there a specific time when you should be going to sleep? The latest research on heart disease actually puts a number on the best time to fall asleep, and concludes that too much sleep is just as bad as too little sleep. “This was really interesting and something that I’ve never seen before. It’s … Read more

Camped in Calais, migrants renew resolve to try for England

CALAIS, France (AP) — At the makeshift camps in France near Calais and Dunkirk, migrants are digging in, waiting for their chance to make a dash across the English Channel despite the deaths of at least 27 people this week when their boat sank a few miles (kilometers) from the French coast. Police have stepped … Read more

Israel tightens travel restrictions over new COVID variant

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant. The Health Ministry said in a statement that the country’s coronavirus cabinet had authorized a raft of measures, including red-listing travel … Read more

All Over The Map: Thanksgiving Island Mystery solved?

“The Mystery of Thanksgiving Island” – a ‘cold case’ about the origins of that name first brought to the attention of KIRO Radio listeners and MyNorthwest readers earlier this month – may just have been cracked wide open by one of those KIRO Radio listeners. Thanksgiving Island is in the Columbia River near Klickitat County … Read more

Anticipating flood, National Guard expects to reach Whatcom County on Sunday

On the heels of flood damage that left one dead and $50 million in damages, Whatcom County is now preparing for further storms. How Lynden church helped rally community as destructive flood swept across region County officials report that the sheriff’s search and rescue team, along with the Washington State National Guard and local fire … Read more