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Variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic” Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and return to ...

Choral society holiday concert returns

ESCANABA — After having missed a number of concerts due to COVID-19, Sunday, December 5, at 1:30 p.m., the Bay de Noc Choral Society is presenting its annual holiday concert at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. The theme for the concert is “A Lot of Thanksgiving and a Little Bit of ...

Great Lakes’ warming has wintertime domino effect

CHICAGO (AP) — Winter is just around the corner, but experts say the Great Lakes haven’t gotten the message. After summer and fall evenings that failed to cool sufficiently, surface temperatures in the massive bodies of water are trending above average, the Chicago Tribune ...

Can rescue funds rescue U.P. broadband?

LANSING — Federal funds shared by Upper Peninsula communities could boost their access to broadband service. While American Rescue Plan Act funds are distributed, Michigan State University officials offered local officials workshops to explain the rules and possibilities for distributing ...

Shippers prepare for another crush of holiday gifts

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loath to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private ...

Retailers kick off Black Friday

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers ushered in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers’ minds. Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay ...