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FILE - The names of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, left, are displayed on the Stanley Cup in the lobby of the United Center during an NHL hockey news conference on June 11, 2013 in Chicago. Representatives for the Blackhawks and a former player who is suing the team over how it handled his allegations of sexual assault against an assistant coach were meeting with a mediator Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 for the first time in hopes of resolving the case. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Chicago Blackhawks settle lawsuit with Kyle Beach

The confidential settlement was announced after the sides met Wednesday with a mediator

FILE - The names of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, left, are displayed on the Stanley Cup in the lobby of the United Center during an NHL hockey news conference on June 11, 2013 in Chicago. Representatives for the Blackhawks and a former player who is suing the team over how it handled his allegations of sexual assault against an assistant coach were meeting with a mediator Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 for the first time in hopes of resolving the case. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
A man gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a site near Johannesburg, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 a day after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive receiving for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease. Ramaphosa started feeling unwell Sunday and a test confirmed COVID-19. A statement said he has mild symptoms, is self-isolating in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Early data indicating Omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines

The omicron variant is offering more hints about what it may have…

A man gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a site near Johannesburg, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 a day after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive receiving for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease. Ramaphosa started feeling unwell Sunday and a test confirmed COVID-19. A statement said he has mild symptoms, is self-isolating in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
FILE - Kids and adults wait for their booster or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Northwest Community Church in Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. The new omicron coronavirus mutant speeding around the world may bring another wave of chaos, threatening to further stretch hospital workers already struggling with a surge of delta cases and upend holiday plans for the second year in a row. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

U.S. faces a double coronavirus surge as omicron advances

Early data suggests omicron is more transmissible than delta, with a doubling time of about two days

FILE - Kids and adults wait for their booster or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Northwest Community Church in Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. The new omicron coronavirus mutant speeding around the world may bring another wave of chaos, threatening to further stretch hospital workers already struggling with a surge of delta cases and upend holiday plans for the second year in a row. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Nathalie Charles poses for a portrait outside the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, N.J. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Charles left her Baptist church at the age of 15 because as a queer woman of Haitian descent, she felt unwelcome in her congregation, with its conservative views on immigration, gender and sexuality. The 18-year-old freshman at Princeton has since identified as atheist, and then agnostic, before embracing a spiritual but not religious life. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)

What’s your religion? In US, a common reply now is ‘None’

‘Nones’ now constitutes 29% of American adults, up from 19% a decade ago

Nathalie Charles poses for a portrait outside the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, N.J. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Charles left her Baptist church at the age of 15 because as a queer woman of Haitian descent, she felt unwelcome in her congregation, with its conservative views on immigration, gender and sexuality. The 18-year-old freshman at Princeton has since identified as atheist, and then agnostic, before embracing a spiritual but not religious life. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)
Irina Petrakova, a survivor of domestic violence, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her flat in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Petrakova, 41, suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. She said that even when they were finally divorced, he was able to assault her outside the courthouse where she brought a case against him. “Had the law been in force, had I had a (restraining) order, he wouldn’t have been able to even approach me,” said Petrakova, whose case is before the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

European court urges Russia to tackle its domestic violence problem

Human Rights court says violence against women is happening on a ‘staggering scale’ in Russia

Irina Petrakova, a survivor of domestic violence, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her flat in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Petrakova, 41, suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. She said that even when they were finally divorced, he was able to assault her outside the courthouse where she brought a case against him. “Had the law been in force, had I had a (restraining) order, he wouldn’t have been able to even approach me,” said Petrakova, whose case is before the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Andrea MacDonald with her daughters Rose, 5, and Grace, 9, take part online with Twitter’s “virtual camp” at their summer residence in Harcourt, Ont., Sunday, August 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Poll shows women do more chores, child care, even when couples plan otherwise

‘When you look at time use data, women are more correct than men’

Andrea MacDonald with her daughters Rose, 5, and Grace, 9, take part online with Twitter’s “virtual camp” at their summer residence in Harcourt, Ont., Sunday, August 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
FILE - The Pfizer logo is displayed at the company’s headquarters, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron

Testing shows drug reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89% among high-risk adults

FILE - The Pfizer logo is displayed at the company’s headquarters, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - Event signage appears above the red carpet at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce nominations to the 79th Golden Globes, early Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Golden Globes announce nominations to a skeptical Hollywood

Nominees for best drama, went to “Dune,” “The Power of the Dog,” “CODA,” “King Richard” and “Belfast”

FILE - Event signage appears above the red carpet at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce nominations to the 79th Golden Globes, early Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
A cleanup worker walks past damaged trees and debris at the end of the day Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Mayfield, Ky. Tornadoes and severe weather caused catastrophic damage across several states Friday, killing multiple people. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Thousands without heat, water after tornadoes kill dozens

Sheer level of destruction hindering ability to tally the devastation from Friday’s storms

A cleanup worker walks past damaged trees and debris at the end of the day Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Mayfield, Ky. Tornadoes and severe weather caused catastrophic damage across several states Friday, killing multiple people. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Bah! Humbug! Italian bishop apologizes for telling kids Santa doesn’t exist

A Roman Catholic diocese in Sicily publicly apologized to outraged parents after…

People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attends the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, England Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is hosting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other Group of Seven counterparts for weekend talks in the northwest England port city of Liverpool as the wealthy nations club faces growing tensions with Russia, China and Iran. (Phil Noble/Pool via AP)

G7 warns Russia of ‘massive’ consequences if Ukraine invaded

U.S. and allies are concerned Russian could be gearing up for an invasion

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attends the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, England Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is hosting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other Group of Seven counterparts for weekend talks in the northwest England port city of Liverpool as the wealthy nations club faces growing tensions with Russia, China and Iran. (Phil Noble/Pool via AP)
Buildings are demolished in downtown Mayfield, Ky., on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, after a tornado traveled through the region Friday night. A monstrous tornado killed dozens of people in Kentucky and the toll was climbing Saturday after severe weather ripped through at least five states, leaving widespread devastation. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky governor: Storms may have killed at least 70 people

“This has been the most devastating tornado event in our state’s history,” Beshear said

Buildings are demolished in downtown Mayfield, Ky., on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, after a tornado traveled through the region Friday night. A monstrous tornado killed dozens of people in Kentucky and the toll was climbing Saturday after severe weather ripped through at least five states, leaving widespread devastation. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)
In this recent photograph provided by Beth Ditkoff, a squirrel is seen in the yard of a Damariscotta, Maine home. The squirrel, which, earned the nickname “Fatty McFatterson” by Ditkoff, has found an abundant supply of food in the area. (Beth Ditkoff photo via AP)

Acorn-ucopia of food fattens squirrels

‘Fatty McFatterson’ lumbering and waddling his way through the pandemic

In this recent photograph provided by Beth Ditkoff, a squirrel is seen in the yard of a Damariscotta, Maine home. The squirrel, which, earned the nickname “Fatty McFatterson” by Ditkoff, has found an abundant supply of food in the area. (Beth Ditkoff photo via AP)
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, in Seattle, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Bettman says concerns over “a whole host of issues” regarding the league’s participation at the Beijing Olympics remain with less than 60 days until the opening ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted S. Warren

Bettman: NHL continues to have ‘real concerns’ regarding Olympic participation

League commissioner says ultimately if the players want to go, they will go, but issues remain

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, in Seattle, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Bettman says concerns over “a whole host of issues” regarding the league’s participation at the Beijing Olympics remain with less than 60 days until the opening ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted S. Warren
The Olympic flame is displayed during an event at the Beijing University of Posts and Communications in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Chinese Olympic organizers on Thursday held one of the first public events to display the Olympic flame since its arrival from Greece in October as part of the build up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

EXPLAINER: What does an Olympic diplomatic boycott achieve?

Aim of recently announced boycotts is calculated to hurt the pride of host nations

The Olympic flame is displayed during an event at the Beijing University of Posts and Communications in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Chinese Olympic organizers on Thursday held one of the first public events to display the Olympic flame since its arrival from Greece in October as part of the build up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
This image released by Disney+ shows, from left, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Yoko Ono, seated right, in a scene from the nearly 8-hour Peter Jackson-produced documentary “Get Back,” airing over three days starting Thanksgiving. (Disney+ via AP)

And in the end: A fan’s notes on Peter Jackson’s Beatles doc

Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary “Get Back” runs for nearly eight hours and…

This image released by Disney+ shows, from left, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, with Yoko Ono, seated right, in a scene from the nearly 8-hour Peter Jackson-produced documentary “Get Back,” airing over three days starting Thanksgiving. (Disney+ via AP)
This image released by HBO shows Eureka O’Hara, left, and Pastor Craig Duke, of Newburgh, Ind., in a scene from the HBO series “We’re Here.” Duke’s pastoral duties have been terminated – the result of a bitter rift surfacing in his Indiana church after he sought to demonstrate solidarity by appearing in drag alongside prominent drag queens in the reality show. (Jakes Giles Netter/HBO via AP)

Joining drag queens on TV show costs Indiana pastor his job

Bitter rift appears after he appears alongside prominent drag queens in the HBO reality series

This image released by HBO shows Eureka O’Hara, left, and Pastor Craig Duke, of Newburgh, Ind., in a scene from the HBO series “We’re Here.” Duke’s pastoral duties have been terminated – the result of a bitter rift surfacing in his Indiana church after he sought to demonstrate solidarity by appearing in drag alongside prominent drag queens in the reality show. (Jakes Giles Netter/HBO via AP)
This image provided by the National Institutes of Health shows an osteosarcoma cell with DNA in blue, energy factories (mitochondria) in yellow and actin filaments, part of the cellular skeleton, in purple. Eight years ago, a team of researchers launched a project to carefully repeat influential lab experiments in cancer research. They recreated 50 experiments, the type of work with mice and test tubes that sets the stage for new cancer drugs. They reported the results Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021: About half the scientific claims didn’t hold up. (National Institute of Health via AP)

Study can’t confirm lab results for many cancer experiments

New study reflects on shortcomings early in the scientific process

This image provided by the National Institutes of Health shows an osteosarcoma cell with DNA in blue, energy factories (mitochondria) in yellow and actin filaments, part of the cellular skeleton, in purple. Eight years ago, a team of researchers launched a project to carefully repeat influential lab experiments in cancer research. They recreated 50 experiments, the type of work with mice and test tubes that sets the stage for new cancer drugs. They reported the results Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021: About half the scientific claims didn’t hold up. (National Institute of Health via AP)
A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver is lowered toward the vehicle lodged in the water at the brink of Niagara Falls, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News via AP)

Chopper lowers diver who pulls body from car resting just above Niagara Falls

Vehicle sat about 50 metres from the brink of the American Falls

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver is lowered toward the vehicle lodged in the water at the brink of Niagara Falls, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News via AP)
A worker disassembles a Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters, in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Police say a man is facing charges including arson for setting fire to a 50-foot Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan. The tree outside of the News Corp. building that houses Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post caught fire shortly after midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Giant Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters set on fire

Man charged with criminal mischief, arson and trespassing

A worker disassembles a Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters, in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Police say a man is facing charges including arson for setting fire to a 50-foot Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan. The tree outside of the News Corp. building that houses Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post caught fire shortly after midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)