Category Archives: Southern Tier

  • A new doc peeks inside the USPS’s Operation Santa program

    A new doc peeks inside the USPS’s Operation Santa program Every year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa go through the USPS system, asking for everything from toys to food. The program, which has been running in some form for over 100 years, takes letters from kids in…

  • Iran shuts gov’t offices, tightening virus restrictions

    Iran shuts gov’t offices, tightening virus restrictions TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV says all government offices will effectively close and operate with only essential staff. That further tightens coronavirus measures as the country struggles to contain its most widespread wave of infection yet. Starting this Saturday —…

  • Another week gone, Brexit trade talks remain stuck

    Another week gone, Brexit trade talks remain stuck BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says that another week of Brexit talks on a new trade deal has gone with barely any progress. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is heading to London for ever-more pressing weekend negotiations to avoid chaos…

  • New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of consistory

    New cardinals quarantine in pope’s hotel ahead of consistory ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections. It’s now sequestering soon-to-be cardinals in town for this weekend’s ceremony to get their red hats, A handful are in protective coronavirus quarantine, confined…

  • Candle wax in Oslo fjord puzzles Norwegian authorities

    Candle wax in Oslo fjord puzzles Norwegian authorities COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials are asking the public for helping cleaning up and mapping large amounts of paraffin wax found at the entrance to the Oslo Fjord. Officials have not identified the source of the grains of white wax…

  • 15,000 UK jobs in peril as retailer Arcadia weighs future

    15,000 UK jobs in peril as retailer Arcadia weighs future LONDON (AP) — Another 15,000 or so jobs retailing jobs in Britain are in peril after Arcadia Group said it is working on “contingency options to secure the future of the group’s brands.” Speculation has been growing that the…

  • Thailand, Philippines sign for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

    Thailand, Philippines sign for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has signed a deal to procure 26 million doses of a trial coronavirus vaccine developed by pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University. It is expected to be delivered in mid-2021. The deal, worth $200 million, secures…

  • US agency investigating Tesla front suspension failures

    US agency investigating Tesla front suspension failures DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints that front suspensions can fail on nearly 115,000 Tesla electric vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 43 complaints that linkages near the ball joints can fail,…

  • Putin foe Navalny urges EU to be ready for Russian election

    Putin foe Navalny urges EU to be ready for Russian election BRUSSELS (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is urging  the European Union to reject the results of Russia’s parliamentary election next year if any candidates are blocked from taking part. Navalny has been recovering in Germany from…

  • Keep cool: Germany preps vaccine drive as COVID cases hit 1M

    Keep cool: Germany preps vaccine drive as COVID cases hit 1M TUTTLINGEN, Germany (AP) — The German government is preparing to roll out a nationwide coronavirus vaccine program as it became the latest country to hit the milestone of 1 million confirmed cases Friday. The efforts involve special freezers…