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A man receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. The omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, has now spread to at least a dozen other countries. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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Why some researchers think the omicron variant could be the most infectious one yet

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Parents walk away with their kids from a parking lot where many students gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Oxford, Mich. Eric Seals/AP hide caption

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Even doing a few simple tasks can be draining for Semhar Fisseha after her COVID diagnosis. Helena Kubicka de Bragança hide caption

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For patients with long COVID, chronic fatigue syndrome may offer a guiding star

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A Christmas tree stands in the Red Room during a press preview of White House holiday decorations on Nov. 29. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Molnupiravir, an antiviral drug to treat mild to moderate COVID-19, is under consideration by the FDA for possible authorization. Merck hide caption

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New antiviral drugs are coming for COVID. Here's what you need to know

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Former President Donald Trump spoke at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., on his first full day in office, Jan. 21, 2017. But he had difficult relations with the intelligence community throughout his presidency. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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It's no secret: A CIA book looks at fraught relations with Trump

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Dutch health authorities say they've identified early cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus — including one from a sample taken the week before South Africa raised the alarm about the mutated variant. Other cases were found through tests at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Barbados's Prime Minister Mia Mottley, left, asks the country's new president, Sandra Mason, seated at right, to make Barbadian singer Rihanna the country's 11th National Hero during a ceremony to declare Barbados a republic Tuesday. Randy Brooks/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Dean received six stitches and a tetanus shot after he cut his knee in May. In August, his wife, DeeAnn, feared going to the same emergency room where he was treated, delaying her diagnosis of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Blake Farmer/WPLN News hide caption

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The ER charged him $6,589.77 for 6 stitches, a cost that led his wife to avoid the ER

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Elizabeth Holmes, center, leaves federal court in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 22. The one-time medical entrepreneur now charged with building a fraudulent company based on promises of a revolutionary technology returned to the witness stand Monday. Nic Coury/AP hide caption

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of trading on Monday following Friday's steep decline in global stocks over fears of the new omicron coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Stocks dive over the potential economic fallout from the omicron variant

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Former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer Kim Potter poses for a mug shot at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis on April 14. Potter, a 26-year police veteran, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, whom she shot and killed following a traffic stop. Hennepin County Sheriff's Office/Getty Images hide caption

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A drug user prepares to inject himself with heroin inside VANDU's supervised injection room in Vancouver, Canada. Similar sites to the ones implemented in New York have proven successful in Canada. Rafal Gerszak for NPR hide caption

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New York City allows the nation's 1st supervised consumption sites for illegal drugs

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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the U.S. Capitol in February. Meadows has agreed to provide documents and appear for a deposition before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images hide caption

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Ex-Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will appear before the Jan. 6 panel

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, seen here in a December 2019 file photo, joins the Republican field of possible candidates aiming to capture Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat in next year's election. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson poses during a news conference after being appointed as Sweden's first female prime minister at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on Wednesday. She resigned hours later but was reelected on Monday. Erik Simander/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Some Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin want to take away a bipartisan elections agency's control over voting and give it to the Republican-controlled Legislature. The Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison is shown in 2017. Scott Bauer/AP hide caption

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There's a GOP push in Wisconsin to take over the state's election system

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