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...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON EST
SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Sustained winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph
expected. Locally higher gusts to 60 mph possible, especially in
the higher elevations of north Georgia.

* WHERE...Much of west-central and north Georgia.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon EST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be very
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PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around
trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of
your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if
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Carriers Prune Winter Schedules After Holiday Cancellations


The flight cancellations that beleaguered the airline industry during the recent Christmas and New Year holidays have eased but not abated entirely. 

On Jan. 10, 903 U.S.-related flights—within, into or out of the U.S.—were canceled, according to flight tracker FlightAware. On Jan. 11, 738 were canceled. As of about 5 p.m., 529 were on Jan. 12. Cancellations for Thursday and Friday already were at 276 and 121, respectively, and climbing. 

Globally, 3,419 flights were canceled Tuesday and 2,781 Wednesday, as of early evening. 

Several airlines continue to blame bad weather and staffing shortages triggered in part by Covid-19 for the cancellations—even with new guidance issued in late December by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reduced the recommended isolation time for asymptomatic individuals infected with Covid-19 from 10 days to five. 

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United Airlines has been particularly hard-hit. It led as the U.S. carrier with the most canceled flights for Jan. 11, and was poised to repeat Jan. 12 as of early evening on Wednesday. About 3,000 employees currently are positive for Covid-19, according to a letter sent to employees by United CEO Scott Kirby on Jan. 10. 

“In one day alone at Newark, nearly one-third of our workforce called out sick,” Kirby wrote. 

Schedule Reductions

To counter the need to cut flights, United has scaled back upcoming schedules. “We’re reducing our near-term schedules to make sure we have the staffing and resources to take care of customers,” Kirby continued. 

Indeed, as of Jan. 7, United had 95,331 flights scheduled for the month of January, down 42 percent from United’s Oct. 1, 2021, anticipated flight schedule for January according to data from global aviation analytics firm Cirium. 

United isn’t the only carrier making schedule cuts. The number of January flights for the four largest U.S. carriers, along with JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, is down a full one-third compared with Oct. 1 planned January schedules. American Airlines so far has reduced its schedule by 38 percent compared with October’s plans; Delta Air Lines by 28 percent. Current schedule cuts for the same six airlines for the rest of the winter during the same comparative timeframe thus far are less severe, at 18 percent in February and 16 percent for March.

Alaska Airlines on Jan. 6 announced it would cut departures through the end of January by 10 percent. That doesn’t take into account cuts previously made. “We need to build more reliability back into our operation as we deal with the impacts of omicron,” according to an Alaska statement. 

In addition to reducing schedules, New York-based JetBlue this spring will cut 17 routes, as first reported by The Points Guy. Those services were underperforming or will be moved to a seasonal schedule, according to the airline. About 65 percent of the affected routes were for destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the rest affecting U.S. city pairs, including flights from Bozeman, Fort Myers and Tampa.

International Effect

The need to reduce schedules is hitting international airlines, too. German carrier Lufthansa planned to cut 33,000 flights, or about 10 percent of its flight plan, from its winter schedule due to the spread of the omicron variant, according to late December reports. British Airways is cutting service to three U.S. cities—Baltimore, Nashville and New Orleans—at least until summer.

Further, China in recent weeks has ordered the cancellation of more than two dozen scheduled flights from the U.S. as a result of passengers testing positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the country, according to Reuters. 

In late December, Delta turned a flight around midair from Seattle headed to Shanghai because of a change in cleaning rules at the Chinese airport. According to Simple Flying, schedule changes uploaded last weekend showed Delta has pulled its nonstop service to China until the end of October, including that twice-weekly flight between Seattle and Shanghai, as well as twice-weekly service between Detroit and Shanghai. Both flights now will include a stop in Seoul. 

On a Jan. 12 appearance on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, Cowen senior research analyst Helane Becker said that airlines were coming out of 2021 “fairly strong” except for the flight cancellations at the end of December due to a combination of weather and staffing shortages, which have continued.

“January will be a tough month,” she said. “The first six weeks of the year will be tough, and we don’t have business travel coming back. We don’t see it coming back at all to pre-pandemic levels.”



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“We can’t be complacent” – Dr Fauci

Dr Anthony Fauci, the US top infectious disease expert and President Biden’s chief medical adviser, says there is no room for complacency over the Omicron variant, despite growing evidence that it usually leads to milder symptoms than other strains of covid-19.

Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Dr Fauci said: “There are certainly going to be a lot more cases, because this is a much more transmissible virus than Delta is, so quantitatively alone, even if you have a virus that looks in fact like it might be less severe […], the only difficulty is that we have so many, many cases that even if the rate of hospitalizations is lower with Omicron than it is with Delta, there’s still the danger that you’re going to have a surging of hospitalizations that might stress the healthcare system.”

He added: “You have a virus that might actually be less severe in its pathogenicity, but so many people are getting infected that the total amount of people that will require hospitalization might be up. So we can’t be complacent […]. We’re still going to get a lot of hospitalizations.”



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US Covid-19 cases hit record levels

The average number of daily Covid-19 cases in the United States has hit a record high of 258,312 over the past seven days, a Reuters tally on Wednesday showed as US officials weigh the impact of the more transmissible Omicron variant. The previous peak for the seven-day moving average was 250,141 recorded on 8 January 2021.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, in a round of television interviews, said she was watching the nation’s case load and its potential impact on health care providers.

While there was some data from other countries that showed less disease with Omicron, it was too early to say what the impact might be across the United States, particularly given its uneven vaccination rates, Walensky told MSNBC. “We may have many, many more cases and so we may still very well see a lot of severe disease in the hospitals. What I am focused on now is making sure that we can get through this Omicron surge, that we do so with minimal amount of hospitalization and severe disease. We are seeing and expecting even more cases of this Omicron variant”.

States showing the highest daily infection numbers on Tuesday included New York, which reported as many as 40,780 cases, and California, which reported over 30,000. Texas reported more than 17,000 cases and Ohio over 15,000. The Omicron variant was estimated to make up 58.6% of the coronavirus variants circulating in the United States as of 25 December, according to data from the CDC on Tuesday.



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US Domestic News Roundup: Travel stocks fall as Omicron spurs mass flight cancellations for fourth day; Exclusive-California commission claims retailers violating plastic bag law and more


Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Travel stocks fall as Omicron spurs mass flight cancellations for fourth day

Shares of U.S. airlines and other travel-related companies fell on Monday as rising Omicron cases and weather-related problems forced the cancellation of hundreds more flights, leaving travelers stranded across the country during the holidays. Over 1,000 flights were canceled within, into, or out of the United States on Monday, data from flight-tracking website FlightAware.com showed. Globally, more than 2,600 flights were scrapped.

Exclusive-California commission claims retailers violating plastic bag law

Big retailers are breaking California law and misleading consumers by selling plastic shopping bags bearing language and symbols that falsely suggest the bags can be recycled, a state-appointed commission alleged this month. The group has asked California to force retailers to strip these bags of the ubiquitous “chasing arrows” logo and the words “recycle” and “recyclable,” Reuters has learned. If successful, that move could make the sacks ineligible for sale at checkout counters throughout America’s most populous state. The commission also is taking aim at padded envelopes and packaging materials used for home delivery, and plastic films on some grocery items.

‘We have more work to do,’ Biden says, pledges more COVID tests

President Joe Biden on Monday pledged to ease a shortage of COVID-19 tests as the Omicron variant threatened to overwhelm hospitals and stifle travel plans as it spreads across the United States this holiday week. “Seeing how tough it was for some folks to get a test this weekend shows that we have more work to do,” Biden said as he joined a call with the administration’s COVID-19 response team and state governors. “It’s clearly not enough.”

Jury to resume deliberations in Ghislaine Maxwell sex abuse trial

The jury in British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex abuse trial was due to reconvene on Tuesday, following three full days of deliberations in which jurors have reviewed testimony from four women who said Maxwell set them up for abuse. Maxwell, 60, is accused of recruiting and grooming the four women to have sexual encounters with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein when they were teenagers. Over a three-week trial, jurors heard emotional and explicit testimony from the women, three of whom said Maxwell herself touched their nude bodies.

Fauci says U.S. should consider domestic flight vaccine mandate; more planes grounded

Rising COVID-19 cases, along with bad weather, caused airlines to cancel more than 1,000 flights on Monday, and the spread of the Omicron variant prompted the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert to suggest the government consider mandating vaccines for domestic flights. Monday’s travel woes marked a fourth day of flight cancellations, capping a glum Christmas weekend for thousands of passengers who were left waiting in airport queues and on customer service phone lines to re-book flights.

Kentucky death toll from Dec 10 tornadoes climbs to 77

The official death toll in Kentucky from a swarm of devastating tornadoes that struck the state on Dec. 10 has climbed to 77, with an infant in hard-hit Graves County counted as the latest fatality, Governor Andy Beshear said on Monday. Reuters had previously reported at least 74 people perished, a dozen of them children, in Kentucky, and 14 were killed elsewhere in tornadoes that raked a five-state region, including one twister that plowed a 227-mile (365-km) path of destruction through western Kentucky.

Analysis-With key positions filling up, Biden’s regulatory agenda to take shape in 2022

Next year will be a turning point for U.S. financial policy as Democratic President Joe Biden’s new regulators ready a slew of rule changes that are set to create headaches for Wall Street and corporate America. A year into his administration, Biden’s top financial regulatory team is finally taking shape. Over the next 12 months, his picks are set to reverse the former Trump administration’s light touch, taking a tough stance on Wall Street and new players entering the financial sector.

Los Angeles police video shows chaos moments before fatal shooting of 14-year-old girl

Body-camera video released on Monday showed the chaotic, violent moments leading to the fatal Los Angeles police shooting of an assault suspect in a clothing store, and of a 14-year-old girl caught in the line of fire while hiding inside a dressing room. The stray bullet that pierced the fitting-room wall, killing the girl, is believed to have come from the gun of the police officer seen firing three rifle shots at the suspect, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in posting the video.

Gunman kills four in Denver-area shooting spree before he is killed by police

A lone gunman shot four people to death and wounded three, including a police officer, on Monday in a Denver-area shooting spree that unfolded at several locations and ended with police killing the suspect, authorities said. Investigators have yet to determine a motive for the rampage, which began around 5 p.m. when the gunman shot and killed two women and wounded a man near downtown Denver, Police Chief Paul Pazen said a news briefing.

U.S. President Biden signs $770 billion defense bill

U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, for fiscal year 2022, which authorizes $770 billion in defense spending, the White House said on Monday. Earlier this month, the Senate and the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for the defense bill with strong support from both Democrats and Republicans for the annual legislation setting policy for the Department of Defense.

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No flight delays, cancellations; ‘everything seems to be running on time’ at Shreveport Regional


SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — As we approach yet another big holiday, many airports throughout the United States are seeing flight cancellations and delays because of COVID-19.

FlightAware reports more than 4,000 flight delays and/or cancellations in and out of the United States as of Monday, Dec. 27. It’s because of airport staffers and crews calling out sick. 

So KSLA News 12 checked in Monday, Dec. 27 at Shreveport Regional Airport to see if it is experiencing any impacts.

Mark Crawford, of the Shreveport Airport Authority, said things look different here. “Thankfully, we’ve not seen any delays or cancellations like other airports have been seeing. Right now, everything seems to be running on time.”

Monday found Dylan Bowen patiently awaiting his guest at the Shreveport airport. “Hopefully, who I’m waiting for is not late because he’s coming in from Dallas.”

Bowen has concerns about traveling as cases surge.

“I really do fear that because some of these people aren’t precautious with what they do. So I don’t want it to impact loved ones such as who I’m waiting on right now.”

Louisiana alone has reported more than 12,000 new COVID-19 cases.

Willis-Knighton Dr. Catherine Speights offered a tip for those traveling over the next few days.

“If you do travel, make sure you keep your mask on at all times. I know they are letting you take your mask off if you are eating or drinking, I wouldn’t recommend it.”

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