Satellite photos show Tonga before and after huge undersea volcano eruption

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thick ash on an airport runway was delaying aid deliveries to the Pacific island nation of Tonga, where significant damage was being reported days after a huge undersea volcanic eruption and tsunami. New Zealand's military is sending much-needed drinking water and other supplies, but...
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Hong Kong to cull 2,000 hamsters after COVID-19 outbreak

HONG KONG, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hong Kong warned people not to kiss pets and ordered a mass cull of hamsters on Tuesday, to the outrage of animal-lovers, after 11 of the rodents tested positive for COVID-19. A recent coronavirus cluster in humans traced to a pet shop worker prompted checks on hundreds of animals in the Chinese-ruled territory, with 11 hamsters found infected, officials said.
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Raiders fire GM Mike Mayock after three seasons, reportedly request interviews with Colts, Patriots execs

Two days after falling to the Bengals in the wild card round of the playoffs, the Raiders have kicked off a search for new management, reportedly requesting interviews with the Colts and Patriots executives before informing general manager Mike Mayock he will not be retained in 2022. Mayock was technically still employed as GM when Las Vegas began targeting replacements, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, but the Raiders decided to make a change "days ago," around the time of their playoff loss, finally announcing Mayock's official dismissal Monday night.

A year after leaving office, Trump looks to 2022 to rebrand his legacy

(CNN) — When Donald Trump arrived in Florida one year ago to begrudgingly settle into his post-presidential life, he did not have a plan. Staffers were making regular trips to Staples, trying to create a functional office for themselves and the former commander in chief at his Mar-a-Lago club. Allies were doling out conflicting advice -- telling Trump to lie low until his impeachment trial concluded in the Senate or get out and aggressively defend himself. Aides who had been by his side for years suddenly disappeared as they weighed their next moves.

China urges caution opening overseas mail after Omicron case

SHANGHAI, Jan 18 (Reuters) - China is urging people to wear masks and gloves when opening mail, especially from abroad, after authorities suggested the first case of the Omicron coronavirus virus variant found in Beijing could have arrived via a package from Canada. Authorities vowed to step up disinfection of...

Gonzaga reclaims No. 1 ranking in men's basketball Top 25 poll; Baylor falls to No. 5

A wild week of upsets led to big changes in the AP Top 25. Amid the chaos, a familiar team returned to the top. Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga climbed back to the top of the Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday, ending Baylor's five-week run. The Bulldogs had 25 first-place votes, 11 fewer than No. 2 Auburn, but edged the Tigers in overall points to take the top spot.
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Lakers nearly fired Frank Vogel after blowout loss as embattled coach remains on hot seat, per report

Frank Vogel has been on the hot seat throughout a disappointing 2021-22 season for the Los Angeles Lakers, but things have only gotten harder recently. According to The Athletic's Bill Oram and Sam Amick, Vogel is being evaluated on a game-to-game basis. They report that he "narrowly avoided" being fired after the Lakers were demolished 133-96 by the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, and had the Lakers lost in similar fashion to the Utah Jazz on Monday, sources believed it could have been Vogel's last game with the Lakers.
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Not again — Flyers in bad franchise company after losing 8th straight

The Flyers' 2021-22 season continues to careen dangerously off course. The club is flirting with another 10-game losing streak after dropping its eighth straight in a 4-1 decision Monday night to the Islanders at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. In this eight-game drop-off, the Flyers (13-18-7) have yielded 4.00...