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In this Monday, May 10, 2021, file photo, Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago. An attempt by members of the Chicago City Council to repeal the mayor's vaccine mandate for city employees was turned down Oct. 29 by a 30-13 vote. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) ** FILE **

Chicago drops police union lawsuit over vaccine mandate

- Associated Press

The city of Chicago dropped its lawsuit Wednesday against the police union in its fight over city employee COVID-19 vaccine orders, saying the complaint became unnecessary as more officers complied.

Passengers, some wearing masks, line up to board a taxi at the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday Dec. 2, 2021. South Africa launched an accelerated vaccination campaign to combat a dramatic rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 a week after the omicron variant was detected in the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Minn. reports omicron case in traveler to NYC convention

- The Washington Times

Minnesota on Thursday reported an omicron case in a person who recently traveled to New York City for an anime convention, marking the second known instance of the variant first detected in South Africa and another sign the strain is probably lurking in several corners of the U.S.

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NYPD emergency services officers respond to a man standing outside United Nations headquarters with a shotgun, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in New York. A police spokesperson said hostage negotiators were speaking with the man, who appeared to be in his 60s. They hoped to resolve the situation peacefully (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Armed man outside UN prompts standoff, lockdown

Associated Press

The United Nations headquarters in New York City was locked down for several hours Thursday after a man was seen pacing outside one of its main gates with what police said appeared to be a shotgun.

FILE - Migrants leave Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, Oct. 27, 2021, as they continue their trek north toward Mexico's northern states and the U.S. border. The Biden administration struck agreement with Mexico to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next week that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, U.S. officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, file)

US will resume policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

- Associated Press

The Biden administration has struck an agreement with Mexico to next week reinstate a Trump-era border policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, U.S. officials said Thursday.