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Penn State announces spring semester classes will start in person despite omicron concern.

Pilot shortage forcing changes at United Airlines, University Park Airport.

COVID-19 cases reaching new highs across PA, US and setting records in Centre County.

More than 90-thousand people are spending this New Year’s Eve in the hospital with COVID. New data shows 94-hundred patients being admitted each day. It’s a 20-percent jump from last week and double since last month. This includes the most children ever during the pandemic.

Colorado is in a state of emergency as a wildfire burns down at least 600 homes.  It’s one of several that sparked yesterday from winds as high as 110-miles an hour.  That forced more than 30-thousand people to grab what they could and evacuate two communities near Boulder. 

President Biden is reminding his Russian counterpart what will happen if he invades Ukraine.  The two spoke for almost an hour yesterday in their second phone call this month.  It comes as Vladimir Putin sends more troops to the border, suggesting an attack could happen soon.

New developments in the case of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.  The two jail guards on duty when he killed himself two years ago are no longer facing charges, even though they lied on forms.  It’s part of a deal prosecutors made allowing the guards to serve community service.

The COVID crisis is again sinking plans for a vacation at sea.  The CDC just warned yesterday not to get on a cruise ship, vaccinated or not.  The agency is investigating cases on more than 90 ships and says the chance of getting infected in close quarters is very high.

People will be heading into Times Square in New York this afternoon for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in the New Year.  Roughly 15-thousand people will be allowed to watch the ball drop from Times Square, about one quarter of the crowd size compared to previous years because of the recent coronavirus surge.  They will have to show proof of the coronavirus vaccine and wear masks.  There will be a number of performances, but LL Cool J will no longer be a part of the lineup because he has coronavirus.

Billionaire JR Ridinger’s $51 million dollar superyacht sinks gas tanker in Bahamas boat accident.

Former “Mickey Mouse Club” starlet Tiffini Hale died on Christmas Day. She was 46 years old. Hale suffered from cardiac arrest earlier this month and was in a coma for several weeks.

Miss Mississippi 1984 winner Kathy Manning has died from the coronavirus. She was 59. Manning, who also worked as a weather reporter, sunscreen model and recording artist, had been battling the illness for several weeks and succumbed to it on Dec. 23 in Collierville, Tennessee,

Sports

Penn State vs. No. 21 Arkansas in the Outback Bowl: TV channel, livestream, odds & predictions. You can listen to the game on our sister stations, 103.7-1450 ESPN Radio and 99.5 The Bus. Kick off tomorrow (Jan 1st, 2022) is set for Noon.

Penn State Men’s Hockey announced the addition of a single contest against Army West Point scheduled for Saturday, January 1 at Tate Rink in West Point, New York. The game comes as a result of the Nittany Lions’ New Year’s series with Maine being canceled earlier this week due to positive COVID-19 results within the Black Bear program.

Football fans may be about to see a Pittsburgh Steelers star play his last game at home.  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says all signs point to him walking off Heinz Field Monday night for the final time.  He’s been with the team since 2004 and led them to two Super Bowl victories. The Steelers will host the Browns in the final regular season game.

NBA – The 76ers defeated the Nets in Brooklyn, 110-102.

NHL – The Flyers lost to the Sharks in a shootout, 3-2.