Numerous Canadian political leaders are facing backlash for leaving the country on Christmas vacations after telling their constituents to stay home due to the pandemic. Several leaders in Ontario and Alberta have resigned.
The Minnesota Department of Health has given vaccination providers a bit more flexibility to administer coronavirus shots to a broader group, including people 65 and older and younger people with certain health problems.
Wisconsin health officials say a new, more contagious form of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in the state. They did not say where the variant was detected, or whether there was more than one case.
Scientists worry that the world is losing about 1% or 2% of its insects each year. They say climate change, insecticides, herbicide, land use changes, invasive species and light pollution are killing the world's bugs.
Gray wolves have been delisted as an endangered species as of Monday. Minnesota will now recognize two management zones. The northeastern part of the state has more protections for wolves. The southern two-thirds of the state has more flexibility to manage the population.