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Washington DOH runs out of at-home COVID tests

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Less than 24 hours after launching their at-home COVID test ordering portal, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) ran out of stock. The program launched state-wide on Friday, January 22nd. Initially, the "Say Yes! COVID Home…

Wildfire along California's Big Sur forces evacuations

A wind-driven wildfire in coastal California has forced evacuations in the sparsely populated Big Sur area. The fire broke out Friday night in a canyon. Pushed by strong winds, it jumped Pacific Coast Highway and burned toward the sea. Fire officials say they have contained at least 5% of the 1,500-acre blaze. Authorities also shut a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, including Bixby Bridge, the iconic concrete bridge that has been featured in car commercials, movies and TV shows. Strong winds were recorded across the San Francisco Bay Area and a swath of the Sierra Nevada overnight, knocking down trees and power lines and causing outages in numerous neighborhoods.

Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning comedian, dies at 68

Louie Anderson, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely and Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets,” has died at age 68. Anderson’s publicist Glenn Schwartz says the comedian died Friday in Las Vegas. The publicist had said earlier this week that Anderson was hospitalized for a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He’d been a familiar face elsewhere on TV, including as host of a revival of the game show “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002, and on comedy specials and in frequent late-night talk show appearances.

UW Medicine study says breakthrough infections significantly strengthen antibodies

Copyright 4 News Now SEATTLE, Wash. — If you have contracted COVID-19 after getting vaccinated, your antibodies could be more resistant to COVID-19 than ever before. A study from UW Medicine suggests getting COVID-19 after getting vaccinated significantly strengthens antibody responses to the virus. The study looked at antibodies in those who got infected before and after getting the vaccine….

NCAA adopts new policy for transgender athletes

The NCAA has adopted a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organization in line with the U.S. and International Olympic Committees. Under the new guidelines, approved by the NCAA Board of Governors, transgender participation for each sport will be determined by the policy for the sport’s national governing body. It will then be subject to review and recommendation by an NCAA committee to the Board of Governors. The policy is effective immediately. NCAA rules on transgender athletes returned to the forefront when Penn swimmer Lia Thomas started smashing records this year. She competed on the men's team before transitioning.

Biden approval hits new low at one-year mark: AP-NORC poll

President Joe Biden ends his first year in the White House with a clear majority of Americans for the first time disapproving of his handling of the presidency in the face of an unrelenting pandemic and roaring inflation. That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. More Americans disapprove than approve of how Biden is handling his job as president by a margin of 56% to 43%. As of now, just 28% of Americans say they want Biden to run for reelection in 2024, including only 48% of Democrats.