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Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed Saturday morning by a Wisconsin & Southern Railroad train in Waukesha. Waukesha police received calls from citizens and the Canadian National Railroad Company around 10:55 a.m. reporting the incident. Lt. Chad Pergande says the man was “beyond help” when first responders arrived. The death is being investigated and authorities are waiting to release the name of the man until his next of kin are notified. In October 2019, a woman was struck and killed by a Canadian National train at the same intersection. Waukesha police later concluded that incident was a suicide

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A winter storm moving into the mid-Atlantic combined with the pandemic to continue frustrating air travelers whose return flights home from the holidays were canceled or delayed in the first few days of the new year. More than 1,900 U.S. flights and more than 3,300 worldwide were grounded as of early Monday, according to tracking service FlightAware. That follows Sunday’s cancellations of more than 2,700 U.S. flights, and more than 4,400 worldwide. And on Saturday there were more than 2,700 U.S. flights cancelled and more than 4,700 worldwide. The storm is forecast to bring as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow for the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and central Maryland through Monday afternoon. 

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Authorities say a pilot escaped injury when a small plane crashed into a swampy area northeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Forest Lake Police Department said officers were called after 3 p.m. Saturday to a crash in the city near Interstate 35. WCCO-TV reports that the pilot was the lone occupant of the aircraft and was not hurt. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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The latest COVID-19 variant is upending holiday plans for tens of thousands of travelers — but it didn’t do much damage to holiday shopping. Airlines canceled hundreds more flights Sunday, citing staffing problems tied to COVID-19, as the nation’s travel woes extended beyond Christmas. There was no clear indication when normal schedules would resume. But shoppers shrugged off the omicron variant, and holiday sales rose at the fastest pace in 17 years. Omicron is likely to slow the economy’s unexpectedly strong rebound from last year’s coronavirus recession and could add more heat to already simmering inflation. But it’s not yet clear how deep the hurt will go or how long it will last.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is increasing the penalty for people who violate the mandate to wear masks on planes, trains and other forms of transportation to help stop the spread of COVID-19. President Joe Biden warns that violators should “be prepared to pay.” First-time offenders would face a potential fine of $500

FORT MCCOY (WKOW) — The Afghan refugees coming to Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy have the option of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Military officials say the site is seeing 300 to 500 people each day, and many are choosing to get vaccinated. However, officials have not specified the total number of vaccines administered. Fort McCoy is currently