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Crews using heavy machinery went around Baltimore's parks and public squares last night and removed a series of statues dedicated to Confederate heroes, per the NY Times.

Baynard Woods, the editor at large of The Baltimore City Paper who documented the night's events on Twitter, described the atmosphere as "celebratory." The workers were also accompanied by a group of police officers, who Woods said were "being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies."

Timing: The statues were removed under the order of Mayor Catherine Pugh following the City Council's Monday vote to move them. The vote came just two days after a driver ran over protestors at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Saturday.

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Updated 24 mins ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

4 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

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Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.