10 things you need to know today: January 2, 2022

Airlines cancel almost 4,400 flights on New Year's Day, Ohio State wins the Rose Bowl, and more

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1. Airlines cancel almost 4,400 flights on New Year’s Day

Ongoing staffing shortages driven by the rapid spread of Omicron led to the cancellation of over 4,400 flights worldwide on New Year's Day. More than 2,600 of those were flights into, out of, or within the United States. Thousands of travelers were stranded. Chicago, which saw over 1,000 flights into or out of its two major airports scrubbed, had to deal with winter storms in addition to the virus. Further disruptions were expected for Sunday.

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