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Major new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) – In his most haunted pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden ordered comprehensive new federal vaccine requirements for up to 100 million Americans – private sector employees, healthcare workers and federal contractors – in an all-out effort to combat the emerging COVID Contain the -19 delta variant. In a speech in the White House on Thursday, Biden sharply criticized the tens of millions of Americans who, despite months of availability and incentives, have not yet been vaccinated. “We were patient. But our patience is failing and your refusal has cost us all, “he said, almost biting off his words.

Analysis: Biden’s war against the virus turns into a war against the unvaccinated

WASHINGTON (AP) – You are a source of frustration. A danger to their fellow citizens. A threat to the country’s economic recovery. President Joe Biden seeks to focus the anger of the vaccinated majority of the nation against the stubborn 25% of eligible Americans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Almost 8 months after declaring “war” on the coronavirus when he took office, Biden announced far-reaching new federal requirements on Friday that could force millions of people to shoot. In doing so, he embraced those who haven’t rolled up their sleeves as a new enemy amid a devastating surge in cases that strain the country’s health system and constrain its economy.

A new world emerged from the ashes of September 11th. It didn’t last.

20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived in the hideous ruins of the collapsed towers of Ground Zero, a chance for a new beginning. On this morning with blue skies, black ashes, fire and death, world events were abruptly rearranged. In Iran, chants of “Death to America” ​​quickly gave way to candlelight vigils to mourn the American dead. Vladimir Putin provided substantial assistance in the US preparations for war in Russia’s region of influence. Libya’s Moammar al-Gaddafi, a murderous dictator with a poetic streak, spoke of the “human duty” to be with Americans after “these terrible and terrible events that will awaken human conscience”. From the first terrifying moments, America’s long-time allies were supported by long-time enemies in this singular moment.

The Justice Department is suing Texas over the state’s new abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Department of Justice has sued Texas over a new state law banning most abortions, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution” declaring federal judges that the law is invalid “to his Enforce Enforcement and Protect the Rights Texas Violated ”. “The law is clearly unconstitutional after longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit. The Justice Department argues that the law unlawfully violates women’s constitutional rights and violates the constitutional supremacy clause that says federal law replaces state law.

Biden calls Xi as US-China relations tighten

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden spoke to China’s Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing frustration on the American side that the high-level engagement between the top advisors to the two heads of state and government at the start of the Biden presidency had been largely sterile. Biden initiated the call with Xi, the second between the two leaders since Biden took office. It comes at a time when there is no shortage of sensitive issues between the two nations, including cybersecurity breaches from China, Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and what the White House has termed “compulsive and unfair” Chinese trade practices .

Virus claims black undertakers and leaves holes in communities

MULLINS, SC (AP) – When the last of the mourners left and funeral director Shawn Troy was left between the headstones, he cried alone. For five decades, the closing words at countless funerals in this 4,400 city were held by his father, William Penn Troy Sr., African American after months of burying their victims. And when Shawn Troy stepped forward to speak in place of a man known beyond his craft – for his work in district politics and advocating its black citizens – the void felt overwhelming.

The flight takes about 200, including Americans, from Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An estimated 200 foreigners, including Americans, left Afghanistan on a commercial flight from Kabul on Thursday in partnership with the Taliban – the first such large-scale departure since US forces completed their hectic week-long retreat before. Qatar Airways’ flight to Doha marked a breakthrough in the bumpy coordination between the new rulers of the United States and Afghanistan. A day-long stalemate over charter planes at another airport left hundreds of mostly Afghan people stranded waiting for permission from the Taliban to leave. A senior US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for not having permission to speak to the media, said the Taliban foreign minister and deputy prime minister had facilitated the escape.

FACT FOCUS: AZ election report draws nonsensical conclusions

A report released this week in Arizona’s largest county falsely claimed around 173,000 “lost” votes and 96,000 “ghost votes” in a private door-to-door advertisement, allegedly making the 2020 election in Maricopa County “non-certifiable.” . But its conclusions are not backed by evidence, according to county election officials and outside election experts, who described the report’s methods as “quasi-scientific” and its findings as inaccurate The ongoing party review in District ⁠ – has been featured in conservative media and by Republican politicians , including State Representative Mark Finchem, who campaigns for the office of Secretary of State for Arizona, the state’s top electoral officer.

Oil soaked birds near the oil spill in a refinery in Ida. found

WASHINGTON (AP) – Louisiana wildlife officials say they documented more than 100 oil-soaked birds after crude oil spilled from a refinery that flooded during Hurricane Ida. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Thursday that growing numbers of oiled birds in heavy oil pockets have been observed at the Phillips 66 Alliance refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, as well as near flooded fields and retention basins along the Mississippi River. Jon Wiebe, a biologist who runs the state restoration program, said 10 oiled birds were caught and transported to a rehabilitation site for cleaning. Five more dead birds were recovered and bagged as evidence, he said.

Brady throws for 379 yards, 4 TDs, Bucs beats Cowboys 31-29

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tom Brady threw 379 yards and four touchdowns to help reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off the NFL season with a flawed 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night. After the seats in an NFL stadium were full for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Ryan Succop won it with a 36-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining. Brady set it up with a last minute drive that was aimed at the same field where the Bucs became the first team to play and win a Super Bowl at their home stadium seven months ago.

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