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Updated Friday, October 8th, 2021 | 9:08 pm

US appeals court has Texas lift the ban on most abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A federal appeals court on Friday night quickly allowed Texas to resume the ban on most abortions just a day after clinics began caring for patients for the first time since early September. A unilateral order from the U.S. 5th Court of Appeals reinstated the country’s strictest abortion law, which prohibits abortion once cardiac activity is detected, typically around six weeks. She makes no exceptions to rape or incest. “Patients are thrown back into a state of chaos and fear,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents several Texas clinics that have temporarily resumed normal abortion services.

Boosters, employer mandates are driving the surge in US vaccines

The number of Americans receiving COVID-19 vaccines has steadily increased to a three-month high as seniors and those with medical conditions seek a refresher and government and employer contracts push more workers to take their first doses. Demand is expected to surge in a few weeks’ time when regulators approve Pfizer vaccine for elementary school children, and some states will reopen mass vaccination clinics in anticipation of reopening. In Missouri, a mass vaccination station is due to open in a former Toys R Us store on Monday. Virginia plans to open nine major vaccination centers in the next few weeks, including one on Richmond International Raceway.

US officials: US Taliban officials talk about evacuees

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials will meet with senior Taliban officials on Saturday and Sunday for talks aimed at facilitating the evacuation of foreign citizens and vulnerable Afghans from Afghanistan, a U.S. official said Friday. The focus of the talks in Doha, Qatar, would be to make commitments to Afghan Taliban leaders to allow Americans and other foreigners to leave Afghanistan, along with Afghans who were once for the US military or the US -Government and other Afghan allies have worked, the official said. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as the person was not allowed to speak by name at the meetings.

What the Peace Prize says about freedom in Russia and the Philippines

MOSCOW (dpa) – The Nobel Peace Prize sometimes honors pioneering efforts to resolve seemingly persistent conflicts, such as once sworn enemies who got together and mediated an end to the war. In other years the recipient is someone who has campaigned for human rights at great personal cost. The prestigious award can also serve as a not-quite-so-subtle message to authoritarian governments and leaders the world is watching. What does the selection of the two journalists Maria Ressa (58) from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov (59) from Russia say about freedom of expression and the history of dissent in the countries of the Peace Prize winners in 2021?

McConnell says he will no longer help Dems raise the debt ceiling

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he would not again help Democrats expand the government’s borrowing power, raising new doubts about how Congress will avert state bankruptcy if a temporary patch is applied expires in December. McConnell issued his warning in a letter to President Joe Biden the day after the Senate approved a $ 480 billion increase in the national debt limit, enough to last about two months. In an eleven-hour turn, the Kentucky Republican was among the eleven GOP Senators who vigorously supported a procedural step on Thursday that opened the door for the Senate to subsequently pass this measure with all-Democratic support.

Biden will not be invoking the January 6 executive privilege on Trump documents

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden will not block the surrender of documents requested by a House Committee that initiated the 6th Uprising Protect White House Records from Investigators. White House attorney Dana Remus’ letter to the United States Archivist marks the beginning of what may be a protracted legal battle over the investigation. Trump, who told his supporters to “fight like hell” on the morning of the riot and defended the rioters who beat the police and broke into the Capitol, is trying to prevent Congress from finding out more.

IS bomber kills 46 in Afghan mosque and challenges Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A suicide bomber from the Islamic State struck a mosque with Shiite Muslim believers in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 46 people and injuring dozens in the latest security challenge for the Taliban as they move from the uprising to the government. The ISIS supporter in the region identified the attacker as a Uygh Muslim in his letter of confession and said the attack targeted both Shiites and the Taliban because they were allegedly willing to evict Uyghurs in order to comply with China’s demands. The statement was distributed by the ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency. The explosion ripped through an overcrowded mosque in Kunduz city during Friday afternoon prayers, the high point of Muslim religious week.

Mann is accused of threatening 2 US senators with imprisonment

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A man angry about the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, illegal immigration and the direction he believes the country is headed is accused of killing the two in a series of mundane voice messages Threatening US Republican Senators in Alaska This included hiring an assassin to kill you. “Your life is worth $ 5,000, it is not worth more,” read the message that was left in the office of US Senator Lisa Murkowski. “And if you let these terrorists, assassins, in, you know what? I will use it. I’ll hire them. “Some of the voicemails are left for Murkowski and US

FBI will not bring charges against police officers for shooting Jacob Blake

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Federal attorneys announced Friday that they will not bring charges against a white police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year – a shootout that sparked protests that resulted in the deaths of two men. Police officer Rusten Sheskey shot Black Blake during a domestic disturbance in Kenosha in August 2020. The gunshots left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests, some of which turned violent. An Illinois man shot dead and killed three people during one of the demonstrations. Prosecutors decided earlier this year not to bring charges against Sheskey after a video showed that Blake, wanted on an arrest warrant, was armed with a knife.

Red Sox flex muscles, power via Rays 14-6 to ALDS 1-1

NS. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – JD Martinez scored a tied homer with three runs on his return to the line-up and the Boston Red Sox backed Tanner Houck’s clutch relief with a franchise record of five post-season homers, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 14 – 6 Friday evenings to balance their AL Division Series at one game. Kiké Hernandez had five of Boston’s 20 hits, including a homer and three doubles, and became Boston’s first player to score four extra base hits in a post-season game. Xander Bogaerts, Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers also scored for the Red Sox, who rallied for a blowout win after ace Chris Sale allowed Jordan Luplow a grand slam in the first inning and was drawn after just three outs.

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