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Updated Friday, September 3, 2021 | 9:15 pm

Searches, mourning after Ida’s destructive, deadly floods

ELIZABETH, NJ (AP) – Police went door-to-door looking for more possible victims, compiling lists of the missing as the death toll in the catastrophic flood that sparked the remnants of Hurricane Ida across the northeast on Friday rose to 49. The disaster has underscored with heartbreaking clarity how vulnerable the US is to the extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change. As part of this, officials considered far-reaching new measures to save lives in future storms. More than three days after the hurricane hit Louisiana, Ida’s rainy remains hit the northeast with breathtaking fury on Wednesday and Thursday, sinking cars, flooding subway stations and basement apartments, and drowning dozens of people in five states.

New Orleans’ power supply is expected to be restored by the middle of next week

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans’ power should be restored by the middle of next week, utility officials said Friday, and the sheriff’s deputies warned people returning to communities outside of the city about the lack of basic services in the city How to equip city for survivors aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The storm powered more than 1 million Louisiana customers, but according to Entergy, the company that powers New Orleans and much of southeast Louisiana on its way, almost all of the lights in the city should be back by Wednesday to be on. The lack of power made a sultry summer bearable and made the suffering after Ida even worse.

Biden tells storm-ravaged Louisiana, “I know you’re hurt”

LAPLACE, La. (AP) – Huge trees fell aside. Houses boarded up with plywood. Off-Kilter Street Signs. Less than a week after Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf Coast, President Joe Biden was walking the streets of a hard-hit Louisiana neighborhood and telling residents, “I know you are injured, I know you are injured.” Biden pledged sturdy federal aid to get people back on their feet, saying the government has already distributed $ 100 million in checks for $ 500 directly to individuals in the state to provide them with vital first aid. A lot of people, he said, don’t know what help is available because they can’t get cellular service.

Richter shields Texan clinics from lawsuits from the anti-abortion group

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A state court has for the time being protected Texan abortion clinics from lawsuits by an anti-abortion group under a new state abortion law in a narrow verdict issued on Friday. The injunction on Friday by District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin in response to the application for planned parenthood does not conflict with the provision. However, it protects clinics from whistleblower lawsuits from the Texas Right to Life nonprofit group, its legislative director, and 100 unidentified individuals. A hearing on an application for an injunction has been scheduled for September 13th. The law, which went into effect on Wednesday, allows anyone, anywhere, to sue anyone in connection with an abortion that has detected heart activity in the embryo – as early as six weeks after pregnancy before most women even realize they are pregnant are.

“Loss of Hope”: Idaho Hospitals Crushed by COVID-19 Surge

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The intensive care rooms at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center are full, each a blinking jungle of tubes, wires, and mechanical ventilators. The patients embedded in it are very similar: all unvaccinated, mostly middle-aged or younger, dependent on life support and trapped in a silent battle against COVID-19. But watch for a moment and see who they were before the coronavirus clears up. Artistically inked tattoos cover the tanned forearm of a man in his thirties. The slightly swollen belly of an expectant mother is briefly visible as a nurse corrects her position. The young woman is five months pregnant and is on a ventilator.

Booster shots get stuck: Some may miss the September 20th launch

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden’s plans to start giving booster shots by September 20 to most Americans who have received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that will affect the availability of the third Dose could delay for those who received the Moderna vaccine, administration officials said Friday. Biden announced last month that his government plans to provide boosters to all Americans who have received the mRNA vaccines to ensure more permanent protection from the coronavirus pending approvals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. However, these agencies are waiting for critical dates before signing off the third dose as Moderna’s vaccine is increasingly viewed as unlikely to hit Sept.

Efforts to prevent the use of parasite medication for COVID-19 are increasing

WASHINGTON (AP) – Health professionals and medical groups are pushing to end the increased use of a decade-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can have harmful side effects and that there is little evidence to help. With a fourth wave of infections, more and more Americans are turning to ivermectin, a cheap drug used to kill worms and other parasites in humans and animals. Federal health officials saw a surge in prescriptions this summer, accompanied by a worrying spike in reported overdoses. The drug was even given to inmates of a prison in northwest Arkansas for COVID-19, despite federal warnings against its use.

Three men led millions through the horror of September 11, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) – “Turn on your television.” Those words were repeated in millions of households on September 11, 2001. Friends and relatives answered the phone: something terrible happened. You have to see Before social media and the fledgling online news, the story of the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people largely played out on television. Even some people in New York’s World Trade Center were on the phone. They felt a shudder, could smell smoke. Could someone see the news and find out what happened? Most Americans have been guided through the unimaginable by one of three men: Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Peter Jennings of ABC, and Dan Rather of CBS.

Richter dismisses New Zealand extremists despite concerns

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A court report on a man in New Zealand who was inspired by the Islamic State Group warned that he had the motivation and resources to commit violent acts in the community and that he was at high risk. The report described the man as a man with extreme attitudes, an isolated lifestyle, and a sense of entitlement. However, a judge’s job in July was to convict the man for the relatively minor crimes he had committed at the time, not any potential future crimes. She decided to release him under the supervision of a mosque leader, who promised to try to help him.

Osaka is considering another break from tennis after losing at the US Open

NEW YORK (AP) – Naomi Osaka looked over at her agent and said she wanted to tell the world what the two were discussing privately in a hallway at Arthur Ashe Stadium after their US Open title defense ended in a racket throw and serenity. missing lead-evaporating defeat in the third round. His answer: “Sure.” And then Osaka, who paused every now and then when her voice got stuck at her words and her eyes filled with tears, said Friday night about taking another break from tennis “for a while.” When I win, I don’t feel happy, I feel more relieved.

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