Published Thursday, September 2, 2021 | 21 clock
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More than 45 dead after Ida’s remains in the northeast
NEW YORK (AP) – A stunned U.S. east coast faced a rising death toll, swelling rivers and tornado damage Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded the region with record-breaking rain and left more than 40 people in their homes and cars drowned. In a region that had been warned of potentially fatal flash floods but had not prepared for such a blow from the hurricane, the storm killed at least 46 people from Maryland to Connecticut on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. At least 23 people died in New Jersey, said Democratic governor Phil Murphy. At least 13 people were killed in New York City, police said, 11 of them in flooded basement apartments that often serve as relatively affordable homes in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.
Ida’s tribute grows with the deaths of 4 nursing home residents
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana officials opened an investigation into the deaths of four care home residents evacuated to a warehouse prior to Hurricane Ida as citizens struggling after the storm sought financial and other assistance of recovery. The deceased care home residents were among hundreds of people from seven care homes being moved to the Independence warehouse where conditions became unhealthy and unsafe after the hurricane on Sunday, state health officials said. A coroner classified three of the deaths as storm-related. Health officials have received reports of people lying on mattresses on the floor, not being fed or changed, and not socially distant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that is currently ravaging the state, Louisiana Department of Health spokeswoman Aly Neel said.
Biden message to the battered Gulf Coast: “We are here for you”
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden calls for greater public determination to address climate change and help the nation cope with the violent storms, floods and wildfires that have ravaged the country while he was out and about in hurricane-stricken Louisiana on Friday is. “My message to all concerned is: We are all involved,” said Biden in a speech on Thursday at the White House, in which he addressed the numerous natural disasters that have occurred this week. “The nation is here to help.” Travel to natural disaster sites has long been a feature of the US presidency. It is a moment to show compassion and provide assistance that can shape the public perception of White House leadership.
New Zealand police kill “terrorists” after stabbing 6 people
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand authorities said Friday they shot and killed a violent extremist after entering a supermarket and stabbing and injuring six shoppers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terrorist attack. She said the man was a Sri Lankan citizen who was inspired by the Islamic State group. She said he was well known by the country’s security agencies and was being monitored around the clock. She said the law did not allow the man to stay in prison. Auckland is under strict lockdown as it battles a coronavirus outbreak.
Suga says goodbye to the party election and paves the way for the new Japanese Prime Minister
TOKYO (AP) – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday he would not run for leadership of the ruling party by the end of this month, paving the way for a new Japanese leader after just a year in office. Suga told reporters that he originally planned to run to run his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on September 29, but that the leadership shared energies in Japan’s pandemic response and the campaign for the LDP job. “I have chosen not to run for the party leadership elections as I want to focus on the coronavirus response,” Suga told reporters who rushed to his office after the news broke.
Idaho hospitals are nearly buckling in a relentless spike in COVID
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, paralyzed and sedated, 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.
20 years after 9/11: “We will live with the scars forever”
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Twenty years later, Jack Grandcolas remembers waking up at 7:03 a.m. that morning. He looked at the clock, then out the window, where a picture in the sky caught his attention – a fleeting vision that looked like an angel ascending. He didn’t know yet, but that was when his life changed. It was 10:03 a.m. across the country and United Flight 93 had just crashed into a Pennsylvania field. His wife, Lauren, wasn’t supposed to be on that flight. When he turned on the TV and watched the creepy scenes from Sept.
California families report harrowing escape from Afghanistan
EL CAJON, Calif. – When Yousef’s wife and four children boarded a flight in San Diego on July 15 to attend their brother’s wedding in Afghanistan, they looked forward to a month of family reunions. It was long overdue – the coronavirus pandemic prevented them from traveling earlier. Her return ticket was August 15, two days before her children’s school year began in the El Cajon suburb of San Diego. However, following the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban seizure of power, the Afghan-American family had to dodge gunfire and tried to get into the crowd of thousands ringing the Kabul airport doorbell.
Gift for the victims of the mudslide in El Salvador has a high price
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) – Eulalia García was stunned when she opened an envelope to find an invitation from none other than El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele. It promised that a bus would take her family the next day for a surprise Christmas present. Garcia had survived a mudslide that killed four members of her extended family and destroyed their humble home on the slopes of the San Salvador volcano. “It will be a good end to the year after everything we’ve been through,” Garcia told her husband Ramon Sanchez. A neighbor in Los Angelitos, Inés Flamenco, was so grateful for her invitation that she spent three days on a present for the president – a bouquet of red, white and pink roses that would be a wonderful photo opportunity for Bukele.
Calmer winds help fight fires in California, but a hot weekend looms
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters used the waning winds to tackle a California forest fire near popular Lake Tahoe and were even able to let some people return to their homes, but dry weather and a weekend warming trend meant that the battle was far from over. The Caldor Fire stayed just a few miles from South Lake Tahoe, which was evacuated by 22,000 residents days ago, along with casinos and shops across the state line in Nevada. The wind-powered fire that broke out on August 14 had raged in densely forested, rugged areas and still threatened more than 30,000 homes, businesses and other buildings, from cabins to ski resorts.