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Updated Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 12:31 pm

US and Afghan officials: At least 72 dead in airport attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An Afghan official says that at least 60 Afghans were killed and another 143 injured in the attack in front of Kabul airport. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to teach the media. US officials say 12 military personnel were also killed in the attack outside the airport. THIS IS A LATEST UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Two suicide bombers and armed men attacked crowds of Afghans who were pouring into Kabul airport on Thursday.

100,000 more COVID deaths seen unless the US changes its ways

According to the most closely watched U.S. forecasting model, the U.S. is projected to see nearly 100,000 more COVID-19 deaths by December 1. However, health experts say tolls could be cut in half if almost everyone in public spaces wore a mask. In other words, what the coronavirus has in store this fall depends on human behavior. “Behavior will really determine if, when and how sustainably the current wave subsides,” said Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the University of Texas COVID-19 modeling consortium. “We can’t stop Delta, but we can change our behavior overnight.” That means doubling up on masks again, restricting social gatherings, staying at home if sick and getting vaccinated.

Biden left with difficult decisions after fatal attacks in Kabul

WASHINGTON (AP) – The attacks that killed at least 12 US soldiers outside Kabul airport on Thursday left President Joe Biden with increasingly difficult choices: continue the evacuation and risk more deaths or end it earlier than planned and risk You, leaving Americans still alive trying to leave the country. When details of the attacks became known, the White House postponed Biden’s first face-to-face meeting with Israel’s new prime minister and canceled a video conference with governors about Afghan refugees arriving in the US. Biden had promised to remove any American who wanted to leave Afghanistan. On Wednesday, the State Department announced that around 4,500 American citizens had flown out, of whom around 1,500 were still outstanding.

Israeli Prime Minister and Biden postpone meetings over Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett postponed their meeting at the White House as Biden focused his attention on dealing with the aftermath of deadly explosions near Kabul airport that hit US troops and Afghans aimed after the takeover of the Taliban. Biden and Bennett were due to meet late Thursday morning for their first face-to-face meeting since Bennett became Israel’s Prime Minister in June. Instead, the two meet on Friday. Before arriving in Washington, Bennett made it clear that the top priority of the visit would be to convince Biden not to go back to the Iran nuclear deal in the region.

Capitol cops are suing Trump, allies, for insurrection

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Capitol police officers, who were attacked and beaten during the Capitol Riot, filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his allies and members of far-right groups on Thursday, accusing them of deliberately violent behavior on January To have sent mob. 6 to disrupt the congressional certification of choice. The lawsuit in federal court in Washington alleged that Trump “collaborated with white racists, violent extremist groups and campaign supporters to violate Ku Klux Klan law and acts of domestic law in an unlawful attempt to stay in power To commit terrorism ”. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the seven officials by the Civil Rights Lawyers’ Committee under the law.

At least 2 dead and 1 injured in shootings near the Illinois courthouse

KANKAKEE, Illinois (AP) – Two men were killed and another injured in a shooting near the courthouse in the small town of Kankakee, northern Illinois Thursday morning, authorities said. Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater said officers arrested two men and seized “several” firearms, including a long gun, at the scene. The two people who were fatally shot were Hispanic men in their mid-twenties, and the third man shot is undergoing surgery, Passwater said during a press conference Thursday afternoon. In response to a call at around 9:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the courthouse, he said. Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey previously told WGN TV that the shooting took place between the courthouse and the county jail.

The virus surge is breaking hospital records as the number of children grows

Kentucky and Texas joined a growing list of states that are seeing record numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in a surge that overwhelms doctors and nurses and affects more children. Intensive care units across the country are filled with patients extremely ill with the coronavirus – even in places where hospital stays have not yet peaked earlier. The intensive care units at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Georgia typically have room for 38 patients, and doctors and nurses may only have two or three people who are very sick, said Dr. Jyotir Mehta, medical director of the intensive care unit. On Wednesday, the intensive care unit alone had 50 COVID-19 patients, around half of whom relied on ventilators to breathe.

Illinois requires educators and health workers to get vaccinated

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois health workers and educators from kindergarten through college must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests, Governor JB Pritzker said Thursday when announcing new safety protocols, which also include a new statewide mandate for indoor use Masks. The mandates, which overlap existing rules in several places, are a response to a surge in COVID-19 infections fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, particularly in southern and central Illinois. “Our current vaccination rates are not sufficient to mitigate the intensity of hospital stays for the Delta variant,” said Pritzker, a first-term Democrat, at a press conference in Chicago.

Afghanistan’s best high school graduate fears for her future

Salgy Baran got the highest score in all of Afghanistan on her university entrance exams this year, but she has no answers on what’s next. The 18-year-old wants to stay and become a doctor, but like so many other Afghans, those plans were challenged when the Taliban invaded capital Kabul earlier this month and ended their breathtaking takeover of the country. Taliban leaders say women and girls can go to school and work in accordance with Islamic law – without providing details – although other prominent members of the militant group scoff at the idea of ​​coed classrooms and suggest more reactionary measures.

Report: Evidence of extensive corrosion in collapsed condominium

MIAMI (AP) – Video released by a team of federal investigators shows further evidence of extensive corrosion and overcrowded concrete reinforcement in a Miami area condo that collapsed in June, killing 98 people. The National Institute of Standards and Technology also announced on Wednesday that it will be conducting a five-part investigation into the collapse of the Champlain Towers South, led by Judith Mitrani-Reiser. She is a Cuba born engineer who grew up in Miami. “We are open-minded and will examine any hypotheses that could explain this collapse,” says Mitrani-Reiser’s collection, modeling and more will ensure a thorough investigation. “The video shows tightly packed steel reinforcement in various areas of the building as well as extensive corrosion where a pillar met the foundation of the building.

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