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The evacuees from Hurricane Ida are expected to return to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – With electricity back up to almost all of New Orleans by next week, Mayor LaToya Cantrell strongly encouraged residents evacuated because of Hurricane Ida to return home. But outside of the city the prospects for recovery seemed grim as there was no schedule for power restoration and homes and businesses were in ruins. Six days after Hurricane Ida landed, the hard-hit parts of Louisiana were still struggling to restore a sense of normalcy. Even in New Orleans, a persistent lack of electricity made a humid summer period difficult to endure for most residents and added further ailments after Ida.

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.

Brazil starts with booster shots while many are still waiting for a second jab

SAO PAULO (AP) – Some cities in Brazil are offering booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, although most people have not yet received their second vaccinations, as a token of the country’s concern about the highly contagious Delta variant. Rio de Janeiro, currently Brazil’s epicenter for the variant and home to one of the largest elderly populations, began administering the boosters on Wednesday. The northeastern cities of Salvador and Sao Luis kicked off on Monday, and Sao Paulo’s most populous city will begin on September 6th. The rest of the nation will follow suit in the next week. France, Israel, China and Chile are among the countries that give booster vaccinations to some of their elderly citizens, but more people in these countries are fully vaccinated than the 30% who received two vaccinations in Brazil.

Surviving September 11th was “only the first part of the journey”

NEW YORK (AP) – Trapped deep in the rubble of the World Trade Center, Will Jimeno lived through the unthinkable. Twenty years later, he’s still living with it. A corset and a quarter-size indentation on his left leg reflect the injuries that ended his police career, a lifelong dream. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He holds shelves of memorabilia, including a cross and miniature twin towers made of steel of the commercial center. He has been portrayed in a film and wrote two books on enduring the ordeal. “For those of us who were there that day, it never goes away,” he says. Almost 3,000 people were killed when hijackers from the al-Qaeda terrorist network of Osama bin Laden rammed four commercial jets into the commercial center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

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.

The Texas law that forbids most abortions has its origins in the tiny Waskom

The road to Texas law banning most abortions in the state began in a town called Waskom with a population of 1,600. The Supreme Court’s decision last week not to interfere with the state’s strict abortion law provoked outrage from liberals and cheers from many conservatives. President Joe Biden attacked it. But the decision also amazed many that Texas was able to essentially outmaneuver the Supreme Court precedent on women’s constitutional right to abortion. Texas’ SB 8 Abortion Act follows a model first used in Waskom in 2019 to ban abortion within its borders.

Virus hits French Polynesia and strains relations with Paris

PAPEETE, Tahiti (AP) – France’s worst coronavirus outbreak spreads 12 times from Paris, devastating Tahiti and other idyllic islands of French Polynesia. The South Pacific island groups lack oxygen, intensive care beds and morgues – and their vaccination rate is barely half the national average. Simultaneous outbreaks on remote islands and atolls make it difficult for local authorities to evacuate patients to the territory’s few hospitals. “The problem is that there are a lot of deaths before we get there,” complained Vincent Simon, the head of the regional emergency service. French Polynesia is France’s newest challenge in juggling resources to fight the pandemic in former colonies that stretch around the world.

The latest: Pakistan’s powerful intelligence chief meets in Kabul. a

KABUL, Afghanistan – Pakistan’s powerful intelligence chief has paid a surprise visit to the Afghan capital, Kabul. So say two Pakistani officials who have asked not to be named because they are not allowed to speak to the media. It wasn’t immediately clear what General Faiez Hameed had to say to the Taliban leadership on Saturday, but Pakistani intelligence is perhaps the greatest outside influence over the Taliban. The Taliban leadership had its headquarters in Pakistan and was often in direct contact with the powerful secret service Inter-Services. Although Pakistan routinely denied Taliban military aid, the allegation was often made by the Afghan government and Washington.

New Zealand officials confirm the knife attacker’s name

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand officials have confirmed that 32-year-old Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen is the extremist who was shot and killed by police after knife-attacking people in an Auckland supermarket and injuring seven. THIS IS A LATEST UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand authorities have detained an Islamic State Group-inspired man for three years after catching him with a hunting knife and extremist video – but at one point, despite serious fears, he would attack others, they say there was nothing more they could do to keep him behind bars.

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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