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After Ida soaks Northeast, cleanup and mourning continue

The cleanup - and mourning - continued Friday as the Northeast U.S. recovered from record-breaking rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. At least 48 people in five states died as storm water cascaded into people's homes and engulfed … more

Biden moves to declassify documents about Sept. 11, 2001, attacks

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Friday directed the declassification of certain documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a supportive gesture to victims' families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the … more

COVID-19 booster shots hitch: Some might miss planned Sept. 20 start

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's plans to start delivery of booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the … more

Questioning a catchphrase: 'Pandemic of the unvaccinated'

WASHINGTON - This summer's coronavirus resurgence has been labeled a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" by government officials from President Joe Biden on down. The sound bite captures the glaring reality that unvaccinated people overwhelmingly … more

In Ida's aftermath, no quick relief in sight for Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled Wednesday for food, gas, water and relief from the sweltering heat as thousands of line workers toiled to restore electricity and … more

Milley: U.S. coordination with Taliban on strikes is 'possible'

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that it's "possible" the United States will seek to coordinate with the Taliban on counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan against Islamic State militants or … more

Ida's aftermath: No power, no water, no gasoline

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans sweltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Tuesday with no electricity, no tap water, precious little gasoline and no clear idea of when things might improve. Long lines that wrapped … more

Victorious Taliban focusing on governing after U.S. withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban reveled in their victory after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, reiterating their pledge Tuesday to bring peace and security to the country after decades of war. Their anxious citizens, meanwhile, are … more

Hurricane Ida traps Louisianans, shatters the power grid

NEW ORLEANS - Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach people trapped by floodwaters Monday, and utility repair crews rushed in, after a furious Hurricane Ida swamped the Louisiana coast and ravaged the electrical grid in the … more

State mask bans are facing federal civil rights inquiries

The Education Department announced Monday that it's investigating five Republican-led states that have banned mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health … more

Qatar emerges as key player in Afghanistan after evacuations end

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Qatar played an outsized role in U.S. efforts to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan. Now the tiny Gulf Arab state is being asked to help shape what is next for Afghanistan because of its ties … more

Last troops exit Afghanistan, ending America's longest war

WASHINGTON - The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan late Monday, ending America's longest war and closing a chapter in military history likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises and a frantic final exit … more

AP answers: What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and do I need one?

"Vaccine passports" are digital or paper documents that show you were vaccinated against COVID-19 and could help you get into a growing number of places. What they look like and why you might want one depends on where you live, but more private … more

Prayer answered, pilot and fiancée save 17 in flood

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville-based helicopter pilot Joel Boyers had just finished helping his fiancée earn her pilot's license on Saturday morning, and they were heading home to celebrate, when he received a frantic call from a woman in … more

Palestinian twins open cafe in converted jet in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Few Palestinians in the occupied West Bank get to board an airplane these days. The territory has no civilian airport, and those who can afford a plane ticket must catch their flights in neighboring Jordan. But just outside the … more

Powell: Fed on track to slow aid for economy later this year

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve will start dialing back its ultra-low-rate policies this year as long as hiring continues to improve, Chair Jerome Powell said Friday, signaling the beginning of the end of the Fed's extraordinary response to the … more

U.S. presses on with evacuations despite threats of more attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan - American forces working under heightened security and threats of another attack pressed ahead with the evacuation from Kabul's airport Friday, the day after a deadly suicide bombing wrote a devastating closing chapter on the … more

U.S. airstrike targets, kills Islamic State member in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting swiftly on President Joe Biden's promise to retaliate for the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport, the U.S. military said it used a drone strike to kill a member of … more

Ida could be devastating Cat 3 hurricane near New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Ida swirled toward a strike on Cuba on Friday as a rapidly intensifying storm that could speed across warm Gulf waters and slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 … more

How dangerous is Afghanistan's Islamic State offshoot?

The Islamic State offshoot that took blame for Thursday's deadly suicide attacks outside the Kabul airport coalesced in eastern Afghanistan six years ago and rapidly grew into one of the more dangerous terror threats globally. Despite years of … more
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