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U.S. to limit several Chinese flights

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The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday said it will limit some flights from Chinese carriers to 40% passenger capacity for four weeks after the Chinese government imposed similar limits on four United Airlines flights. Gloria Tso reports.

Wind, dry conditions stoke growing CA wildfires

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[NFA] An incendiary mix of strong, shifting winds and drought-parched vegetation stoked two of California's largest wildfires on Wednesday, with thousands of residents chased from their foothill and mountain homes in the Sierra Nevada range. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

U.S. hits more than 1,000 COVID deaths in one day

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The United States reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, equating to around 42 fatalities an hour, according to a Reuters tally, as the Delta variant continues to ravage parts of the country with low vaccination rates. Gavino Garay reports.

Singer R. Kelly a sexual 'predator' -prosecutor

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R. Kelly is a "predator" who demanded absolute loyalty from the many women and underage girls he recruited for sex in a two-decade racketeering scheme, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday as the R&B star's sex abuse trial began. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

U.S. to start offering COVID vaccine boosters in Sept.

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COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be made widely available to Americans starting on Sept. 20, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, citing data showing diminishing protection from the initial vaccinations as infections rise from the Delta variant. Freddie Joyner reports.

Anti-Taliban protests in Jalalabad turn deadly

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Multiple people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in anti-Taliban protests in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, witnesses said, as the militant group moved to consolidate Islamist rule and Western countries stepped up evacuations of diplomats and civilians. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Texas Gov. Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott - a Republican who has sought to block local officials in the state from mandating the use of masks - tested positive for COVID-19, is fully vaccinated and experiencing no symptoms, his office said on Tuesday. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Taliban pledge peace and women rights under Islam

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The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law, as they held their first official news briefing since their shocking, swift seizure of Kabul. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Taliban pledge peace and women's rights under Islam

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The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law, as they held their first official news briefing since their shocking, swift seizure of Kabul. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Bush expresses 'deep sadness' over Afghanistan

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush on Monday wrote in a letter they were saddened by events in Afghanistan twenty years after the commander-in-chief ordered American troops to invade the country. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

Bob Dylan accused of abusing minor in 1960s

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An unnamed woman has sued folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, alleging he sexually abused her after giving her drugs and alcohol in 1965 when she was 12 years old. Eve Johnson reports.

U.S. to start COVID booster shots in Sept -source

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The Biden administration plans to begin administering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans as early as mid or late September, pending authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a source familiar with the discussions told Reuters late on Monday.

Biden stands ‘squarely behind’ Afghanistan decision

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President Joe Biden on Monday said he stood "squarely behind" his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and rejected broad criticism of the chaotic withdrawal that is posing a crisis for him. Gavino Garay reports.

U.N. calls for end to 'chilling' abuses in Afghanistan

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The U.N. Security Council on Monday called for talks to create a new government in Afghanistan and an end to fighting and abuse after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres warned of "chilling" curbs on human rights and mounting violations against women and girls. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Taliban take civilian weapons, airport in turmoil

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The mass evacuations and chaos at Kabul's central airport, now under the control of the U.S. military, continued into Monday with at least five people killed in the turmoil. Meanwhile, the Taliban say they're collecting civilians' personal weapons because they'll no longer need them. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Detroit electric pledge belies gas truck future

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The three largest U.S. automakers praised President Joe Biden's push to make electric vehicles close to half of all U.S. passenger cars by 2030, but their actual plans involve building fleets of large, gas-powered trucks for years to come. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.

Taliban return to power as president flees Kabul

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Taliban insurgents entered Kabul on Sunday and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, bringing the Islamist militants close to taking over the country two decades after they were overthrown by a U.S.-led invasion. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Canada's Trudeau takes gamble, calls snap election

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday called an early election for Sept. 20, saying he needed a new mandate to ensure voters approved of his Liberal government's plan to recover from the global health crisis. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

Mexico hastens migrant expulsions with flights

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Mexico has flown thousands of undocumented migrants to the south of the country, according to officials, aiming to disrupt a pattern of repeat crossings at the border. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Death toll from Haiti quake soars, U.S. sends aid

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The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Haiti rose to over 700 on Sunday as rescue workers scrambled to find survivors buried under buildings a day after the 7.2 magnitude quake hit the island nation. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

NY's new gov says masks at schools are necessary

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New York's incoming governor Kathy Hochul, during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" program Sunday, said masks for kids in schools were "something that I believe has to occur" for the safety of children, teachers, school administrators and the wider community. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Media reports say Malaysian PM to resign Monday

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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will resign on Monday, news portal Malaysiakini reported, after losing his majority due to infighting among the ruling coalition. Olivia Chan reports.

India's PM to unveil $1.35tn infrastructure plan

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India will launch a 100 trillion rupee ($1.35 trillion) national infrastructure plan that will help generate jobs and boost the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. Jayson Albano reports.

Quake kills hundreds in Haiti

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At least 304 people died and hundreds were injured after a major earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday, authorities said, reducing churches, hotels, schools and homes to rubble in the latest tragedy to hit the impoverished Caribbean nation. This report produced by Jonah Green.

U.S. warns of violent COVID-19-related attacks

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a new terrorism warning bulletin, said violent extremists could view the reimposition of COVID-19-related restrictions following the spread of coronavirus variants as a rationale to conduct attacks. Conway G. Gittens has more.

Afghan president in talks as Taliban near Kabul

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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani held urgent talks with local leaders and international partners on Saturday as Taliban rebels pushed closer to Kabul, capturing a town south of the capital that is one of the gateways to the city. Olivia Chan reports.

Air Force veteran comforts kids plagued by gun violence

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Air Force veteran and high school English teacher Jawanna Hardy launched "Guns Down Friday," an outreach program to support neighborhoods plagued by gun violence. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.

FDA permits booster shots for immunocompromised

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna for people with compromised immune systems. Eve Johnson reports.

Canada's PM Trudeau planning snap election

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning a snap election for Sept. 20 to seek voter approval for the government's costly plans to combat COVID-19, four sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.

Census shows more diverse U.S.

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U.S. census data released on Thursday show an increasingly diverse country, with significant increases among people who identify as multi-racial, Hispanic and Asian driving much of the population growth between 2010 and 2020. Gavino Garay reports.

U.S. troops to aid evacuation in Afghanistan

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The United States and Britain said on Thursday they would send thousands of troops to Afghanistan to protect and help evacuate civilians, as the Taliban stood poised for their two biggest military victories since they began a broad offensive in May. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

How COVID-19 laid bare America's diabetes crisis

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It took the deadly disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic to expose a deeper, more intractable U.S. public-health crisis: for more than a decade, the world's richest nation has been losing the battle against diabetes. Emma Jehle reports.

Polish lawmakers pass controversial media bill

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Polish lawmakers advanced a bill on Wednesday that the opposition says aims to silence a U.S.-owned news channel critical of the government, leading to a swift denunciation from the United States, one of Warsaw's most important allies. Jayson Albano reports.

Mask, vaccine battles intensify as schools resume

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[NFA] Protests and more mandates: Masks have become a divisive issue, often splitting the country along political lines, despite near universal agreement among health experts that they can limit the spread of the virus. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Taliban seeking ‘battlefield victory’: U.S. State Dept.

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The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it is working to forge an international consensus behind the need for an Afghanistan peace accord even as it acknowledged that "all indications" point to the Taliban seeking a "battlefield victory." Gavino Garay reports.

Cuomo's successor vows no toxic work climate

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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday distanced herself from Governor Andrew Cuomo who resigned after sexual harassment accusations, saying when she takes over no official who had behaved unethically would keep their job. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.

Senate Dems reveal rifts on $3.5 trln spending plan

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Hours after the U.S. Senate approved a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint chock-full of investments in new domestic programs, new fissures emerged between the moderate and liberal wings of the Democratic Party over the size and scope of the spending. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

COVID-19 hospitalizations surge in Louisiana

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Louisiana hospitals are struggling to keep up with the huge surge in COVID-19 patients, fueled by low vaccination rates and the more infectious Delta variant. Gloria Tso reports.

School boards defy governors' bans on mask mandates

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[NFA] School districts in Florida and Texas are bucking their Republican governors' bans on requiring masks for children and teachers as coronavirus cases soar in conservative areas with low vaccination rates. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Senate passes bipartisan $1 trln infrastructure bill

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A $1 trillion infrastructure package that is a top priority for U.S. President Joe Biden secured enough votes to pass in the Senate on Tuesday, a bipartisan victory for the White House as it aims to provide the nation's biggest investment in decades in roads, bridges, airports and waterways. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns amid scandal

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Faced with mounting legal pressures and demands for his departure from President Joe Biden and others, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned on Tuesday following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women, capping a startling downfall for one of the most prominent politicians in the United States. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.

Lukashenko treats sports 'like his own toy'

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The president of Belarus is saying that the Olympic athlete who defected from his country during the games, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, was "manipulated" by outside forces. But another athlete who left Belarus is telling Reuters that President Lukashenko uses sports like a personal toy - a toy that has begun to resist him. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Robert Durst takes the stand in murder trial

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Accused murderer Robert Durst denied he killed his longtime confidante Susan Berman and detailed his multiple health problems on Monday as the multimillionaire real estate scion testified in his own defense at Los Angeles Superior Court. Gloria Tso reports.

Hospitals fill up as Delta surges across U.S.

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Only eight intensive care unit beds were available on Monday in the state of Arkansas, its governor said, as the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus pushed cases and hospitalizations in the United States to a six-month high. Gloria Tso reports.

U.S. says it's up to Afghans to defend country

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The United States said it was up to Afghan security forces to defend the country after Taliban militants captured a sixth provincial capital, along with border towns and trade routes. Eve Johnson reports.